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Parkinson’s Doesn’t Hold Any Punches… Fight Back with Boxing and Exercise!

Rock Steady Boxing Offers an Intense Workout that Has Been Proven to Cause Positive Change in the Brain

By Sarrisa Curry, Rock Steady Boxing Kansas City

Parkinson’s Doesn’t Hold Any Punches... Fight Back with Boxing and Exercise!If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), you likely know that while there are medications and treatments that can relieve the many symptoms of the disease, there is no cure. Over time, neurological function will deteriorate, the body will move slowly, tremor, freeze, stiffen, and weaken. Cognitive function, speech, memory, and mood are also affected. For many, this diagnosis is uncertain and scary.

Need some good news and hope?
There is a drug free regimen that also relieves symptoms, can reverse brain deterioration, restore balance, posture, gait and steadiness, and significantly slow progression. It is called EXERCISE! Specifically, boxing. Overland Park is home to the largest Parkinson’s specific non-contact Boxing gym in the greater Kansas City area. In Your Corner hosts the world-recognized boxing program, Rock Steady Boxing (Kansas City), as well as yoga, tai chi, dance, and rhythm classes.

Why boxing?
Boxing requires all of the things that PD tends to steal away. Balance, agility, speed, hand/eye coordination and reflexiveness, strength, and endurance. In a typical 60 minute class at In Your Corner, boxers will experience warm up drills which include ladder runs, cone drills, shadow boxing, ball pass, and vigorous calisthenics. Mitt drills are a favorite amongst boxers as they work together to move and coordinate punch combinations, footwork, and voice exercises. Bag drills work on right hand/left hand strength, speed, and muscle control. Heavy bags, double end bags, and speed bags offer a variety of stimulus and challenge. Experienced coaches encourage boxers to work hard, push themselves to punch harder, faster, to call out the punches or count down the last moments of the round. It is an intense workout that has been proven to cause positive change in the brain.

Do YOU have a fighting chance?
YES! Whether you just received the diagnosis or you have been fighting PD for 20+ years, there is a place for you at In Your Corner. Rock Steady Boxing Kansas City has 4 levels of classes to ensure those who need high intensity, sweat dripping workouts and those wheelchair bound (and everyone in between) receive the most appropriate and beneficial workout possible. We offer 16 classes a week, including morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes. We are conveniently located in the lower level of Ranchmart Mall across from the Glenwood Arts Theater. Our facility is designed with wide open safe spaces, easily accessible restrooms and lockers, and with over 20 bags available in our 4,600 square foot gym, you will be hard pressed to find a better boxing experience. We understand that the person with PD is not the only one managing symptoms and care. Our “Fit2care” program offers support for those standing in the place of Cornermen in the lives of their boxers.

Don’t Wait!
Start your Fight NOW!
You are not alone. In Your Corner has nearly 100 boxers of all stages in life and PD. The youngest boxer is 42, the oldest is 93. It is estimated that 30,000 people in Kansas City are affected by PD. In Your Corner wants to be a place of hope, encouragement and change for the families and individuals who live with PD every day.

Free Assessment
Call us at 913-276-HOOK (4665) to schedule a free assessment, or visit us online at www.InYourCornerKC.com.

3825 West 95th Street,
Overland Park, KS 66207
(Lower Level of Ranchmart Mall)

913-276-HOOK (4665)

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