Jumping rope isn’t just for kids. Punk rope, a strenuous workout that involves jump roping, calisthenics, fitness games, relay races, and core training, is the latest innovative exercise program to hit Baristaville. It was created by personal trainer and USA Track & Field coach Tim Haft, who ran a workshop at the Montclair YMCA last weekend to train punk rope teachers. Local health and wellness maven Alma Schneider was among the 11 fitness instructors, personal trainers and teachers who passed the certification.
Haft describes punk rope as “recess the way you wanted it to be when you were a kid.” He says the name doesn’t come from the music played, which also includes rock, jazz, techno and even classical–but to an attitude. “We are non-corporate. We don’t charge licensing fees. It’s not about racking up profits, it’s about getting people healthy,” says Haft.
Would you attend a punk rope class? What’s your favorite workout and why?