Parkinson’s Class

We are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with trainers who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better.

Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. Rock Steady Boxing classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier, happier life.

Rock Steady classes are divided into four levels based upon each person’s unique Parkinson’s symptoms and overall level of fitness. Descriptions of each level of class appear below. We require all potential boxers to complete a 90-minute assessment with one of our coaches to determine the class placement that would be of greatest benefit to them.

All boxers must complete a 90-minute application and assessment process. The cost for the initial assessment, which includes a boxing kit (boxing gloves, hand wraps, and carry bag), is $80. Unlimited classes at your assessed level cost just $80 per month.

Because membership at Rock Steady Boxing Toronto is dependent on availability, we encourage applicants to attend six-week boot camps that introduce new boxers to the Rock Steady method and prepare you for ongoing classes.

The $250 fee for the boot camp includes a 90-minute application and assessment, boxing kit, and six weeks of Tuesday and Thursday morning classes (10-11:30 am). Following six weeks of basic training and an introduction to the Rock Steady routine, boxers will be ready to head home or into the gym with some boxing experience, an understanding of what to expect in ongoing Rock Steady classes, and a package of sample workouts to apply the lessons learned from Rock Steady drills and exercises. Boxers will also be prepared to head into ongoing Rock Steady Boxing Toronto classes, membership and class space permitting.

Ready to get started? Contact us at info@rocksteadyboxingtoronto.org or 647-618-3291 to set up an appointment.

Class Descriptions:

PD1 CLASS

  • Symptoms mild, inconvenient but not disabling
  • Able to reach maximum heart rate
  • Caregiver assistance is not a requirement

The focus of this class is to improve over-all fitness level, postural imbalances and maintain a healthy body. Classes are high intensity and transitions are rapid between exercises.

PD2 CLASS

  • Symptoms are bilateral
  • Minimal disability
  • Posture and gait affected
  • Very little assistance needed

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. Caregiver assistance is required if the Boxer has issues with balance.

PD3 CLASS

  • Significant slowing of body movements
  • Early impairment of equilibrium on walking or standing
  • Generalized dysfunction that is moderately severe

This class provides one-on-one training in a safe environment. Classes address high balance risks, improving postural imbalances, encouraging deep breathing techniques, voice therapy and are attentive to cognitive impairment issues. Caregiver assistance may be required.

PD4 CLASS

  • Severe symptoms, rigidity and bradykinesia
  • Can still walk to a limited extent
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Tremor may be less than earlier stages

This class focuses on a more narrow selection of Parkinson’s specific issues. Flexibility, balance, self-awareness in space and improved gait are stressed. One-on-one training is guaranteed. Caregiver support and attendance (at no additional cost) is required.