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 FIGHT BACK.

Designed for people experiencing MILD to MODERATE symptoms of PD, this non-contact fitness curriculum includes boxing drills and conditioning for optimal agility, speed, endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength.

Getting the right kind of exercise is part of the battle, but equally important are the social and emotional benefits people gain from Rock Steady.  Our levels of classes encourage intense exercise & functional fitness, as well as emotional and social support, which is vital to the well-being of people with Parkinson’s.

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Four class levels are currently offered

  • PD 1 meets Monday at 11:00am, Wednesday at 1:30pm, Saturday at 9am

  • PD 1/2 meets Wednesday at 12:00pm, Friday at 11:00 am, Saturday at 9am or 10am (See RSB Coach Angie for class time)

  • PD 2/3 meets Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30pm and Saturday at 10am

  • PD 4 meets Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00pm

Your appropriate class level is determined by a Rock Steady Boxing assessment with Certified RSB Head Coach Angie Moran. The cost for the assessment is $20 and the cost for classes is $80/month or $15/class. We invite and encourage anyone interested to come observe our classes in session, we only ask that you call prior to your visit and make an appointment.

Call Julie Shamburger at 239.561.1177 to schedule your free class today. Classes are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Consult your physician before starting any exercise program..

 

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**Class placement is based on both objective and subjective data collected by Rock Steady Coaches during the initial assessment, and Coaches reserve the right to place new participants in the class they determined is most appropriate for that individual. The following descriptions are a general guide only and not to be used to pre-qualify for class placement.

Rock Steady’s class levels are based on the commonly used Parkinson’s staging scale, Hoehn & Yahr.

In addition to exercise, Rock Steady encourages the “Fun Factor!” Throughout our history, RSB has developed games, traditions and activities that promote FUN, keeping the morale high and the boxers looking forward to each class. Along with the boxing-style workout, it’s not uncommon to play with toys, footballs, basketballs and have a good time in our classes. Our Coaches are constantly weaving in creative and entertaining ways to combat a multitude of Parkinson’s symptoms.

Getting the right kind of exercise is part of the battle, but equally important are the social and emotional benefits people gain from Rock Steady.  Our levels of classes encourage intense exercise & functional fitness, as well as emotional and social support, which is vital to the well-being of people with Parkinson’s.

PD1 CLASS – (Hoehn & Yahr Level 1)

  • Symptoms mild, inconvenient but not disabling
  • Able to reach near-maximum heart rate
  • Participants are able to self-modify
  • Participants are able to communicate clearly with coaches
  • Cardiac issues are not present

PD1 participants usually already have experience in some form of athletics and are physically able to handle a more intense workout.  The focus of this class is to improve over-all fitness, work on postural imbalances, deep breathing techniques and maintain a healthy body. Classes are fast paced and transitions are rapid between exercises.  No assistance required.

PD2 CLASS – (Hoehn & Yahr Level 2)

  • Symptoms start to become bilateral
  • Minimal disability
  • Very little balance impairment
  • Posture and gait start to be affected

The focus of this class is to maintain fitness level, address postural imbalances, encourage deep breathing, improve balance and stress accuracy of movements. More time is given for transitions. Modifications for specific exercises are taught. Very little assistance is needed.

PD3 CLASS – (Hoehn & Yahr Level 3)

  • Significant slowing of body movements
  • Early impairment of equilibrium on walking or standing
  • Generalized dysfunction that is becoming difficult
  • Generally still independent

Classes address high balance risks, improve speed and accuracy of movements, improve postural imbalances, encourage deep breathing techniques, voice therapy and pay attention to cognitive impairment issues.  Caretaker assistance is required if boxer has been identified as a high fall risk or has difficulties with cognition.

PD4 CLASS – (Hoehn & Yahr Level 4 & 5)

  • Severe symptoms, rigidity and bradykinesia
  • Can still walk to a limited extent but if not, we still work from a seated position
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Tremor may be less than earlier stages

This class focuses on a more narrow set of Parkinson’s specific issues and symptoms. Curriculum aims to improve flexibility, balance, posture, deep breathing, voice, self-awareness in space, improved gait and emotional stimuli.  Even people confined to a chair can still benefit from modified exercises in a seated position.  Caretaker assistance is required at the request of the trainers

**Fun Factor** is included in all four levels.

We work hard, but we have fun doing it!

 

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