Parkinson’s Disease Changed My Life…
It’s true. PD change my entire view of fitness. I will explain more later. But first, I think its important to clear the air. First, I don’t chemically or biologically have PD. But as my good friend Sheldon Vicks (“The Voice of Rock Steady Boxing”) once stated, “Whether you have PD or work with someone who does, we are all living with PD.”
So back to my original statement – “PD Changed my life.” In 2016, I met a woman named Judy, who was in search of a boxing instructor. The short of it is, Judy found me. A strength coach and boxing instructor who knew nothing about Parkinson’s Disease, except that the greatest boxer of all-time (Muhammed Ali) and Michael J. Fox had been diagnosed with a “disease that caused tremors.” I didn’t know it at the time, but Judy’s influence would hit harder than Ali’s right hand to George Foreman.
I am a Strength and Conditioning Coach who develops athletic programs for people living with PD. The primary objectives in my programming are building mobility, stability and strength while incorporating drills to help improve balance, gait, coordination and speech.