EXERCISE

Through funding from the generous champions in our community, people with Parkinson’s disease are able to participate in the following weekly 1-hour exercise programs at no cost through sponsorship by Endeavor Parkinsonology. For more information, contact the class instructors for each activity.

Current Sponsored Classes

VOCAL POWER

Now Online! Participate in the Vocal Exercise Class from your home computer

Heart Tower, Ground level Classroom

Contact: Beth Watson, MS, CCC-SLP; bethwatson@texashealth.org; (817) 250-3156

Vocal Power teaches people with Parkinson’s disease vocal exercises designed to increase vocal strength and stamina. In a group setting, participants will learn and practice sets of vocal exercises which are performed with conscious effort on vocal intensity (loudness) and pitch flexibility. Participants will also be guided on home-based exercises to complement the weekly group classes.

PUNCHING OUT PARKINSON’S

Recent gifts from friends and champions in our community have enabled us to provide support for people with PD who wish to connect and participate in Punching Out Parkinson’s boxing classes offered by Paulie Ayala at his School of Hard Knocks gym (https://punchingoutparkinsons.org).  Please see the enclosed brochure with a description of the program along with contact information.

Sponsorships will allow you to attend weekly boxing classes with Punching Out Parkinson’s for 6 months at no cost. Endeavor Parkinsonlogy will continue to sponsor individuals for the following 6 months and cover ½ the cost of the program.

If you would like consider getting connected to Punching Out Parkinson’s, contact them at the following:

For more information contact:

info@punchingoutparkinsons.org          817-731-4665

PWR!MOVES FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Exercise class using balls

Alliance Gym, 10357 Alta Vista rd., suite 351, Fort Worth, 76244

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, Rock Steady Box cert., geymer22@gmail.com, (682) 593-1374

PWR!Moves is a PD-specific skill training program to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements. The BASIC4 | PWR!Moves are performed with large amplitude, high effort, and attention to action in multiple postures (floor, all 4’s, sitting, and standing). They specifically target “4” skills shown by research to interfere with mobility in people with PD (antigravity extension, weight shifting, axial mobility, and transitional movements).

Inclusion Criteria for PWR!Moves classes:

  1. No falls in the past 3 months
  2. Walk without an assistive device
  3. Able to get in/out of a chair without assistance
  4. Able to get on/off the floor without assistance

EMPOWER PARKINSON’S FIGHT CLUB – BOXING/CARDIO/STRENGTH

Boxing Exercise Class

Alliance Gym, 10357 Alta Vista rd., suite 351, Fort Worth, 76244

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, Rock Steady Box cert., geymer22@gmail.com, (682) 593-1374

This exercise program attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, workouts include: focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate.  A “Cornerman” is required to assist any participants who answer “yes” to any of the following: requires an assistive device to walk with, has significant balance issues and/or has had more than one fall in the past 3 months, has difficulty following directions without repetition.

BALANCE BOOT CAMP

Alliance Gym, 10357 Alta Vista rd., suite 351, Fort Worth, 76244

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, LSVT, PWR!, geymer22@gmail.com; (682) 593-1374

Balance Boot Camp is the perfect class for anyone who has noticed they aren’t as steady on their feet as they used to be and wants to improve their balance. This class is for all levels. All exercises can be modified for any level of mobility by our Physical Therapist to make exercise safe but challenging for all participants. Loss of balance with Parkinson’s disease is a complex and challenging issue and not always caused by the same factors.  Balance Boot Camp will focus on multiple aspects of balance control: agility, strength, postural control, flexibility, coordination, dual tasking (being able to do two things at once; or being able to stay balanced when distracted), techniques to decrease freezing, and more.