Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing class that helps people with Parkinson’s Disease. We utilize boxing fundamentals to empower men and women to fight back against their disease. In 2004, ESPN ranked boxing as the number one most demanding sport. In terms of power, strength, agility, speed, flexibility, hand-eye coordination, nerve durability and analytic aptitude, boxing stood head and shoulders above most other physical forms of exercise.
Founded in 2006, by Scott Newman, diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s at age 40, Rock Steady Boxing has grown not just nationally, but globally. As Newman began training, he witnessed dramatic improvement in his Parkinson’s symptoms. His overall quality of life improved, due in no small part to his high intensity workouts.
It’s the concept of forced intense exercise which holds the key to helping those with Parkinson’s. You will get outside of your comfort zone, you will push your limits, you will sweat and you’ll breathe heavy and hard. But you will also have fun!
Rock Steady Boxing is for individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Each new participant goes through an intake and assessment, this gives an indication of their physical and cognitive ability. In addition, we do range-of-motion and balance tests so we can better place that fighter in a class where they would receive the most benefit.
Rock Steady Boxing is held at the Southern Branch YMCA every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.
The fee is $50/month for members.
For more information and to register, please contact Jessica Gentry, Lead Rock Steady Boxing Coach, JGentry@yorkcoymca.org 717-235-0446 x26