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Beastanetics Workout of the Week

Beastanetics Workout of the Week

4 sets x 20 sec + 16 sec recovery
1.    Warm-up
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)
13.    Cooldown

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Punk Rope Playlists: Oktoberfest

Punk Rope Playlists: Oktoberfest

Da Da Da | Trio
Hurra | Die Ärzte
Polizei | Slime
Kopf ab, Schwanz ab, Has! | Wizo
Niemals geht man so ganz | Heiter bis Wolkig
Die Sauerkrautpolka | Die Roten Rosen
The KKK Took My Baby Away | Die Ärzte
Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder | Die Toten Hosen
Alkohol | Die Toten Hosen
Pump Ab Das Bier | MC Dosenstecher
Im Sumpf des Verbrechens | Betontod
99 Luftballons | Nena
O’zapft is des grosse Fass’l | Bert Himmer
Computer Karriere | Puhdys
Beer Barrel Medley | Eddie Hadner & Hans Prettner

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Spotlight on Darren Solomon

Spotlight on Darren Solomon

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?

Learn more about Darren at www.darrensolomon.com

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Beastanetics Workout of the Week

Beastanetics Workout of the Week

4 sets x 20 sec + 18 sec recovery

  1. Warm-up
  2. Backpedal & run (6 yards)
  3. Carioca (18 yards)
  4. Butt kickers
  5. Break dance
  6. Extended skip (18 yards)
  7. Squat jumps
  8. 400 meter run
  9. Reverse lunge (60 sec)
  10. Push-ups – wide (4 x 20 sec)
  11. Maidenhead (4 x 30 sec)
  12. Ab curl – 1 leg extended       (4 x 30 sec)
  13. Cooldown
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NYC Bans Sale of Large, Sugary Drinks

NYC Bans Sale of Large, Sugary Drinks

Seeking to reduce out-of-control obesity rates, the New York City Board of Health recently approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts, and movie theaters. The move represents the first restriction of its kind in the country.

The measure, which bans the sale of many sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces, is to take effect on March 12, unless it is blocked by a judge. The vote by the Board of Health was the only regulatory approval needed to make the ban binding in the city, but the American soft-drink industry has campaigned strongly against the measure and pledged to fight it through other means.

What are your thoughts about this measure?

Should government be permitted to dictate what and how much we can consume of certain beverages and foods?

If not, should government have any role in fighting the obesity crisis?

And if government shouldn’t play a role, what can private citizens do to make a difference?

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Punk Rope Playlists: Pirates

Punk Rope Playlists: Pirates

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated each year on September 19.
Speak appropriately.

Captain Kidd | Great Big Sea
Jolly Roger | The Wages of Sin
Mutiny | Goldblade
All for Me Grog | Scurvy Bastards
Drunken Sailor | Handclubbers
He’s a Pirate | Klaus Badelt
I’m Shipping Up To Boston | Dropkick Murphys
In Frampton Cotterill I Were Born | Surfin Turnips
South Australia | jeff greer band
The Last Saskatchewan Pirate | Tyler Lewis
Swagger | Flogging Molly
The Seven Deadly Sins | Flogging Molly
Yo, Ho, Ho (And a Bottle of Rum) | Craig Toungate
Dungeon Song | Scurvy Bastards
Pegleg | Billy Bones

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Can You Lose Weight Through Exercise Alone?

Can You Lose Weight Through Exercise Alone?

The short answer is yes, but…

You knew the “but” was coming so here it is. But it’s very, very, very difficult to lose weight through exercise alone unless you’re working out at a fairly high intensity for hours a day. The reason for this is that you can burn only so many calories through exercise and typically the more you burn the hungrier you get so you may end up pretty much right where you started.

I used to train beginning marathoners who were all excited about the weight loss prospects of running long distance. Now don’t get me wrong. They did train hard and they would occasionally burn upwards of 1,000 calories during a training session, but then they would go out and have a  couple of beers, some fries, and a piece of cake and lo and behold that caloric deficit suddenly became a surplus. You can easily wipe out a hard workout through mere minutes (seconds perhaps) of unhealthy eating.

That said, exercise is an enormous part of a weight loss plan, but it needs to be coupled with major dietary changes. And obviously if you want to keep the weight off you need to keep exercising and keep eating healthfully for the rest of your life.

It’s not complicated, just hard!

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Punk Rope Playlist: the 1950s

Punk Rope Playlist: the 1950s

I’m a Man | Bo Diddley
Johnny B. Goode | Chuck Berry
Ready Teddy | Little Richard
La Bamba | Ritchie Valens
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On | Little Richard
Rip It Up | Elvis Presley
Rockin’ Robin | Bobby Day
Rock Around the Clock | Bill Haley & His Comets
Bop-a-Lena | Ronnie Self
Thirty Days | Chuck Berry
Oh, Boy! | MxPx
I’m Ready | Fats Domino
Everyday | Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Jailhouse Rock | Elvis Presley
Fever | The Swingin’ Swamis

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Punk Rope Takes to the Streets

Shana Brady, Tim Haft, Rich Mudge, Jeremy Rafal, Howard Wu, and Tatsuya Yamada broke out the ropes on a deserted street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Watch the video below to see what happened.

 

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Free Pussy Riot!

Freedom of speech should be a fundamental right of all people. Regardless of what you think of their music, sending Pussy Riot to jail for voicing their opinions is a crime against humanity. Let the world know that you won’t stand for such an injustice. Thank you in advance for signing the petition below.

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