Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) was founded to provide an effective form of physical exercise for people living with Parkinson’s disease. 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 with a sense of efficacy and self-worth.
Rock Steady Boxing provides encouragement through a “tough love” approach, inspiring maximum effort, speed, strength, balance, and flexibility. Recent studies also suggest that intense exercise programs may be “neuroprotective,” actually working to delay the progression of symptoms for a healthier, happier life.
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Champion Boxing & Fitness is the only facility in Rockville, Maryland that offers the Rock Stead program. The program is dedicated to anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s patients, no matter what stage they are at and is lead by a professional physical therapist. The class is offered at two different levels – each once a week.
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Cheryl is the Rock Steady Rockville Program Director. She works full-time as a licensed Occupational Therapist with over 9 years of experience and has been accredited with a certification as a Brain Injury Specialist from the Brain Injury Association of America. Rock Steady is an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. Cheryl’s classes never include the same exercise and focus on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time and balance.
“The best part of my day starts when I walk through the doors of Champion. I actually started working out at Champion because I was horribly bored with the same old gym scene that I could barely tolerate the thought of one more mind-numbing workout. I can’t wait for that day’s boxing fitness class or private lessons with one of their competitive fighters. I’ve lost 30 pounds since joining, because having a workout that’s challenging and enjoyable makes all the difference!”