Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease, will now be available in Jasper at Health Pointe.
The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching and lots of non-contact boxing, led by experienced trainers/coaches. Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.
“We are fortunate to be able to bring this program to Jasper,” said Rilyn Bawel, Tri-County YMCA Jasper Program Director.
Rilyn and Melanie Lindauer OTR/L, C/NDT, successfully completed the Rock Steady Boxing Certification Training and are certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
Classes start October 24th on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Boxers must have a Parkinson’s diagnosis and pre-register for classes.
In 2012, the Training was launched to share the Rock Steady Boxing Method with other people who are fighting back against Parkinson’s. Today, there are over 770 Rock Steady Boxing affiliate programs around the world, initiated by certified Rock Steady Boxing “Coaches.” All coaches completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have been officially certified.
“Since its inception, there has always been something special about the Rock Steady Boxing Method,” said Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. President Ryan Cotton. “In 2006, when Rock Steady was founded, there was little scientific evidence for this method of exercise. Today, there is growing scientific evidence supporting the Rock Steady method. We can confidently say that participants in Rock Steady have fewer falls, better balance, and better quality of life. Regular and consistent exercise is now considered an essential component for the management of Parkinson’s symptoms.”
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”There’s more work to be done in this fight against Parkinson’s,” RSB Head Coach Lisa Yoder said. “The Tri-County YMCA has run the Rock Steady Boxing program successfully for six years at our Ferdinand location. We are so excited to be able to bring this life-changing program to the Jasper area in order to provide hope and support for those living with Parkinson’s.”
For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing at the Tri-County YMCA visit tricountyymca.org or call 812-998-9622. Additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson’s disease is available at www.rocksteadyboxinq.org.