Tim Haft, Punk Rope Founder

Sweat With a Smile

Tim Haft is a really humble person that this world needs more of. Good people are hard to find. I found one today.

Amal Awad, South Brunswick YMCA


  • Certified personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise (1998)
  • Certified Level 1 USA Track & Field Coach (2001)
  • Certified Resist-A-Ball stability ball instructor (2000)
  • Certified USAFIT Marathon Coach (2000)

Exercise philosophy

  • Find an activity you love and stick with it, but don’t be afraid to try new challenges.
  • You only get one body per lifetime so treat it with respect and devotion.

Most memorable fitness achievement

At the age of 50 I joined the Twin Towers Wrestling Club in New York City where I had the pleasure of grappling with some former Division 1 college wrestlers. During the course of two months I bruised my ribs, injured my spleen, sprained my wrist, and nearly broke my nose. But at least I got a great workout at every practice.

Quote to live by

“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep on moving.”  —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Best live music experience

I saw John Cale perform at New York University on December 5th, 1992, a day before my 32nd birthday. During the encore, Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison joined Cale onstage so I had the good fortune to see three quarters of the Velvet Underground play live. What a treat, considering I was just a little kid during their heyday.

Favorite band

The Ramones

Shana Brady, Director of Training

Building Community… and Good Health

Shana is professional and personable and makes you feel like part of the group right away!

Kayoko M., Manhattan, New York


  • BS, Nutrition & Exercise Science • Queens College • 2006
  • Certified Personal Trainer • American Council on Exercise • 2006
  • Certified Health & Fitness Instructor • American College of Sports Medicine, 2007
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist • NASM • 2012

Exercise Philosophy

I love exercise so much I went to school for it. Training is all about learning what our bodies can do to enrich our health and enjoyment of life. I use my creativity, patient demeanor, and positive attitude to help others overcome any and all obstacles blocking their path to fitness and better health.

Most memorable fitness achievement

I started to do continuous double unders without really trying. I know it’s counter to most goal-oriented training regimens but that’s how I like to do it. Much less stressful! After one of my first long endurance skips (which was a goal-oriented training regimen), I stopped for a break to freestyle jump. I must have somehow tapped into some new energy source or I was on an “exercise high” because I started to do just a few double unders and then kept on going!

Quote to live by

“Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong” Psalm 37:1

or if you must have the King James version:

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”

Best live music experience

The Koffin Kats at Don Pedro’s in Brooklyn. This band has so much fun when they perform and the venue is like your friend’s living room. And of course having a song shouted out to Punk Rope was a thrill we hope to enjoy more often.

Favorite band

Black Sabbath