The program is designed to help people with Parkinson’s Disease and is being brought to the Center by Meadowlark of Manhattan.
Rick Bazan with the Athletic Center, said the weekly sessions will involve a lot of circuit training with approximately 15 minutes of boxing. “It’s real boxing but we’re not punching each other. They’re learning the footwork, they’re learning the jabs, they’re learning punch combinations and it really gets the neurons firing in the brain.” Bazan noted people with Parkinson’s often have a problem with their gait, shuffling feet and stooped posture so it gets them to stand up straight.” He added it gets the participants moving better.
Those attending the information session were not only from Junction City, but from multiple communities. The weekly Rock Steady Boxing sessions will begin in late May, with one per week. Later that will increase to two times per week.