Napa, Calif. March 9, 2018 – Starting March 19, Rock Steady Boxing,
a unique exercise program, based on training used by professional boxers
and adapted to people with Parkinson’s, will be available at Synergy
Medical Fitness Center (located inside Queen of the Valley’s Wellness
Center) to men and women of all ages and levels of ability who have been
diagnosed with the disease.
“We are fortunate to be able to bring Rock Steady Boxing to individuals
diagnosed with Parkinson’s in Napa County,” said Pamela Contos,
Program Manager at Synergy Medical Fitness Center. “We are very
thankful to donors, JoAnne DePuy, Jim Maggetti and Ed and Karen Ulshafer.
Their contributions to Queen of the Valley Foundation made it possible
for us to offer this program.”
The program’s founder is former Marion County (Indiana) Prosecutor,
Scott C. Newman, who was diagnosed at age 40. He began intense, one-on-one
boxing a few years after his diagnosis and he witnessed dramatic improvement
in his physical health, agility and daily functioning. In 2012, the Rock
Steady Boxing Method went global. It is estimated that 1 million Americans
live with Parkinson’s disease, and today, there are a total of 513
Rock Steady affiliate programs around the world.
“When evidence began to emerge that our program had a very positive
impact on the ‘boxers’, our mission became clear -- to share
our knowledge and experience with all people with Parkinson’s,”
said Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Executive Director, Joyce Johnson.
The program is led by trained coaches, and involves exercises, including:
stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and lots
of non-contact boxing. Academic institutions, such as University of Indianapolis
and Butler University, are reporting and documenting the improved quality
of life among Rock Steady Boxers and while discovery of a cure may be
years away, there is evidence that progress in terms of strength, flexibility
and speed, is made by those participating in the Rock Steady Boxing program,
regardless of the stages of the disease.
“We will keep class sizes small—approx. six-eight people with
two certified coaches—to allow for personalized training,”
said Armando Gutierrez, Synergy’s head coach certified to offer
Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s
disease. “Prior to starting Rock Steady Boxing, athletes will meet
with me or another certified coach for an initial assessment, where they
will be evaluated and discuss which of the four levels of class is the
best fit for them.”
The program cost is $120 for Synergy members; $200 for non-Synergy members
with a one-time assessment fee of $50 (which includes the assessment,
boxing gloves, hand wraps, and a Rock Steady Boxing jersey). There are
eight classes included in each session.
Demos will take place during a launch party on Friday, March 16 from 4:30
p.m. - 6 p.m. at Synergy Medical Fitness Center—members of the community
are welcome to attend this free open house event to learn more about Rock
For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing in Napa, visit www.synergymedical.rsbaffiliate.com.
To sign up for a class, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson’s
disease is available at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.
About Queen of the Valley Wellness Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center opened the Queen of the Valley Wellness
Center in 2006. The Queen of the Valley Wellness Center is home to Outpatient
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, as well as Synergy Medical
Fitness Center, Rosen Method Practitioners, nutritional counselors, and
others who provide a holistic approach to health and wellness.
About Rock Steady Boxing
Rock Steady Boxing, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in Indianapolis
in 2006 with six participants. Participation has steadily increased to
more than 155 members today, including men and women ranging in age from
35 to 90. Classes are geared to people at all stages of Parkinson’s
disease. Multiple volunteers contribute their time and talents to assist
with the classes.