Who We Are
Rock Steady Boxing Rockville is an affiliate of Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) is a first-of-its-kind, Indianapolis-based nonprofit gym founded in 2006 to provide an effective form of physical exercise to people who are living with Parkinson’s. Though it may seem surprising, this non-contact boxing-inspired fitness routine is dramatically improving the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent lives. RSB was founded in 2006 by former Marion County (Indiana) prosecutor Scott C. Newman, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 40. The RSB Rockville classes are held at Champion Boxing & Fitness, a 5,000 sq. ft. facility in Rockville, Maryland.
What We Do
RSB enables people with Parkinson’s disease to fight their disease by providing non-contact boxing-style fitness programs that improve their quality-of-life and 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. RSB provides encouragement through a “tough love” approach, 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. RSB classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.
What We Offer
- Classes: RSB Rockville offers classes that accommodate many different levels of Parkinson’s/fitness
- Support: Trainers who understand the varied symptoms and challenges people with PD face. RSB Rockville is committed to helping you fight back.
- Camaraderie: Friends for fighters and caregivers. Caregivers are welcome and encouraged to help members during the class.
What’s a class like?
Our Program Director is a licensed Occupational Therapist with over 9 years of experience, and has been accredited with a certification as a Brian Injury Specialist from the Brain Injury Association of America. In addition, all of our RSB Instructors are trained and certified at the RSB corporate office in Indianapolis, Indiana. The classes include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time and balance, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight 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.
1:15pm – Levels 1 & 2
3:15pm – Levels 3 & 4
6:00pm – Levels 1 & 2
1:15pm – 2:15pm Levels 1 & 2
3:15pm – 4:15pm All Levels
Rock Steady Boxing Rockville Program Director