Fighting back against Parkinson’s.

The Inn on Westport offers Rock Steady Boxing classes, an affiliate program of Rock Steady Boxing Inc., which enable individuals with Parkinson’s disease 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.

Recent studies also suggest that intense exercise programs may be “neuro-protective,” actually working to delay the progression of symptoms. Rock Steady Boxing provides encouragement by inspiring maximum effort, speed, strength, balance and flexibility. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. Rock Steady Boxing classes may benefit anyone at any level of Parkinson’s and may lessen their symptoms and lead to a healthier, happier life.

Boxer Progress Assessment


Improvement or remained constant on sit to stand test

The average participant saw an increase of 3.2 sit-to-stands.


Improvement or remained constant on timed up & go test

The average participant saw a decrease of 1.4 seconds.


Improvement or remained constant on fullerton balance scale test

The average participant saw an increase of 3.5 points.

Boxer Video Stories


Rock Steady Boxing: Fighting Back Against Parkinson's Disease


“Mad Molly” Swings Back at Her Parkinson’s Diagnosis


Kent's Story: Finding a Community That Fights Back Against Parkinson's


Bob’s Story: Beating Parkinson’s One Workout at a Time

In-Person and Virtual Classes

Rock Steady Boxing at The Inn on Westport offers different levels of in-person and virtual classes to accommodate varying degrees of Parkinson’s fitness.


Friends for boxers and caregivers.


Call Rock Steady Boxing at 605-362-1210 to learn more about the program and the monthly membership fees.

What a class is like

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. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. Boxers, both male and female, range in age from mid-30s to early 90s. Boxing gloves are the only equipment needed.

Meet the Program Director

Lisa Howard

Rock Steady Boxing Program Director

Our Rock Steady Boxing Program Director, Lisa Howard, has spent the last 20 years developing programs in Sioux Falls for older adults to help them remain active and healthy. Lisa’s passion and enthusiasm for improving the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s shines through her coaching.