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Fighting  Parkinson's through non-contact boxing workouts.

The Program Fighting  Parkinson's through non-contact boxing workouts




Benefits of strenuous exercise

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.”

The Program

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.

Punching Out Parkinson’s

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.

Stories Punching Out Parkinson's Champions

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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Phone: 817-731-4665


Paulie Ayala's

University Of Hard Knocks Gym

6913 W. Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 141

Fort Worth, Texas 76116

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Punching Out Parkinsons  |  6913 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 141  |  Fort Worth, TX 75022  |  817-731-4665   punchingoutparkinsons@gmail.com