Coach Randy with a Rock Steady boxer in February 2019. Photo and story featured in The Breeze: Here.

RSB Rocktown in the News:

The Daily News-Record


The Breeze


Since January 2018, Edge Effect Fitness has partnered with Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) to bring the Rock Steady program toHarrisonburg. The program is currently running and open to residents at VMRC as well as community members in the area that want access to the full-service Wellness Center than VMRC has to offer. 

"In our gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

"Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression.

"Our clients attest, and academic institutions, such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University, are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among our boxers. Discovery of a cure may be many years away but in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the RSB program.

"Rock Steady Boxing is often asked about the design of our logo – the Statue of Liberty embellished with a boxing glove. According to Newman, the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty and the hope symbolized by her presence at Ellis Island, illustrated his dream that Rock Steady Boxing would be a beacon of light and hope for those suffering with Parkinson’s disease.

Our mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to “fight back.”



Call, text, or email today to schedule an appointment to visit the gym, speak privately with the Coach, or watch a class in action.


Please consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

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