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Rock Steady Boxing for People with Parkinson’s comes to Berks County

by Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex

Jan 03, 2019
Body Zone

Wyomissing, PA — 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 at Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex. The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing 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 thrilled to bring this program to Berks County. Body Zone continually strives to meet the community’s wellness needs and bringing Rock Steady Boxing to our complex was a natural fit for us. Our membership has reacted in a positive way and is excited to welcome this tremendous opportunity to become involved too,” said Ted Kolva, Body Zone general manager. “Our goal is to be an embracing and welcoming community that empowers and supports our Parkinson’s community through movement, exercise and access to our wellness programs. That’s why all participants are welcomed as full members of Body Zone’s fitness and aquatics center.”

The program will be conducted by five members of Body Zone’s training team. They have all completed Rock Steady Boxing training and education programs, and are certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease who live in the area.

Classes will begin the week of February 4, 2019. A community open house is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 PM.

About Rock Steady Boxing

The Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years. 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 700 Rock Steady Boxing affiliate programs around the world, initiated by certified Rock Steady Boxing “Coaches.” All completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have been officially certified.

“We have always believed in the Rock Steady Boxing Method,” said Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Executive Director Joyce Johnson. “When evidence began to emerge that our program had a very positive impact on the ‘boxers’, our mission became clear — to share our knowledge and experience with all people with Parkinson’s. That is why we decided to make our training available worldwide — to train as many as we can so together we can improve the care of people with Parkinson’s everywhere.”

Rock Steady Boxing, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in Indianapolis in 2006 with six participants. Participation has steadily increased to more than 155 members today, including men and women ranging in age from 35 to 90. Classes are geared to people at all stages of Parkinson’s disease. Multiple volunteers contribute their time and talents to assist with the classes. It is estimated that 1-1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease. Additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson’s disease is available at rocksteadyboxing.org.

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