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Punk Rope

Sweat with a smile

Created in 2004 by Tim Haft, Punk Rope mashes up rope jumping with a variety of creative drills and games so you’ll never get bored.

Fueled by an ever-changing mix of raise-the-roof tunes, Punk Rope improves cardiovascular conditioning, agility, coordination, balance, rhythm, timing, strength, power, and speed. The average student burns roughly 600 calories per class.

Punk Rope is for everyone! Our students range in age from 8 to 80. Some are dipping their toes into the exercise waters for the first time while others are well-conditioned athletes. It makes no difference. Everybody has fun and gets a great workout.

If you haven’t jumped rope since 1st grade, don’t worry, we’ll teach you the basics in no time. And if you’re already a skilled jumper, we’ll take you to new heights.

But Punk Rope is about more than just fitness. Our playful approach to exercise will make you smile and laugh, which research shows is one of the keys to happiness. Before you know it you’ll be high fiving your fellow hoppers and making new friends.

Giving back is one of our core values. We’ve partnered with scores of non-profit and governmental organizations over the years on a range of causes including fighting childhood obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and heart disease. Punk Rope was a co-creator of City Harvest’s “Well-Seasoned” exercise program for seniors, The After-School Corporation’s “Building Healthy Communities” fitness program, and the Food Bank’s “Shake Program” (Staying Healthy as Kids Exercise).

Punk Rope can happen nearly anywhere. Classes have been held at bowling alleys, bars, breweries, parks, art galleries, churches, playgrounds, and even the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Any new activity can be challenging at first, but rope jumping is no harder than riding a bike. With a little practice, you’ll develop the necessary skill and timing and in the process you’ll increase your stamina.
The class consists of 14 intervals, which typically range from 90 seconds to 5 minutes. Expect to do three conditioning drills of which one might be a game, five rope-jumping intervals (about 15 minutes total), two relay races, and some core training and stretching.
On the fitness side, Punk Rope improves cardiovascular conditioning, coordination, power, strength, speed, agility, balance, rhythm, and timing. It can also help increase bone density and metabolism. But Punk Rope can also help to reduce stress and raise your happiness quotient.
We prefer a flexible, flat-soled sneaker, however footwear selection is extremely subjective so wear what works best for you.
Assuming you have no orthopedic limitations you should be just fine. Of course your instructor will be happy to offer certain modifications to make Punk Rope as safe and enjoyable for you as possible. That said, Punk Rope is a high-intensity, high-impact class and therefore is not suitable for everybody. If in doubt, reach out to tim@timhaft.com.
If you have an injury, it’s always best to check with your physician before beginning any new physical activity, especially a vigorous one like Punk Rope.
Please click here to visit our list of Punk Rope classes and instructors.
To start a class, you’ll need to attend a live Punk Rope Certification workshop or complete the Punk Rope Distance Certification. If this is something you’d like to do, but don’t have the funds, please reach out to us and we’ll do our best to help.
No, ropes are supplied. But if you’re in the market for a rope, ours are fast, durable, adjustable, and a great value. You can snag one here.

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