“The Rock Steady Boxing Program has been very enlightening and is very much a blessing from where I was two years ago to where I am today,” said Bob, reflecting on the progress he’s made since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Bob’s symptoms first began a couple years ago while attending a college football game with friends. “A buddy of mine and I were walking in front of the ladies and they noticed that my right arm wasn't swaying," explained Bob. "And so my wife pulled me aside and said, ‘Bob, what's wrong with your right arm?’”
From there, Bob’s Parkinson’s symptoms began to worsen, particularly when it came to his handwriting skills. But beyond the physical limitations he was experiencing, the emotional impact of the diagnosis is what Bob says set him back the most.
“I kind of took it pretty hard and was sitting around pouting in my own feelings,” said Bob.
His 32-year-old daughter, however, was not going to let him give up without a fight. “She was pretty blunt with me," Bob noted. "She said, ‘Are gonna sit around on your rear end and let this thing take care of you? Or are you going to get up and do something about it?’”
Fighting Back Against Parkinson's
It was Bob’s daughter who discovered Rock Steady Boxing, and not even three months after his diagnosis, he was in the program fighting back. He’s been taking classes ever since.
“I haven't felt a deterioration of any kind,” said Bob. “My physical strength has gotten better. I'm more in shape than I ever was!”
He attends Rock Steady Boxing classes at The Inn on Westport, a community managed by The Goodman Group. Though located within the senior living community, it’s open to everyone, no matter where they are in the Parkinson’s journey.
“The workout programs are directed by our coach, Lisa, who is a phenomenal coach because she truly understands the meaning of what Rock Steady is all about and leverages the different areas of workouts to each individual's needs,” said Bob.
Not only has Bob benefited greatly from Rock Steady Boxing, he’s now inspiring others as a coach alongside Lisa.
“It’s such a self-satisfaction to work with fellow Parkinson's patients and be a part of a curriculum that I know is putting a smile on their face,” said Bob. “It's an unbelievable program. I’m so proud to be a part of it.”
Rock Steady Boxing Near You
Parkinson’s affects every patient differently, whether it’s their motor skills, balance, speech or sensory functions. Rock Steady Boxing is designed specifically to help manage those symptoms and even slow the progression of Parkinson’s.
The Goodman Group is proud to offer the program at a number of our managed communities.