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Overcoming adversity to jump rope a 5K

Almost exactly one year ago I had to withdraw from the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K in Philadelphia because of a torn calf muscle. I was extremely disappointed because I had trained hard for the race, was looking forward to it, and the injury seemed to come out of nowhere. I immediately registered for the 2018 race hoping I’d be able to redeem myself. But then the wheels came off the wagon. On November 1, about six weeks after I withdrew from the race, my dad passed away unexpectedly on the heels of my mom passing away unexpectedly. Then a few months after that I started experiencing more lower back pain than usual. An MRI revealed four herniated discs in my lumbar spine. That happy news was followed by an injury to my right knee.

To say I was at a low point would be an understatement of biblical proportions, but I didn’t quit. Through physical therapy, the love and support of my sister and my friends, the powerful effects of Aynsley Kirshenbaum’s #sugarpurge, and the sheer force of will, I was able to jump rope the entire Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K this Saturday with my girlfriend, Heather, and my dear friend and Punk Rope co-conspirator, Shana. The runners and spectators were so gracious and encouraging. We’ve never been cheered on like that before even though we’ve been jumping 5Ks since 2009. I wanted to share this story because I believe we all have the ability to be resilient and bounce back from any misfortune. In the words of the late, great Jim Valvano, “Never ever give up!”

By | 2018-09-17T07:29:51-04:00 September 17th, 2018|0 Comments

2018 Punk Rope Games Results

COSTUME CONTEST
Jumprassic Park 37
Los Frijoles 32
Blues Jumpers 30
Sleepy Heads 27
Fantastic Beasts 26
Flavor Town 24
Make America Grape Again 22
Space Force 20

STRADDLES
Fantastic Beasts 92
Blues Jumpers 87
Make America Grape Again 82
Space Force 76
Sleepy Heads 72
Jumprassic Park 67
Flavor Town 49
Los Frijoles 42

SPOONS
Blues Jumpers 128
Fantastic Beasts 117
Los Frijoles 112
Space Force 108
Jumprassic Park 100
Sleepy Heads 96
Make America Grape Again 76
Flavor Town 27

LONG ROPE MONKEYS IN THE MIDDLE
Jumprassic Park 91
Space Force 85
Fantastic Beasts 71
Los Frijoles 64
Flavor Town 60
Sleepy Heads 38
Blues Jumpers 31
Make America Grape Again 13

ALTERNATING CROSS
Jumprassic Park 77
Los Frijoles 73
Space Force 71
Blues Jumpers 68
Fantastic Beasts 63
Flavor Town 42
Sleepy Heads 21
Make America Grape Again 19

ME FIRST YOU FIRST
Jumprassic Park 125
Fantastic Beasts 105
Los Frijoles 76
Make America Grape Again & Sleepy Heads 61
Flavor Town 50
Space Force 48
Blues Jumpers 47

LONG ROPE CAT & MOUSE
Jumprassic Park 35
Flavor Town 22
Fantastic Beasts & Blues Jumpers 21
Sleepy Heads 20
Space Force & Los Frijoles 19
Make America Grape Again 15

SWING SWING JUMP
Fantastic Beasts 68
Jumprassic Park 52
Make America Grape Again 45
Blues Jumpers 42
Flavor Town 40
Los Frijoles 35
Sleepy Heads 34
Space Force 26

RUBBER CHICKEN TOSS RELAY
Space Force 25 *NEW PR GAMES RECORD
Flavor Town 17
Fantastic Beasts 14
Jumprassic Park 11
Make America Grape Again, Blues Jumpers, & Sleepy Heads 9
Los Frijoles 8

By | 2018-09-12T15:06:26-04:00 September 12th, 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

A gizmo that counts your jumps!

Counting successful jumps is one way to measure progress. Perhaps when you first started jumping rope, 50 jumps seemed liked an unattainable goal. But maybe now you’re aiming for 250 or 500 or even 1,000. Some people can keep a running tally in their head as they jump, but not me. I get distracted pretty easily and I don’t think I’m alone. And for some of those Crossrope challenges (some of you know exactly what I’m talking about) you practically need to be a math major to be able to compete. Well I have good news for you!

Our friend, Tori Boggs—who happens to be one of the best rope jumpers in the world—and a team of engineers, has invented an ingenious product called Tally Jump, that takes the guesswork out of counting your jumps.

The product is currently in development and a Kickstarter was recently launched to help Tori and her team raise the funds necessary to get Tally Jump to market. You can back the project and be one of the first kids on the block to have your very own Tally Jump. I just did to the tune of $74 which is roughly 25% off the retail price. Click below to become a backer:
http://kck.st/2K2yw9p

By | 2018-04-28T10:14:00-04:00 April 28th, 2018|0 Comments

No obstacle is too great

If you follow the Punk Rope Instagram feed (and if you don’t we invite you to do so) you might have thought we won our 6th consecutive City Challenge 5K obstacle race on Saturday in Jersey City, NJ. Well that’s actually a bit of an exaggeration although not quite fake news. We did win…in a sense.

