Tim and Shana certified 9 Punk Rope instructors today at the Dodge YMCA in downtown Brooklyn. Seven of the nine are employed at various branches of the YMCA of New York City including the Ridgewood Y, Dodge Y, Coney Island Y, McBurney Y, and Westside Y. The hope is that, as a result, at least one new Punk Rope class will launch in the next two months. The highlight of the day was the dance-themed demo class, which featured Bhangra, the Can Can, and the Hora.Leave a comment
Congrats to Stephanie Ward? and Jeremy Rafal? on inspiring hundreds of students at Evander Childs High School in the Bronx (my mom’s alma mater) to fall in love with rope jumping. They taught more than 10 classes over the past two days and did an outstanding job. So proud of them! Will share pics as soon as they become available. Perhaps more schools will now be interested in learning the “Punk Rope” way.Leave a comment
Thanks to my amazing Punk Rope performing crew and loyal fans, I was fortunate to be selected as the Fan Favorite on Episode III of Fit or Flop. Click here to check out my contestant page as well as watch both my solo and group auditions. Next up, the Fit or Flop crew will be shooting additional footage of me and I expect I’ll get to compete again in about 5 months or around September. I will most definitely keep you posted and thanks again for all your support.Leave a comment
4 sets @ 25 sec + 15 sec recovery for exercises 1-6
Rev lunge with single arm reach (90s)
Wide push-ups (4 x 20s)
Swimmers (3 x 30s)
Plank swivel (4 x 20s)
Heel-toe crunch (2 x 30s)
1. Short sprint & touch
3. Bell jump
4. Get ups
5. 1 legged mountain climber
6. Squat jump jacks
For exercises 1-6, 4 sets @ 23 sec + 17 sec recovery
Partner Squat (60s)
Push-ups (4 x 20s)
Split Squat (45s each leg)
Cobra (3 x 30s; 10s rec)
Curl-Up 1 knee bent (45s ea side; 10s rec)
Plank (3 x 30s; 10s rec)
1. Burpee (mod: 1 leg at a time)
2. High Knees
3. Fast feet & lateral drop
4. Squat Jumps
5. Mountain climbers
6. Frog Squats
4 sets @ 24 sec + 16 sec recovery for exercises 1-6.
Push-up Assessment (60s)
Partner band resisted backward running around cone (2 x 45s)
Prisoner Lunge (90s)
Superman (3 x 30 sec)
Plank w/ Arm Raised (8 x 10 sec)
Windshield Wipers (2 x 30s)
2. Back to Back Get Ups
3. Forward High Knees
4. Side Hop Over Cone
5. Plank Slalom
6. Staggered Squat Jumps
We’re thrilled that Gothamist, the blog that covers all things New York, chose us for their list of best workouts in New York City that you’re not likely to find at your gym. Hopefully the secret is out and more gyms will consider adding Punk Rope to their group exercise schedule. Click here to read the article in Gothamist.Leave a comment
4 sets @ 24 sec + 16 sec recovery for exercises 1-6
Squat Thrust Assessment (60s)
Partner band resisted forward running around cone (2 x 45s)
Transverse Lunge (90s)
Staggered push-ups (4 x 20s)
Swimmers (3 x 30s)
Plank w/ Leg Raised (8 x 10s)
Criss Cross (2 x 30s)
1. Fast feet & drop
2. Bell jump
3. Lateral High Knees
4. Star Jumps
5. Break Dance
6. Surfing Squat Jumps
Back by popular demand!! It’s the Lose to Win Fit Challenge brought to you by Kate Buenaflor and Mike Camarra.
There are only 3 requirements to participate:
1 – Pay the $40 entry fee.
2 – Participate in the first weigh-in
3 – Participate in the final weigh-in
- This is a 60 day competition.
- The first weigh-in will be on Saturday, January 11 from 1pm-3pm. The final weigh-in is Saturday, March 8 from 1pm-3pm. If you want to participate, but cannot make the first/last weigh-in, an earlier date can be arranged.
- There are 3 categories: Male BF % loss, Female BF % loss, and overall WEIGHT loss. Each category will have a cash prize. The more people who compete, the bigger the prize.
- You win the BF% loss contest by losing the greatest percent of your body fat. For example, if you are starting at 20% BF and drop to 10% BF, you have lost 50 percent of your BF and score 50 (that’s really good).
- Body Fat % will be measured with a special scale.
- Weigh-ins will take at Betz Method at 8 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
- Betz Method is offering a free class to all non-member competitors. Beginner classes are at 8pm on Wednesdays and 10am on Saturdays.
- Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook
Many of us eat far too quickly. And, at each meal we expect to eat to the point of fullness. Unfortunately, eating in this manner – quickly and until full – will always present challenges to your performance, health, and body composition goals. This is true even if you eat the right foods (though eating mostly whole, minimally processed foods makes it much easier to tune into these powerful appetite cues).
Learning to tune into and follow your hunger and fullness cues will be paramount to your long-term success. It will teach you to slow down, to listen to your body and its needs and to stop eating when you are satisfied, not full. This is actually one of the most important skills you need to build for long-term nutrition success.
Why is this so? It takes about 20 minutes for our satiety mechanisms to work. What this means is that the signal from our gut takes time to get to our brain. So, if you eat quickly, it is more than likely that you will eat far more in that 20-minute window than you need, and before your brain can tell you that you have eaten enough. Regardless of food quality and macronutrient composition, over-eating is over-eating. Unless you are trying to gain weight, learning this skill is critical (and even then it is still critical, because you won’t be trying to gain weight forever).
An excellent goal is to aim for about 15-20 minutes per meal, at a minimum. If this is too big of a change for you, simply aim to take a little longer for now, slowly stretching out your meals until you are able to reach that 15-20 minute mark.
To do this, simply utilize the following strategies:
Slowing down your eating will help in many capacities. When you eat slowly, you tend to eat fewer calories with each meal (because your brain has time to tell you enough has been eaten), drink more water (improving hydration status and health), improve digestion (because it starts in the mouth), and tune into your hunger and fullness cues more effectively.