Fitness classes offered for those with Parkinsons

Rock Steady Boxing, a program designed to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease through noncontact, boxing-inspired fitness classes, is coming to Encinitas.

Starting in August, the Encinitas Boxing Club, 613 Westlake St., will be home to a brand new affiliate of the nationally acclaimed Indianapolis-based nonprofit gym.

Evaluations, which take about an hour, are required before attending the class, and will be conducted on July 23 and Aug. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. on site. Training classes and evaluations are led by Ingrid Johnson, an exercise physiologist with a master’s degree.

Every 75-90 minute class includes warm-up stretches, balance, voice, reaction time and circuit style weight training. Also included is ring work with focus mitts, heavy bags and speed bags, core work and a final cool-down stretch.

Classes are tentatively scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the cost is $150 for unlimited classes per month.

No boxing experience is needed and people of all ages and degrees of Parkinson’s disease are welcome to participate.

For more information, contact Johnson at or (760) 688-8266.