RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA — Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program, based onÂ training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinsonâ€™s disease, will now be available inÂ Orange County. The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, running, jump-roping, pushups, balancing and lots of non-contact boxing. Led by ex-professional boxer/coach, Gary Ballard, RockÂ Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.Â Rock Steady Boxing enables people battling Parkinson’s, a degenerative movement disorder, to take anÂ active role in improving their well being with non-contact boxing inspired fitness training. Exercises areÂ based on traditional boxing drills and designed to optimize agility, speed, endurance, balance, hand-eyeÂ coordination, and overall strength. While exercises are adapted to individual capabilities and fitnessÂ levels, they remain rigorous and enable participants to push past self-imposed limits of abilityâ€”in otherÂ words, to fight!Â Rock Steady Boxing Orange County is led by Gary â€œBoom Boomâ€ Ballard, a former World SuperÂ Middleweight Championship Fighter and Certified Personal Trainer. After retiring from the competitiveÂ ring in 1998, Gary found his home in Orange County and has been providing professional group cardioÂ boxing training. In addition, Gary offers comprehensive personal one-on-one training programs thatÂ include: strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, core conditioning, balance training, range ofÂ motion training & nutrition consultation. â€œIt was only natural for me to throw a knock-out punch andÂ marry the sport that I love with a crippling disease such as Parkinsonâ€™s. I firmly believe that the Rock
Steady Program will help in slowing the progression of the disease and improve the quality of life forÂ people who have been diagnosed with Parkinsonâ€™s,â€ said Ballard. Rock Steady Boxing Orange CountyÂ classes have started and are available in either a group environment or a one-on-one personal trainingÂ program with Gary. Group classes are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00a to 12noon and are held in theÂ Rock Steady ring at 30085 Comercio, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.Â Parkinsonâ€™s disease affects more than 1 million people in the United States. The Rock Steady Boxing
method was developed in 2006 by former prosecutor Scott Newman, who was diagnosed with thedisease at age 39. With daily intense exercise, Mr. Newman began to experience a dramatic
improvement in his physical health, agility, and everyday functioning. His experience is supported byÂ science as medical research has found that regular high-intensity, focused exercise not only improves theÂ symptoms of Parkinsonâ€™s disease, it may actually slow the progression of the disease itself.Â Today, there are 21 Rock Steady Boxing affiliates in 10 states, and international affiliates in AustraliaÂ and Canada. All coaches have completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have beenÂ officially certified in the Rock Steady Boxing headquarters and training center in Indianapolis.Â â€œLetâ€™s KO Parkinsonâ€™s!â€ For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Orange County, visitÂ www.ballardfitness.com/boxing-for-parkinsons or call Gary 714.914.3316. Additional information aboutÂ Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinsonâ€™s disease is available at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.
Â A cure is not guaranteed and fitness results may vary.