Jen Murphy Fitness in Milford is adding Rock Steady Boxing to its schedule.
This boxing-based fitness regimen is designed for people with Parkinson's disease. The exercises are rigorous and adapted from boxing drills, and are intended to extend the participant's capabilities. While boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to overcome opponents, in Rock Steady Boxing, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent.
Classes will run Tuesdays and Fridays, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Rock Steady Boxing memberships are $60 per month and include all other Jen Murphy Fitness classes.
A free informational seminar will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Jen Murphy Fitness, located at 113 West Harford Street. It will include a review of the regimen, with participants learning how to wrap their hands and try on boxing gloves. It will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Families and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Register by calling 570-807-7923
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, incurable, neurodegenerative movement disorder which causes deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1.5 million people in the United States suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year. It is estimated that the number of people with Parkinson’s disease will double by 2040.