4 sets x 20 sec + 16 sec recovery
2. Run & touch (6 yards)
3. Basketball shuffle (6 yards)
4. Side hops over cone
5. Water strider
6. Power skip (18 yards)
7. Plie squat jumps
8. 400 meter run
9. Forward walking lunge (60s)
10. Push-ups – staggered (4 x 20 sec)
11. Prone hip exten (4 x 30 sec)
12. Criss cross (4 x 30s)
4 sets x 20 sec + 16 sec recovery
1) You just released some new mash-ups. What’s your creative process? Also, any chance we can get you to guest DJ a Punk Rope mash-up class?
I keep my ears open for interesting tunes, from any genre. I’ll scan through radio stations when I’m driving, or listen to the music playing in restaurants. I keep a folder of potential mashup tunes on my laptop, and I play through those when I’m working on something. There’s even a few songs in there that I heard in Punk Rope class – I’m still trying to do something with “All The Young Dudes.” And I would love to be a guest DJ for Punk Rope!
2) You’ve played bass for high profile musicians such as Ray Charles and Barry Manilow. What was it like to tour with those guys? Any good gossip?
Ray was very demanding, with an amazing ear. He could hear if the 2nd trombone player was out of tune, and he would call him out for it, on stage. The first couple months of the tour were really challenging – I was still figuring out what he wanted. After that, it was easier. It was a great way to see the world and learn from one of the greats. Barry’s tour was smoother – the music wasn’t as difficult from a bass-playing perspective, and the touring wasn’t as brutal. He’s a truly nice guy, super-smart too. He would get the Sunday NY Times in whatever city we were in, and do the crossword puzzle in half an hour. He told me that several times he’s been one of the clues.
3) You’ve been an avid Punk Roper for around a year. What attracted you to the class in the first place and why to you keep coming?
I read about the class on the blog for the Hype Machine, one of my favorite music web sites. It sounded fun, and different than anything I tried before. I have a terrible track record of unused gym memberships, so I was hoping to find something I could stick with. Once I came, I was hooked immediately by your welcoming attitude, the friendly vibe in the class, and the music, which is not the usual stuff I listen to. I consider that a plus!
4) You work as a composer of music for TV commercials. What are some of your favorite ads you’ve worked on?
It was really fun writing the music for the MnM’s commercial “Nothing Rhymes With Orange”. The song had to change genres every few bars, which was a good challenge. And it gave me the chance to work with Megan Mullally, who’s amazing. I’m also proud of “Buried Treasure” for SSGA. I like writing in retro styles. I tried to make it sound like an authentic French tune from the 60’s.
5) We had the pleasure of jumping one evening with your two boys. They’re great kids, which made it clear that you’re a great dad. How do you balance all the competing demands in your life to be the best dad possible?
Awww, thanks. When I’m with them, I really try to be present, which is not always easy with all the distractions available for both kids and grown-ups. One thing that helps is that they share some of my geeky interests. We’ll be at Comic Con and Maker Faire this year, for example.
6) If you could only jump rope to one song from here on out what would it be?
This may be an unlikely choice, but I remember during a Broadway-themed class, you played “Age of Aquarius”. Something about the tempo, and the cowbell playing on the quarter notes really kept me going. If I can pick an alternate, it would be Clapstero by Pilchard, an odd but very groovy mashup of The Clapping Song, Ravel’s Bolero, and Toxic.
7) Anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
Well, I’m starting a new project, and I really need a soulful, gospel-influenced female singer – Jennifer Hudson-ish. Know anyone?
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4 sets x 20 sec + 18 sec recovery
- Backpedal & run (6 yards)
- Carioca (18 yards)
- Butt kickers
- Break dance
- Extended skip (18 yards)
- Squat jumps
- 400 meter run
- Reverse lunge (60 sec)
- Push-ups – wide (4 x 20 sec)
- Maidenhead (4 x 30 sec)
- Ab curl – 1 leg extended (4 x 30 sec)
Dancers around the city are waiting for you to return to DJing. Have you picked a DJ name yet? If so what is it? Where would your dream gig be and name 3 songs you’re psyched about playing.
