The class is instructed by Kim and Aaron Thompson.
According to rocksteadyboxing.org, Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that results in the deterioration of various functions such as balance, speech and motor skills. The mission of the program is to “empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back.”
“Studies have shown that forced exertion can actually slow down and, once in a while, reverse (the symptoms of Parkinson’s),” Kim Thompson said. “It does not stop the progression of the disease, just the symptoms.”
The Rock Steady Boxing headquarters is located in Indianapolis. According to Kim Thompson, people are coming to Indianapolis from all over the world to become certified to teach Rock Steady Boxing.
Once an individual signs up for the class, they will go through an assessment with the instructors to determine which level of the class they will be placed into. These levels correlate with the progression of the disease for each individual.
“My goal for the class is to better their life and give them confidence … when they walk in they’re boxers and we’re their coaches, and so we have compassion but we also want to push them, because they are boxers first,” Kim Thompson said.
The class is offered at the Grant County Family YMCA in Marion on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. For more information on how to join the class, contact the Grant County YMCA at (765) 664-0544.