Kenneth Rooks Boxing Training for PD (Carrollton)

Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the use of boxing training as therapy for the battle with Parkinson’s. CBS News ran a report featuring longtime reporter Leslie Stahl about her husband’s battle with Parkinson’s using boxing to slow down the progression of PD, and the LDBF-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PD program in Sandy Springs has enjoyed much success locally. Studies also show exercise is neuro-protective and tends to diminish the rate of progression in Parkinson’s. Boxing training techniques force motion in all planes of movement thereby improving agility, balance and overall stability.

Trainer Kenneth Rooks provides a boxing fitness workout just like the pros without the contact. Each PD class member receives an initial evaluation, then a targeted fitness program is adapted to their level of functioning. It is often intense exercise but fun with intentional goals that may help slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. In each class, participants will stretch, warm up and receive instruction in boxing training techniques using focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, and double-ended bags. Circuit training includes stretching for range of motion and resistance for the improvement of strength. Kenneth may even throw in a few karate routines. It’s a chance to get some vigorous exercise in a fun and social environment.

Instructor: Kenneth Rooks, Kenneth is a certified trainer, and a former professional boxer, kickboxer and fitness instructor. He has completed the “Community Exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease” course presented by MDT Education Solutions.

Eligibility: This class is open to men and women with PD and their care partners. There is no age limitation but participants should consult with their physicians before joining. The program requires the ability to perform moderate to intense exercise without the use of an assistive device. Fighters will be evaluated by the instructor on a case-by-case basis.

Safety:  This boxing training class is designed to push participants to exercise outside their comfort zone, the intensity physical therapists and clinical researchers believe provides the maximum benefit to people with Parkinson’s. The instructors will be sensitive to the limitations of each participant, but it will be the responsibility of the participants to regulate the intensity of their work-out on an individual basis. Take a water break when you need one!

The instructor, Kenneth Rooks, has completed a PD-specific training course, “Community Exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease” course presented by MDT Education Solutions.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30am – 9:30am

Where: Cutman Boxing Gym, 310-A Newnan Street, Carrollton, GA 30117 across the street from the Carroll County Courthouse).

Cost: First class free! Then pay only $7 per class or purchase a monthly pass from the instructor for $45 if you like it (you will).

Equipment: The instructor has a limited supply of used wraps and gloves for participants to use but advises each participant to purchase their own. Cutman Boxing Club has hand wraps and gloves available for purchase.

Registration/Reservations: Contact Kenneth Rooks or Cutman Boxing Club to make an appointment for an initial evaluation at (770) 820-0436 or (770) 328-1710. Once you have been placed in the class, no reservations are required to attend classes. We recommend contacting PD Gladiators or the instructor (or checking the Online Scheduler‘s CLASSES tab) to confirm the class you wish to attend has not been cancelled for the day. You can also make block reservations using the scheduler to receive convenient email reminders for each class.

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