Numerous studies show that strenuous, aerobic exercise can actually help “improve their physical performance and activities of daily living,” according to a critical review published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. The program, currently in action at Paulie Ayala’s University of Hard Knocks Gym, provides a safe, yet challenging environment for patients to work on their physical fitness, overall coordination and develop the fighter’s “never give up, never give in” mentality.
Strenuous exercise can help regain physical attributes lost due to the deterioration from the disease. However the boxing regimen is more than “just another work-out routine.”
Punching Out Parkinson’s is a comfortable environment where participants are positively encouraged to participate; both physically and socially. We believe providing a strenuous, non-contact boxing workout builds strength, confidence, and in some cases, lowers medication intake.
We are launching a study with a Movement Disorder Specialist, Dr. Madhavi Thomas and her team of physical therapists. Our long-term goal is to have the POP program covered by healthcare plans as a therapy in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
" the boxing regimen is more than just another work-out routine."
“never give up, never give in”
" Strenuous, non-contact boxing workouts build strength and confidence. "
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My family and friends have all noticed the physical improvement. Before joining POP I was shuffling my feet, my gait was unsteady and I was humped over. I lacked coordination and found that simply crossing a busy street was unsettling, if not frightening. I tired easily. Now I am erect, running laps and back on the water skies! The other members report similar improvement.
Every workout is perfect medicine for my stiff, achy body. Punching Out Parkinson's is one of those creations that is far more than the sum of its parts. Its value extends beyond the participants – impacting family members, friends, and even strangers who benefit from a “pay-it-forward” mentality that the program instills.
These therapy sessions make us stronger and more sure of ourselves. It is a great atmosphere as we are all friends that care about and support each other in our common fight against this dreaded disease. I am completely convinced if this program had been available years ago, I would be taking less medicine today and my symptoms would be under much better control.
What is Parkinson's? Brian Magennis is a Parkinson's Disease and movement disorders clinical nurse specialist at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin. This video is an introduction to Parkinson's Disease. It covers PD causes, diagnosis and treatments. It also addresses the 'wearing-off' of levodopa therapy.
Introduction to Parkinson's
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Age – 44
Diagnosed with PD Jan. 2011.
Married to my wife Dawn for 18 years
Two children Jordyn 13, Lucas 11
Currently working on my MBA at TCU and will graduate December 2013.
Love to fish, kayak and spend time with my children outdoor activities.
Employed at Calloway’s Nursery since 1988.
I’ve been working out at POP for a little over one year and have seen significant improvement in the use of the right side of my body. When I started, I could barely throw my right hand at the bag, I couldn’t hit the speed bag with my right, nor could I get past about 10 on the jump rope. I’ve seen huge improvement in all activities.
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet many PD fighters and I’m proud to have them as friends. The energy level during the workouts is amazing; both physical and mental. I’m very thankful for the direction and encouragement that Paulie, Paul and Tony provide. I look forward to Mondays and Wednesdays!
Married to my husband Dwayne for 30 years.
I have a Daughter, Michelle & husband Jason, they just had there first baby in August, Madison Grace
I love to listen to live music, dance and spend time with my family and friends.
I retired in December 2012 from Virtuoso after 14 years and worked in the travel industry for 33 years.
Employed at Calloway’s Nursery since 1988.
I am one of the original POP participants, I have been going since it started in September 2011, there were only 3 of us. It has helped with my eye hand coordination, strength and confidence.I also do Yoga, Pliates & Zumba. I feel I need to exercise every day.
POP is a very special time for me, I not only get a great hard workout but get to be with wonderful people battling the same disease. I never miss a class unless I am out of town. We are very lucky to have a "Champion" training us like real boxers.
In late 2012 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I was devastated! I had recently retired and looked forward to continuing my active life style – snow skiing, water skiing and other physically challenging activities despite my age (79). Even though I have a devoted wife and loving family, I felt so alone!
By what seemed at the time as being an accident I became aware of Punching Out Parkinson’s. I was immediately welcomed into the group. I was amazed at the determination and commitment of everyone involved even though the members were both men and women, of various ages and at different stages of the disease.
Have I benefited by my time at POP? My family and friends have all noticed the physical improvement. Before joining POP I was shuffling my feet, my gait was unsteady and I was stooped over. I lacked coordination and found that simply crossing a busy street was unsettling, if not frightening. I tired easily. Now I am erect, running laps and I am back on the water skies! The other members report similar improvement.
My association with the others has been an indescribable blessing. We have one thing in common – we are committed to fighting this debilitating disease. My association with these friends has improved my self image and confidence. They are a source of inspiration. Most of all, they challenge me to put out 100% at each workout session. POP has been a true life-changing experience.
The POP regime will not cure PD. We all know that but we also know that POP is significantly making improvement in our current life and will delay its progress. I don’t miss my workouts.
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