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Punk Rock Aerobics: 75 Killer Moves, 50 Punk Classics, And 25 Reasons To Get Off Your Ass And Exercise Paperback – January 6, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306813394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306813399
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"An absolutely hilarious book...Remains true to the punk DIY ethos and looks like way too much fun...Inspired." -- Netsurfer Digest 02/21/04

"Better than the last Sex Pistols reunion. Hilarious and wonderfully done." -- Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century

"Crank up the music and do these heart-pumping, muscle-toning moves for a great body!" -- CosmoGIRL! April 2004

"Getting in shape with Punk Rock Aerobics is as easy as 1! 2! 3! 4!" -- Spin

"Punk Rock Aerobics is where it's at...All great fun." -- Q Magazine June 2004

"The book, part serious aerobics instruction, part hilarious coffee table fodder, delivers on its subtitle." -- Boston Magazine January 2004

"The high impact and hardcore aerobic workouts appeal to punks who last broke a sweat circling the mosh pit." -- In-Forum 04/22/04

"These certified aerobics instructors have developed a work-out routine that uses fun, energetic music combined in a do-it-yourself book." -- Fort Myers News-Press 12/08/03

"Will get you in the mood to move." -- Miami Herald 01/13/04

"You need to check out this funny twist on fitness books...It offers a unique, un-boring approach to exercise." -- Twist January 2004

About the Author

Jamaica Plain resident Maura Jasper is a well-known video artist and painter with extensive exhibition history and background in music, including designing album covers for SubPop and Atlantic Records and curating art and music for Gallery Bershad in Somerville, Massachusetts. Hilken Mancini studied at the Boston Conservatory of Dance before forming the indie rock band Fuzzy as lead guitarist in 1992. She currently plays music in The Count Me Outs and The Mayflowers, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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This book makes exerciseing fun.
Fallen Angel
The only thing better than doing the work out in the book is joining Maura and Hilken at an actual Punk Rock Aerobics class!
antgirl
The photos complement the easy-to-follow exercise instructions for a high intensity workout.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynne C on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a funny, well written book. The exercise advice is sound. I've been a gym-goer on and off most of my life, and steadily for the past two and a half years. I love the bricks for weightlifting. I'm going to stick with dumbbells, but that's mostly because bricks are too light for me now.
I have to take an mp3 player to the gym so that I can do cardio to Siouxsie & the Banshees and the Replacements. How cool it must be to have a whole class of dancing to the Ramones and Television! I'm dying to start my own class, although I'm not sure the attendance will be very high in the deep south.
And if you buy this book for no other reason, J Mascis demonstrating one of the butt exercises is worth the price. Buy this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "vc12" on March 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is "fists in the air" all the way! Hilken and Maura perfectly depict the "rock-on" mindset we all need to spur and motivate ourselves into working out to feel our best. The concept is phenomenal: having so much fun you don't realize you are exercising! The photos complement the easy-to-follow exercise instructions for a high intensity workout. Love all the background information as well, and the outfits say punk is here to stay --- Can't wait for the video!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vickys on March 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Traditional aerobics classes annoyed and intimidated me. The thought of being surrounded by gym bunny types while listening to bad music for an hour or so horrified me. Then came PRA. I *heart* PRA. It's weird and fun and kicks your ass everytime in a good way.
While there's nothing like going to a real PRA class, the book does a good job of demonstrating the moves used in class. The stories and pictures in the book are hilarious too. More importantly, the sound exercise advice they give is realistic. They don't expect you to become a hardbody, but they do encourage you to get moving in your own way. Can't get more DIY than that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee Dee Remote on February 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
...and undoubtedly the funniest. I've heard about these chicks for a while and couldn't resist impulse-buying this when I first spotted it. The humor/rock & roll factor caused the initial purchase, but I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be well-written and "unputdownable" until finished. Sound exercise advice, moving personal stories, side-splitting hilarity, super-cool music suggestions, killer layout and photography--it's got just about everything the rock & roll fitness freak could want. I also dig the page of "hate mail" the gals received from clueless punk nazis who just don't get it. I've got only one minor gripe myself...the gals wisely advise against working out in Doc Martens or Chuck Taylors, but then are shown wearing Chucks and Keds skippies in some of the exercise photos. Clearly it was done just for fun--you're not meant to work out in the wacky outfits they're sporting, unless you really want to--but still, this was a contradictory display. Nevertheless, the photos alone are worth the price of the book--the facial expressions and overall unintimidating d.i.y. attitude are totally fun and refreshing. Now, what would really be cool is a companion exercise video! Music licensing fees would probably prohibit this, but a gal can dream.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "macmayflower" on March 16, 2004
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This is a totally enjoyable book. The music is 'core, and the exercise stuff is perfect for the impatient and out-of-shape. Check out the photos. They show off easy moves that even a spazz (like me) can do, but they are also HILARIOUS (go ahead, try and find ONE straight face). "Punk Rock Aerobics" screams FREEDOM, from health clubs, from annoying money-beat dance grooves, but mostly from your own heaving lungs and lazy ass. These sisters ROCK!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen G. on February 9, 2004
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As a kid I used to do the Jane Fonda Workout with the sound turned down and New Order cranked up on my stereo, so when I discovered Maura & Hilken's class, it was a dream come true (albeit a sweaty dream where my butt hurts and I can't breathe...). This book distills their aerobics routines, enabling the reader to mix and match moves to whatever music you like, so you can send Kathy Austin and her dance muzak packing! It's also a really fun and informative read, and the photography is great. If you can make it to the classes in Cambridge, MA, it's definitely worth seeing these ladies in action, but the book does a solid job of communicating the PRA principles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne C. Walker on March 18, 2004
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This book was hard to put down. The pictures are adorable (especially of Clint Conley!) and the interviews kept me reading ahead. It made me want to start doing aerobic exercises again, having shunned them for years due to the creepy workout culture. Big credits to Hilken and Maura for spreading the word that you don't have to spend a pile of money to be fit or buy into a bulls**t philosophy about punk or a choke down a corporate spin on health. I am also relieved to know that there is a class I can take that plays the music I like where I won't feel like a Bally's reject. I will recommend this book to all my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan on March 17, 2004
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You gotta check these girls out! This book is so original, with a true punk rock spirit, and hysterically funny photos. The moves really kicked my (newly toned) butt and I loved the punk rock histories. I've given this book as a gift to some friends because it's truly inspiring in a real life way.
Having fun while exercising, who would have thought it possible?
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