Colleen Sturgess’ Beyond Fitness studio in Delray Beach, FL offers a varied and excellent program for Parkinson’s inflicted individuals. Based on my attendance at this studio for about two and a half years, I can state that when you leave your class, you feel a personal sense of accomplishment and pride. You leave with the feeling that you have exercised with intensity which, in most of our cases, is the goal we are seeking. Let me explain.
In a little more than an hour per class, Beyond Fitness provides a terrific exercise program. The class is divided into several components: First, you do numerous stretching, bending, balancing, exercises. Then the group is usually divided into several skill “stations” which you go to for approximately a minute or more to perform specific physical activities with other class members also assigned to the particular stations. For example, you may run short distances as fast as you can, hit a speed bag with different hand combinations, “stand and sit” for a designated period, throw heavy balls to one another in your station and many other exercise techniques Colleen and her staff come up with.
The last physical activity we usually do is numerous and varied boxing skills and techniques. We practice punches and combinations as intensely as we can. By that I mean, we work up to perform these as hard as we can do. Here is where participants begin to appreciate just how hard they are working in class. Hitting the bag hard andfeeling that, is, in my mind, achieving the goal of attending this class.
When you leave class, you know you have accomplished something good for you as you deal with the challenges you face.