Sioux Falls, S.D. (April 28, 2022) – Rock Steady Boxing at The Inn on Westport, an affiliate program of Rock Steady Boxing, Inc., celebrated their fifth anniversary of fighting back against Parkinson’s on Wednesday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Boxers, families, volunteers, and guests celebrated this milestone with lunch, boxer and volunteer recognitions, a photo booth, gym tours, interactive activities, and door prizes.
Rock Steady Boxing enables individuals with Parkinson’s to fight their disease by providing non-contact, boxing-style fitness programs that are designed to improve their quality of life, sense of efficacy and self-worth. Boxing classes are taught by Rock Steady Boxing Certified Coaches and include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. The program focuses on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time and balance, HIIT and circuit training. Rock Steady Boxing classes may benefit anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, and may actually lessen their symptoms and lead to a healthier, happier life.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that has no cure and touches nearly one million people in the United States alone. While a cure has yet to be found, there are several ways to treat and slow the effects of the disease. Recent studies suggest that intense exercise programs may be “neuro-protective”, actually working to delay the progression of symptoms.
Rock Steady Boxing at The Inn on Westport was the second boxing gym opened at a community managed by The Goodman Group and the first Rock Steady Boxing affiliate in the state of South Dakota. Opening in April 2017, Rock Steady Boxing Program Director Lisa Howard started with two classes and 12 boxers and has grown the program to over 50 boxers in six different classes. Residents at The Inn on Westport can access these classes for free and individuals living with Parkinson’s in the Sioux Falls community are able to attend classes for a monthly fee.