People with Parkinson’s Disease have a strong opponent and are fighting for something more than a championship belt. They are finding innovative ways to delay the degenerative effects of the disease and are training like heavyweight champions going for the world title. In fact, training like a boxer is exactly how some people with Parkinson’s have devoted themselves to knocking out encroaching symptoms of the disease. Lexington’s TITLE Boxing Club is teaming with Rock Steady Boxing in Indianapolis to provide people with Parkinson’s in the Bluegrass a boxing-inspired option for fighting their symptoms. TITLE Boxing Club’s first class for people with Parkinson’s began with a PUNCH on January 7, 2014.
“We were surprised at the level of enthusiasm among people with Parkinson’s not to give up and let the symptoms overcome a good quality of life,” said Chris and Kim Campbell, owners of TITLE Boxing Club in Lexington. “We had no idea the determination that people with Parkinson’s have for either stalling or even reversing their symptoms until one of our members came to us and told us about Rock Steady Boxing in Indianapolis whose sole purpose is to use boxing workouts to train people with the disease.”
Keep in mind that boxing training and boxing in a ring are two different experiences. Boxing training is the rigorous training regimen that boxers use to prepare for their fights in the ring with an opponent. The training is the key to their strength, agility, and stamina. So what is the angle? People with Parkinson’s have unique issues with body movement and brain function that boxing training readily addresses. Boxing training works the entire body from head to toe with elements of concentration and surprise that help keep the mind sharp. Boxing is unique in that it demands that people be engaged mentally with their bodies as well as with their opponents to be able to act and react instantly.
People with Parkinson’s are in the fight of their lives and are training to enhance their quality of life by building their confidence, strength, flexibility, balance, and power. Since in boxing training, the body is continuously in motion with an ever changing routine, it cannot rely on muscle memory for movement; all movements must be intentional. Research has shown that ‘demand’ exercise can slow the symptoms of Parkinson’s. The very nature of boxing training helps the mind and the body which is ideal for a person with Parkinson’s.
Dr. Tom Mowery approached the owners of TITLE Boxing Club Lexington about bringing the “Rock Steady Method” to the Bluegrass. Since then TITLE Boxing Club Lexington has become the first affiliate of Rock Steady Boxing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is now offering Rock Steady Power Hour classes specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s.
Dr. Mowery explained, “Having never boxed and not wanting to be hit in the nose, I certainly did not envision boxing training as a possible avenue for physical fitness. Then I learned of the Rock Steady Boxing Program for PD patients in Indy that was showing successful results. That finally caused me to join TITLE Boxing Club in Lexington.”
What have been the results? Dr. Mowery continues, “I have been pleasantly surprised with the results. In just ten weeks of working out three times a week for one hour at a time as a boxer would prepare, I have dropped twenty pounds that had stubbornly been with me for years, my clothes fit better, I generally feel better, I sleep better, my strength has increased, my coordination has improved, I am more limber. I have rediscovered my long-lost abs, my arthritic knees feel better, and I never get hit in the nose!”
TITLE Boxing Club Lexington began its first Rock Steady Power Hour classes on January 7, 2014 and will add classes as demand requires.
So bring it on Parkinson’s! We’re going to knock you out!
For more information on Parkinson’s boxing training, please contact TITLE Boxing Club, 171 West Lowry Lane, Suite 168, Lexington, Kentucky 40503 (859) 268-4853, on the web at http://lexington-lowry.titleboxingclub.com, on Facebook at TITLE-Boxing-Club-Lexington, or on Twitter @TBCLEX.