Thursday, April 15, 2010

Punk Rope: Workshop!

Last Saturday I attended a fitness workshop called Punk Rope. It is a cardio and  boot camp style of class utilizing rope jumping as the main cardio component. The great thing about Punk Rope is that not only is it cardio and kicks your booty, but they incorporate group activities as well like relays and working with partners to do core. 

Here is founder and president Tim Haft holding a rubber chicken the group passed around to do introductions. It really set the fun atmosphere of the day! ONE component of every class that has to be included in the format is PLAY. I love that, and can get behind it 100%! I wrote a post about the importance of  play a while back. Check it out! 

Punk Rope created their own jump ropes that are adjustable to your height and have their logo on the handle! 

Despite the fact that I jumped rope all through grade school and could even double dutch with the best, keeping up with the class was a new kind of challenge. Tim and Shana, who run the classes and workshops together, taught us the proper jump rope form and the proper way to turn the rope.  Relearning HOW to jump took a lot of the morning, but we also practiced specific jumps: the cross over, the jogger, the playground, the boxer and many variations on those. 

Before we took lunch we broke out the long ropes and played a little. I caught these cool pictures of Shana! In one I caught her with the perfect form as she lands! Score! 

Jump Rope form: 
Feet together
knees slightly bent
jumping and landing from ball or front of foot
Landing light (you shouldn't hear your feet hit!)

With the long ropes, our tendancy is to jump higher, but with our own rope, the jump should be very small. Tim and Shana suggested wearing very flat, minimal shoes so that the rope wouldn't get caught on them, they each rocked wrestling shoes. Hmm...minimal shoes? It's everywhere these days! 

Shana's great form: heel's not hitting the ground!

After the break they led a Demo Class which took us through the full format of one class: jumping, individual drills, group relays, core and with warming up and cooling down. Each class they lead has a theme and our demo class was Scotland! Both were in plaid, Tim was in a Kilt and all the bands they played were Scottish!

Shana instructing a young girl in the demo class. 

One of the best things about  Punk Rope is that they are taking it into the schools as well. Tim is committed to working against the epidemic of childhood obesity and keep everyone of ALL ages active. 

Because of this, punk rope allows us to use their format anywhere, change it to fit our needs and doesn't require we be re-certified every year, we simply have to keep that spirit of play in our routine. There are refresher courses we can take, but Tim stressed it's more about getting the movement out there and fighting obesity than it is Punk Rope making money. 

They have big hearts and a big vision. Punk Rope is in 14 states and growing! 
Way to go Minnesota! 

We were a roudy bunch! MANY of the attendee's worked directly with kids programs either at the YMCA or other facilities, some even from surrounding schools.

Ritzelda and Shannon a couple of hard core groupx instructors! 

Tim and Shaun YMCA Director of Group X 
(thanks Shaun for bringing Tim and Shana to MN!)

Me and Tim after the workshop! It was a 7 hour workshop and conducted SO well. They were detailed, taught us step by step how to execute the moves and discussed format, they answered all our questions and were fun to be around. It was WELL worth it. 

SUPPER. It was huge afterwards, my appetite was through the roof! 
Turkey burger with avacado, Kale with Tamari, garlic and cheese and a sweet potato with cheese!

I am officially a punk rope instructor! Just have to find a place to teach the class! 

All my loot from the day, it was a wonderful experience. 
Click here to find a punk rope class near you or to learn more about becoming an instructor! 


sunflowerramos said...

Wow!! That is awesome. I am 1/2 Scottish so that would've been cool to be there.
I am going to see if there is one in my area.
Good luck on teaching the class. I am sure it will be a blast!

Hey that rhymes!

Tricia said...


teacherwoman said...

Sounds like a fun class! Congrats on becoming an instructor!

Miz said...

Ive only met tim virtually and enjoyed the pics and the info about the course.

and Im jealous.
I really wanna so this as well.

Julie said...

Hi Mary,
Who knew there was such a thing as punk rope? It looks like so much fun:) I used to be a pretty good jumper too! When you mentioned double dutch it brought back memories from when I was twelve:) THanks for sharing this...great pictures!

Jaime said...

I don't think I was ever good at jumping rope as a kid...I wonder if I'd be better at it now if someone taught me proper form? hehe.

Mary said...

I was totally amazed at what working on the right form can do, the jumps are easier! It's like a bicep curl to the side, elbows in and arms straight out, but turning at the wrist to spin the rope!

Anonymous said...

congrats on the punk rope certification. i have a team competing in the punk rope games this saturday in brooklyn...cant wait.
you can find nyc punk rope classes on

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