Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program, based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease, will now be available in the Lebanon area. The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing, and 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 Lebanon,” said Brian Wolfe, who successfully completed the Rock Steady Boxing Certification Training, and is certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease who live in the area. This program has been made possible through a generous donation by Karen Nicholson in memory of her father David A. Byerly who had Parkinson’s Disease. Classes will begin in late January and will be offered to YMCA Members.

The Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years. In 2012, the Training was launched to share the Rock Steady Boxing Method with other people who are fighting back against Parkinson’s. Today, there are over 770 Rock Steady Boxing affiliate programs around the world, initiated by certified Rock Steady Boxing “Coaches.” All coaches completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have been officially certified.

“Since its inception, there has always been something special about the Rock Steady Boxing Method,” said Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. President Ryan Cotton. “In 2006 when Rock Steady was founded, there was little scientific evidence for this method of exercise. Today, there is growing scientific evidence supporting the Rock Steady method. We can confidently say that participants in Rock Steady have few falls, better balance, and better quality of life. Regular and consistent exercise is now considered an essential component for the management of Parkinson’s symptoms.”

It is estimated that 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease.

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