An exercise program based on training used by professional boxers and adapted for people with Parkinson's disease will be available in Lincoln in July. Rock Steady Boxing is taught by experienced trainers and includes stretching, bicycling, running, jumping rope, push-ups, balancing and non-contact boxing.
Classes begin July 18 at the Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 N.W. 46th Street. They will be offered from 10 to 11:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Fees for the class are $80 per month and a one-time $45 charge for a 90-minute assessment by the coach, which includes gloves, t-shirt and wraps.
Only those with Parkinson's disease may register for the program, and all participants must provide a physician's release. There are no age or condition restrictions and caregivers may need to be present to provide assistance during the class.
Ryan Mohling, Director of the Air Park Recreation Center, successfully completed the Rock Steady Boxing Training Camp, and will be the certified instructor for the classes. "It is estimated that up to 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson's disease, with as many as 2,250 diagnosed in Lincoln," Mohling said. "This program directly impacts those with Parkinson's disease by giving them the ability to live a more independent lifestyle."
After seven years of development, the Rock Steady Boxing Method launched its first training camp in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2012. Today, there are over 195 program affiliates in 40 states, as well as Italy, Australia and Canada.
For more information about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson's disease, visit www.rocksteadyboxing.org.
For more information on Parks and Recreation, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.