What is Rock Steady Boxing?
Rock Steady Boxing (RSB), the first and only boxing program of its kind in the country, was founded in 2006 by former Marion County Prosecutor, Scott C. Newman, who is living with Parkinson’s.The seed for what would eventually become Rock Steady Boxing was planted when Newman began intense, one-on-one, boxing training just a few years after he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s at the age of 40. Newman witnessed the dramatic improvement in his physical health, agility and daily functioning through the intense and high energy workouts. Newman’s quality of life improved dramatically in a short time due to his fighting back against Parkinson’s disease. Rock Steady’s mission is to maximize the mental, emotional, and physical potential of people with Parkinson’s disease throughout their lives, through an intensive and rigorous regimen and plan of exercise delivered in the context of a welcoming professional and supportive environment. In addition to the neurological improvement created through the rigorous forced exercise regimen, there is a bond that is created among participants and those charged with providing care. RSB gives people with Parkinson’s disease a way to fight back.