Rock Steady Boxing is a program empowering people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. The program aims to improve people’s quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. It can cause deterioration of motor skills, sensory functions, speech, and balance. The Rock Steady Boxing program uses exercises that are mainly adapted from boxing drills, but are individualized for people of any skill level and require no boxing experience. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength. Exercises will vary for each patient but share the commonality that they are rigorous and meant to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.
The program was founded in 2006 and currently has over 40,000 active Parkinson’s boxers training at locations around the world. Jennifer received her training and certification as a coach at the Rock Steady Boxing HQ Gym and Research & Development Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2017. More information about the program can be found at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.