Taking the Fight Against Parkinson’s Disease to the YMCA


The Easton Family YMCA, partnering with the Maryland Association for Parkinson’s Support (MAPS) and Bayleigh Chase, will start Rock Steady Boxing at the Y’s Washington Street location. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disease that effects large and fine motor skills, speech, and sensory function.

In 2006 former prosecutor Scott C. Newman created Rock Steady Boxing in Marion County, Indiana. The class is largely adapted from boxing drills. In a Rock Steady Boxing class participants will work on agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

Instructor Lyn Sutton passionately embarked on exercise programs designed for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, becoming nationally certified in Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR) in 2017. She currently is the Affiliate Owner of Rock Steady -Mid Shore in Grasonville, MD. She states “I am thrilled to be expanding the Rock Steady Boxing program at the Y @ Washington Street facility for advanced Parkinson’s clients. We have found great results with this program in Grasonville over the past year and know that our new boxers in Easton will enjoy this incredible program. Rock Steady provides not only a boxing exercise regimen but we also incorporate other functional movements throughout the class that will help with everyday quality of life while battling the disease. The YMCA has provided a great location and set-up for our new boxers that will also build camaraderie for the participants but also their care partners. We have found that Rock Steady Boxing Program is so much more than just an exercise program. I am honored to lead this new venture in the Easton Area.”

Please contact Amy Schiefer (aschiefer@ymcachesapeake.org) for more information.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits and the largest Human Service organization on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Shore Ys engage 40,000 members; men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the shore’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  In 2017, the YMCA of the Chesapeake provided over $1,500,000 in assistance to over 13,000 community members, turning no one away due to inability to pay. www.ymcachesapeake.org

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