The Parkinson's Gym is an online exercise program for people who are serious about fighting Parkinson's Disease. If you don't fight it, PD will steal your life away little by little… and if you’re here, you’ve got a lot of fight left. Regular exercise, knowledge and a community to back you up are essential to kicking this disease in the teeth.
It can be done. I see it every day. You can do it and we are here to help.
Pick from a growing library of workouts ranging from boxing and strength training to yoga and stretching.
A new workout is added EVERY WEEK.
No special equipment. Any time. Any where.
Specialized workouts that target the areas most often affected by PD - Balance, endurance, strength, mobility, flexibility, speed.
These aren't your average workouts.
Every week, I make personal contact with each and every client to see how they are doing, how the workouts or going and help you kick Parkinson's in the teeth with exercise.
I want you to succeed and I will help you in any way that I can. This is personal commitment for me, too.
I am here to help you. It is what I do.
Every week I write or record a bit of advice, considerations and recommendations for living a healthy life with Parkinson's. Almost every day of the week, I train with people fighting PD. I have picked up a few tricks along the way.
We maintain a private Facebook page just for our members. I post information, announcements, questions and ideas to help you in your daily quest to be AWESOME.
It can be hard to start an exercise program.
New moves, new schedule, new words. It is like drinking from a fire hose.
So, I developed a 3 week program that will help you get going.
Two workouts every week for three weeks.
We gradually work up to full speed a little at a time.
It is the on-ramp to the highway of AWESOME.
If you stick to it, I GUARANTEE that you will feel better.
Exercise is not easy with or without Parkinson's. More than 60% of the population is overweight. Exercise is obviously a challenge for hundreds of thousands of people who DON'T have Parkinson's.
But, as you probably know, exercise is the ONLY proven method of slowing the progress of Parkinson's. Not just the symptoms - the actual progress of the disease. Everything else just treats the symptoms. Exercise is where the real work is done.
I want to make this as easy as possible for you.
-No expensive gym membership
-No gym people.
-No sweaty exercise equipment.
All of The Parkinson's Gym workouts can be done at-home (or where ever you want) with no special equipment.
-Pick a workout
Join us and GET IN THE FIGHT. You will not regret it.
I have to exercise, also. I am not some gym rat or exercise junkie. I have depression and exercise is a crucial part of keeping The Black Dog at bay. It is my daily therapy.
There are many days that I don't want to workout: Sore. Busy. Tired. Just don't want to. But, I know how good I will feel when I am done. Or, I know how bad I will feel if I don't. Exercise must be part of my life or I risk not having a life at all.
I am not trying to tell you that exercise is the cure-all. It is only part of the total plan. I want to help you make your body strong and resilient.
You can do this no matter how far along with the disease you are, no mater how in or out of shape you are. There is always a way to fight this disease.
My Dad had Parkinson's. I watched it steal his life away because his doctors did not appreciate the extraordinary value of exercise in combating PD. He didn't have anyone local who understood what kinds of exercises to do.
At his care facility, they were so worried about him falling that they didn't even let him stand up. They never gave him a chance. Over the next six years it slowly killed him.
Everyday, I see the struggles of exercising with Parkinson's. Some days are good. Some days are great! Some days are not. But every day is better when you have done your best to keep your body strong and healthy. When you have put up a good fight.
Trust me - This. Stuff. Works.
Join us and get in the fight. You will not regret it.
Any exercise is good, but not all workouts are the same when it comes to Parkinson's.
With PD, you have to move every muscle you want to keep in every direction you might want to use it.
You have to be stronger than PD and that takes more effort.
The Parkinson's Gym exercises that have been shown to reduce the effects of PD on your body and slow the progress of PD in your brain.
An attack on all fronts.
We will work on the stuff that PD effects the most:
Mobility, Balance, Posture, Strength, Endurance.
The workouts are thorough, interesting and even kind of fun. But mainly, they are effective. You have no idea how good you can feel.
I have been working with people fighting Parkinson's for years and I continue to be amazed at the effects of exercise. Long-term. Short-term. IT WORKS. When you put in the effort, you will see results.
PD is an isolating disease.
It might feel like it, but you are not the only one fighting this disease.
Everyone in The Parkinson's Gym is here to keep you moving, educated and motivated.
You are not broken. You are not sick. You don't need pity.
You just have Parkinson's. Get up and do this!
PD is not going to wait for a better time.
