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Boxing for Life

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Rock Steady Boxing

Oak Hammock residents have been participating in boxing classes on campus since May 2021. Now, two different types of classes offered to the public to adults age 55 and older.

Check out this wonderful video Therapy Management Center, or TMC, compiled about Rock Steady Boxing.

There are two different types of boxing classes offered:

  • Rock Steady Boxing: for individuals age 55 and older with a clinically diagnosed movement disorder such as Parkinson’s.
  • Boxing for L.I.F.E. (Living Independently through Functional Exercise): for individuals age 55 and older without a movement disorder who just want to hit something (just kidding) and stay fit.

The Rock Steady Boxing program, or RSB, was founded in 2006 by Scott C. Newman, an attorney in Indiana who is living with Parkinson’s, and his friend Vince Perez, a Golden Glove boxer who tailored his workouts into a “program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. His intuitive insight is now proven to have merit through an increasing body of medical research,” as stated on the official website.

For individuals with Parkinson’s, RSB adapted boxing drills that target optimal agility, speech, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength.