New PSL Rock Steady Boxing Program empowers those with Parkinson’s Disease to “fight back”
PORT ST. LUCIE – A nationally renowned, non-contact boxing program that aims to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson Disease, is now being offered by the City’s Parks & Recreation Department with two certified instructors on staff.
Those interested can now sign up for the Rock Steady Boxing Program, which is offered at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place, in the Humana Fitness and Wellness Center. Participants in the Rock Steady Boxing Program work on building strength and confidence while reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease that impair speech, balance and motor skills.
“The Rock Steady Boxing Program is a proven program of boxing training methods, which have been verified to halt or slow the progression of Parkinson's Disease,” said Parks & Recreation Director Sherman Conrad. “The addition of the Rock Steady Boxing Program into our fitness offerings is yet another indication of our support for the City's Strategic Goals, and our efforts to advocate for all people.”
Training classes will focus on overall fitness and will include heavy bags, speed bags, focus mitts and jump rope. No boxing experience is necessary.
Two Port St. Lucie fitness staff members, Anne Stadius and Steve Levy, are certified in the Rock Steady Boxing Program. These fitness classes will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and are $50 a month. Participants must have a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
Rock Steady Boxing was founded by former Indiana Prosecutor, Scott C. Newman, in 2006. Newman was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s at the age of 40. After beginning intense box training, he noticed a dramatic improvement in his health, agility and overall daily functions. This program is recognized globally with 741 Rock Steady Programs around the world.
Potential participants who would like more information about this program, please call (772) 807-4499.