Rock Steady Boxing (RSB)
Revolutionary care for Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Disease (PD) affects more than 1 million people with 50-60 thousand new cases per year and has become second to only Alzheimer's Disease as the most prominent neurodegenerative disease. Symptoms typically include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait that severely impact the individual's quality of life.
Founded in 2006, Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) was designed and scientifically proven to help reduce, delay, and even reverse some of the symptoms of PD. RSB incorporates rigorous exercise focusing on gross motor movements, balance, core strength, and rhythm, all with the goal restoring lost neurological patterns from PD. Patients tend to not only see improvement in the symptoms of PD but also enjoy the benefits of improved fitness, mood, and function!
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is an extremely diverse neurological condition that is thought to be caused by the lack of dopaminergic neurons in the brain. Parkinson’s disease affects nearly 1 million people in the US and approximately 60,000 individuals are diagnosed each year. Parkinson’s disease can be difficult to diagnose as there is no specific diagnostic test and is typically diagnosed based on the presence of motor symptoms including tremors, bradykinesia, rigidity, and balance/falls. Individuals with PD may also experience non-motor symptoms which may include but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, fatigue, cognitive changes, and pain.
RockSteady Boxing addresses the motor symptoms typically seen in individuals with Parkinsons by providing rigorous exercise that promotes gross motor movements, balance, rhythm, sequencing, core strength, gait, and rigidity. Rocksteady Boxing has also been shown to improve non-motor symptoms commonly seen with this neurological disease as it creates a positive community, encourages safe exercise, and is a great time! Rocksteady boxing was designed for individuals with PD and is scientifically proven to help reduce, delay and even reverse several of its symptoms.
Class Set Up
Classes are currently two times a week for approximately 90 minutes. Within this 90 minutes there will be a warm up which prepares boxers for the workout while also addressing rigidity throughout the whole body. The workout is broken up into rounds which will consist of a mix of cardio, weight training, balance, and boxing techniques. Following the workout core training is performed to improve posture and functional mobility. The class is completed with a cool down to return the boxer’s body to a resting state as well as improve flexibility. All components of a RockSteady class are modified based on the needs of each individual boxer.
What You’ll Need
Gym Attire: Shorts/Sweatpants, T-Shirt, Sneakers
Between 12-18 OZ (OZ is based on level of cushion/protection)
Fast wraps are best as it provides enough wrist support without the hassle.
Search Online for “Gel Padded Inner Gloves with Fast Wrist Straps”
Look for Brands such as Everlast, Adidas, RXD
The Fight to Repair, Restore, and Return.