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Rock Steady Boxing Rocket City Celebrates 6 Years in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year. More than 10 million people live with it worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

So to help Rock Steady Boxing, Rocket City is helping people with Parkinson’s with non-contact boxing drills and the Huntsville program is celebrating six years in Rocket City.

Exercises help people with Parkinson’s develop power, strength, flexibility and speed. Rock Steady Boxing Rocket City manager Carolyn Rhodes described the classes to News 19 as “a full 90-minute workout where we do balance, strength, agility and so on.”

But, that’s not all they do. “We have a full vocal program for safe voice and cognition, we have a choir for the same,” Rhodes told News 19. help move into bigger moves.”

Carolyn and her husband, Jim, started the program in 2016 after Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After hearing about Rock Steady Boxing, they immediately knew it belonged in Rocket City.

“We were really shocked and it was very emotional because we didn’t know what was going to happen,” Jim told News 19. “But, we watched a video and I said to Carolyn ‘We have to do that. So we started with 6 of us and the rest is history.

These 6 boxers have become more than 200 with nearly ten lessons per week. Carolyn shared that for many the program is life changing.

“A man said I was playing tennis again, dancing again,” Carolyn explained. “One of them said I could ride my John Deere tractor again, I was playing golf again.”

The organization also provides support and educational opportunities for families of people with Parkinson’s disease. With this and the other fitness programs and activities they offer, they are excited to announce their move from Rock Steady Boxing to Parkinson’s Dynamic, which will include all of their programs.

You can find more information about the courses and how you can get involved here.


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