Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing at ElmTree Wellness!

Classes are offered at the Sports Factory of NEPA in White Mills at Elite Martial Arts Studio starting September 9th Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00 PM. Unlimited classes for $60 a month.

Rock Steady Boxing is a non-profit organization that gives those with Parkinson’s a chance to fight back against their diagnosis with a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness curriculum. Boxing was chosen by Rock Steady founder, Marion County Indiana Prosecutor Scott Newmanm, when his friend, both a fellow attorney and former Golden Glove Boxer, suggested he trial boxing to fight against his symptoms when his disease had progressed to the point he was unable to perform his job. After a few months of participating in boxing training, Scott noticed a reduction in his symptoms. Upon seeing the success of his training, Scott started a Rock Steady Boxing gym in Indianapolis in 2006 for those with Parkinson’s to fight back. Since that time, Rock Steady Boxing has continued to grow. At this time, 25,000 people around the world participate in Rock Steady Boxing monthly to combat their symptoms.

 The Need for Rock Steady Boxing?

As noted above, 25,000 people participate in Rock Steady Boxing world wide. However, this number does not include the number of people that are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation there are 1.5 million people living with Parkinson’s and 60,000 diagnosed a year. This number is to double by 2040. 

Research has shown that forced intensive exercise is neuroprotective and may slow the progression of the disease. According to a study by ESPN, boxing was determined as the toughest sport in the world on the premises of the following parameters: endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, nerve, durability, hand-eye coordination and analytic aptitude. With that said, professional boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At Rock Steady Boxing, Parkinson’s is the opponent.  

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