Boxing for Parkinson’s!

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I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have learned from many amazing professionals and be a part of amazing programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. In May of 2015, I had the opportunity to attend the Rock Steady Boxing Training Camp in Indianapolis, IN for future Rock Steady Coaches. I walked away from that weekend more inspired than I had ever felt before. The heart and soul that all the RSB Coaches put into their classes is truly amazing. The entire organization exudes positivity and  HOPE.

Rock Steady Boxing has over 30 Affiliate locations around the WORLD. It’s methods are just starting to be studied. Initial research has shown amazing results, see the article here about a study done at the original RSB in Indianapolis: RSB Indy Star Report .

Prior to attending the RSB Training camp, I was fortunate enough to meet a great man by the name of Jim Kroeger, Owner of the Lincoln Park Fitness Center, Ravenswood Fitness Center, and Edgewater Fitness Center. Jim is not only from the great state of Wisconsin, but from my hometown, better known as- “the best city in America”(self-proclaimed), Madison, WI.  Jim himself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013. You would think that two guys with all these things in common: Exercise/Fitness Centers, Wisconsin/Madison, Packers/Badgers, a connection to Parkinson’s disease, he EVEN lived right around the block from me in Chicago would eventually cross paths! Truth is we didn’t, BUT, leave it up to the Mothers…both of our Moms- living in Madison, WI worked together. This “Mom Connection” is what eventually led us to what is now our joint Partnership, Rock Steady Boxing Windy City located inside Jim’s Edgewater Fitness Center.

It’s a serendipitous story that has led to a new, amazing program, bringing the same HOPE and Inspiration, that was started in Indianapolis to Jim, and others living with Parkinson’s disease in the City of Chicago. We now offer two separate classes, twice a week for people of all stages of Parkinson’s disease. We’ve assembled a team of fighters that inspire each other, and us as Coaches every class, with every punch.

We are hosting a FREE Open House Event on Aug. 29th, 2015. We invite you, your friends and anyone interested to join us.

See our website for more details: RSB Windy City Open House

 

Keep fighting Chicago!

-Eric