Parkinson’s Disease Programming

 

When it comes to Parkinson Disease, exercise is medicine!  Prospective participants are encouraged to schedule an observation to witness the supportive, hard-working atmosphere in these classes – and meet lots of friendly people!  We offer three different exercise formats specific to those with Parkinson Disease.  All classes are taught by certified instructors and are free for HRYMCA members.  Non-members may join for $30/month per class.  A medical clearance is required for participation.

To register for any of the below programs or for more information, please contact Lynne Zusi, Healthy Living Director, at lynne.zusi@hrymca.org.

Parkinson’s Cycle

Pedaling at a certain rate per minute (RPM) has been shown to increase strength and improve symptoms of PD. Partially funded by the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA), this is an evidence-based, small-group cycling program. Classes are ongoing, once per week for 45 minutes. All participants must complete a health history and get a signed medical clearance from a healthcare provider. Assessments will be done every 16 weeks under the guidance of the instructor.

Options to attend virtually or in person.
Monday: 1:00-1:45PM

Parkinson’s Exercise Program

A small-group exercise program based off of research done by Boston University. A trained instructor leads participants through strength and balance exercises and stretches designed for those with PD. Classes are ongoing, once per week for 60 minutes. All participants must complete a health history and get a signed medical clearance from a healthcare provider.

Options to attend virtually or in person.
Thursday: 1:00-2:00PM

Parkinson’s HIIT Circuit Class

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a style of exercise where short bursts of high intensity exercises are followed by short periods of low intensity recovery. In this 55-minute class, participants will perform strength training intervals using combinations of weights, bands, and body weight. Class will conclude with stretching and flexibility exercises. Studies have found that people with Parkinson’s who regularly participated in HIIT training had increased neuronal activity, experienced a decrease in Parkinson’s symptoms, and felt that their quality of life improved.

This class is offered in person only.
Wednesday & Friday: 1:00-1:55PM