Boxing for People with Parkinson Disease in Calgary
Grizzly Strides, launched in 2016 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 are recognized by Parkinson’s Canada and offer innovative training practices in a supportive, safe and motivating environment.
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!
Classes Are ONGOING – Register Anytime
Cost for classes: $15.00 per class for members or $20.00 per class for Punch Passes
Can anyone with Parkinson’s disease join?
Regretfully no, we wish we had different news but we offered classes designed for people with lower mobility and/or with significant balance challenges for the first two years. We fought long and hard to keep these classes available to the Parkinson’s community however due to the lack of referrals and very low numbers for attendance we cancelled them permanently. If you are experiencing concerns with your balance/mobility and would like to get physically, cognitively and socially active there are two other excellent programs in Calgary that might work well for you: “Decidedly Jazz” (located downtown Calgary) or “Power Moves” (located in the South of Calgary at the Jewish Community Centre). Please contact these programs directly.
Who should consider joining Grizzly Strides boxing then?
People who are already actively practicing physical fitness or those returning to physical fitness practices.
- Little to no limitations to exercise
- Capable of doing 30+ minutes of continuous physical activity
- No significant mobility or balance issues
Classes run Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30 am to 11:30 am Still not sure? Sit in on a class and check it out in person, we love an audience!
Scroll down below and you can explore with photos and FIRSTHAND TESTIMONIALS of some of our participants!
Please contact us for details and we will schedule for you to observe a class or to attend a non obligatory intro and prep session designed to help you become familiar in advance. Email: email@example.com or call Darcy at 403.992.8032
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.