FIGHTING BACK: Sufferers learning to knock out Parkinson's
AN AMERICAN gym is showing Parkinson's sufferers how to land the knockout blow in their fight against the degenerative disease.
The Indianapolis-based Rock Steady Boxing is using "non-contact boxing training to combat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease".
In videos posted by the non-profit organisation, a Parkinson's sufferer can be seen ducking, weaving and striking some almighty blows as the trainer puts him through the paces.
The exercise is intended to spark a range of movements to strengthen flexibility, core and posture, with recent studies showing intense "forced" exercise may slow the disease.
And the program seems to be making headway with affiliate gyms sprouting up across the US, teaching sufferers it's never too late to learn to fight back.
"Check out Charlie the Champ!! 88 years old and punching stronger than ever!! Redefining the word #badass!" a video was captioned on Facebook.