Parkinson's Boxing History
The YMCA of Tuscaloosa has been offering Parkinson's-focused boxing classes sine 2018. The exercises included during the classes consist of boxing drills to condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength. All exercises are intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.
Studies indicate rigorous exercise, highlighting gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could improve range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. Additionally, recent studies suggest certain exercises associated with Rock Steady may be neuro-protective or have the ability to slow disease progression.
What to expect?
Boxing classes are taught by a certified boxing instructor. The boxing classes offered are non-contact and intended to enable individuals with Parkinson's Disease to fight their disease and improve their quality of life. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. Boxers, both male and female, walking independently or not, range in age from mid-30’s to early 90s.
The one-hour boxing class consists of a warm-up, nine rounds of traditional boxing with each round comprised of three minutes of work and one minute of rest, and a cool-down. The programming for each class follows a similar sequence, focuses on building strength, and targets overall disease maintenance.
This initial, one-time fee of $50 includes: gloves, gel wraps, a 1-on-1 instruction with a certified coach for evaluation, and class placement.
Participants are expected to have a current Y membership.
*YMCA membership information is available upon request.
Prior medical approval is required. For YMCA registration information you may register with the front desk or call 205-345-9622.
Monday & Wednesday: 9:30am-10:30am
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30am-10:30am
Classes led by certified boxing instructor and held at our Downtown YMCA Tuscaloosa Branch @ 2300 13th Street.
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