Rock Steady Boxing FAQs
Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson's disease hope. The program enables people with Parkinson's to fight their illness by providing non-contact boxing-style fitness classes that improve their quality of life.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Rock Steady Boxing?
Rock Steady Boxing is a one-of-a-kind exercise program created to help people with Parkinson’s. This non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine is proving to dramatically improve the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent lives. Training classes include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. There are 4 different levels of classes offered, depending on participant’s level of Parkinson’s and overall fitness.
Monday at 11:00 AM
Wednesday at 11:00 AM
Friday at 11:00 AM
All classes will be held in the gymnasium. You can attend any and all RSB classes. Call 270-821-9622 to schedule your assessment (required for participation).
What does it cost?
FREE to Y members. A YMCA membership is required for participation. Financial assistance is available for those who are unable to afford a full Y membership.
Can “I” do it?
Our classes are created so that ALL levels of people affected by Parkinson’s disease will be able to participate. NO prior boxing (or even exercise) experience is necessary! Yes, you can do it. We can tailor every exercise to meet your needs. You will be AMAZED at how much you can do with a little extra motivation!
How do I join?
We make it very easy to start with us. First, give us a call to set up your assessment. Call 270-821-9622. Next, we will give you all the ‘paperwork’ you need to get started training with us. We will help you FIGHT BACK AGAINST PARKINSON’S.
What type of boxing classes does RSB offer?
Training classes include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. There are four different levels of classes offered, depending on the participant’s level of Parkinson’s and overall fitness.
Why boxing training instead of more traditional exercises, such as physical therapy or just going to exercise class at a fitness facility?
Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s support that rigorous exercise, emphasizing motor movement, balance, core strength, rhythm, and hand-eye coordination can favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and suggest that certain types of exercise are neuro-protective, which means that it is a type of exercise that may actually slow disease progression.
Is there medical evidence that shows exercise can help alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms?
Yes. The value of exercise has been corroborated in several studies, including some at Lakehead University in Ontario and University of Utah in Salt Lake City. According to a Cleveland Clinic study, aerobic fitness can be improved in Parkinson’s patients following forced and/or voluntary exercise. Studies are showing that exercise induces brain repair and accompanying behavioral recovery. Some suggest that continuous, intensive training may confer neuro-protection, and subsequently slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s or promote neuro-restoration.
Because of the promising results seen through RSB, the organization has been selected to be a part of research to document the impact of boxing and rigorous exercise on the progression of Parkinson’s. RSB has also drawn the attention of university researchers, who are now in the process of quantifying and evaluating the results in the people who have continued RSB.
Before beginning any type of exercise program, including RSB, those with Parkinson’s are encouraged to consult with their physician.
Can anyone with Parkinson’s participate … no matter their age or condition?
Nearly everyone with Parkinson’s disease can participate and receive benefit from Rock Steady Boxing. An intake evaluation process is conducted prior to the first class to determine the recommended class level. Some participants will require a caregiver partner to assist in each session. Individuals of all ages are benefitting from RSB’s program. We strongly encourage you to also discuss RSB participation with your physician prior to your first workout.
Do I need a physician’s recommendation to attend RSB?
We recommend every participant have a physician’s release and Rock Steady Boxers should always discuss any form of exercise they are doing inside and outside of RSB with their physicians as part of their overall wellness plan. RSB also requests that individuals with cardiac problems clear their participation with their doctors to make sure they can participate in activities requiring rigorous exercise. Participants must have a Parkinson’s diagnosis to join.