With an average age approaching 50, Shana, Lyana, Heather, and I each attempted to conquer 23 “obstacles” ranging from turning heavy jump ropes to scaling inverted barricades to shimmying up climbing ropes to swinging kettlebells to monkeying around the monkey bars to lugging sand bags and cinder blocks to hurdling police cars to carrying a stranger piggyback.

Did we really have the fastest time? No. Do we care? Hardly. Our goal was simply to give the race our all and do our best AS A TEAM. Collectively we tried to solve each challenge that the race organizers tossed our way. Sometimes we were triumphant, sometimes we stumbled, but we never backed down.

I find that obstacle races are a great metaphor for life. You never know what’s going to be thrown at you. Sometimes you’ll get knocked down. But the bigger question is: will you get back up again? So the next time you think about signing up for a traditional 5K or 10K, consider doing an obstacle race with a team instead. It will test your fitness; it will test your mental toughness; it will test your ability to play nicely with others. And it will be a helluva good time.

By | 2018-04-17T22:33:00-04:00 April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Jump for Life

You might recall from a recent post that I was beyond psyched about my beloved Virginia Cavaliers who had just been granted the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Men’s D1 basketball tournament. And as you may know by now, Virginia became the first #1 seed in the history of the men’s tournament to lose to a #16 seed (UMBC) in the first round. Some sportswriters are calling it the greatest sports upset of all time. Even so, it was just a game without life or death consequences.

Since then, we bore witness to what I believe is one of the largest and most inspiring marches on our nation’s capital in history, along with hundreds of other impressive marches around the globe. The Washington DC march was organized largely by teenagers who survived the recent mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. And arguably the most powerful speech in DC was delivered by Emma Gonzalez, an 18-year-old senior at Stoneman Douglas. Her speech—much of it without words—lasted 6 minutes and 20 seconds, exactly the amount of time it took Nikolas Cruz to massacre 14 of her classmates as well as 3 teachers and coaches.

In honor of those who lost their lives at Stoneman Douglas, as well as the countless victims of school shootings everywhere; in honor of Emma Gonzalez and the brave survivors who have risen above the cacophony of adult voices trying to silence them; and as a nod to choosing life over death, peace over violence, and love over hate this week’s Punk Rope Challenge is:

Jump for 6 minutes and 20 seconds non-stop.
Choose whichever step you like.
Choose multiple steps if you prefer.
Whatever you do, CHOOSE LIFE.

By | 2018-03-25T21:55:30-04:00 March 25th, 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

Jump rope philosophy

The word “spring” makes me think about jumping rope and as the weather warms up here in the Northeast I have certainly been jumping more with the hope of jump roping another 5K in the next several months, but more importantly with the hope of getting back into decent physical condition.

But lately I’ve also been thinking about bigger and deeper questions pertaining to rope jumping. For example, what’s more important: jumping quality or jumping quantity? Should we focus more on the internal (e.g., sheer joy) or external rewards (e.g., weight loss) of jumping rope? Is it preferable to jump solo or in a communal setting? And if you have a great jumping session in the forest, but didn’t post a video or photo of it on Facebook or Instagram did it really ever happen? I’d love to hear your thoughts about these types of questions. I think what really perplexes me is this seemingly global trend to film oneself doing virtually everything and then post it for the world to see.

I certainly enjoy creating instructional videos so I can help others get the most out of jumping rope, but the idea of posting selfie videos and pics of me competing in a jump rope challenge doesn’t sit right with me. My initial thought is “who cares?” And my second thought is why are we so focused on competition and comparing ourselves with others? But obviously for many this is a fun pastime so I’d love to learn what they enjoy about it.

By | 2018-02-28T13:20:40-04:00 February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Challenge #1

Some of you have been clamoring for a jump rope challenge for months now. We heard you so here it is! In honor of Heather and Shana who just skipped (as in jump roped) the Rock ‘N’ Roll 5K in Philly, this challenge will focus on rope jumping various distances for time. But you also need to be accurate. For every miss you must add a 1-second penalty to your time. To get the most out of this challenge you’ll need to find a 400-meter track. Many high schools, colleges, and city or county parks have tracks that are accessible to the public. The challenge begins tomorrow (Wednesday 10/18) and concludes on Sunday, Nov 5. You can use any rope you like. We encourage you to use the hashtag #punkrope in your social media posts and feel free to post your times on the Punk Rope Nation Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/punkropenation/) . If you haven’t joined the group yet, we invite you to do so. Check out the links below to learn the moves.

1) 400 meter skip (one turn of the rope for each complete skip.

2) 200 meter straddle jump

3) 100 meter side slide (time yourself from both sides)

Remember, each miss costs you 1 second.

HOW TO SKIP WHILE JUMPING ROPE

LEARN HOW TO DO THE SIDE STRADDLE

LEARN HOW TO DO THE SIDE SLIDE

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:03-04:00 October 19th, 2017|0 Comments