Rock Steady Boxing is a program close to Witham Wellness Coordinator Trina Rose’s heart, mostly because she witnesses results. The program was developed in 2006 by former Marion County Prosecutor Scott C. Newman who is living with Parkinson’s disease. Rock Steady Boxing and its affiliates now have boxing programs around the world for people with Parkinson’s disease.
“Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing program for people with Parkinson’s,” Rose said. “But, for many, it is so much more of a community. They are a family that celebrates together–sharing birthdays, meals and family. They are able to connect over their successes and failures while fighting Parkinson’s.”
The symptoms of Parkinson’s, which can include tremors and muscular dysfunctionality, are improved with high-intensity workouts.
Carol Downs, who is a caregiver in the program, said another member of the group could not stand on her own until working in the program. The patient is now able to stand up on her own and participate in most activities.
“It is a wonderful program,” Downs said. “And the connection it creates is so needed even for those whose caregivers are struggling.”
Instructor Anastacia Alter does not take it easy on the nearly 40 participants. She runs them through circuit training and other high-intensity drills for one hour and fifteen minutes, three days a week.
Patients must be referred to the program but come from as far away as Frankfort, Lafayette, and Noblesville.
Witham Wellness Center also offers other classes throughout the week. Some programs are free of charge while others like Tai Chi cost $55/month.
Check out www.witham.org/classes-and-events/results for more.