Rock Steady is a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness program moving the body in all planes of motion.
Each session challenges the boxer to continuously progress and have fun at the same time! RSB works to lessen symptoms and improve quality of life for all levels of Parkinson's.
Rock Steady Chicago classes are currently divided into three levels based on each person’s unique Parkinson’s symptoms and overall level of fitness. We require all potential boxers to complete an assessment with one of our coaches to determine the class placement that would be of greatest benefit to them. Participants are welcome at one or both locations for unlimited classes.
About Rock Steady and Parkinson's
RSB workouts may involve: Strength training, reaction time and balance, focus mitts, heavy bags, jump ropes, core work, flexibility and stretching, and circuit weight training.
A 2-year study at the University of Indianapolis found that "boxers demonstrated significantly better balance and walking function over time...compared to people who chose other forms of exercise. The survey responses also indicated a higher perceived quality of life among the Rock Steady participants."
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Research has confirmed the benefits of Rock Steady!
Head coach Mark Andersen is a Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, USA Boxing Level 1 Coach, Yogafit Certified Instructor, and ACE Certified Group Instructor. He started as a volunteer when Rock Steady Boxing Chicago (RSBC) became the first RSB affiliate in Illinois. He enjoyed working with the PD population so much that he quickly got his RSB Coach training in Indianapolis. He has been coaching since 2014. His wife, Judi and sons Dane and Theo also volunteer for RSBC. They feel very blessed to be part of the RSBC family!