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The Parkinson's Gym is an online exercise program for people who are serious about fighting Parkinson's Disease with fitness. If you don't fight PD, it will steal your life away little by little… and if you’re here, you’ve got a lot of fight left.
Exercise, knowledge and a community to support you 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.
Exercise is the ONLY proven method of slowing the progress of Parkinson's.
Not just the symptoms - the actual progress of the disease. In your brain.
Everything else just treats the symptoms. Exercise is where the real work is done.
I have created The Parkinson's Gym to help you bring the fight to Parkinson's.
Where ever you are and whenever you can.
-No expensive gym membership
-No creepy "gym rats."
-No sweaty exercise equipment.
Join us and GET IN THE FIGHT.
This. Stuff. WORKS.
Pick from dozens of workouts ranging from boxing and strength training to yoga and stretching.
A new workout is added EVERY WEEK.
No special equipment.
Workout any time, any where.
The exercises target the areas most often affected by PD - Balance, endurance, strength, mobility, flexibility, speed.
These aren't your average workouts.
You can make an appointment to talk to me any time you want.
I am here to help you. It is what I do.
You pick a time and and will call you. I can help you get up and going and personalize your workout program.
I have helped people down this road before. I know the potholes and short cuts.
Let's Talk Soon.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday join us for a live streaming workout.
We start at 1:30 Eastern. The workouts last about an hour. It is fun to get in there and yuck around with everyone else while we kick Parkinson's in the teeth together!
Every week I write or record a bit of advice, stuff to consider 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.
Every little bit helps.
We have a private Facebook page just for our members.
We post information, announcements, questions and ideas to help you in your daily quest to be AWESOME.
It can be hard to start a new exercise program.
New moves, new schedule, new words. It's like drinking from a fire hose.
So, I developed a 10 workout program that will help you get going.
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.
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 against 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 with exercise and knowledge.
Using 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.
Let's get moving.
You will be amazed at what you can do and how good you can feel
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 how important exercise is for fighting PD.
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 put up a good fight.
Trust me - This. Stuff. Works.
Join us and get in the fight. You will not regret it.
Parkinson's can be lonely but I am here to help you every step of the way.
Any time you want, you can make an appointment with me for a personal consultation.
I know lots of stuff about working out with Parkinson's.
How to break freezing episodes. How to improve your posture. Balance exercises.
There are little things you can do every day to improve your quality of life.
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 despite this damn disease.
Intense exercise is your best weapon in combating the progression of Parkinson's disease.
"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!!"
Any exercise is good, but not all workouts are the same when it comes to fighting Parkinson's.
With PD, it is move it or loose it. You have to be stronger than PD.
The Parkinson's Gym exercises have been shown to
reduce the effects of PD on your body and slow the progress of PD in your brain.
We work on the stuff that PD effects the most:
Mobility, Balance, Posture, Strength, Endurance, Flexibility
The workouts are thorough, interesting and even fun.
But mainly, they are effective.
THIS STUFF WORKS.
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.
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 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 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 makes 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 only 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 sheer boredom.
Not at The Parkinson's Gym - I am coming up with new stuff all the time!
Tons of workouts to choose from.
And, The Parkinson's Gym workouts are complete - warmup, workout, cool down and stretch. And it is an on-going program.
If your device can play YouTube videos, it will work for The Parkinson's Gym.
Laptop, PC, tablet, phone, jumbotron.
If you can watch cat videos on YouTube, you can do the workouts.
The workouts are specifically designed for people with Parkinson's. But that doesn't mean that other people can't benefit from them too.
But, try to keep up.
There are not many people that could not benefit from a little more exercise.
There isn't one.
I just want you to exercise and feel better.
My dad did not have any one who knew what kinds of exercises to do fight Parkinson's. 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.