JEFFERSON CITY, MO – 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 Jefferson City at the Sam B. Cook Healthplex. The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, 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 fortunate to be able to bring this program to Jefferson City," said Derek Parker, Physical Therapist, who completed the Rock Steady Boxing Training Camp, and is certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson's disease who live in the area. Classes start September 5 at 10:00 AM in Studio B of the Sam B. Cook Healthplex Fitness Center.
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 650 Rock Steady Boxing around the world, initiated by certified Rock Steady Boxing "Coaches. All completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have been officially certified in the Rock Steady Boxing headquarters and training center in Indianapolis.
"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 32,500 participants 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, with as many as 15,400 diagnosed in Missouri alone.
For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing at the Sam B. Cook Healthplex, visit www.sbchealthplex.crmc.org. Further details about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson's disease is available at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.
About the Sam B. Cook Healthplex
Your health is the priority at Capital Region Medical Center’s Sam B. Cook Healthplex. As Jefferson City’s only hospital-based wellness center, we offer a wide range of services to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Our exceptional team of therapists and our therapy services are second-to-none. Patients and athletes of all ages work with our nationally certified staff to develop progressive rehabilitation programs. The Sam B. Cook Healthplex Fitness Center provides a relaxed, friendly environment that supports any fitness level. Fitness Center members have access to exercise physiologists and personal trainers who have completed extensive training and are experts in their respective fields.
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