Jasper & Mancini: Punk Rock Aerobics

75 Killer Moves, 50 Punk Classics, And 25 Reasons To Get Off Your Ass And Exercise.

Maura Jasper and Hilken Mancini have written an aerobics book that is truly one of its kind. As with any sport or subculture, firstly you must get into the right gear. Then you accessorize with classic punk rock favorites, like Ramones, Blondie or Sex Pistols and add a few bricks for weights. That’s all folks. You will never have to set foot in a gym again and just bin Jane Fonda. Exercises like  ‘skank’, ‘air guitar’ or ‘mosh pit’ can be mixed and matched and look as if they were to leave you in a lot of pain. You are encouraged to “Flex Yr Head” and to celebrate nonconformity. It’s not too “punk” for grannies and seems to appeal to a very broad audience. This show is all ages!

Even though it’s a hilarious read, Punk Rock Aerobics is well-written and provides a proper workout. The DIY spirit is consistent. Anyone who appreciates a zine layout will absolutely adore this book. Artwork and photography are excellent and where else would you see J Mascis exercise?

Getting into shape before Christmas and the New Year is probably a good idea. If you’re lucky enough to live in the southern hemisphere, it’s about time to work on that beach body, too. Exercise can not only play a vital part in getting fit but achieving a good head-space. When auntie Linda hisses her masked remarks at you during the Christmas Party, just picture that brick and how you’re going to use it later to … exercise…

Recommended for:

Leading up to Christmas Dinner, I highly endorse this workout to absolutely anybody twice a day. Other than that, Punk Rock Aerobics is perfect for people who are just too cool for Zumba or always wanted to elevate their exercise to an artistic performance and, of course, punk rockers. Oi.

The Authors

Maura Jasper collaborated with Hilken Mancini to develop this aerobics performance. They became certified aerobics instructors and held classes from 2001 – 2005. With roots in art, dance and music, Jasper and Mancini were able to combine sports and art. They were interested in the active participants as well as the passive spectators. The ‘pensioners’ pogo’ might be a good example for that. [Scroll down bottom left.]

Maura Jasper and Hilken Mancini, Da Capo Press, 2004

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