An innovative program improving the lives of those dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
Who is Rocksteady?
Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay Area is an affiliate of the Indianapolis-based nonprofit Rock Steady Boxing (RSB). Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay area has partnered up with local gyms in order to bring RSB to the Tampa Bay Area. RSB was founded in 2006 to provide an effective form of physical exercise to people who are living with Parkinson’s. Though it may seem surprising, this non-contact boxing-inspired fitness routine is dramatically improving the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent lives that are happier, healthier, and full of hope. RSB Tampa Bay Area exists to empower people to fight back against Parkinson’s. There is a FIGHT in all of us!
What does Rocksteady do?
RSB enables people with Parkinson’s disease to fight their disease by providing non-contact boxing-style fitness programs that improve their quality-of-life and sense of efficacy and self-worth. Recent studies also suggest that intense exercise programs may be “neuro-protective”, actually working to delay the progression of symptoms. RSB provides encouragement through a “tough love” approach, inspiring maximum effort, speed, strength, balance, and flexibility. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. RSB classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier, happier life.
What’s a Rocksteady class like?
Training classes are taught by Physical Therapists, Certified Personal Trainers, and Certified RSB Coaches. They include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time, and balance, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics, and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. Our participants, both male and female, range in age from their mid-30s to early 90s.
What does Rocksteady offer?
1. Fitness Classes
Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay Area offers two different levels of classes to accommodate varying degrees of Parkinson’s and fitness. RSB can be done at any level of Parkinson’s disease through the 'tough love' of the coaches and their understanding of the disease.
Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay Area offers support from coaches and volunteers who understand the effects of Parkinson’s and how to fight back.
Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay Area offers an opportunity for participants and caregivers to make new friendships. The boxers at RSB know no strangers. They all share the same fight, and the camaraderie in the gym is just as important as the fitness training.