If you are looking for a fun fitness class that makes you forget what you even look like, just focuses on how you feel, and allows you to be free to express yourself through punk rock dance moves, then Punk Rock Aerobics is for you!
Established in 2000 and based in Boston, MA, Punk Rock Aerobics (PRA) is a 60-minute fitness class that combines original punk dance moves with aerobic exercise to make sure that having fun while you work out is an easy goal to achieve.
PRA classes take place at rock clubs, use bricks for weights & recycled insulation for mats, and promise no mirrors or obnoxious gym music – all while special guest DJs spin killer punk anthems.
PRA was founded by three athletes – Hilken Mancini, Melanie Bernier, and Maura Jasper – who are all quite well known throughout their local communities. Their work with PRA has been featured in New York Times, Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, MTV, and Vh1.
Fun Fact: Hilken also co-founded the Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) with Nora Allen-Wiles. GRCB is a 501(c)(3) non profit, feminist organization that provides a volunteer-run summer program for girls aged 8-17 to help foster self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.
Check out this intro to PRA below:
If you are interested in trying out a Punk Rock Aerobics class, you can visit PRA’s website to find a class near you!
What if there are no Punk Rock Aerobic classes near me?
If you can’t make it to a class, don’t live near Boston, or if you want to try these punk rock aerobic moves yourself, you can still have some fun at home! Hilken and Maura have co-authored a punk rock workout book called Punk Rock Aerobics: 75 Killer Moves, 50 Punk Classics, And 25 Reasons To Get Off Your Ass And Exercise.
The book is full of hilarious photo illustrations, detailed instructions on punk rock posturing, great advice for optimal performance, and suggestions for modified techniques to make the moves easier or harder.
For additional reading on PRA, check out the following articles: