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August 9, 2017

Rock Steady Boxers Practice Fighting Each Other and Parkinson’s Disease – WGN Radio

Jon Hansen filled in for Dave Plier and talked with Jim Kroeger and Eric Johnson, co-founders of Rock Steady Boxing, at the Edgewater Fitness Center. The program works on helping those with Parkinson’s by using boxing to fight and slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease[…]Listen Here—>

August 9, 2017

Boxing Class Helps Parkinson’s Patients Fight For Their Lives – dna Info

Richard Younker, a 76-year-old man diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, forcefully thrusted his legs into the air one at a time as he marched across the floor of the Edgewater Fitness Center[…]Read More—>

August 9, 2017

Rock Steady Boxing now combating Parkinson’s in Chicago – Sun Times

I’d heard good things about Rock Steady Boxing, and the benefits the program brings to those with Parkinson’s disease, an incurable condition that impacts an estimated 1 million Americans, according to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. But alas, it wasn’t in my hometown of Chicago.

But now there’s good news! Rock Steady, which has more than 30 affiliates in 15 states (as well as Canada and Australia), has set up shop in Chicago[…]Read More—>

August 9, 2017

Rock Steady Boxing program helps Parkinson’s patients – ABC7 Chicago

For most of us, Parkinson’s disease conjures up images of trembling along with difficulties with speech and balance – much like we’ve seen with Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox.

But now there a promising new therapy which has many Parkinson’s patients feeling better both mentally and physically.

It is a new concept; a new way of working out. People are putting down their canes and walkers and picking up boxing gloves[…]Read More—>

August 9, 2017

Punching Out Parkinson’s: Boxing Training Improves Symptoms – USNews

For many years, there has been widespread speculation that boxing caused or contributed to the late heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali’s long battle with Parkinson’s disease. After all, head trauma is known to increase the risk of Parkinson’s, a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects an estimated 7 to 10 million people around the world, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. So it may come as a surprise to discover that boxing training is now being used as a form of therapy for people who already have Parkinson’s[…]Read More—>

August 9, 2017

Powering Through Parkinson’s Disease


Parkinson’s Disease may be a progressive disorder, but one Chicago man isn’t letting it slow him down.  He shares how a regular routine of exercise has made a big difference in combating symptoms – and why he wants others with Parkinson’s to know that they too can take action.  Plus, Jane Monzures heads to a facility that’s creating special programs for Parkinson’s patients to help them stay functional.  She learns some of top ways to get started on a workout routine if you have Parkinson’s Disease[…] Read More—>

August 9, 2017

Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s – Daily North Shore

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates that more than 60,000 people are diagnosed with the condition each year. That staggering statistic, coupled with new research showing that targeted exercises can actually slow the progression of the disease, have inspired two local fitness groups to offer new programs specifically designed for this population.

Eric Johnson started Movement Revolution in late 2014 as a personal training service for people with physical impairments from arthritis or strokes and chronic diseases like Parkinson’s. It was something Johnson was affected by first-hand as a physiologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago[…]Read More—>

July 6, 2017

Movement Revolution featured in Voyage Chicago Magazine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Johnson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Eric. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The path that led me to start Movement Revolution was a serendipitous one. I started my college career as a business major and played football for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as a 304 lbs. offensive lineman. I quickly learned two things, one, DIII college football would not take me to the NFL and two, I really didn’t enjoy my business classes. My parents are hardworking people in the healthcare industry. They always encouraged community service, to serve those in need or less fortunate. At the end of my sophomore year, I recognized my need for a career where I could devote myself to helping others. I’ve always enjoyed athletics and the intense training associated with it so I decided to change my major to Exercise Science and Health Promotion. I realized that it’d be quite hypocritical to be a 304lb advocate for health and wellness and within 1 year I lost 100lbs and was happily enrolled in my new courses. […]

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October 27, 2015

Rock Steady Original Inspiration- Changing Lives

Here is an excerpt from some truly inspirational words spoken by an original Rock Steady Boxer in Indianapolis.

“Greatness of character can be forged in the furnace of affliction. There is something about sharing the same foxhole with others in a battle against a terrible but determined enemy that unites us even though we are from different backgrounds and makes us stronger as individuals. We are indeed a band of brother and sister warriors united in a fight against Parkinson’s, a fierce and deadly enemy. In this fight we will not be passive. We are pressing the attack and taking the offensive. We will not relent. We will never surrender. We will never give up until our last breath is drawn or the enemy is vanquished.”

I had the tremendous opportunity to meet and work with Pete during our Training Camp. He inspired me to help make a difference and pass along his message to evoke HOPE to all our Windy City Fighters.

Stay Strong!


October 18, 2015

National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day Chicago

The National Parkinson Foundation’s fourth annual Moving Day® Chicago fundraising walk, locally supported by AbbVie, is scheduled to return to Lincoln Park on Sunday, October 18th, 2015. Moving Day is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. This celebration of movement will feature a family friendly walk course, a kid’s area, a refreshment tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring exercises all proven to help manage the symptoms of PD. Moving Day Chicago, in its three year history, has raised over a million dollars to help improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Moving Day® Chicago will take place in Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park at Lincoln Park South Fields, just south of the Lincoln Park Zoo’s South Pond. The South Fields are located just east of 1730 N. Stockton Drive which is north of Stockton Drive.

Join the Movement Revolution and Rock Steady Boxing Moving Day Team, by clicking here: http://www3.parkinson.org/goto/RSBChicagolanMovingDay_FullColor4d