Rock Steady Boxing for people with Parkinson’s comes to Wautoma

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 the Wautoma area.

This non-contact boxing inspired fitness program is dramatically improving the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent lives. Recent studies suggest that intense exercise programs may be neuro-protective, actually working to delay the progression of symptoms.

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. No boxing experience is necessary. 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 Wautoma,” said Carole Clark, who recently completed the Rock Steady Boxing Training Camp and is certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

It is estimated that 1-1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, with as many as 150,000 in Wisconsin alone. “Our desire is to reach as many people in the Central Wisconsin area as we can and to provide a hopeful place for our boxers to take control and to fight their disease.”

The Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years. In 2012, the Training Camp was launched to share the Rock Steady Boxing Method with other people who are fighting back against Parkinson’s. Today, there are 684 Rock Steady Boxing affiliates around the world, initiated by certified RSB coaches.

“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/ Wautoma Fitness is currently registering people for classes to begin in October. Classes will be offered to accommodate varying degrees of Parkinson’s fitness.

For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing/Wautoma Fitness contact the gym at 920-787-5207.