We are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their quality of life and even build strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier and happier life.
Founded in 2005, Rock Steady Boxing is a unique program that gives Parkinson’s patients a chance to fight back against their invisible adversary. By emphasizing gross motor movement, balance and core strength, the combination of “sweet science” and sweat gives hope to those combating the disease. There are over 400 Rock Steady affiliates all over the world helping Parkinson's disease patients have better days, one punch at a time. At RSB Undisputed, we offer classes five days a week and take into account how progressed your symptoms are.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson's disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement. In the early stages of Parkinson's disease, your face may show little or no expression, or your arms may not swing when you walk and your speech may become soft or slurred. There is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson’s causes a loss in many of the same elements that boxers condition to improve. And published medical research has shown that forced, intense exercise can reduce, reverse and delay Parkinson’s symptoms. We also know that a diversity of symptoms needs to be addressed simultaneously. In comparison with other sports, boxing is the most physically demanding styles of training, according to a study conducted by ESPN and by people who have done it! But in addition to being an intense, diverse form of training, boxing is also an incredible stress reliever, confidence booster and FUN!
Providing focused, foced physical activity to assist in fighting back against symptoms of Parkinson's. Includes repetitive, high effort, large amplitude and progressive exercises to assist in retraining brain and motor function for an improved quality of life.
PD 1+2 are classes for people with less advanced symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
PD 3+4 are classes for people with more progressed symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
ALL PD are classes for people with all levels of Parkinson's disease.
You are welcome to attend our classes at anytime, but each person will receive an assessment before beginning the classes to ensure that he or she is assigned to the appropriate class.
For more information or to get your assessment please phone send us a message at email@example.com or call us at 647-460-1979.
We are located at 127 Sunrise Avenue #3, North York, ON
Rock Steady Boxing is the first boxing program of its kind, designed specifically to fight Parkinson’s disease — one punch at a time! Parkinson’s disease is caused by the loss of brain cells (neurons) in a part of the brain that produces the chemical messenger dopamine. As the cells die, less dopamine is produced and transported to the area of the brain that coordinates movement. Symptoms, including tremors, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness or rigidity develop when about 80 percent of dopamine has been lost. Approximately four million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s, yet the reason that Parkinson’s disease develops is not known.
At Rock Steady, patients of all ages, shapes and sizes don a pair of boxing gloves to do battle, not with each other, or even an array of leather punching bags. When these pugilists glove up, they are fighting time, and time is not on their side.
The workouts push patients to their limits and then some. But at the end of the day, through the sweat and expended energy, comes hope. Hope derived from a sense of accomplishment, and the hope that tomorrow will be a better day.
“Studies from the ‘80s and ‘90s have scientifically supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion and flexibility,” Rock Steady Founder Newman expains. “Our classes are specially designed programs to enhance all these attributes for our boxers at Rock Steady Boxing.”
CBC NEWS: Rock Steady Boxing program helps improve symptoms of degenerative disease through exercise.
Learn about the study behind the Rock Steady Boxing science from a fellow member club in Indianapolis.