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Our Mission:  The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back.

Rock Steady Boxing Kaizen Monrovia, gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year. Rock Steady Boxing is the first gym in the country dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s.

In our gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression.

Our clients attest, and academic institutions, such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University, are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among our boxers. Discovery of a cure may be many years away but in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the RSB program.

Call today to schedule an appointment to visit the gym, speak privately with a Coach, or watch a class in action. Please consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

Who Are We?

Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) Kaizen Monrovia

RSB was founded in 2006 to provide an effective form of physical exercise to people who are living with Parkinson’s. Though it may seem surprising, this non-contact boxing-inspired routine is dramatically improving the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent lives.
In February of 2016 Jody Hould saw a TV show featuring RSB and it brought her to tears (along with dementia, Jody’s mother was also affected with Parkinson’s). The more she looked into the program she knew she had to bring in to this area. In April Jody and Ellen Craig went to Indianapolis to become certified Rock Steady Boxing Coaches. In June of 2016 they began classes with 3 boxers. With boxers coming from as far away as Tehachapi Jody & Ellen are proud to say that the Rock Steady Boxing in Monrovia has now expanded to two classes on Tuesday & Thursday.


We are learning everyday that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better.

Non-contact boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead to a happier/healthier life.

Rock Steady Kaizen Monrovia’s classes are planned so that each person’s unique Parkinson’s symptoms and overall level of fitness are taken into account.


Can I Visit An RSB Class Before I Decide If I Want To Participate? 2017-01-11T19:21:58+00:00

Yes! You and your friends and family members are welcome to visit any of our regular classes at any time to observe. Because there is so much structured activity going on during classes, it is helpful if you call first so we can be prepared for your visit. Contact the RSB office at 626.301.9212.

What Are The Qualifications Of The RSB Trainers? 2017-01-11T17:52:43+00:00

All lead instructors are licensed as Certified Personal Trainers by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. They are also certified, as are many of the volunteers, in first aid, CPR and the use of the automatic electronic defibrillator (AED).

Is There Medical Evidence That Shows Exercise Can Help Alleviate Parkinson’s Symptoms? 2017-01-11T17:51:48+00:00

Yes. The value of exercise has been corroborated in several studies, including some at Lakehead University in Ontario and University of Utah in Salt Lake City. According to a Cleveland Clinic study, aerobic fitness can be improved in Parkinson’s patients following forced and/or voluntary exercise. Studies are showing that exercise induces brain repair and accompanying behavioral recovery. (References to any studies on this website are for informational purposes only and do not imply a specific endorsement of RSB by the researchers.) Some suggest that continuous, intensive training may confer neuro-protection, and subsequently slow, stop, or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s or promote neuro-restoration.

Because of the promising results seen through RSB, the organization has been selected to be a part of research to document the impact of boxing and rigorous exercise on the progression of Parkinson’s. RSB has also drawn the attention of local university researchers, who are now in the process of quantifying and evaluating the results in the people who have continued with RSB.

Before beginning any type of exercise program including RSB, those with Parkinson’s are encouraged to consult with their physician.

Why Boxing Instead Of More Traditional Exercise Programs? 2017-01-11T19:07:04+00:00

Various studies in the 1980’s and 1990‘s support that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, rhythm, and hand-eye coordination can favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and suggest that certain types of exercise are neuro-protective, which means that it is a type of exercise that may actually slow disease progression.The boxing regime at Rock Steady provides a framework which fits the mold for neuro-protection. Boxing requires a combination of endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, durability, hand-eye coordination and the ability to react appropriately to strategic situations. Boxing improves balance and stability by forcing movements in all planes of motion. The rapid movements involved in jumping and punching increases over-all muscle fire ability. In addition, Rock Steady has learned methods to combat specific symptoms through other Parkinson’s exercise organizations (like Delay the Disease) to mix into our core boxing curriculum.

What Types Of Boxing Classes Does RSB Offer? 2017-01-11T17:50:45+00:00

Training classes include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate.  There are four different levels of classes offered, depending on the participants level of Parkinson’s and over-all fitness.

