Boxing for People with Parkinson Disease
Grizzly Strides, is an umbrella program that will grow to invite a wide variation of populations to participate and benefit from this unique type of training and learning. Our boxing based “non-contact” fitness and skills classes offer innovative training practices in a supportive, safe and motivating environment. Grizzly Awakens, designed for people with Parkinson Disease was our very first registered course within the Grizzly Strides Program. Graduates of this program move on to train in Silvertip Boxing (ongoing club classes).
While not a cure for Parkinson’s or other brain conditions, physically intense exercise has been shown to help significantly with tremors and many other symptoms. The elements of a boxer’s training are highly related to these areas giving individuals a chance to be active participants in their own treatment while increasing overall fitness in an exciting social setting. Advances in neurological research have shown that the human brain’s potential for neuroplasticity has been greatly underestimated leaving a whole new exciting path of discovery lying ahead!
With your physician and/or neurologists consent you can get involved. Classes run three times per week, year round. They include special sections on learning how to physically fall to reduce injury potential. A Certified Exercise Physiologist will be available to conduct pre and post fitness testing. It also highlights involvement from Physiotherapist Jessica DeMars she has extensive training in assessing and treating breathing pattern disorders.
CLASSES ARE ONGOING YEAR-ROUND – JOIN US ANYTIME! We will ease you in with a private orientation session prior to jumping in with the group.
Cost: $15.00 per class for members $20.00 per class for Drop-In Basis (Punch Pass Purchase)
Classes Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 10:30 am to 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
EVENING CLASSES starting soon… we have a waitlist and would love to hear from you if interested.
Please contact us for details and we will help you to get registered for the next upcoming course! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or call Darcy at 403.992.8032. Ask about how becoming a member of Parkinson Alberta will result in a club discount for these classes along with all of the other great benefits that come with the low cost $25 annual membership.
Outside of the program described above, Grizzly Cage offers ongoing private individual or small group sessions. Below you can read the firsthand testimonials of some of our participants!
Whether you have Parkinson or not, Grizzly Cage delivers a “knockout” program and facility. I have seen improvement in my balance and gait.
I found the Silver Tip Boxing Classes to be more fun and varied than expected. I also like the great boxing education the staff provides.
Classes are never boring. The content is always changing, so we not only get an exciting workout, but we also get to concentrate on proper boxing skill development.
One of the training benefits for me is the ability to multitask within myself, like moving my feet and hands to an ever changing scenario while your mind is setting up for the next one. This was something I lost early on in my illness. I’m getting better with each class thank you.
I’ve found exercise to be an absolute essential in living well with Parkinsons. Slogging away in the gym without professional instruction can be a lonely experience with a significant risk of injury, however. The Grizzly Cage’s boxing program addresses these concerns head-on. The exercises are geared to our individual levels so the risk of injury is very low, and getting together regularly with other Parkinson folks has proven to be a very therapeutic experience. I guess you could say I’m hooked!
Boxing has given me “balance” in life as I feel I’m a quieter gentler person. Balance also as in a stable base from which to launch.