Parkinson’s Disease Programming

Parkinson’s Cycle Program

Research has shown that cycling, especially pedaling at a rate faster than your own voluntary cadence, has benefits for those with PD. This type of exercise may make regions
of the brain that deal with movement connect to each other more effectively and may provide symptomatic relief for people with PD.

The Parkinson’s Cycle Program at the Hampshire Regional YMCA is designed to connect the PD community while providing a safe place to pedal and build lower body strength with instructor support. This group exercise class is taught by a certified Parkinson’s Cycling coach. Participants in this program will complete both a pre and post program survey about their symptoms, as well as physical and emotional health.  This program runs in eight-week sessions. Intake forms for this program include a health history, informed consent, and a medical clearance signed by a healthcare provider. Upon receipt of these forms, our cycling coach will contact each individual to schedule a 30-minute orientation. During the orientation, individuals will receive instruction on bike setup and proper form for pedaling so that both the coach and potential participant can determine whether this program is appropriate.

This class is supported by a grant from the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter.  There is no cost for HRYMCA members to join the Parkinson’s Cycle Program. Non-members are also welcome and may register for the eight-week session for $40. Classes meet Monday at 2:15 pm for one hour. For more information contact Lynne Zusi, Healthy Living Director.