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Parkinson's Awareness Month with Rock Steady Boxing

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Rock Steady Boxing is back with tips for those suffering from Parkinson's Disease. Video: Parkinson's Awareness Month with Rock Steady Boxing
Rock Steady Boxing is back with tips for those suffering from Parkinson's Disease. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:29:19 +0000 Parkinson's Awareness Month with Rock Steady Boxing Rock Steady Boxing is back with tips for those suffering from Parkinson's Disease. WCIA >>heather: people with parkinson's disease have hope for an improved quality of life. >>matt: they can find that hope through rocksteady boxing. joining us is get moving coach - -. one of the club members. good to have you here. refresh everybody about the - - behind rocksteady. >> it was designed by a lawyer who had early onset. he started working out with a friend and found his symptoms started to slow down and actually get better. that started the whole research on why did this work. now we have over 325 affiliates around the country and the world. today, there were about 75 when i started at the gym about a year ago. it just exploded. we are still trying to get a gym in every community so people have the opportunity to drive not too far to get to a gym. >>heather: april is parkinson's awareness month so a great opportunity to learn more about the disease and get hope that they need whether it's through fitness or a support group. >> right. we are also members of the champaign county parkinson's support group. every monday at the savoy united methodist church from 10-11. they are a very good group of people and support people. very positive support group. we are really proud to be part of that organization. >>matt: tell me about your experience with rocksteady. where have you gotten out of working with - -? >> i am learning more techniques. >>matt: are you feeling like it's helping your muscles and control? >> it has and my balance. that's something we work on very hard there. >>heather: i'm seeing one of these balls down here which are perfect for helping people with their balance. do you want to show us use this apparatus down here? >> a lot of people can't even start out without holding on. they don't have that good of balance. they progress and they stand there. then we can add it using some of the fight things. you can use punches while they are on the - - >>heather: this is noncontact boxing. >> the members don't fight each other. the only thing they hit are the focus mitts or heavy bags. we aren't teaching them to boxlike competitive. >>heather: no rockies. >>matt: you have a muse, your adrian. >>heather: what does this thing of what we do for agility. quickchange movements. if there is an object in the way that they can quickly change. we do this with hurdles where they practice that type of stepping. wide stepping. trying not to knock over hurdles. >> ultimately, there's a lot of concentration and balance. >> balance, concentration, focus. there's a lot going on in the gym so a lot of times it's focus. staying on task. >>matt: do you work with people one on one or in groups? >> is a group setting. if people need one on one, i go progress and say do it this way and make it harder, it's kind of one on one. >>heather: we ran into darrell and laura at the bridal showcase we had a couple months ago. come to find out, these two are - -. not only can you help your symptoms, but you can find love. >>matt: have you guys picked a date yet? >> may 6. >>matt: congratulations to you both. that's awesome. they will have to go

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