I’d heard good things about Rock Steady Boxing, and the benefits the program brings to those with Parkinson’s disease, an incurable condition that impacts an estimated 1 million Americans, according to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. But alas, it wasn’t in my hometown of Chicago.
But now there’s good news! Rock Steady, which has more than 30 affiliates in 15 states (as well as Canada and Australia), has set up shop in Chicago.
Rock Steady Boxing Windy City will host a grand opening from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Edgewater Fitness Center, 1106 W. Bryn Mawr.
So what is Rock Steady? It’s a non-profit program designed specifically for those with Parkinson’s disease. It uses the focused movements of boxing to help improve the coordination, strength and balance of persons with Parkinson’s disease. A workout can include punching, stretching, jumping and jogging. The program is designed for those of all ages and abilities. You don’t have to have any prior boxing experience to take part in it.
In a video done about Rock Steady, participants in other cities talk about what the program has done for them. They talk about how it’s made them strong, and has been a life changer for them. It’s obvious listening to them speak that it has improved their outlooks as well as their bodies. Check it out below:
At the grand opening, Eric Johnson, president and head coach of Rock Steady Boxing Windy City, will demonstrate different moves used in the program. Dr. Danny Bega, Northwestern University Parkinson’s Disease Movement Disorders Center, and National Parkinson’s Foundation’s Sara O’Hare also will be on hand to give presentations and lead discussions.
Go to Rock Steady’s website here to learn more about the program.