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Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s
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Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) is designed for people experiencing MILD to MODERATE symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (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.
PD1 CLASS – (Hoehn & Yahr Level 1)Monday : 11:00am Wednesday: 1:30 pm Saturday : 9:00am
- 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 overall 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)Tuesday & Thursday: 1:30 pm Saturday : 10:00am
- 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)Tuesday & Thursday: 1:30 pm Saturday : 10:00am
- 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)Tuesday & Thursday: 12:00pm
- 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