Zumba Gold for Parkinson’s Disease

Zumba™ Gold is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class which combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body by using choreographed exercises designed for special populations that may need modifications to a standard Zumba class. This class, offered by experienced fitness instructor Kimberly Rodriguez, provides the combination of vigorous exercise and goal-oriented activities that the latest research suggests may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease and follows the guidelines established by The American College of Sports Medicine to improve all four components of fitness: cardio respiratory, strength, flexibility and balance.

As you can see from the following video clip that aired on 11 Alive’s “Random Act of Kindness” local NBC News feature, it’s fun for men and women of all ages!

Perhaps just as important for people with Parkinson’s, the Zumba Gold program is exhilarating, easy, and effective–the type of exercise program you can continue for years with people you enjoy. Kimberly changes the choreographed playlist monthly, so you will always be working on something fresh and new members of the class will catch on quickly.

“I began attending Total Body Fitness for people with Parkinson’s taught by Kimberly Rodriguez and offered through PD Gladiators over a year ago.   I found Kimberly to be a dedicated and very knowledgeable instructor, so when I heard about her Zumba class for people with Parkinson’s, I decided to try it, even though I would have to travel about an hour to attend.  That class is also well worth my time, as it also provides fitness with the added bonus of being mind-challenging. I now attend Kimberly’s classes 3 times a week and have found that I sleep better, move better, have better balance and feel better in general since I have been participating.  All Kimberly’s classes are so uplifting, that I hate to miss a class.”—Jan F., Acworth, GA

“I exercise four days a week. In addition to Zumba, I do Tai Chi, water aerobics and silver sneakers. Zumba is the best and most fun of all my exercises.  First, when I complete Zumba I feel tired but really good, like I have accomplished something very important.  Second, the instructor is wonderful because she is understanding and when I am tired encourages me to sit down to continue the program. I would attend Zumba four days a week if it were offered.”–Arlene B., Dunwoody, GA

Instructor: Kimberly Rodriguez at 860-593-8510 or kimrod25@gmail.com

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00am – 10:45am

Where: Adult Day of Dunwoody, One Dunwoody Park South, Suite 123, Dunwoody, GA 30338 (it’s in Building 1, the building fronting on Cotillion Drive, the outer access road beside I-285 near the Chamblee-Dunwoody exit).

Cost: $50 for a 10-class package. Two-class free trial available for new participants! Please pay the instructor directly.

Equipment: The class uses light hand weights (1-2 lbs for most women, 2-3 lbs. for most men) and exercise bands or cords; the instructor brings extra equipment for those who don’t have their own.

Eligibility: This class is appropriate for people with Parkinson’s disease whether or not they require assistive devices to stand or walk. The exercises can be done standing or seated.  Care partners, friends and family are welcome to join the class. No need to worry about a learning curve–Kimberly leads her classes through the steps with enthusiasm and joy as if each class was her first!

Safety: This Zumba Gold dance/exercise class has been modified to meet the needs of Parkinson’s patientsZumba8 for Parkinson's June 2014 with the assistance of a physical therapist. Kimberly has completed the “Community Exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease” course sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association and presented by MDT Education Solutions.

Registration/Reservations: No registration or reservations necessary for your two free trial 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.

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