Wellness Classes

Exercise and other Wellness Classes for Parkinson’s Disease


Classes are starting to resume.   Call ahead to confirm class information.  Please keep moving!  If exercising at home, please use extreme caution. You are assuming all risks by working out from home.

Rock Steady Boxing YouTube Channel 

APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter Exercise YouTube Channel  : You will find a variety of classes here including stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, and seated exercises

Information on type of classes offered in Iowa

  • LSVT Big and Loud Outpatient Therapy: Find a therapist in your area here:
  • ROCK STEADY BOXING: Locations listed as “Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate” have a certified instructor in the Rock Steady Boxing Program – for more information on Rock Steady Boxing please visit www.rocksteadyboxing.org. If a class is not listed as an affiliate, these programs still have a certified exercise instructor knowledgeable in boxing and working with individuals with Parkinson’s.
  • Ballroom Dancing:  Look for our Fall 2022 class with Des Moines University.
  • Yoga: This class is held at Iowa State University and designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s at all levels of functioning. Click here for additional information.
  •  TAI CHI: Tai chi classes are available throughout the state of Iowa. Please visit the Tai Chi for Health Institute to see where Tai chi classes are being held.

Black Hawk County/Waterloo

Delay the Disease Class

Location: MercyOne Wellness, 211 Ridgeway, Waterloo, IA 50702
Dates/Times: Wednesday and Friday from 2:00-2:45 PM
Cost: $30 for a 3 month session, (Free if you have Silver Sneakers, or Renew Active with your health insurance)
Contact: Class instructor Timi Brown, Med-Fit Facilitator at MercyOne Wellness, at (319)272-1755 for more information.

Boxing Class for Parkinson’s

Location: Cedar Valley Boxing Club, 616 E 4th St, Waterloo, IA 50703
Dates/Times: Monday 12 p.m.  Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m.
Contact: Steve Rice (319) 961-4020, s.rice@centurylink.net for more information.

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Bremer County/Waverly

Singing in Parkinson’s Disease Group – The Waverly Warblers

Description: A singing group for people with Parkinson’s.
Dates/Times: Monday at 10 am
Location: Waverly Health Center, Tendrils Rooftop Garden, 312 9th St. SW, Waverly, IA, 50677
Contact: For more information contact Kara Rewerts at 319-483-4118 krewerts@waverlyhealthcenter.org

 

Delay the Disease Class

Dates/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am-11 am
Location: Wartburg-Waverly Wellness Center, 100 Wartburg Drive, Waverly, IA
Cost: $45 a month for members and $60 a month for guests
Contact: For more information contact Kerri Buresh  kerriburesh@gmail.com  to register call the welcome desk at 319-352-8311

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Carroll County/Carroll

Delay the Disease Class 

Location: St. Anthony’s Hospital, 311 S Clark St, Carroll, IA 51401.
Dates/Times: Every Thursday at 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
Contact:  Melissa Schultes at 712-794-5815.

Rock Steady Boxing Class for Parkinson’s

Location: St. Anthony’s Hospital, 311 S Clark St, Carroll, IA 51401.

 Cost: $150 per month, Class times Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  and Tuesday, Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Individualized classes and flexible times are available.

Contact: Steve Schable in the Rehab Department, sschable@stanthonyhospital.org   or 712-794-5241.

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Cass County/Atlantic

Rock Steady Boxing Class For Parkinson’s

Location: Heritage House Wellness Studio, Heritage House, 1200 Brookridge Cir, Atlantic, IA 50022

Dates/Times: Mondays and Thursdays at 2:00 PM

Contact: Jon Jordan, class instructor, at 712-243-1850 or JJordan@wesleylife.org for more information.

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Cerro Gordo County/Mason City

Rock Steady Boxing

Location: Mason City YMCA, 1840 S Monroe Ave, Mason City, IA 50401

Date/Times: Monday 1-2:30, Mondays/Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m., /Thursdays 1:30-3:00 p.m.

To register contact Terrye Vikre at 641-422-5999, tvikre@masoncityymca.org, or instructor, Jana Mentzer at 314-240-0862.

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Clay County/Spencer

Parkinson’s in Motion

Location: Spencer YMCA, 1001 11th Avenue West, Spencer, IA 51301.
Dates/Times: Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free if a Spencer YMCA Member; payment required for non-members.
Contact: Contact Megan Whitaker at the Spencer YMCA for more information mwhitaker@spencerymca.org or 712-262-3782.

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Des Moines County/ West Burlington

Delay the Disease 
Location: Great River Medical Center, Hawkeye Room, 1221 S Gear Ave, West Burlington, IA 52655.
Dates/Times: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 a class.
Contact: Contact class instructor Julie Kirk at the Great River Medical Center High Performance Center at 319-768-4112 for more information.

Gentle Yoga Class

Location: Chief Room at Great River Medical Center High Performance Center
Dates/Times: Every Monday at 12:45 p.m.
Contact: Julie Kirk, class instructor, at 319-768-4112 for more information.

