The Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the first anniversary of the Rock Steady Boxing-Lincoln program with a special workout from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19 at the Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 N.W. 46th Street. Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted to people with Parkinson's disease.
The celebration will include a photo opportunity with family members after the class. The event will also highlight renovations funded by the Community Health Endowment. The boxing ring has been renovated, the canvas has been replaced, and a chalkboard painted wall has been added so participants to document the program's benefits and answers to the "Question of the Day."
Rock Steady Boxing serves men and women of all ages and levels of ability. It includes regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups and balancing as well as non-contact boxing. The program is led by trained, experienced coaches like Ryan Mohling, who brought the Rock Steady program to Lincoln
"In addition to slowing or stopping the progression of Parkinson's, our fighters have seen improved aerobic fitness, mobility and balance as well as weight loss," said Mohling. "They also enjoy the camaraderie and the support of fellow fighters. There are very few programs like this that meet the needs of those with Parkinson's disease and have such a positive impact. I love hearing from our fighters about all the ways they have benefitted from their participation in Rock Steady Boxing."
Rock Steady Boxing, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in Indianapolis in 2006 with six participants. Lincoln classes started July 18th, 2016 at Air Park Recreation Center. Classes are offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information on Rock Steady Boxing-Lincoln, visit lincoln.rsbaffiliate.com. For more information on Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson's disease, visit rocksteadyboxing.org.
More information on Lincoln Parks and Recreation is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.