Rock Steady Boxing for people with Parkinson’s comes to Kona

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Marlene Goodwin throws a left during Rock Steady Boxing at Waiakea Recreation Center Boxing Gym in Hilo.

  • Parkinson's patient Herb Kiyabu spars with wife, June, as part of the Rock Steady Boxing therapy to help slow the progress of the disease. Photo credit: Ash Tsuji

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Dave Cronister boxes with gym recreation director Shannon Ochi Friday during Rock Steady Boxing at Waiakea Recreation Center Boxing Gym in Hilo.

  • Herb Kiyabu boxes with wife June earlier this season during Rock Steady Boxing at Waiakea Recreation Center Boxing Gym in Hilo. (Hollyn Johnson/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program, based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease, will now be available in the Kona area. The program involves intense exercises, such as stretching, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and lots of non-contact boxing, led by experienced trainers/coaches. Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.