Thursday, September 4, 2008

Who Knew Punk Rope Originated At NYU?

Are you looking to get some great exercise and have fun at the same time? If so, Punk Rope is for you. That's right, Punk Rope.

Punk Rope is a fitness class created by NYU alumnus, Tim Haft (GSAS '86). Tim also worked at NYU as a career counselor in the Office of Career Services from 1988 to 1993. So it's only fitting that Tim launched Punk Rope at NYU. The first class was held at Coles in 2004. Since then Punk Rope has spread to community centers, health clubs, college rec centers, and schools in 12 states.

But you're still probably scratching your head wondering what exactly is Punk Rope. Take one part recess, one part boot camp, and one part rock concert. Toss in a blender, flip the switch, and voila you have Punk Rope. More specifically Punk Rope combines creative calisthenics with rope jumping, group conditioning drills, and core training for a highly effective workout which improves aerobic capacity, bone density, body composition, coordination, agility, timing, and balance.

Most importantly, Punk Rope is fun. It's a great way to get an intense workout, laugh, make new friends, and listen to some incredible music all at the same time. Most classes are thematic in nature meaning that the music and drills relate to a particular holiday or cultural event such as Oktoberfest, the Super Bowl, or International Women's Day. This approach to exercise helps to distract the participant and reduces the discomfort often associated with intense exercise.

Want to sign up for a Punk Rope class? Here's the information:

New York University Recreation
Punk Jump Rope, "Bootcamp in the playground"
Palladium Athletic Facility
Tues & Thurs 7:30-8:25 PM
9/16- 10/16 (10 classes) $45.00
Course #PLD 414

In Person Registration @ Coles, 181 Mercer St
Mon 9/9, 8-12 & 4-8 pm
Wed & Thurs 9/10-11, 12-8 pm

Be sure to take advantage of the great Alumni Gym Membership Offer by clicking >here.

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