LDBF-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for Parkinson’s Disease
The PD GLADIATORS Boxing Training for Parkinson’s Disease program is operated by Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, a non-profit organization, at Delgado Boxing, a gym in Sandy Springs, Georgia run by three-time international champion Paul “The Truth” Delgado. The program is a typical non-contact boxing training workout that provides intense exercise along with the intentional mind-body, goal-oriented coordination that may help slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. In each class, participants will stretch and warm up, perform calisthenics and receive instruction in boxing training techniques using focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, and double-ended bags. It’s a chance to get some vigorous exercise in a fun and social environment!
“I joined PD Gladiators and the boxing program at Delgado Boxing Gym in October 2014. I had heard about Rock Steady Boxing as a therapy for PD and was really excited to find a program just 20 minutes from my home! At that time I felt I was losing strength and flexibility at a rapid pace, as well as developing other common symptoms of PD. Since participating in the boxing program, I feel that I am slowing down the effects of the disease and also increasing my strength and flexibility. It’s very empowering to find that I have found a way to fight back!”—Lynn T., Roswell, GA
CLICK HERE to view more testimonials from our fighters!
Separate classes are now offered for people in the earlier stages of the disease (LDBF-PD Gladiators I/II Classes) and those with more advanced Parkinson’s symptoms who need longer rest breaks, more individual attention, and/or seated or supported exercise (LDBF-PD Gladiators III/IV Classes). See the class web pages for details about each class, including eligibility, safety, cost, and class times. Every participant is offered two free trial classes, and care partners are encouraged to participate, too. (The role of care partners will differ in the two classes–see the individual class pages for details.)
CLICK HERE to view the video from WSB-TV’s People 2 People news show featuring Paul Delgado and the participants in an LDBF-PD Gladiators I/II class to learn why this is the most popular program in the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network! (The clip was shot in January 2015–Delgado Boxing Gym has since moved to a larger facility.)
Where: Delgado Boxing Gym, 6010-C Sandy Springs Circle; Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (in the Centre Court shopping plaza at the northwest corner of Sandy Springs Circle and Hammond Drive).
When: LDBF’s PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PD classes are held at the following times:
LDBF-PD Gladiators I/II @ Delgado Boxing – Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12pm – 1:15pm
**New** Thursdays, 12pm – 1:15pm
Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturdays, 8am – 9am (Level I only)
LDBF-PD Gladiators III/IV @ Delgado Boxing – Mondays and Saturdays, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
**New** Wednesdays, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Equipment: Boxing gloves will be available for use by participants until ready to purchase their own. Gait belts will be provided for use by any participant with balance issues. Hand wraps are available for purchase ($10) or a limited supply of used wraps are available at the gym.
Assessments/Class Placement: New participants should make an appointment with LDBF for initial placement. Placement will be determined in consultation with the participant, but LDBF reserves the right to place new participants in the class its trainers deem appropriate based on the initial assessment. Every fighter will also be provided a performance assessment by an LDBF trainer
periodically to measure progress. Parkinson’s patients will be familiar with most of the assessment measures, but no participant will be required to perform any activity that makes them uncomfortable.
Class Descriptions: Click on LDBF’s PD Gladiators class titles for important details about each class, including eligibility, safety, cost and the role of care partners.
LDBF-PD Gladiators I/II Class @ Delgado Boxing –Designed by LDBF for active people with minimal disability seeking to slow disease progression and stay fit with an intense workout.
LDBF-PD Gladiators III/IV Class @ Delgado Boxing – Designed by LDBF for people with more advanced PD symptoms seeking to address balance, slow movement, and other impairments with a less intense workout and more individual attention.