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Outside the Ring: Rock Steady Boxing

Thursday April 05, 2018

Parkinson's is considered to be a designer disease: symptoms and treatments vary from person to person, just like fashion fads. The best part about trends is deciding for yourself what to try.

On Friday, March 23, I accompanied my dad to his Rock Steady Boxing class in Snohomish, WA, where I had the opportunity to talk to Lacey Ramon, Certified Personal Trainer and Rock Steady Boxing Coach.

 

BJC: Bette Jane Camp

LR: Lacey Ramon

 

BJC: Were you surprised that there was a big need for Rock Steady Boxing?

LR: I was—I anticipated twenty people in our first year, and that we would have one, gigantic class. And I did not realize how big the spread of skill was going to be. It was crazy! It grew so fast. One to two new people came per class for two months. We were all of a sudden like, “Woo! We’re running out of room!”

BJC: Are most members local to the Snohomish County area?

LR: Yeah, most are close to here, not necessarily in Snohomish, but I think Edmonds is the farthest south. Today, a few people drove down from Bellingham, so they’ll be our farthest north. We have someone come in from Arlington once a week. So, people drive in for this. We’re figuring out, ‘How do we take this awesome thing and keep growing it?’ There are so many people who can’t drive themselves in, and there’s many people who can’t get a ride in the middle of the day. We have one gal who comes in via DART and it’s really great that they provide that service, but the drop-off and pick-up hours are really early and late. She makes the commitment to be here twice a week, but it takes up her whole day. There has to be a better way—I just haven’t figured out what it is yet.

BJC: Are there other Rock Steady chapters in the Puget Sound area?

LR: There are. And I think that’s the answer: having smaller facilities that offer Rock Steady at more locations, versus one mega-center, where everybody has to figure out how to get there.

BJC: My dad’s reflected to me that boxing has been especially rewarding for him—physically and mentally. I don’t know if that’s specific to him, but after joining in today, it makes sense to me.

LR: Yeah, you’re thinking, ‘Feet! Form! Move this way. Do that!’ It’s constant and it’s changing: two things that seem to negate each other but they do so well. Last week, we asked everyone at the beginning as a vocal warm-up, ‘What’s one symptom you’ve seen change since you’ve started boxing?’ And it was really fascinating to listen to everyone’s answers. Someone said their sleep pattern had improved. Somebody else said, ‘I can walk backwards!’ Which is so cool! Something small can be life-changing. Another said that he can walk right on through a doorway, when before, he stutter-stepped. It’s great to know it’s helping like this.

PD brings new meaning to individuality—what fits some may not do the same for others. Rock Steady Boxing empowers people with Parkinson’s with choice. As Lacey said: it’s constant and it’s changing. Just like us.

Rock Steady Snohomish Fitness Center
707 Pine Ave, Suite B101
Snohomish, WA 98290
Snohomish@RSBaffiliate.com
https://www.snohomishfitness.com/

Bette Jane Camp
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