A Parkinson’s boxing class is a full-body workout exercise regimen where you perform non-combat boxing exercises. A typical Parkinson’s boxing class will involve:
Anywhere from 45-90 minutes of exercises
Stretches and warm-up exercises to prepare the body for the workout and to avoid injury.
Punching speed bags to help improve coordination and posture or punching heavy bags to build strength and muscle.
Vocal exercises are incorporated into the workout to help with any voice disorder symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Footwork and other agility exercises will be used to help improve balance.
There is also a lot of group exercises that focus on socialization and community in each class.
You can find some local classes here https://www.cdparkinsons.org/exercise-data
The benefits associated with a Parkinson’s boxing class include:
Improved hand-eye coordination
Better cognitive processing
Relieve symptoms for soft-voice disorders
Stronger core which can lead to a better gait
Improved balance and agility
Improved reaction time
Should I ask my doctor before attending a class?
You should always consult your doctor before starting up any new intense exercise regimen to make sure that it will be beneficial to you.
Do I need to bring my own boxing gloves?
Boxing gloves are provided at locations although many participants like to bring their own gloves.
Will I be fighting other people?
No, the classes are non-combat which means you will not be punching or be punched by, another person.
How intense is the class?
The class intensity can vary depending upon the instructor, but the average intensity is more than most seated Parkinson’s exercise classes.