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Rock Steady Boxing

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at BIDMC is proud to partner with Rock Steady Boxing to provide this popular, high-energy wellness program. Supported by a grant through the National Parkinson Foundation, participants work with a boxing coach to gain power and strength using a program tailored for those with Parkinson's disease. Participants will receive their own boxing gloves and wraps.



Each class begins with stretching and a warm-up. Participants then move to calisthenics and strength-based exercises, many of which occur on a mat on the floor. Next, participants don their gloves and wraps and practice their boxing skills on designated punching bags. The program aims to improve overall strength and stability, in addition to offering a community for people with Parkinson's disease to connect with each other and to other resources.

Eligibility

Participants must fit the following criteria:

  • Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
  • Are currently exercising (preferably incorporating strength-training exercises into regular workouts)
  • Not dependent on a wheelchair or walker
  • Able to stand for the duration of the 1.5 hour sessions (breaks included)
  • Have not had frequent falls within the past month

The next set of our Rock Steady Boxing classes will begin in September 2017. The following classes are available for participants who are able to stand for all or most of the 1.5 hour sessions:

Tuesdays: 11:00AM-12:30PM, September 5th-November 21st, 2017.
Tuesdays: 1:00PM-2:30PM, September 5th-November 21st, 2017.
Thursdays: 11:00AM-12:30PM, September 7th-November 30th, 2017.
Thursdays: 1:00-2:30PM, September 7th-November 30th, 2017.

Registration will open in early August for new participants. For more information about the Newton classes as well as other RSB programs in the Boston area, please contact Lissa Kapust at lkapust@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Contact Information

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
Department of Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215
Information: 617-667-9885
Appointments: 617-667-0519

Rock Steady Boxing on ABC

Our Rock Steady Boxing program has been featured on ABC News

Rock Steady Boxing on NPR

 Al Latulippe, Dr. David Simon, and several of our Rock Steady Boxing program participants were interviewed by WGBH Radio for a feature of our classes in Newton.

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