Overcoming Obstacles

On Saturday, Aug 13 Team Panther and Pug, consisting of myself and 6 teammates—Bengey, Geo, Heather, Katie, Shana, and Sophia—ventured to Randall's Island to tackle the City Challenge 5K obstacle race. It was the very first obstacle race for 3 of my teammates, and hopefully not the last. In addition to running (okay sometimes we [...]

By |August 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Revisiting Play

I recently read an article entitled "In Defense of Play" in the Atlantic by Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology and an affiliate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley. Gopnik asks the question: "Why play?" She then answers that question with some fascinating insights, citing everything from evolution to robotics along the way. But before [...]

By |August 12th, 2016|mind-body connection, mindfulness, play|0 Comments

Get Motivated to Move

The always wise and informative Eric Barker recently blogged about the best ways to get motivated to exercise. You can read the entire post here, but we thought you'd like a summary. 1) Don't focus on the start of the workout: The beginning might be painful, but the rest of it can be great, especially [...]

By |July 24th, 2016|exercise anxiety, therapeutic exercise|0 Comments

Announcing the 10 Events for the 2016 Punk Rope Games

First offered in 2009, the 8th annual Punk Rope Games will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 11am to 2pm at Murphy's Brother's Playground in Manhattan (NYC). Everybody is welcome to either compete (we have room for 16 teams of 3) or be a spectator. There's a $20 suggested donation for competitors, but no [...]

By |July 20th, 2016|jump rope event, Punk Rope Games, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jump Rope to End Violence

Medina, Baghdad, Dhaka, Orlando, Paris, Baton Rouge, Dallas, basically every city in America, and the list goes on and on. Why can't we all just get along? Is it worth killing each other over differences in ideology, color, creed, ethnicity, wealth, or sexual orientation? Of course not. Kudos to Roshonda Walker for organizing an event [...]

By |July 8th, 2016|jump rope event|0 Comments

The Number 1 Reason to Try CrossFit

Our guest author is Bronson Dant, the owner of CrossFit PCR in Ellicott City, Maryland. Shana and I will be leading a double unders seminar at Bronson's box on July 17. As an aside, I've now visited more than 75 CrossFit gyms around the country and have had a great experience 95% of the time. [...]

By |June 24th, 2016|CrossFit, functional exercise, HIIT|0 Comments

Punk Rope Salutes the Ramones

In 1976 the Ramones released their first album, Ramones, and since then rock music has never been the same. The Ramones arguably launched the punk movement and not only inspired bands like the Clash and the Sex Pistols, but also gave hope to millions of teenage wannabe rock stars worldwide. I had the good fortune to see [...]

By |June 20th, 2016|jump rope class, rock and roll|0 Comments

Being Physically Fit Can Boost Emotional Resilience

This post is based on a blog post written by Eric Barker. During my 7+ years of teaching Beastanetics, the one component of the program that has led to more anxiety than any other is the 400-meter run. Some of my students have been absolutely petrified that they couldn’t do it without stopping midway, or without vomiting (and [...]

By |May 26th, 2016|exercise anxiety, mind-body connection, running|0 Comments

Staying Mindful While Working Out

When you carry something heavy like a 40-pound cinderblock, you need to be focused so you don’t hurt yourself. If you get distracted, you could drop the block on your foot or strain your back or poke your eye out. The truth is that most of us remain mindful when attempting a high-risk feat, but [...]

By |April 20th, 2016|meditation, mind-body connection, mindfulness|0 Comments

Rediscovering the Supine Bridge

As I was lying in down in my physical therapist's office due to yet another sports injury, I was reminded of how important it is to strengthen the glutes and hamstrings and also how simple it is to do with no equipment. Just bridge! Lie on your back. Bend your knees enough so that you [...]

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