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PowerPunch

Box Away Parkinson's Disease

Boxing is a rigorous exercise used by many healthy individuals for cardiovascular and strength benefits. Recent research with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has shown exercises must focus on amplitude, or large movements, to make long-term change. Boxing is a great way to work on posture, stepping movements, and whole body strengthening.

If you have PD or movement disorders that impact movement quality, coordination, strength, and endurance, Power Punch is for you. The Power Punch circuit-training program is infused with boxing exercises and is supervised by physical therapists and fitness specialists. Intensity can range from independent, care-giver assisted, or seated exercises as necessary.

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 3:00 p.m
Where: Sheltering Arms Midtown: 2805 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
Cost: $40 per class (one month session)

To learn more and schedule your free screening call (804) 764-5354 or email Christina Smith for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Power Punch?
This is a new exercise program designed by physical therapists and fitness specialists for the management of Parkinson’s disease (PD). This program will be offered at our Midtown location with expansion to other locations as needed.

I’ve never boxed before – why boxing for PD?
Recent PD research has shown that exercises must focus on amplitude, or large movements, to make long-term change. Boxing is a great way to work on posture, stepping movements, and whole body strengthening.

Will I be boxing with a partner? Is there any contact?
You will not be striking another individual during class. There are times when you may strike the instructor or a punching bag. Many of the movements associated with boxing can have a benefit even without physical contact such as shadow boxing.

Is this class for anyone with PD?
This class is intended for people with PD or other prime-of-life movement disorders. Participants may be independently walking (without a cane or a walker) or they may wheelchair bound. Anyone who is able to move will benefit from this program. An examination screening will be completed, free of charge, prior to participation in the program. This is for your safety and determining your ability to perform various movements.

My loved one or caregiver would like to come and participate. Is this allowed?
The more the merrier! However, we will ask that caregivers only become involved in the class if their partner/participant needs physical assistance with the activities and the caregiver has been cleared by the instructor. This is for the safety of the participants, the instructors, and the caregivers.

Do I need clearance from a physician to participate?
We suggest all participants receive clearance from their physician prior to joining the program. A thorough examination will be completed prior to the program in order to determine a client’s appropriateness for the independent, modified-independent, or seated exercises during the program.