What’s Your Excuse?
1. I Am Too Old to Participate
No, you’re not. Boxers, both male and female, typically range in age from mid-30s to early 90s. You are never too old to fight back!
2. My Parkinson’s Has Progressed Too Far to Benefit
Even if your Parkinson’s has progressed to using a walker or a wheelchair, you can benefit from the Rock Steady Boxing program. Exercises are always modified based on each individual’s ability. We offer two levels of classes, based on physical fitness and Parkinson’s progression.
3. Rock Steady is Not Convenient for Me
Even if you can only come once a week or a few times a month, you can benefit from attending class. Rock Steady is more than just an exercise program - friendships are formed, care partners make connections, and participants learn valuable skills in order to better function in daily life away from the gym.
4. I Don’t Drive and I Have No Way to Get There
Every effort will be made to find RSB participants who might provide car pool options in the event you need transportation to Rock Steady Boxing.
5. I Don’t Know What This is All About
Rock Steady Boxing’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease through exercise and positive social interaction. Classes are divided into two groups that meet the individual needs of each person.
6. It Costs Too Much
The $95.00/month membership fee allows every member full access to unlimited boxing classes. Attending two-three classes per week comes out to $7.92-11.88 per class. Rock Steady Boxing classes have been shown to dramatically improve the ability of people with PD to live independent lives along with delaying the progression of symptoms.
7. I Don’t Like Exercise
Research is proving the importance of exercise in the life of a person with Parkinson’s. The statement “use it or lose it” truly applies to anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s. If Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms are not met with resistance, the disease will likely take the path of least resistance, progressing more rapidly than without exercise intervention.
8. This Program is Not Recommended by My Doctor
Rarely do we hear exercise is not recommended by physicians. As research into the benefits of Parkinson’s and exercise progresses, neurologists are taking notice.
9. I Don’t Know Anyone
The Parkinson’s boxers at Rock Steady know no strangers. They all share the same fight, and the camaraderie in the gym is just as important as the fitness training.
10. I Don’t Think Boxing Fitness Classes Will Help Me
We recommend to anyone interested in the program to view a class and chat with the members. They are our representatives; they provide the testimonials that say again and again, “this works.” The vast majority of our members had no boxing training prior to Rock Steady, and many were not involved in any rigorous physical activity at all.
11. I Tried a Class and Didn’t Really Like It
Rock Steady will not appeal to everyone who tries it, but how can you know if you don’t try? We can make recommendations to other local programs and classes such as swimming, yoga, dance, and physical-therapy based programs.
12. I Don’t Think My Heart Can Take It
Upon initial assessment, we identify medical conditions that cause us to make modifications in the training process. With proper communication between trainer and boxer, we can modify any exercise or recommend alternative exercises based on that individual’s needs.
13. I Am Too Embarrassed By My Parkinson’s To Join
We understand the self-consciousness that accompanies Parkinson’s. Rock Steady was created as a safe haven for people with Parkinson’s to share a sense of community, re-establish their self-esteem, and most of all, to not feel alone as they “fight back.”
14. I Am Going to Join a Commercial Gym Instead
The group dynamic has proven to be motivating for many of our members. A shared sense of accountability seems to make it easier for many people to get to the gym. The camaraderie between boxers, firm but loving instruction from the Coaches, and high intensity workouts has proven more effective than a person exercising alone. You are always welcome!