Rock Steady Boxing Albany gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1.5 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year.
Rock Steady Boxing is the first gym in the country dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s. In our gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB Albany, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant. 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. Our clients attest, and academic institutions, such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University, are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among our boxers. Discovery of a cure may be many years away but in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the RSB program. Call today to schedule an appointment to visit the gym, speak privately with a Coach, or watch a class in action. Please consult your Doctor before any new physical activity program.
The Facility is AMAZING! Big and Clean! Most importantly it is an inviting friendly environment. We take pride in being able to say we have built a team environment with a comradery second to none for you, the fighters!
It is not like walking into a normal gym, you will feel the difference with the friendly staff and clean equipment. We welcome you to bring a corner man to class! *Corner man: A family member or friend who can help assist the fighter while performing their exercises in class.
544 Cleveland Ave. Albany, Ca
First and Third weekend of every month
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We are learning everyday that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better.
Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.
Rock Steady classes are divided into different levels based upon each person’s unique Parkinson’s symptoms and overall level of fitness. We require all potential boxers to complete an assessment with one of our Coaches to determine the class placement that would be of greatest benefit to them.
We love to meet new people , so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
544 Cleveland Ave, Albany, California 94710, United States
Monday - 12:00pm-1:30pm
Thursday- No Class
*1st and 3rd Saturday each month
Sunday: No Class
Coach: Daniel Burkhardt, is a native of the Bay Area and graduate of Sacramento City College (Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice) and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Academy class 164th. He has also trained diligently, for the past four years, in various martial arts disciplines.
Through his law enforcement and martials arts training he developed a never quit mindset and learned that nobody ever needs to be a victim of life’s circumstances. His training instilled a desire to give back to the community he lives in which brought him to Rock Steady Boxing San Francisco, as a volunteer, in 2015. Under the guidance of owner/coach Kim Wooley and Freddy Silva (owner/coach Peninsula Rock Steady Boxing) he soon fell in love with working with the Fighters and was amazed at the progress they made by doing HIIT training and boxing drills.
Rock Steady Boxing’s motto “Fight Back Against Parkinson’s” and his passion for helping people with Parkinson’s develop that never quit mindset became a natural fit. Through exercises and consistency he saw the fighters feel better, gain self-confidence with everyday tasks, and know they can walk down the street without a fear of falling - “even if a fighter falls they will know how to fall properly and be able to get right back up and keep moving forward.”
Daniel is CPR & AED certified. He is currently in the process of additionally becoming NASM certified, as a personal trainer, which will help fine tune his eye even more for instructing the fighters on their body mechanics and making sure they always train with the proper form.
Fight Back! Comradery! Boxing workouts specifically designed for fighting back against Parkinson’s! Get physically fit while having a great time!
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We are not Victims! We are fighting back together against Parkinson's!!!