Rock Steady Boxing Windy City Ltd. (RSBWC) is a nonprofit organization located in the City of Chicago that utilizes a non-contact boxing exercise program to FIGHT BACK AGAINST Parkinson's disease. Each class is focused on enhancing the overall fitness of our Fighters by combining boxing fundamentals with the principles of strength training, reaction time, cardiovascular training, balance, flexibility, and agility training. Workouts utilize a variety of boxing equipment including: heavy bags, double-ended bags, jump ropes, and focus mitts, as well as, traditional exercise equipment.
No boxing experience is necessary and all ages and ability levels are encouraged to participate.
Recent studies suggest that intense exercise may in-fact be "neuro-protective", actually delaying the progression of symptoms. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion. Its principles emphasize focused, targeted movements that can enhance balance, and improve coordination. RSB has proven that anyone, with any level of PD can better manage their symptoms and live a stronger, more fulfilling life.
Meet our Team: Rock Steady Boxing Windy City was founded by Jim Kroeger and Eric Johnson. Jim himself was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2013 and was introduced to the Rock Steady Boxing program by his neurologist. Jim owns and operates 3 neighborhood fitness centers in Chicago, including the Edgewater Fitness Center where the RSBWC program will be held.
Co-Founder and Head Coach, Eric Johnson is a highly accredited Exercise Specialist and owner of the Movement Revolution, a personal training company for people with chronic diseases and disabilities, including Parkinson's disease. Eric has worked in developing exercise programs for people with Parkinson's for over 6 years.
The RSBWC team is completed with the masterful instruction of Coach John Magallanez and Coach John Winogrocki.
Together, this team of experts attended the Rock Steady Boxing Training Camp in Indianapolis, IN. They return invigorated and inspired, to bring RSB to the City of Chicago. Come take a swing at PD with us! New Participant Paperwork: All participants are required to have the following documents filled out on the day of their initial assessment. We are working with Northwestern Parkinson's Disease Movement Disorders Clinic to collect objective outcomes to find out what it is about Rock Steady that helps so many of our fighters!