PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network
“In the PD Gladiators classes, I don’t have to feel conspicuous about my tremors, slowed movement, lopsided weakness, lack of coordination, poor balance, etc., because I know everyone understands. The fact that my husband is also welcome in the classes eliminates any excuses I might find not to go on my own. Classes range from gentle to very intense, so it’s easy to find the right fit. And I have met some wonderful people, both class members and instructors.”—Iris, R., Sandy Springs, GA
“I can’t believe that at age 72 I can sustain this level of exercise and training. The Gladiator program is definitely responsible for my improved gait, fitness and balance. My wife who trains with me sees a big improvement. Kudos to all.” –Vanard M., Mableton, GA.
The PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network is an affiliation of independent Metro Atlanta fitness instructors, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, personal trainers, experienced volunteers with Parkinson’s disease and care partners offering a package of PD-specific exercise classes and support that will help people with Parkinson’s design a personal exercise program that is effective, fun and sustainable. As always, please consult with your doctors before beginning any new exercise program. The Network’s offerings are growing but now include:
• Low-cost Exercise Programs Adapted for PD – Network classes are adapted for people with PD and their care partners and are conducted in a safe and supportive environment. All instructors have received PD-specific training. Our instructors have 50 weekly classes on the schedule, many of which can be performed seated or standing! Most classes offer one or two free trials with no advance registration required.
For an overview of the days, times and locations of all classes in one place, click the red button below to view the schedule (go to the CLASSES tab or a tab narrowing the schedule by region) or CLICK HERE or the green button below to search for classes in your area on a metro Atlanta map. But to learn more about each Network program–including intensity level, physical prerequisites, cost, class times, locations and free trials–click on the program’s name below.
*NEW & RECOMMENDED* Optimizing Exercise for Parkinson’s (Sandy Springs)
Ageless Grace (Brookhaven, Decatur, Druid Hills, Johns Creek)
Boxing Training for PD (Kennesaw, Sandy Springs)
Dance for Parkinson’s (Cumming, Newnan)
General Fitness for PD (Smyrna, most YMCAs)
Line Dance for Parkinson’s (Cumming)
NIA for PD (Decatur)
PD Group Cycling (Several YMCAs)
Tai Chi for PD (Decatur, East Cobb, Morningside, Snellville)
Yoga for PD (classes in East Cobb and Suwanee; home services in Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties)
• PD Gladiators at the Y – The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is a sponsoring member of the Network. The Y is offering our registered users a reduced membership rate. Members will have access to free YMCA Parkinson’s Movement Classes adapted for people with PD at almost all branches, as well as the one-on-one instruction, coaching and monitoring utilizing an exercise support process called THE COACH APPROACH® available to all Y members. CLICK HERE to learn more about the PD Gladiators at the Y program, view participating locations and class times or to join the YMCA of Metro Atlanta at a reduced rate. (You must use this link to obtain this rate!)
• Convenient Online Scheduling – Pre-registration is not necessary to attend a class, but optional online registration allows you to make reservations to save your slot if the class gets over-crowded, view your weekly schedule online, get convenient e-mail reminders and PD Gladiators newsletters, and keep track of your attendance. If you haven’t registered for the Network yet, click HERE to learn more about the registration process (or contact us for assistance). If you have already registered and want to log-in to sign up for classes or view your account profile, click the red button above.
• Work One-on-One with a Personal Trainer – While we believe the supportive environment of group exercise classes is important for people with PD, many people prefer to exercise alone, can’t fit the classes into their schedule or have specific needs that are not addressed by one-size-fits-all classes. Another option for continuing to exercise after discharge from physical therapy is to work one-on-one with a certified personal trainer. The trainers listed on our Certified Personal Trainers page are all members of the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network and have received special training related to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
• Gladiator Coaching/Physical Therapy – Contact us to discuss the optional assignment of a “Gladiator Coach”–an experienced person with Parkinson’s disease or care partner who can help guide you through our programs, find community PD resources and offer encouragement and tips for living well with PD. A Gladiator Coach is not a substitute for a qualified medical professional. PD Gladiators recommends adding a physical therapist with a neurological specialization to your medical team. A physical therapist is uniquely trained to design an exercise routine that targets your specific motor impairments or works on preventive techniques. Please visit our Physical Therapists page to learn more, or to find a physical therapist specializing in movement disorders in your area.
• Transportation Assistance Available – If transportation issues are keeping you from exercising–Common Courtesy, a local nonprofit, is offering limited reduced-cost rides for people with Parkinson’s disease. The program is made possible in part by a grant from the Georgia Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. CLICK HERE to learn how the Common Courtesy program works and to download an application.
And please recognize these organizations and physical therapists
that have donated exercise space and volunteered their time to support our Network!