Rock Steady Boxing
Who We Are
Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) is a first-of-its-kind, Indianapolis-based nonprofit gym founded in 2006 to provide an effective form of physical exercise to people who are living with Parkinson’s. Though it may seem surprising, this non-contact boxing-inspired fitness routine is dramatically improving the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent lives. RSB was founded by former Marion County (Indiana) prosecutor Scott C. Newman, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 40.
What We Do
Rock Steady Boxing enables people with Parkinson’s disease to fight their disease by providing non-contact boxing-style fitness programs that improve their quality-of-life and sense of efficacy and self-worth. Recent studies also suggest that intense exercise programs may be “neuroprotective,” actually working to delay the progression of symptoms. RSB provides encouragement through a “tough love” approach, inspiring maximum effort, speed, strength, balance and flexibility. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. RSB classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.
What We Offer
- HELP: Help, Exercise, Learning, + Pain Relief.
- Support: We offer support groups and provide educational sessions that can help ease our members every day lives.
- Camaraderie: Friends for fighters and caregivers. We want our members to feel in control of their life again by utilizing our program specifically designed with them in mind. They are not alone in this journey and we will all fight together!
What’s a class like?
Training classes, taught by Certified Rock Steady Coaches, include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time and balance, workouts include: ring work, 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. Boxers, both male and female, range in age from mid-30s to early 90s.
Day + Time
Tuesday + Thursday, from 9:30 am – 11 am
Y Member: $45 / month
Non-member: $65 / month
Initial assessment with boxing coach: $50, After the initial assessment, boxing gloves will be ordered. Past participants will not need an assessment.
Rock Steady Boxing is always in need of caring + reliable volunteers. If you would like to help the Parkinson’s patients in our community, please join our class every Tuesday + Thursday from 9:30 am – 11 am.
Registration for Rock Steady Boxing is available in-house at The Christian County YMCA.
Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program focuses on small, measurable, reasonable goals to give participants confidence they can make the necessary changes to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes and live healthier lives. The group support participants receive helps to keep them motivated and encouraged. You can feel confident that the patients you refer will spend a year surrounded by supportive people with common goals. The program is a lifestyle change program that keeps participants engaged. Studies show that engaged participants enjoy lower healthcare costs and more desirable long-term health outcomes.
The program emphasizes two primary goals for the first half of the program: reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week. To sign up, participants must be; 1. at least 18 years old, 2. overweight (BMI> 25) AND diagnosed with prediabetes via a blood test or gestational diabetes; 3. if a blood test is not available, a qualifying risk score.
Please contact Andrea Bach at the Christian County YMCA, or visit our location, to discuss your participation in our Diabetes Prevention Program.
- Welcome to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
- Be a Fat Detective
- Ways to Eat Less Fat
- Healthy Eating
- Move Those Muscles
- Being Active – A Way of Life
- Tip the Calorie Balance
- Take Charge of What’s Around You
- Problem Solving
- Four Keys to Healthy Eating
- Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
- The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
- Jump Start Your Activity Plan
- Make Social Cues Work for You
- You Can Manage Stress
- Ways to Stay Motivated
Family Membership: $429.00
The Christian County YMCA has collaborated with Taylorville Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services to offer physical therapy sessions in the pool. The staff of Memorial strive to maintain a high quality standard of health care service by providing one-on-one attention to help regain 100% functionality. For more information on how to benefit from these services, please contact Taylorville Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services Department at 217-824-1843.
Rehabilitation Membership Program
The primary goal of the YMCA is to enhance the health and lifestyle of people of all ages. Our goal is to provide anyone, of any age, a month one-time membership after being released from a physician’s care for any of the following reasons: Cardiac &/or Respiratory Surgery, Major Surgery of any kind, or recovery from a major accident, illness or medical complications. The process is simple; call the Y for more information at 217-287-7271.
Wellness Center Orientation
A FREE Consultation is included with your membership. We will walk you through the basics of setting up a personal fitness regimen. This includes cardio-respiratory and resistance training. You will also be instructed on how to use the various types of machines and equipment in the wellness center. Appointments will be accepted Monday evening’s and Tuesday morning’s and other times by appointment. Contact the front desk to set up your appointment at 217-287-7271.
Youth Fitness Orientation
This area located in the YMCA lobby is designed especially for youth, ages 9-14 years old. Machines in this area include: Lat Pulldown, Chest Press, Leg Press, Bicep Curl, Tricep Extension, Stationary Bike & Treadmill. For those interested in using the Youth Wellness Center, the Y offers a 30 min class. Upon successful completion, each participant will receive a card allowing them to use all of the equipment in the KidzFit Youth Fitness Center. This card must be carried exercising. Each class will be instructed by a YMCA staff fitness consultant and cover the following information:
- Proper warm up, cool down, + stretching techniques
- Selection of correct weights, repetitions, + sets
- Fundamentals of equipment adjustment and operation (hands-on)
- Basic principles and design of a personal fitness program
- Explanation of KidzFit Youth Fitness Center rules and etiquette
- Proper form and breathing techniques (safety)