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Punk Rope at Allentown ArtsFest 9/27-9/29

Punk Rope is offering a free jump rope instructor certification and two free jump rope clinics at Allentown ArtsFest in Allentown, PA. These programs are made possible by the generosity of my late parents, Bob and Vicky Haft.​ Details are below.​

JUMP ROPE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
Saturday, Sept 28 • noon-6pm
Rain date: Sun, Sept 29 • 9am-3pm
Space is limited. RSVP to tim@punkrope.com is required.
You’ll learn all the skills necessary to teach anyone—from elite athlete to recovering couch potato—how to use rope jumping to improve their overall fitness and athleticism. After successfully completing the certification you’ll be qualified to launch your own jump rope class or program. Each participant will have their form evaluated via video analysis and will receive an instructor’s e-manual along with a custom-sized jump rope and wrist trainer and CECs from ACE (.7), AFAA (8), ISSA (7), and NASM (.8). Cost: Free (regularly $249).

JUMP ROPE CLINICS
Friday, Sept 27 • 5-7pm
Sunday, Sept 29 • noon-2pm
Learn how to use rope jumping to improve your coordination, agility, speed, balance, and more. We’ll cover a variety of steps including double unders, crosses, the alternating foot step, and many more. All ages and ability levels are welcome. RSVP appreciated but not required. Jump ropes provided.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Tim Haft created Punk Rope in 2004 and has been jumping rope since 1976. Tim is certified by ACE, USA Track & Field, TRX, ISCA, USAFIT, Resist-a-Ball, and Precision Nutrition. Shana Brady joined the Punk Rope team in 2005 as director of training. Shana holds a BS in Exercise Science and is certified by ACSM, NASM, ACE, and FMS. Haft and Brady have certified more than 1000 jump rope instructors worldwide and have presented jump rope seminars at more than 125 CrossFit gyms as well as at numerous public schools. Heather Wagner is a lifelong athlete and black belt in karate and is certified by ACE and Punk Rope.

ABOUT ARTSFEST
Allentown ArtsFest takes place at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown, PA on 9/27 (4-11pm), 9/28 (noon-11pm), and 9/29 (11am-8pm). There will be live music, activities for kids, a skate park, comedy shows, breakdancing competitions, artwork on display, and lots of local food, beer, and wine.

QUESTIONS
Contact tim at tim@punkrope.com or 646-263-9128

By | 2019-08-09T12:14:45-05:00 July 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Great coaches are hard to find. We found one in DC.

If you’ve been lucky enough to have a great coach in your life, particularly at the middle or high school level, you know full well what a profound impact they can have on your success, happiness, and well-being. Who out there has had a great coach and what was your experience? We met Keino in 2012 at a Punk Rope Instructor Workshop in Washington DC and I instantly liked him. Plus my intuition and our conversation told me he was doing great work helping kids become good athletes and even better people. Let’s hear from Keino.

TIM: I remember meeting you back in 2012 and thinking this guy has the coolest name in the world. How did you get the name Keino?

KEINO: My name was derived from an Olympic runner (Kip Keino) from Kenya. My dad watched him win four gold medals while running barefoot. Kip Keino was a special runner and my dad fell in love with his name.

TIM: What inspired you to get involved with sports and fitness?

KEINO: While growing up I was introduced to a variety of sports by JD Brown, a no-nonsense guy who believed that athletics and education could change your life. He was the the recreational director at Fort Davis Community Center in southeast DC. I loved each and every one. I loved them so much that I went on to get my undergrad and masters degrees in biology and physical education.

TIM: How long have you been working with kids?
What do you like most about it?

KEINO: I’ve been working with kids for 28 years. What I love most about working with kids is seeing the children share the lessons they’ve been taught with their peers, as well as with their family and the community at large.

TIM: When did you begin jumping rope? What do you like most about it?

KEINO: I began jumping rope as a child, but it was a chance meeting with the Punk Rope team that made me fall in love with it
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TIM: How has Punk Rope impacted the way you teach jump rope to kids?

KEINO: We are Punk Rope fanatics. We either use Punk Rope as a warm-up to the lesson at hand or we use it as our 30 minute “Do Now Activity.”

TIM: What’s your favorite song to jump to?

KEINO: In the Air Tonight by Nonpoint.

TIM: What else would you like our readers to know about you?

KEINO: Punk Rope has been in my class room for the last six years and I would be lost without it. It builds denser bones, quicker feet, and better cardio, but the fun my scholars receive is priceless.

By | 2018-05-21T11:45:22-05:00 May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Prison, jump rope, and a new beginning

I’ve never been incarcerated, but I did work at the House of Detention for Men at Rikers Island as a Prison Legal Assistant from 1982 to 1983, immediately after graduating from college. It was the most challenging and eye-opening job I’ve ever held and it significantly altered my views about people behind bars. But this story is not about me or my beliefs. It’s about Missie (above left with Nero, a service dog who Missie helped to train). Missie has been incarcerated since 2010. She found us by way of her friend Lisa (above right with Missie) and is now a certified Punk Rope Instructor by virtue of completing our home study course and acing the multiple choice exam. I’m going to shut up now and let Missie do the talking. The following essay was written by Missie less than two weeks ago. We’ve reprinted it in its entirety. We wish her the best of luck.

