Greenpoint Gazette

Greenpoint Lutheran Church to Host Punk Rope


Greenpointers have been jumping and working out to the best punk beats for over a decade now at the local YMCA, and now they can do more of that at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, across from McGolrick Park.

Punk Rope, the fitness routine that combines jump rope exercises with punk music, will be available at the Lutheran Church starting July 16 with weekly classes set to take place in the lower level of the Church every Thursday.

Punk Rope was founded by personal trainers Tim Haft and Shana Brady in 2004. The exercise routine combines rope jumping, creative calisthenics, and fitness games, with participants burning off up to 600 calories in one hour long session.

In just over a decade Punk Rope has expanded to 8 states across the country and is available internationally in the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In Greenpoint, attendance has remained steady, according to Haft, but hasn’t increased, as he would have expected. He attributes it to increased competition in the neighborhood from established name brands like the New York Sports Club, and Crunch opening its doors in the neighborhood in recent years. What’s more, he says, is the fact that people aren’t aware that the Greenpoint YMCA has a wide range of classes on offer, and as a result the attendance has suffered in comparison.

The Lutheran Church however has become a hub of community activity as home to a farmer’s market, dance classes, and a host of interactive art shows in recent years.

For Haft, the primary purpose of his fitness program is to build a strong sense of community and he’s hoping to do more of that at the Church.

What’s new to the classes at the Church is that Haft will offer free 15-minute jump rope lessons to first timers or those who are getting back to them after a long absence, just prior to the start of the regular class.

Each week the group will rock out to a different theme be it Bastille Day or a Beach Party.

In addition, the instructors are also offering LED jump ropes for some of the sessions to give it a rave-like atmosphere.

But it’s all family-friendly fun assures Haft who says he wants to respect regular churchgoers to continue to attend their service uninterrupted.

“It’s always challenging to find a space in this city, and doing something so alternative in a church is very exciting,” said Haft. “This is also part of the Church getting more involved with the community and we found a great space in a cool neighborhood.”

Punk Rope, Starts July 16, Thursdays, free jump rope clinic 7:15-7:30 p.m., regular class 7:30-8:30 p.m., $15 per class or $100 for 3 months, Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street.


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