Go to the Mardi Gras | Professor Longhair
Drink Jax Beer | Ramsey McLean & The Survivors
Zydeco Cha Cha | The Zydepunks
When the Saints Go Marching In | Preservation Hall Jazz Band
New Second Line | Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band
Whole Lotta Loving | Fats Domino
Hurricane Season | Trombone Shorty
Great Balls of Fire | Jerry Lee Lewis
Ready Teddy | Little Richard
Hot Tamale Baby | Buckwheat Zydeco
Make You Sweat Zydeco | Chubby Carrier
Turbo Zydeco | Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Chatterbox | Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Basin Street Blues | Dr. John
Go to the Mardi Gras | Professor Longhair
For many of us working out is a solitary pursuit. And while there’s nothing wrong with that I’ve found that there can be tremendous benefit not only to working out in a group setting, but actually performing movements which require group cooperation. The photo above depicts a group lunge during our MLK Jr. tribute class. The idea was to demonstrate as MLK believed that there is power in numbers. While the movement started out a little choppy and out of sync with each step it became smoother, more coordinated, and indeed more powerful. Then there’s the added benefit of meeting at least two new exercisers to either side of you. All in all it’s a win win.Leave a comment
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
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
To help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan we’re holding fundraisers at our 12/2 and 12/4 classes and happy hours in New York City. If you can’t attend please consider donating to either NAFCON or the Huairou Commission, two organizations that our students have worked with directly. In addition, through 12/8 we’ll donate 100% of the profits from the sale of our Punk Rope T-shirts. Click here to order a Punk Rope shirt.Leave a comment
Beastanetics Games 11/3/12:
Final Team and Individual Results
Roguey Fogies: 18
Readiness Squad: 9
Chilly Cold Fresh: 8
Tim Kafalas: 8′ 1″
Tomer Grassiany: 7′ 8″
Rich Mudge: 7′ 7″
Scott Jackson: 7′ 1″
Joe Katz: 6′ 8″
Jeff Wood: 6′ 8″
Sahy Lalime: 6′ 5″
Sarah Grass: 6′ 5″
Heather Wagner: 6′ 0″
Shawnette Proper: 6′ 0″
Chelsea Deklotz: 5′ 3″
Rita Wozniak: 3′ 9″
Roguey Fogies: 8.94
Chilly Cold Fresh: 10.18
Readiness Squad: 10.35
RUBBER CHICKEN SHUTTLE
Roguey Fogies: 133.78
Readiness Squad: 1:35.05
Chilly Cold Fresh: 1:47.29
Sahy Lalime: 30
Sarah Grass: 30
Joe Katz: 29
Tomer Grassiany: 29
Heather Wagner: 29
Tim Kafalas: 25
Jeff Wood: 25
Chelsea Deklotz: 24
Shawnette Proper: 23
Rich Mudge: 22
Scott Jackson: 22
Rita Wozniak: 14
3 x 400 METER RELAY
(Sarah 1:18.51, Sahy 1:13.88, Tomer 1:07.43)
Readiness Squad: 4:07.49
(Scott 1:18.69, Chelsea 1:32.75, Joe 1:16.05)
Roguey Fogies: 4:11.37
(Heather 1:32.38, Jeff 1:19:58, Tim 1:19.41)
Chilly Cold Fresh: 4:46.30
(Shawnette 1:36.24, Rita 1:47.81, Rich 1:22.23)
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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Jeff Wood (aka Heavy Watt), Joe (Fat) Katz, Alanna Rios (aka Chubb Rock), and Heather Wagner (aka Krutch Groove) put on quite the show in capturing the Punk Rope Cup at the 4th Annual Punk Rope Games at William Sheridan Playground in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. More photos and videos to come soon.
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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
Last Wednesday, Shana and I, along with our Dixieland jazz band—comprised of Jeff Wood, Heather Wagner, Matt Maley, and Frank Cohen—were honored to represent Punk Rope at the HealthCorps’ Annual Gala. The event was held at the famed Waldorf-Astoria hotel and approximately 700 guests were in attendance including HealthCorps founder, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and honorees, Diane Sawyer and Matthew Modine.
If you’re not familiar with HealthCorps, it’s a wonderful organization, which places recent college graduates in inner city high schools to help students improve their health, nutrition, and fitness habits. Currently HealthCorps is operating in 53 schools in 12 states. Punk Rope has been pleased to be a partner since 2008.
We presented two Punk Rope demonstrations, in formal attire no less, to provide the guests with a sense of how we put a playful and sometimes “fantastical” spin on exercise, which hopefully captures students’ attention and provides them with a good workout and maybe a few good laughs as well.
The demonstrations were set to “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “New Second Line” and featured a “Dixieland jazz band drill,” partner punk-ups, playfighting with foam swords, a rubber chicken relay race, and a Mardi Gras procession. All the activities were performed flawlessly by our volunteers (see photo at left)—Gerlena, Karim, Cosima, and Jennifer—all high school students.
We’ll be partnering again with HealthCorps on Sunday, May 20 at their Highway to Health Festival at South Street Seaport. Stop by between 1 and 2:30pm to compete in a scaled-down version of the Punk Rope Games. You might just win a prize!
Our hope is that next year we’ll have an opportunity to share our philosophy and methodology with the entire HealthCorps staff nationwide.Leave a comment