Rock Steady Boxing at Undisputed

Focusing on non contact boxing to help people with Parkinson's Fight Back against the disease state process.

Non-contact boxing inspired classes can reverse, reduce and even delay the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

We are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their quality of life and even build strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier and happier life.

The Rock Steady Boxing studio is an affiliate of the Rock Steady Boxing network and is taking a stand by fighting back against Parkinson’s Disease.


Rock Steady Boxing Toronto East has moved online! Join us in our Zoom classes! We have classes everyday Monday to Friday 10:30-11:45am and our Friday theme is a different FUN FRIDAY every week. ALL levels of Parkinson's welcome and the Zoom platform is easy to use. Just click on the link we send and you'll have access to our daily classes. This will be the schedule and "location" of classes until September until we know there is no community risk of COVID-19 to our boxers.

About Rock Steady Boxing

Founded in 2005, Rock Steady Boxing is a unique program that gives Parkinson’s patients a chance to fight back against their invisible adversary. By emphasizing gross motor movement, balance and core strength, the combination of “sweet science” and sweat gives hope to those combating the disease. There are over 400 Rock Steady affiliates all over the world helping Parkinson's disease patients have better days, one punch at a time. At RSB Undisputed, we offer classes five days a week and take into account how progressed your symptoms are.

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About Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson's disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement. In the early stages of Parkinson's disease, your face may show little or no expression, or your arms may not swing when you walk and your speech may become soft or slurred. There is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease.

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Why Boxing?

Parkinson’s causes a loss in many of the same elements that boxers condition to improve. And published medical research has shown that forced, intense exercise can reduce, reverse and delay Parkinson’s symptoms. We also know that a diversity of symptoms needs to be addressed simultaneously. In comparison with other sports, boxing is the most physically demanding styles of training, according to a study conducted by ESPN and by people who have done it! But in addition to being an intense, diverse form of training, boxing is also an incredible stress reliever, confidence booster and FUN!

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"You can feel like crap most of the week, but if you have one day where you can turn it around, one day that's better than the last, then you've defeated the logic that was dragging you down, and that's about what Rock Steady Boxing is all about."

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Classes & Coaching

Our coaching is available exclusively online Monday to Friday via Zoom. Classes run live from 10:30 am to 11:45am EST.


“My husband is a participant of the online Rock Steady Boxing program with coaches Lita & Fiona. I highly recommend this program for anyone with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. I am a retired physiotherapist, so can attest to the relevance & quality of the program as it relates to PD. The class encompasses all aspects of PD - balance, flexibility, strength, vocals, social - are all addressed in a fun format. The exercises are modified as needed to include all levels of PD. As my husband has cognitive impairment, I was doubtful as to how well he would cope with the online format, as opposed to the in person experience that he was used to pre covid. Thanks to the diligence & knowledge of the coaches, my fears were unfounded. They carefully watch the participants & do an amazing job of correcting & encouraging each participant, really keeping them engaged throughout the class. I rate this program a 10/10.”

About Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing is the first boxing program of its kind, designed specifically to fight Parkinson’s disease — one punch at a time! Parkinson’s disease is caused by the loss of brain cells (neurons) in a part of the brain that produces the chemical messenger dopamine. As the cells die, less dopamine is produced and transported to the area of the brain that coordinates movement. Symptoms, including tremors, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness or rigidity develop when about 80 percent of dopamine has been lost. Approximately four million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s, yet the reason that Parkinson’s disease develops is not known.

Combining Science and Sweat

At Rock Steady, patients of all ages, shapes and sizes don a pair of boxing gloves to do battle, not with each other, or even an array of leather punching bags. When these pugilists glove up, they are fighting time, and time is not on their side.

The workouts push patients to their limits and then some. But at the end of the day, through the sweat and expended energy, comes hope. Hope derived from a sense of accomplishment, and the hope that tomorrow will be a better day.

“Studies from the ‘80s and ‘90s have scientifically supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion and flexibility,” Rock Steady Founder Newman expains. “Our classes are specially designed programs to enhance all these attributes for our boxers at Rock Steady Boxing.”

Rock Steady Boxing Toronto East giving the uppercut to Parkinson's disease.

Rock Steady Boxing Toronto East giving the uppercut to Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's patients do battle with their disease, 1 punch at a time.

CBC NEWS: Rock Steady Boxing program helps improve symptoms of degenerative disease through exercise.

"This is the most intense, positive support group..."

Learn about the study behind the Rock Steady Boxing science from a fellow member club in Indianapolis.

Recent studies focus on the concept of intense "forced" exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may actually slow Parkinson's disease progression.

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10 Facts About Parkinson's Disease

  1. Parkinson’s disease is named after Dr. James Parkinson (1755-1824), the doctor that first identified the condition.
  2. It’s caused by the loss of brain cells (neurons) in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which produces the chemical messenger dopamine. As the cells die, less dopamine is produced and transported to the area of the brain that coordinates movement. Symptoms develop when about 80 percent of dopamine has been lost.
  3. The reason that Parkinson’s disease develops is not known.
  4. Approximately Four million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s.
  5. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremor, slowness of movement (bradykinesia) and muscle stiffness or rigidity.
  6. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidance on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease in June 2006.
  7. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but treatments can help control the symptoms and maintain quality of life.
  8. Parkinson’s can be treated with a combination of drug treatments and other therapies: for example, speech therapy, physiotherapy.
  9. The risk of developing Parkinson’s disease increases with age. Symptoms usually occur after the age of 50.
  10. Around one in 20 parkinson’s patients are diagnosed under the age of 40.

Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum.

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