Punk Rope: Frequently Asked Questions
Is Punk Rope one hour straight of rope jumping?
No, no, no! Each class includes only 12-15 minutes of rope jumping broken up over 5 intervals. You will survive! The rest of the class blends creative calisthenics with fitness games, relay races, and core training so you’ll get a total body workout.
What type of shoes should I wear to class?
This is the source of endless debate, however we prefer a flexible, flat-soled sneaker such as a wrestling shoe, martial arts shoe, indoor soccer shoe, or “minimal” shoe such as Vibram’s Five Fingers, or Ropix
, a shoe designed specifically for rope jumping. That said, footwear is extremely subjective so feel free to wear what works for you.
How many calories will I burn per class?
First of all, you should be very suspicious when a fitness class makes a claim about caloric expenditure. How many calories you burn depends on many factors including your weight, fitness level, and how hard you work. That said, a 150-pound person jumping rope at 145 revolutions per minute—which is a moderate pace—will burn approximately 13 ½ calories per minute or roughly the same as they would burn running at an 8-minute-per-mile pace. During an average Punk Rope class, that same person will probably burn about 500 calories. But don’t get hung up on caloric expenditure. It is merely one of many reasons why people should exercise and can easily be negated by a poor diet. For example, you can obliterate 500 calories working your tail off in Punk Rope and hen take in 1,000 calories inhaling a single order of onion rings!
Can I bring my 6-year old with me to class?
We love having children in class, but it’s always best to check with your gym first as policies vary from facility to facility. By the way, here in New York City we had a 3-year old participate in one of our classes.
What kind of music do you play in class?
Music varies from class to class, but all instructors put a lot of thought and effort into their playlists. In New York, we play classic rock, classical, country, garage, hip hop, jazz, Latin, metal, punk, rockabilly, ska, surf, techno, zydeco, and more.
How do I “hold it in” while hopping around?
Visit the restroom before class and strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor. The best way to identify these muscles is to begin to urinate and then stop. Hold for at least 5 to 10 seconds and then release. Repeat 3 to 5 times per day. Over time, your control will improve considerably.
I have a bad back, knee, hip, etc? Can I still do Punk Rope?
If you have an injury, it’s always best to check with your physician before beginning any new physical activity, especially a vigorous one like Punk Rope. Once in class, make sure you let your Punk Rope instructor know about your injury/condition and whether you have any limitations. He or she will be happy to offer some modifications to make the class as safe as possible for you.