ROCK STEADY BOXING GIVES HOPE TO THOSE WITH PARKINSONS
Fall River Health Services is excited to partner with Health 4 Life Fitness to offer Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program, based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson's disease. The program involves regular exercises, such as
stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and lots of non-contact boxing, led by experienced trainers/coaches. Rock Steady Boxing Fall River will serve both men and women of all ages and levels in Hot Springs and the surrounding area. Classes start January 6, 2020 at Health 4 Life in Hot Springs, SD.
"We are fortunate to be able to bring this program to Hot Springs," said Elliot Morales. "Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing-inspired fitness program that helps people with Parkinson's at any level, lessens their symptoms and allows them to lead a happy and healthier life. The goal of the program is to improve the ability of people with Parkinson's to live independent lives," states Morales.
Elliot Morales successfully completed the Rock Steady Boxing Training and is certified to coach Rock Steady Boxing classes to individuals with Parkinson's disease. "The process of becoming a trainer is intense both mentally and physically, but worth it knowing you'll help people with Parkinson's fight against this disease and improve their everyday lifestyles," stated Morales.
The Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years. In 2012, training was launched to share the Rock Steady Boxing Method with other people who are fighting back against Parkinson's. Today, there are over 700 Rock Steady Boxing affiliate programs around the world, initiated by certified Rock Steady Boxing "Coaches," who all have completed the Rock Steady Boxing curriculum and have been officially certified.
"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. Classes are geared for people at all stages of Parkinson's disease. 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 an estimated 3,000 diagnosed in South Dakota.
For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Fall River, visit www.FallRiver.RSBaffiliate.com or contact Steve Shannon at Health 4 Life Fitness, 605.890.2669. Additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson's disease is also available at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.
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