My friend Sheila and I recently stumbled upon a novel and fun way to exercise at Moving Day, the National Parkinson Foundation’s annual walk-run event in San Jose. We dropped in on a Rock Steady Boxing demonstration taught by Coach Freddy Silva that was music to our souls. We punched and jabbed to the beat of salsa music.
Studies show that high-intensity or “forced” exercise that incorporates core strengthening, rhythm, and hand-eye coordination helps improve balance, posture, and range of motion—and may help slow the progression of the disease.
“You can watch tremors disappear from people with Parkinson’s disease as they exercise,” Silva says. “Boxing is a dance that includes your hips and feet as well as your hands.”
Trained under a world ranked coach and experienced as a certified addiction counselor, Silva said “Being from the Bay Area as a Latino male from a single parent home, I feel it’s my duty to try and give back if I can.” Rock Steady has been another way for me to continue that way of life. This community has given a lot to me, it’s time to give back.”
Silva’s schedule at Rock Steady Boxing Peninsula, includes the following locations:
Mountain View, CA
Rock Steady Boxing Silicon Valley, 1956 Old Middlefield Way #1, Mountain View, CA
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am-noon. Saturdays, 10-11:30am
Foster City, CA
Rock Steady Boxing Peninsula, 1185 Chess Dr #J, Foster City, CA
Monday 1-3:30 pm and Tue-Fri 10:30-12
The non-contact Rock Steady Boxing PD exercise program costs $75 for an advanced assessment and $150 per month.
Contact Freddy Silva at (415) 385-5668, Rock Steady Boxing Pensinsula