I’m happy to be making a DJ comeback after a 5 year hiatus. Still haven’t picked a new DJ name, but am open to suggestions. My old DJ name back in the day was “D.J. Benny Ben”. My dream gig, would be DJing anywhere period. Rocking a Friday or Saturday night would be great. I like too many songs to pick just 3. As long as I know the song moves the person, makes them tap their feet, or break it down on the dance floor, then it’s good. Stay tuned for a holiday dance house party for my first practice DJing gig.
You didn’t get to defend your Punk Rope Cup title in 2012. What are the chances you’ll be back in 2013?
The chances of me coming back are great. I’m up for a challenge. Would love to reunite with the Bone Jumpers and see if we can make another run.
Word has it you’re an actor…and a dancer…and a model…What types of leads should our readers send you? Are you going to be appearing in any plays, films, etc. in the near future?
I’m into comedic and dramatic roles. I’m currently appearing in a web series called “Math Warriors,” which you can check out on Youtube. Season 1 is up and we just released Season 2. If we get 10,000 hits then we’re going to pitch the show to a network. So please watch! There are 5 episodes in all. Here’s the link to the latest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1huLNRPVf0. I’m also going to work with an acting coach for the fall to expand my talents and will be auditioning for more projects.
You’re a Punk Roper. You’re a Beast. You’re doing Tim’s 5K running program. What are your top 3 fitness goals for the remainder of 2012.
1) being consistent 2) getting fitter 3) pushing myself
You’re a native New Yorker, but even natives need to chill sometimes. Describe your favorite “chillout” day in the city.
My favorite “chillout” day in the city would be hanging out on any rooftop or pier facing the Manhattan skyline with good company or by myself. Even as a native New Yorker I’m still amazed at the beautiful buildings/lights of the Manhattan skyline.
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Meet Kimmie David, a Punk Roper in New York City. The photo above was taken at the 2012 Punk Rope Games. Kimmie was a member of the silver medal winning Asian Contagion team.
Word has it Tim helped advise you when you were an undergrad at Hunter. Did his advice have any effect?
Tim wasn’t assigned as my advisor, but I did meet him in the advising office, and the only thing he advised me to do was to check out Punk Rope, which I finally did, four years later.
We’re eagerly anticipating your burlesque debut. Any ideas for a stage name? And what makes you want to take your clothes off in public?
Noooo! Pressure on the burlesque front! If anyone can christen me with a fitting stage name that references Queens, you get five dollars and my undying, glittery love. And to answer the second question: the world needs more beauty.
You have a really unique look and style. How do you describe it? What are your influences?
My style comes from: having worked my way through college at the Hot Topic in Queens Center Mall and stocking up with my employee discount, going to Catholic school for thirteen years, fitting everyone’s hand-me-downs, owning too many T-shirts and a sewing machine, and a fancy dress addiction. The more vintage, the better.
You’re a Buffalo Bills fan. That’s so random. How did you get hooked on the Bills?
This is not random! Buffalo, as I recall, is in New York, and I live in New York. I also have a penchant for underdog teams and disappointment and the big upset. I live for the moment of Big Upset.
Any thoughts on what you might do next after leaving Bluestockings? Looking for any leads or connections from our readers?
Ok, guys. Check this: I co-owned an amazing bookstore for close to five years, and I just hung up my hat there. But bookselling is one of those things I live for (along with removing articles of clothing while watching football), so if anyone knows of a bookselling position with a small-to-mid-sized independent in NYC…or something in the publishing universe…or anything else that lets me roll around in piles of books without having to go back to school…do let me know.