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Johnson County/Iowa City

ReNu Your Life – Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease (formerly Delay the Disease)

Location: Iowa City Senior Center, 28 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.
Dates/Times: Wednesdays and Sundays from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Cost: $5 per class or $50 punch card available.
Contact: Contact instructor Kris Cameron at 319-361-7673 or kris@renuyourlife.com for more information.

Rock Steady Boxing

Location: ICOR Boxing, 1127 Shirken Dr., Iowa City
Dates/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Website: https://www.icorboxing.com/rock-steady-boxing.html
Contact: Emily or Clif at 319-244-8282 or icorboxing@gmail.com

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Jones County/Anamosa

LSVT Big and Speak out for Parkinson’s programs available through PT with referral from doctor.

Delay the Disease Class
Location: UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center, 1795 HWY 64 East, Anamosa, IA 52205.
Dates/Times: Class Currently not meeting due to covid-19
Cost: FREE
Contact: Contact class instructor Allison Niedermann, PTA, BA  at 319-481-6195 or allison.neidermann@unitypoint.org

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Kossuth County/Algona

Delay the Disease Class

Location: Algona Family YMCA, 2101 E. McGregor Algona, IA 50511.
Dates/Times: Every Tuesday from 1 -2 p.m. at the Algona Family YMCA. Every third Tuesday of the month the class has a guest speaker at no cost.
Cost: $12 for a 6 week session or $3 for a one day pass. Contact: Contact the Algona Family YMCA at 515-295-7701 or jeni@algonaymca.org for more information.

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Linn County/Cedar Rapids

Moving with PD

Dates/Times: Mondays 11:15-12:00pm to Register
Location: 260 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
Contact: Contact instructor Kris Cameron at 319-361-7673 or kriscameron@crmetroparkinsons.com for more information.

Parkinsingers – Vocal Exercise/Movement for PD
Location: 260 33rd Ave SW, Suite G, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Dates/Times: Tuesdays from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Contact: Contact Kris Cameron at 319-361-7673 or kriscameron@crmetroparkinsons.com for more information.

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Marion County/Pella

PRC Health & Fitness
Location: 819 Broadway St. Pella IA 50219

Rock Steady Boxing

Dates/Times: Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $60/month

Contact: Call Natasha Nikkel at 641-620-4269 or e-mail nnikkel@wesleylife.org for more information. Pre-registration is required.

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Muscatine County/Muscatine

Delay the Disease Class

Location: Meetings are currently held over Zoom. In person location was Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1613 Bidwell Road, Muscatine, IA 52761.

Dates/Times: Classes are held twice a week: Rotating schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 weeks followed by Mondays and Wednesdays for 4 weeks.

Cost: $5 per class

Contact: Contact instructor Anthony Krumbholz at 319-981-3321 or AnthonyKrumbholz@yahoo.com for more information.

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Polk County/ Des Moines Area

Genesis Health Club Neuro Wellness Program
Location: 4875 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265

NEURO CYCLE: 45 min.  Tue, Thurs:  12:00
Parkinson’s Boxing: Wed, Fri, 11:00 a.m.
DELAY THE DISEASE: Tues & Thurs 10:30
NEURO AQUA: Monday 12:00 pm

Personal Trainers specialized in working with people with PD are available for training sessions. Contact the center by calling 515-226-9622, or fill out the personal training request form online at mercyhealthfitness.com/services/personal-training

Mercy Health & Fitness
Location: 12493 University Ave, Clive, IA 50325

Delay the Disease

This program targets daily functional challenges and symptom-specific fitness agendas. It helps decrease the risk of falls, minimize fatigue, reduce rigidity and improve mobility. Exercise plans are adapted to all levels of the disease, valuable to newly diagnosed and progressed states alike.
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 1-2pm
Cost: Members-free (part of fitness center membership fee)
Non-members can attend by purchasing a daily pass for $10  
Rock Steady Boxing

Structured class designed to minimize the effects of Parkinson’s disease and improve activities of daily living.  Classes are led by certified coaches and incorporate strength training, cardiovascular exercise and non-contact boxing.
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 11am-12pm, Wednesdays 5:30-6:15pm-
Cost: Members/Non-Members $99 for 10 classes
Participants must have a medical release from their doctor and need to go through assessment before attending class.  
Chair Yoga
A yoga practice in which participants are seated or use a chair to help balance and perform poses. This class is appropriate for individuals not wishing to be down on a mat as all poses will be seated or standing.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-10:45am
Cost: Members-free (part of fitness center membership fee)
Non-members can attend by purchasing a daily pass for $10

Tai Chi
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, an 8-week program, is proven to be a specific fall-risk reduction exercise program. It combines leg strength, flexibility, range of motion, and reflexes, with the mindfulness and coordination of balance. Class can be done seated or standing. Class intensity: Low 
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-11:20am

Cost: Members/Non-Members $80 for 8-week session, please call center to find out session dates.  
Cycle Wellness 

When: 11:00 – 11:45 Fridays

Cost: Members-free (part of fitness center membership fee)
Non-members can attend by purchasing a daily pass for $10
Aqua Wellness/Ai Chi

When: 11:45 – 12:30 Monday, Wednesday

Cost: Members-free (part of fitness center membership fee)
Non-members can attend by purchasing a daily pass for $10
Contact for all classes: Ildiko Timmerman, 515-645-3344, itimmerman@mercyhealthfitness.com. 

