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Can rope jumping lower cholesterol? Ask Martin.

Can rope jumping lower cholesterol? Ask Martin.

This is part 1 of our interview with Martin Kirwan, a former semi-pro soccer player, who hails from Ireland. Martin has 10 grandchildren and a great grandson. How many great grandparents do you know that are jumping rope?

How’s your cholesterol now that you’ve been upping the intensity of your workouts?
The reason for me training again is because my cholesterol was 8.2, which is serious. 3 to 4 is considered acceptable. I hadn’t done any training of any sort for 18 years, so if I may say so myself I am surprised at my level of fitness. I started off with a 5-minute run around the block and I was absolutely knackered after it, but I gradually built it up and then moved on to The Sean T Insanity program. My 38-year-old son tried it and lasted 12 minutes. He was mortified that his old man could do the complete program. Anyway, I just had my cholesterol retested an it is down from 8.2 to 4. My doctor was very impressed that I accomplished this without any medication. He said for a man of my age to achieve this is impressive indeed. He told me to keep up the good work. I told him “I’ll just keep jumping.”

 Have you made any modifications to your diet? If so, which ones?
Because of my soccer background, I know how important my diet is for results, so just some basic modifications where I never drink fizzy drinks at all, cut down on the chocolate, and take plenty of vitamins, and protein drinks.

You mentioned that you played semi-pro soccer for many years. Did you do any skipping for fitness back then?
In my time we usually stuck to the fitness routines for our particular sport, however I had a friend who was a boxer and every time we would have a drink together he always brought this up that skipping was great for the cardiovascular system and for coordination, but his advice always fell on deaf ears.

Would you recommend rope jumping to today’s youth soccer players? If so, why?
My 7-year-old grandson is doing very well at the soccer academy. He’s scored 29 goals in 16 matches, and all from midfield, so when he turns 8 in October I am going to introduce him to some basic jump rope techniques to improve his balance, speed, and coordination.

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Punk Rope Playlists: Superheroes

Punk Rope Playlists: Superheroes

Superheroes | Motion Plus
Teen Titans Theme | Puffy Ami Yumi
I’m Popeye The Sailor Man | Face To Face
Theme from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Bonded By Blood
Speed Racer | Everclear
Godzilla | Saw Loser
Toxic Avenger | The Dickies
Batman | The Jam
Spiderman | The Ramones
Gigantor | The Dickies
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town | Sugarcult
Godzilla | The Monsters
Green Hornet | Link Wray
Superman | New London Philarmonic Orchestra
Superman’s Song | Crash Test Dummies

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Punk Rope Rocks Highway to Health

Punk Rope Rocks Highway to Health

We’ve made appearances at countless health fairs and festivals over the years, but you never really know what’s going to happen until the event actually starts. Fortunately, yesterday’s Highway to Health Festival, which was produced by HealthCorps, was one of the best we’ve ever attended.

Thanks to Joe, Liz, Howard, and Shana, the Punk Rope booth was hopping all day. Since the event took place at South Street Seaport, we had the pleasure of teaching rope jumping to a large number of tourists, as well as locals. The broad jump mat (see photo below) was a big hit with kids of all ages including those over 50. People love immediate feedback and it doesn’t get more immediate than looking down to see how far you jumped. One of the highlights of the day was turning the long rope for our friend, Adam, the founder of Just One Wheel. What made it especially cool was that Adam was jumping over the rope while on a unicycle!

The Punk Rope demo on the main stage featured rousing renditions of Olé by the Bouncing Souls and Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones. And the day concluded with a raucous competition under the tent. Events included crossing, double unders, spoons, long rope, “pull it together” (3-person squat), standing broad jump, and push-ups. Four lucky folks received pairs of Ropix rope jumping shoes and we also gave away some jump ropes, T-shirts, and DVDs.

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Punk Rope Playlists: The Ramones

Punk Rope Playlists: The Ramones

Joey Ramone would have been 61 on May 19. If it weren’t for Joey and the Ramones there would be no Punk Rope. This class goes out to Joey and everybody who’s played for the Ramones over the years.

Danny Says | End of the Century
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker | Rocket To Russia
Blitzkrieg Bop | Ramones
R.A.M.O.N.E.S. | Adios Amigos!
Chinese Rocks | End of the Century
I Don’t Care | Rocket To Russia
Suzy Is A Headbanger | Leave Home
Judy Is A Punk | Ramones
Cretin Hop | Rocket To Russia
Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? | End of the Century
Rockaway Beach | Rocket To Russia
The KKK Took My Baby Away | Pleasant Dreams
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) | Brain Drain
I Just Want To Have Something To Do | Road To Ruin
She Belongs To Me | Animal Boy

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Punk Rope Playlists: Hockey

Punk Rope Playlists: Hockey

Rock And Roll Part 2 | Gary Glitter
Time to Go | Dropkick Murphys
The Hockey Song | Hanson Brothers
Lost My Teeth | The Zambonis
The Enemy | Hanson Brothers
Penalty Box | Steakknife
Helmethead | Great Big Sea
Zamboni Driving Maniac | Two Man Advantage
Quebec’s Gonna Riot / Quick Jab | Two Man Advantage
Thunderstruck | Blizzard Brothers
The Final Countdown | Various Artists
Blood On The Ice | The Riverdales
I Wanna Be a NY Ranger | The Misfits
Hockey Song | Vile Richard
Hit Somebody! | Warren Zevon

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Yes, we have a rope jumping instructional DVD!

Yes, we have a rope jumping instructional DVD!

Nearly four years in the making at a cost of countless millions, Rope Jumping for Maximum Fitness is finally a reality. Okay, we’re kidding about the countless millions, but there’s no doubt that a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into the project.

Lovingly directed and shot by Cynthia Malaran, the 74-minute DVD was shot on location at Location One, an art gallery in Soho and stars two time Punk Rope Games champ, Howard Wu, Beastanetics all-star, Heather Wagner, and Tim and Shana. Alfred and Tonka appear courtesy of their agents.

The DVD focuses on rope jumping basics and provides detailed instructions on how to perform more than 20 steps, which improve timing, coordination, agility, speed, endurance, power, strength, and more. Also covered are how to fix common mistakes, proper warm-up and cooldown protocols, and some simple exercises, which help ward off injury.

56 minutes of the video are devoted to instruction and 18 minutes to an actual workout, which is fueled by the sonic boom of New York-based bands Alice Texas, ps xo, The Likely Hoods, and The Shalitas.

The physical DVD is available for $15.00 (and includes the Jump Rope Made Easy PDF Manual) or as a digital download for $6.00.

You can check out the DVD trailer by clicking here.

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