Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. The Parkinson's Society estimates there are more than 100,000 Canadians who have Parkinson's Disease and that number continues to grow each year.
Rock Steady Boxing is the first boxing program in Canada dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s.
In our sessions, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Parkinson's boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.
Since the early 1980s, various studies have supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could 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 have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective and actually slow disease progression.
Academic institutions (such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University) are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among our boxers, and our boxers heartily agree! Discovery of a cure might be many years away, but there is increasing evidence that improvement is being made by those participating in the Rock Steady Boxing program. This improvement is both cognitive and physical, and occurs for people at various stages of Parkinson's.
Call today to schedule an appointment to visit a Rock Steady session, speak privately with a RSB coach, or watch a class in action. And, as with any exercise program, please consult your physician before beginning training.