Welcome to our newest certified jump rope instructor

Noel Agra (pictured above in the center) is from Quezon City in the Philippines. Noel offers private jump rope instruction as well as group classes. He’s an accomplished obstacle course racer as well as an OCR (obstacle course racing) certified coach. In addition, Noel is the founder of Refine Ropes and the president of Ninja OCR.

By | 2019-06-12T23:21:54-04:00 June 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Help the victims of the fire in Sunet Park

Our friend and Punk Roper, Eleanor, was one of the victims. She wasn’t injured, but you can only imagine how traumatic it must be to see your home go up in flames. But in true Eleanor fashion she was more concerned about the other victims than herself. Here’s a message from Eleanor along with a link to where you can donate funds to those who need them the most.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out over the past day and for all your offers to help after the fire in my building. It means so much to me to hear from friends and family near and far. I am still waiting for news, but the building is severely damaged (water, fire, smoke) and the roof partially collapsed.

Thank you for those of you who have already donated to and shared the collective GoFundMe for building residents–many are families with young children and elderly residents, and some renters have less protection and resources than I do as an owner. The link is here:

For those of you who have goods you want to drop off, you can do so at the Sunset Park Business Improvement District Office at 5116 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220 during their business hours.

I can’t say how much I appreciate your support and I can’t really tell you what I need right now, but I will be reaching out over the next few days/weeks/months. I am so lucky to live in this community, they mean everything to me, along with all of you. I will update you as I can.

Much love to you all.

By | 2019-04-14T16:27:56-04:00 April 14th, 2019|0 Comments

A letter from a rope jumper in prison

The letter is from Missie, one of our instructors who is teaching at a correctional facility in Ohio. We’d love to bring jump rope to more such facilities to help empower and brighten the lives of the far too many women and men who find themselves behind bars. Remember, there’s often little to no difference between those who are incarcerated and those who are not. Often it comes down to one regrettable decision or the difference between getting caught in the act and not. If you have thoughts about this we’re all ears.

By | 2019-02-01T12:11:00-05:00 February 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Oktoberfest Playlist

Beer Belly • Imperial Leisure
Sascha… Ein Aufrechter Deutscher • Die Toten Hosen
Six Pack • Black Flag
The King of the King of Beers • World War IX
So ein schöner Tag • Scheunenrocker
Alle Mädchen Wollen Küssen • Die Roten Rosen
Beer • Mustard Plug
Die Sauerkrautpolka • Die Roten Rosen
Pissing In the Rhine • The Hooters
Wahre Arbeit, wahrer Lohn • Die Krupps
I Only Drink Bud • The Queers
99 Luftballons • Nena
Beer • People Under the Stairs
Beethoven: Symphony #9

By | 2018-10-01T14:12:39-04:00 October 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Jamaican Independence Day playlist

Pressure Drop • Toots & The Maytals

Move Back • Stylo G

Jamaica Ska • Byron Lee & The Dragonaires

All Out • Sean Paul

You Can Get It If You Really Want • Jimmy Cliff

Not This Face • Mad Cobra

Pull Up to the Bumper • Grace Jones & Funkstar De Luxe

Cross Reference • Third World

Five Star Hotel • Lady Saw

Israelites • Apache Indian & Desmond Dekker

Jump Up • Byron Lee & the Dragonaires

Jump In the Line • Harry Belafonte

Angel • Shaggy

No Woman No Cry • Bob Marley & The Wailers

By | 2018-08-06T17:05:29-04:00 August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

The Alternating Criss Cross

The alternating criss cross will be one of the events for the 2018 Punk Rope Games. Remember to cross “down” and not “out” and to be patient on your jump.

By | 2018-06-21T10:29:12-04:00 June 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Jump Rope Challenge #2

March Madness is upon us and in addition to being beyond psyched about my beloved Wahoos (I graduated from UVa in ’82) being the overall #1 seed, the tournament has me thinking about how rope jumping relates to basketball. When you see major TV ads featuring NBA stars like Kevin Durant jumping rope and Carmelo Anthony skipping up a storm in warm-ups you know there has to be a connection. Our belief it that jumping rope can make you quicker, more agile, and lighter on your feet, all big pluses for anyone who plays basketball. With that in mind here’s your 11 minute 40 second March Madness jump rope challenge. An interval timer will be useful for accurate timing.

1 minute box jumps (switch directions after 30 seconds)
20 seconds rest
1 minute shuffles (slide 10′ one way and then 10′ back)
20 seconds rest
1 minute scissors jumps
20 seconds rest
Repeat 3 times

Check out the videos below to learn how to perform each movement.
Feel free to post comments on the Punk Rope Nation Facebook page.

By | 2018-03-21T21:10:42-04:00 March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Challenge of the Week • 3/12/18-3/18/18

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day you might visualize a grand parade, green beer, and four-leaf clovers, but did you know about the St. Patrick’s Cross and St. Patrick’s Bell? Neither did we. Well in honor of St. Patrick, this week’s jump rope challenge combines the cross, the bell jump, and push-ups. You have 10 minutes to perform as many rounds of the following as possible. Feel free to post your results on the Punk Rope Nation group page on Facebook.

100 crosses
10 power push-ups (perform from knees if necessary)
100 bell jumps
10 power push-ups (perform from knees if necessary)

Check out the videos below to learn how to perform each movement.

By | 2018-03-11T21:21:24-04:00 March 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Learn how to go from the X-Cross into a 180 degree turn

The X-cross is similar to the side straddle, which looks like half of a jumping jack. As you jump, your feet come apart on the first rotation and together on the next. But with the X-cross you cross one foot over the other instead of just having the feet meet in the middle. To turn you perform a side swing and then pivot. Check out Shana’s demonstration in the video.

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:03-05:00 January 14th, 2018|0 Comments
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