It seems that punk rock is not just for having fun, but also for getting in shape. And it has reached Manhattan vis-à-vis keeping fit. More and more gyms are now offering classes that take a retro back to the eighties and are getting into old-school punk.
And what’s great about it is that it’s not just the hard core aerobics that is using this music, but also soft stuff like yoga! Everyone who is moving is getting into the punk rock beat!
Some examples include the following classes: Haley De Groat offers Blitzkrieg Bod (which takes place in the back of Bushwick’s Cobra Club every Friday night) focuses on High Intensity Interval Training. Tim Haft has a class called Punk Rope and MoshFit which offers classes using alternative music, bringing together rockers and fitness freaks which are aimed at being a mixture of: community oriented, creative and fun all at the same time.
Then there is Michael Macneal who has his MonsterCycle class which is “run by the music” featuring “energy like rock stars with call and response instruction. And then right on the other side of the spectrum Brian Williams has Punk Yoga which is just focusing on being present.
So there really is a sense of punk arrival in the Manhattan fitness scene!