Walnut Creek YMCA
Location: 948 73rd St, West Des Moines, IA

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention

Time: Friday 11:00 – 12:00

Cost: Contact YMCA for details

Wesley Acres
Location: 3520 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312

Rock Steady Boxing

Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 11:45 Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $40/month

Register: Call Alee Phillips 515-271-6720 for more information and to register.

Edgewater, Wesley Life
Location: 9225 Cascade Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Rock Steady Boxing

Dates/Times: Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Cost: $45 a month

To register contact Abby Harlacher at aharlacher@wesleylife.org
or 515-978-2404

Rock Valley Physical Therapy
Location: Ferrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping 121 NE 18th Street, Ankeny IA 50021

Rock Steady Boxing

Dates/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays  10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Cost: $70/month

To register, contact Colleen Miller at colleen.miller@rockvalleypt.com or 515-964-2559

On With Life, Ankeny, Iowa 
Location: 715 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023

Parkinson’s Boxing, Agility, and Balance

Dates/Times: Monday/Thursdays at 11:00- 12:00
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To register, call 515-289-9696

 

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Scott County/ Davenport 

Genesis Physical Therapy
Location: 2720 W Locust St, Unit 8B, Davenport, IA 52804
Fun & Functional Fitness

Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursday 3:20 – 4 p.m.

Cost: $35 for an 8-class card.


Contact: Call 563-421-3495 for more information.

Scott County/ Bettendorf

Genesis Health Club
Location: TBK Bett Plex 4850 Competition Drive, Bettendorf, IA
Rock Steady Boxing

Date/Time: Monday. Wednesday 11:30-1:00

Cost: $75 for 2 X week, $90 for 3X week

Contact: Kristen Hawley, PT 563-421- 3460 or hawleyk@genesishealth.com

Scott County/ Davenport 

Genesis Physical Therapy
Location: 2720 W Locust St, Unit 8B, Davenport, IA 52804

Fun & Functional Fitness

Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursday 3:20 – 4 p.m.

Cost: $35 for an 8-class card.


Contact: Call 563-421-3460 for more information
R. Richard Bittner YMCA
Location: 630 E 4th Davenport, IA, 52802

Delay the Disease

Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 – 12:15

Cost: FREE for YMCA members, call 563-322-7171 to register

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Story County/Ames

Iowa State University

Boxing for People with Parkinsons

Location: First Baptist Church of Ames, 200 Lynn Ave, Ames, IA

Dates/Times: Tuesday, 2:00 -3:00 pm, in person or virtually


Cost: Free


Contact: For more information, please contact the Alternative Medicine for PD (AMMPD) Lab at Iowa State University at 515-294-5476.


Singing in Parkinson’s Disease

Location: First Baptist Church of Ames, 200 Lynn Ave, Ames, IA

Dates/Times: Wednesday, 2:00 -3:00 pm, in person or virtually


Cost: Free


Contact: For more information, please contact the Alternative Medicine for PD (AMMPD) Lab at Iowa State University at 515-294-5476
Yoga in Parkinson’s Disease

Dates/Times: Thursday, 2:00 -3:00 pm, virtually


Cost: Free


Contact: For more information, please contact the Alternative Medicine for PD (AMMPD) Lab at Iowa State University at 515-294-5476.

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Union County/ Creston

Southern Prairie Family Fitness
Location: 1201 W Townline, Creston, IA 50801.

Rock Steady Boxing

Dates/Times:  Monday, Wednesday, 9:15-10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free for Southern Prairie YMCA members; 10 day pass for non-members.

Contact:
Candice Honnald 641-782-9622 or chonnold@spffc.org for more information.
Strength and Stability

Dates/Times:  Tuesday,Thursday, 9:15-10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free for Southern Prairie YMCA members; 10 day pass for non-members.

Contact:
Candice Honnald 641-782-9622 or chonnold@spffc.org for more information.
Parkinson’s and Limited Mobility

Dates/Times: Monday, Wednesday from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free for Southern Prairie YMCA members; $10 day pass for non-members.

Contact: Candice Honnald 641-782-9622 or chonnold@spffc.org for more information.

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Wapello County/ Ottumwa

Ottumwa YMCA
Location: 611 N Hancock St, Ottumwa IA 52501

Rock Steady Boxing

Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursday 1:30 – 2:30pm

Cost: $60/month

Contact: Heather at Ottumwa YMCA 641-684-6571 ext. 26 or email: Heather@ottumwaymca.com

Warren County/ Indianola

Indianola YMCA
Location: 306 E Scenic Valley Ave, Indianola 50126

Aquatics to Restore Health

Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursdays 11:00 – 11:45 am

Cost: Free if YMCA-Medical Programming Member

Contact: Indianola Y at 515-777-7746

Anytime Fitness
Location: 402 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125

Rock Steady Boxing

Dates/Times: Monday, Thursday 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Monica Vail at 515-962-4741 or mvail@wesleylife.org for more information.

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