Does RSB provide any other support types of support or group activities? 2017-01-06T20:25:40+00:00

Rock Steady Boxing is designed to be fun, combining an exercise program within a social atmosphere. Rock Steady Boxers and their caregivers, friends and families foster a culture of optimism by supporting each other in many ways other than in the boxing training. Activities include social events, moral support, fundraising and sharing news on various treatments and support resources.

Who Started RSB? 2016-11-08T22:48:21+00:00

The foundational roots for what would eventually become Rock Steady Boxing began with a friendship between two Indianapolis friends.  During his second term as the elected county prosecutor for Marion County (Indianapolis), Scott C. Newman was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s at the age of 40.  A friend and former Golden Gloves boxer began one-on-one boxing training together. Through private donations and the use of a portion of a corporate gym, RSB began offering boxing training program to anyone with Parkinson’s. In 2011, RSB was able to open an independent gym through an Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis grant and a partnership with a locally owned fitness facility. (Please read the ABOUT section for more information.)

What is Rock Steady Boxing? 2017-01-11T17:48:47+00:00

Rock Steady Boxing is a one-of-a-kind, Indianapolis-based nonprofit gym founded in 2006 to provide a uniquely effective form of physical exercise to people who are living with Parkinson’s. Though it may seem surprising, this non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine is proving to dramatically improve the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent lives. Rock Steady Boxing and the information on this website is not intended or implied to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, on this website is for general informational purposes only. You are encouraged to discuss any information found on this website with your physician.

Do I Need A Physician’s Recommendation To Attend RSB? 2017-01-11T08:07:42+00:00

We require every participant to have a physician’s release. We recommend that Rock Steady Boxers always discuss any form of exercise they are doing inside and outside of RSB with their physicians as part of their overall wellness plan. RSB also requests that individuals with cardiac problems clear their participation with their doctors to make sure that they can participate in activities requiring rigorous exercise.

Is There A Charge To Attend RSB Classes? 2019-03-19T02:03:00+00:00

Our Rock Steady Boxing charges $149 per month for unlimited RSB classes. Caregivers assisting Rock Steady Boxers with classes are not required to hold a membership. There is also a $25 non-refundable charge for your initial 30 minute assessment with a Rock Steady Coach.

What Should I Wear To My Classes? 2017-01-11T07:58:27+00:00

We recommend that you wear comfortable gym clothes including shorts or pants, tee shirts, sweats, or yoga clothes, and comfortable athletic shoes. Street clothes and shoes are not recommended. Boxing equipment is available for free use while at the gym. Rock Steady also sells boxing gear and Rock Steady apparel at the gym.

Can Anyone With Parkinson’s Participate….No Matter What Their Age Or Condition? 2017-01-11T07:56:42+00:00

Nearly everyone with Parkinson’s disease can participate and receive benefit from Rock Steady Boxing. An intake evaluation process is conducted prior to the first class to determine the recommended class level. Some participants will require a caregiver partner to assist in each session. To facilitate maximum benefit we offer four levels of classes. Individuals of all ages are benefiting from RSB’s program. We strongly encourage you to also discuss RSB participation with your physician prior to your first workout.

Once I Get Started Am I Required To Attend Every Class? 2017-01-11T18:05:13+00:00

No! However to receive the maximum benefit we suggest that boxers attend at least 2 training sessions each week, but there is no minimal attendance requirements. We realize that personal schedules may require you to occasionally miss a class. However, continuity in training is important. If you miss a class, we encourage you to exercise at home or at an off-site fitness facility.

When And Where Are The RSB Classes Held? 2017-01-11T08:24:12+00:00

The San Gabriel Valley RSB location is at 135 E. Chestnut Ave. #12, in Monrovia. Each class is approximately 90 minutes in length, including stretching and warm-up. Please see our current schedule posts on this website.

Is RSB Offered In Other Parts Of The Country? 2017-01-11T08:22:52+00:00

Yes! While our program started in Indianapolis and is reaching people primarily across Central Indiana, because of requests from those in other parts of the country for information about the program, we developed Rock Steady Training Camp which is replicating our training model and methodology to others interested in teaching Rock Steady style classes throughout the country.

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