Rock Steady Boxing

$35 $60 18+


Caldwell YMCA: Mon, Wed, 11:45am–12:45pm
Pre-registration is open. Program starts Monday, Jan 11.
Branch Contact: Candy Kober: 208 459 2498 ext 663


Rock Steady Boxing is a one-of-a-kind program providing a uniquely effective form of physical exercise to people who are living with Parkinson’s. Exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Training classes include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points while focusing on overall fitness.

Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At Rock Steady Boxing, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant. This program requires the following for participation:

  • Program registration packet
  • Opportunity to participate in research study (Optional—see Volunteer Opportunity below for details)
  • Baseline (at start of program) and Post (16 weeks) Functional Assessments
  • Commitment to attending class two times a week

Volunteer Opportunity:

Volunteers are invited to participate in a research study on The Effects of Community-Based Exercise on Mobility and Falls in Parkinson’s Disease

Physical activity and exercise are commonly understood to provide significant benefits for persons with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Researchers in the Physical therapy program at Idaho State University have combined with the YMCA on an NIH-funded proposal aimed at identifying the modifiable risk factors for falls in persons with PD. Participants will be asked to complete a 12-week exercise program at the Caldwell YMCA. Exercise occurs twice per week, with sessions lasting approximately 60 minutes each in which two validated forms of exercise training will be combined into one program. Specifically, individualized balance activities tailored to different domains of balance dysfunction for each individual will be combined with non-contact group boxing training.

You may meet the eligibility criteria if you:

  • Have Parkinson’s disease and are taking dopamine replacement medication
  • Walk independently

If you’re interested in participating in this study please contact either of the following contacts:
Evan Papa – email Evan 208 373 1914
Mary Biddle-Newberry – email Mary 208 344 5502 ext 276

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