There’s a new a sport in town at Willow Valley – a sport that will have you remembering school recess with a smile while leaving you sweating.
Punk Rope is a new take on a traditional fitness class and was founded by certified personal trainer Tim Haft in New York City. Each class includes 12-15 minutes of rope jumping, broken up over five intervals. The rest of the class blends creative calisthenics with fitness games, relay races, and core training, so participants get a total body workout. Punk Rope improves stamina, strength, power, agility, coordination, balance, rhythm, and timing. It burns calories at a high rate and can be an effective addition to a weight management program. Sounds intense, and it is – participants can burn up to 500 calories per hour. But it is also a playful, fun fitness class.
Punk Rope is appropriate for exercisers of most fitness levels and has been held at a wide range of venues including bowling alleys, city parks, art galleries, and even the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Now it joins a host of other inspired activities at Willow Valley, including TRX, pickleball, badminton, outdoor tennis, bowling, yoga, Zumba,TM swimming, and more. Activities such as these reduce stress, stimulate the brain, and foster social interaction.
Whatever sport or fitness class you choose, it’s important that it is enjoyable and fun. As Punk Rope’s Tim Haft says, “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.” He adds, “And have fun doing it!”