About Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay Area
Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay has 2 convenient locations in the Tampa Bay Area: Largo & Palm Harbor! For more information about Palm Harbor location please visit www.palmharbor.rsbaffiliate.com
Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay Area has been serving the Parkinson's community for 4 years. We offer a non-contact, high intensity exercise program for ALL LEVELS of Parkinson’s disease! With a combination of expert trainers, camaraderie and our unique class style you will be FIGHTING BACK against Parkinson’s in no time! Please take the time to read the frequently asked questions below. Please call for any questions you may have and to schedule a visit to one of our locations at 727-276-8431.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is a typical class like?
Classes are always different and always evolving. We hit every level of fitness every week; flexibility, balance, strengthening, endurance/aerobics, calisthenics, hand-eye coordination, dexterity work and of coarse… BOXING.
2. How many boxers are typically in a class?
During summer months we can have anywhere from 13-18 boxers in each class. In the winter, when snowbirds visit, classes can get very busy. Usually holding about 22-25 boxers in each session.
3. I don’t have Parkinson’s, but I have a disease that is similar. Can I participate?
Unfortunately Rock Steady Boxing is ONLY for people with Parkinson’s disease/Parkinsonism. The program has been scientifically researched for only PD clients and therefore we can only accept you into the program with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
4. Do you spar? Will I ever get hit from another boxer?
NO. Rock Steady Boxing is NON-CONTACT boxing. You will only ever hit heavy bags, speed bags or focus mitts.
5. I have aches/pains/injuries in my body not associated with Parkinson’s. Am I a good candidate?
YES. The majority of our boxers all have other ailments or disorders separate from Parkinson’s disease. In order to get to know you and your specific ailments better, every boxer is required to complete a fitness assessment prior to joining the program. This assessment ensures the head coach is knowledgeable about your injuries and knows how to keep you safe while exercising at Rock Steady Boxing. We can always modify exercises to fit your needs.
6. Can I come watch a class before I commit?
Yes, just please give us a call at 727-276-8431 prior to visiting so we are ready for your arrival.
7. I want to sign up. What do I do next?
Before joining you will need to give us a call at 727-276-8431 and schedule your Fitness Assessment. The Fitness assessment takes about 45 minutes-1 hour. You and a Rock Steady Boxing Coach will go over past & present medical history, symptoms of Parkinson’s and any ailments or risk factors you may have. From there you can start participating in classes at Rock Steady Boxing!
8. What is the cost?
The fitness assessment costs $100.00, which includes your boxing gloves & hand wraps.
The monthly membership is $120.00 per month, which includes UNLIMITED classes. If you come to 3 classes per week like research suggests, you will be spending $10.00 per class.
*The membership is month-to-month. You can cancel at anytime.
*Scholarships are available for those people who want to participate, but have a financial burden. Please call us at 727-276-8431 to discuss your options.
9. Does insurance cover any portion of Rock Steady Boxing?
At this time insurance does not cover RSB. Rock Steady Boxing is not a physical/occupational therapy or Silver Sneakers program. It is an exercise program that specializes in Parkinson’s disease. Therefore it is treated just like any other gym membership. You are paying for an expert coach in the field who writes classes to combat your symptoms of PD.
TESTIMONIALS from our Affiliate:
Yesterday I had an appointment at UF Parkinson’s and Movement clinic. The Doctor gave me an evaluation per the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating scale. My benchmark on the scale was established on 04/01/2019 - a rating of 28.
Re-test on 07/19/19 motor skills rating decreased to a rating of 17
Yesterday, 6/10/2020, my rating on the test deceased further to a rating of 11, wherein he commented that at the rating of a “10\\\" one is considered to have no Parkinson’s motor skill loses present in the body.He was amazed at my progress and attributed it to my exercise regiment. He further stated that the patients at the clinic that have curtailed there exercise and activity during the Covid -19 crisis have physically declined.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am that you continue to push us and give us back our physical abilities. Thank you so very very much.
-Hal W, St. Petersburg.
I was first diagnosed with PARKINSON’S in April of 2015. Although I was in the very early stages of PD, I have always been proactive in anything I do. I immediately sought out a Rock Steady programming my area. The Rock Steady Boxing program has given me a way to fight back against one of the most insidious diseases I could ever imagine. Coach Jordan keeps it interesting and challenging, she takes a personal interest in me and every person in our group. I look forward to the camaraderie and the physical stretching and exercise. Coach Jordan helps push me to limits that I would never be able to reach on my own. Coach Jordan serves up a up a healthy dose of boxing, stretching and exercising that she tailors to meet the ability of every member of our group and she delivers with Joy and Love. Anyone with Parkinson’s who may be considering joining a Rock Steady program…don’t hesitate to join. I guarantee you it will be the best thing you could ever do to help yourself. It has made a huge difference in my life and it will in yours. –Mike M, Largo
Before coming to RSB I was a mess - apathetic, thinking that no one understood what I was feeling, frustrated with my traditional exercise classes. I wasn\\\'t sure RSB was for me, but I made the appointment with Jordan to appease my husband. What I found was a coach who genuinely cares about each of us and encouragement and friendship from my peers. Physically I am stronger, more flexible, and more confident. And I\\\'ve got to admit hitting that bag really feels good, and I love that my grandchildren think it's cool that Nana is a boxer! –Alyce S, Largo
I really believe that Rock Steady boxing has changed my life. I was sitting on the couch watching way too much TV, when I made the decision to suck it up, make the drive to downtown Tampa from West Chase. This is no small feat for me, by the way, because I am not a good driver. I\\\'m so glad I did. Some of my PD symptoms have calmed down, my health is better, my appetite has returned, but most important, my apathy has slowly gotten better. I really look forward to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday sessions. Even though they are tough physically, I love going and giving my all. –Ed H, Tampa