Zach Guza is your trainer. He is a Certified Personal Trainer, Functional Aging Specialist, PWR! Moves Instructor and Rock Steady Boxing Coach. Zach has a personal mission to help you succeed in your battle with Parkinson's Disease. After losing his father to Parkinson's, he has been determined to help as many people as he can fight the effects of PD through exercise and knowledge.
With years of experience and success working with people with Parkinson's, Zach has designed this program of online workouts to help you mitigate the effects of PD through exercise. The movements you will learn help counteract the most common and most frustrating symptoms of Parkinson's.
I understand that starting a fitness program is difficult. My goal is help you make fitness part of your lifestyle.
Every week I will reach out to you to help you build your plan and stick with it.
If you make the investment and commit to the program it will pay you back in LIFE.
Forget the excuses. Get moving.
You will be amazed at what you can do and how good you can feel
"Just had another great 6-month checkup with my neurologist.
No changes, no meds increase.
Thanks for your continued support in my ongoing battle with Parkinson’s.
So glad you’re part of my team!!"
Parkinson's can be lonely but I am here to help you every step of the way.
Every week, I reach out to each member to check in, see how things are going and help in any way that I can. I know lots of stuff about working out with Parkinson's.
My goal is to make sure that you realize the benefits of regular exercise.
I want you to succeed. This is a commitment for both of us.
I will do everything I can to get you up and moving and living your best life.
All of the videos are available online so you can access them anywhere you have internet and a device that can play video.
No special equipment is needed and you can do them on your own time in your own place.
You just have to do them!
I am a certified PWR! Instructor.
The PWR! (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery) Moves have been shown to help improve flexibility and mobility in the areas that are most affected by Parkinson's.
Each video includes PWR! Moves and exercises to help you warm up and maintain or improve your mobility and range of motion .
Boxing is one of the greatest exercises for the entire body. It is especially effective against the symptoms of Parkinson's.
I will walk you through actual boxing drills to help you improve your speed, power, coordination and balance. You get the benefits of boxing without getting punched in the head.
One of the primary complaints of many people fighting PD is the loss of their flexibility and mobility in their joints - can't reach as high, open your hands as wide, stand up as tall.
Every video includes flexibility and mobility exercises that target the key areas of the body most often impacted by PD. Regularly moving each joint to its full range of motion will increase your mobility.
As we age our muscles deteriorate which impacts our balance and making us more vulnerable to injury. Regular strength training is essential to maintaining your muscle so that your body has the structure necessary to protect itself.
In the videos we go through exercises that help you improve your strength to help you in your daily living.
Most of the exercise videos on the internet are either really short (3 or 4 exercises) or they are trying to sell you something (their book, DVD series or piece of equipment).
The Parkinson's Gym workouts are complete workouts - warmup, workout, cool down and stretch. And it is an on-going program.
The others only post a few exercises at a time and are only like 7 minutes long. This is fine for but you can only do the same 4 exercises for so long before you give up out of shear boredom.
Not so for The Parkinson's Gym - I am coming up with new stuff all the time!
Tons of workouts to choose from. Each one is a complete workout from warm-up to stretch.
If your device can play YouTube videos, it will work for The Parkinson's Gym.
Laptop, PC, tablet, phone, jumbotron.
Some people like to hook their computer up to the TV so they can play it on a big screen. That works great!
The workouts are specifically designed for people with Parkinson's. But that doesn't mean that other people can't benefit from them too.
There are not many people that could not benefit from a little more exercise.
But, these exercises have only been proven to help people with Parkinson's disease. So, talk to your doctor before you launch into any exercise program.
You can do whichever workout you like. I post a new one every week. You can try that one our or do your favorites.
If you want some help finding a workout that will fit your best, just give me a call and I can help you find a good one for you!
The only exception is the Start-up series. I designed those to be done in order. They gradually get a little harder and I take a little more time introducing each exercise.
There isn't one.
I just want you to exercise and feel better.
My dad did not have any one local who knew what kinds of exercises to do for people with Parkinson's. So, he did his best on his own but it just wasn't enough. He needed someone to help and encourage him through the appropriate exercises at the necessary intensity.
The Parkinson's Gym is my way of bringing the exercise program to you, no matter where you are..
I demonstrate a lower intensity or lower impact version of each major exercise.
Just keep working on it and one day you might surprise yourself and be able to do the stuff you couldn't before.
You may find that some of the workouts are a little more than you can do or that they are too easy. That is on purpose. There is a huge variety symptoms and severity represented in our members. And, we all have good days and bad days.
I describe each workout to help you select an appropriate level depending on how you feel and what you want to work on.