BEASTANETICS RECAP 8/2/12
4 sets x 20 sec + 20 sec recovery
1. Run (18 yards)
2. Lateral shuffle (18 yards)
3. Star jumps
4. Mountain climbers
5. Speed skip
6. Speed squats
400 meter run
Forward lunge (60 sec)
Push-ups – regular (4 x 20 sec)
Baby cobra (4 x 30 sec)
Single leg stretch (4 x 30 sec)
This is the final part 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?
You’ve created your own routine blending rope jumping with the TRX. Can you give us a snapshot of the routine?
Obviously the warm-up is very important, and I stretch my whole body, with particular emphasis on my leg and groin muscles. I do 3 minutes of jump rope, starting with the basic jump, then the jogger, straddles, playground hop, the skier, the boxer, and high knees to finish. With the TRX I focus on the abs. The first set I can do with no problem, but after my second and third sets of jump rope, my strength starts to falter. This is followed by a complete leg workout, which is also intense, then arms, shoulders, back, and core. All of these are done with very little recovery time. I then take a minute’s rest before my next jump rope set, which is the same as above. I have to remember I’m not the young stallion I was when I played semi-pro soccer.
What do you enjoy most about rope jumping? What do you find most challenging?
I would never have dreamed of doing jump rope as part of my routine, but I purchased a jump rope workout download from the TRX site, which features Buddy Lee (the rope jumping star), so I tried it and was amazed at how enjoyable the jump rope is. I like to push myself to my age limit, letting my body guide me on intensity so I don’t overdo it, but I never underdo it either. My heart is pumping near its maximum for my age. The jump rope is very challenging from set two to three, but I always manage to finish my routine. I might miss a few jumps, but hey I’m a beginner.
Do you listen to music while you workout? If so, any favorite tunes?
Not really. I start about 6:30am so don’t want to annoy the neighbors or the Rottweiler, but if you want to know my taste I am a big Doobie Brothers fan. I also like Steely Dan, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, and at the moment when working at my PC, Ludovico Einaudi. He really calms the system down.
Tell us a bit about your semi-pro soccer career.
I played for my hometown club — Club Drogheda United — from 1976 to 1985, having been part of their successful youth team that won the F.A.I. Youth Cup. My fondest memories are signing semi-pro forms, and then captaining the club in my final season. I always wore my heart on my sleeve for the club, and no matter how bad times were, the hairs on the back of my neck always stood up when I pulled the shirt on. My one regret was when Brian Kerr (who then managed the Irish national team) offered me a contract to play for Saint Patrick’s Athletic in Dublin, but I couldn’t commit as I had a young family, didn’t drive, and travelling to Dublin four times a week for training and matches would have been too much. The following year, on the last day of the season, we played St. Pats and they won the league at our ground. So I missed out on a League of Ireland Winners’ Medal. Also when I returned to Ireland from England I lost all my memorabilia from my soccer career, so I have no newspaper cuttings or anything to show my grandchildren, however my 21-year-old grandson is always telling me that he met this person and that person (he doesn’t remember names too well) and they always tell him how good a midfielder I was.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Yes Tim, I was really struggling to get a momentum going with the jump rope. As much as I watched videos on YouTube they never really showed the basics — just guys showing off their skills. Then one day Punk Rope appeared on the list and I viewed some videos, and these were very helpful to me, so I purchased your downloadable DVD. It takes me through the very basics of the skill, which is what I need to perfect it, and now I am doing 3-minute sets without hardly any breaks. It’s all on account of the attention to detail on your jump rope DVD so many thanks for that.
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.
Posted in Fitness, New York Events Tagged Dr. Oz, HealthCorps, Highway to Health, obesity epidemic, Punk Rope, youth fitness
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.Leave a comment
Posted in Fitness, Fitness Equipment Tagged exercise DVD, jump rope DVD, jump rope workout, Location One, Punk Rope, rope jumping instruction, workout video
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.
You can check out the DVD trailer by clicking here.Leave a comment