For People with Parkinson’s and Other Neurological Ailments in Vero Beach
Rock Steady Boxing Treasure Coast, a unique exercise program, based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson’s and other neurological disease, will now be available in the Vero Beach area. The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, power plate acceleration, Pilates, 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 Vero Beach,” said Taunya Foerster, who successfully completed the Rock Steady Boxing Training Camp, and is certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological disease that live in the area. Classes start July 20, 2015.
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 50 Rock Steady Boxing affiliates in 15 states, and international affiliates in Australia and Canada, 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 and other neurological disease. 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 and other neurological disease 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 155 members 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 58, 644 diagnosed in Florida according to the 2013 Census.
For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Treasure Coast, visit www.aboxingclubforhealth.org.
Rock Steady Boxing Treasure Coast
1060 6th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida 32960