Boxing for Parkinsons Personal Training Taught by World Championship Fighter, Gary Ballard

We are A Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate


Rock Steady Boxing of Orange County enables people battling Parkinson's, a degenerative movement disorder, to take an active role in improving their well being with non-contact boxing inspired fitness training. Exercises are based on traditional boxing drills and designed to optimize agility, speed, endurance, balance, hand-eye coordination, and overall strength. While exercises are adapted to individual capabilities and fitness levels, they remain rigorous and enable participants to push past self-imposed limits of ability—in other words, to fight! Led by ex-professional boxer/coach, Gary Ballard, Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.

Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression.

The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease through a non-contact, boxing-based fitness curriculum.