Inside the Story: Fighting Parkinson's through punches

Inside the Story: Fighting Parkinson's through punches (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Parkinson's disease is a non-curable, degenerative disease that effects motor skills.

But at Rock Steady Boxing, patients are fighting back by throwing punches.

"Boxing is a total body sport," Sherri Bickley, owner and trainer of Rock Steady Boxing Wasatch Front in Riverton, Utah, said.

Boxers work on balance, range of motion, and more through the sport.

"They are stretching every single class," Bickley said. "They are vocalizing being loud in class."

Each boxer has their own story with Parkinson's disease and say they are making amazing progress after spending months in a boxing class.

"I just feel so much better when I'm fighting here," Brandi Ballantyne said. "I don't feel like I have Parkinson's. I'm beating it."

And the boxing class is serious business. They are attending two to three times a week for an hour to an hour and a half in the gym.

"I can't even promise for sure what they are going to see, but if they come in and try, they are going to see something," Bickley said. And sometimes, it is just the strength to carry on.

"It's given me hope," said Dean, who is taking the class.

Rock Steady Boxing actually started in Indiana in 2006. Bickley just opened up the Wasatch Front affiliate in Riverton a little over a year ago. She has two gyms offering 13 classes a week.

For more about Rock Steady Boxing, visit this website.