I used to be a runner. I have no hard feelings toward running—the sport taught me about discipline and perseverance, friendship and community, joy and grief. It also introduced me to a feeling of freedom in a world where freedom is a word only whispered about.

I am currently incarcerated.

In 2010, I lost my worldly freedoms to incarceration. My life prior to prison looked good on the outside, but it wasn’t. I ended up making a terrible choice that placed me behind bars. At 30 years old, 255 pounds with poor physical health, I needed to make some changes. However, internally, I also needed repair and healing of the woman inside of me.

Running became a passion of mine, giving me a sense of internal freedom. As my physical body and physical health improved, I also gained the freedom to walk with self-confidence, self-reliance, and an unrelenting self-awareness. I gained the internal freedom to look at myself with unfaltering clarity, for better and for worse. And I began to heal.

As time passed behind bars, my passion for fitness expanded beyond running. I started taking yoga classes and I became interested in strength training. Ultimately in December of 2017 I became a certified fitness trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).

During my six months of testing my quest to expand my fitness pursuits and my journey towards internal freedom continued. And it continued with something I wasn’t very good at initially. I started to jump rope. The physical benefits (and challenges) of jump rope were apparent to me from the very beginning. The internal benefits have been shown to me along the way.

To push through the early (awkward) stages of jump rope, I practiced. And practiced. And practiced. And I still practice! It took some time to be comfortable, but eventually I began instructing a jump rope class at the institution.

I envisioned a jump rope class to be something different than the other classes offered at the institution. I wanted something challenging (!) and fun (!) and I wanted lots of sweating (!) and cheering (!) and laughing (!) and I wanted lots of joy (!) and dance music (!) and black lights (!). At 8am on Sundays I can say my jump rope class has it all but the black lights 🙂

Through instruction of this very-early-highly-energized-jump-rope class, I found the internal freedom to be whom I ultimately was created to be—a person who is humbly motivating, encouraging, and uplifting for others. A woman who quietly makes a difference, sometimes very small, but those small differences ripple outwards.

My journey with fitness over the past seven years has taught me that improving the quality of my life has subsequently improved the quality of others’ lives. And that the impact we make on others matters above anything else. Sure, the calorie burn of a workout and rope jumping interval times matter, but never above the joy and empowerment and degree of personal choice they bring. I have learned that fitness is a lifestyle and that freedom is a mindset and that both of these things are conscious choices, liberating choices, that move us forward from the things that hold us back.

By | 2018-04-30T22:28:43-05:00 April 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Greenpoint

Punk Rope is a mash-up of jump rope, recess, and rock and roll. Improve cardio, coordination, agility, speed, strength, and body composition. Each week’s class features a new themed playlist. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Jump ropes are provided. Free for members of the Greenpoint Y. Non-members: 1st 3 visits free; thereafter a day pass is $20.

By | 2017-09-18T16:01:54-05:00 April 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Greenpoint

Punk Rope is a mash-up of jump rope, recess, and rock and roll. Improve cardio, coordination, agility, speed, strength, and body composition. Each week’s class features a new themed playlist. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Jump ropes are provided. Free for members of the Greenpoint Y. Non-members: 1st 3 visits free; thereafter a day pass is $20.

By | 2017-09-18T16:01:54-05:00 April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Greenpoint

Punk Rope is a mash-up of jump rope, recess, and rock and roll. Improve cardio, coordination, agility, speed, strength, and body composition. Each week’s class features a new themed playlist. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Jump ropes are provided. Free for members of the Greenpoint Y. Non-members: 1st 3 visits free; thereafter a day pass is $20.

By | 2017-09-18T16:01:54-05:00 April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Greenpoint

Punk Rope is a mash-up of jump rope, recess, and rock and roll. Improve cardio, coordination, agility, speed, strength, and body composition. Each week’s class features a new themed playlist. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Jump ropes are provided. Free for members of the Greenpoint Y. Non-members: 1st 3 visits free; thereafter a day pass is $20.

By | 2017-09-18T16:01:54-05:00 April 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Greenpoint

Punk Rope is a mash-up of jump rope, recess, and rock and roll. Improve cardio, coordination, agility, speed, strength, and body composition. Each week’s class features a new themed playlist. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Jump ropes are provided. Free for members of the Greenpoint Y. Non-members: 1st 3 visits free; thereafter a day pass is $20.

By | 2017-09-18T16:01:54-05:00 March 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Greenpoint

Punk Rope is a mash-up of jump rope, recess, and rock and roll. Improve cardio, coordination, agility, speed, strength, and body composition. Each week’s class features a new themed playlist. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Jump ropes are provided. Free for members of the Greenpoint Y. Non-members: 1st 3 visits free; thereafter a day pass is $20.

By | 2017-09-18T16:01:54-05:00 March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Greenpoint

Punk Rope is a mash-up of jump rope, recess, and rock and roll. Improve cardio, coordination, agility, speed, strength, and body composition. Each week’s class features a new themed playlist. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Jump ropes are provided. Free for members of the Greenpoint Y. Non-members: 1st 3 visits free; thereafter a day pass is $20.

By | 2017-09-18T16:01:54-05:00 March 14th, 2018|0 Comments
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