Counterpunch Parkinson’s – is in West Auckland!!

When: Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:00pm (1 hour)
Casual and concession cards available for Counterpunch sessions
Location: Arena Fitness & Boxing, inside The Trusts Arena, Henderson. 

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When life gives you Parkinson’s… counterpunch!

Discover the benefits of not contact boxing and supervised high-intensity exercise for people with Parkinson’s in a fun and supportive group lead by a Parkinson’s movement specialist. Make friends, get fit, and show Parkinsons who is boss. Open to people withParkinson’s of all fitness and mobility levels.

Bookings are ESSENTIAL.

Lisa Gombinsky Roach is the a senior Conductive Educator and a rehabilitation specialised personal trainer – and I am the Head Coach of CounterpunchParkinson’s.

She has been working to help people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions move better and maintain independence for nearly 20 years, and have had the pleasure of working with people with Parkinson’s here in New Zealand,in Australia, in Norway, in Canada, and in England.

Over the last few years Lisa has been closely following the work of an inspiring organization in America called “Rock Steady Boxing”. Rock Steady put non-contact boxing based exercise programs for people with Parkinson’s on the map in North America, and people with Parkinson’s and people researching effective exercise for people with Parkinson’s are raving about the benefits of boxing based exercise.

She has also been following the changing literature on exercise guidelines for people with Parkinson’s – we now know that for exercise to be effective in promoting neuro-protection and neuro-plasticity it must be challenging, engaging and fun, and have some high intensity components. Again – boxing based training fits the bill.

From Lisa’s conductive education and my exercise professional perspective boxing based exercise programs make so much sense for people with Parkinson’s; boxing provides a fun way to work on balance, gait, size of movement, accuracy of movement, agility, coordination, strength, flexibility, speech, and brain-body connection. Boxing naturally makes use of visual cueing and rhythm, both of which are really helpful for people withParkinson’s.

Lisa teamed up with New Zealand’s own heavyweight boxing champion Shane Cameron to develop Counterpunch Parkinson’s, anon-contact boxing based exercise program for people with Parkinson’s in NewZealand.