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Please note: Some classes may charge a fee. For assistance in paying for an exercise program, please refer to the APDA Minnesota Chapter Patient Aid Scholarship Program.

 

Exercise at the Capistrant Center at Bethesda Hospital

The Capistrant Center offers four fitness classes designed to provide fitness opportunities for participants across the continuum of their PD. This exercise program emphasizes 4 key components: cardiovascular, stretching, strengthening, and balance. The class schedule varies by class level: Fitness 1, Fitness 2, Fitness 3, Fitness 4.

Classes follow a circuit and highlight Parkinson’s-specific exercises from the PWR! Fitness training model. Prior to starting an exercise class, every new participant will meet with a physical therapist for a free assessment to determine appropriate class.

New participants please call 651-326-2150 to schedule a free fitness assessment. For more information, call Jill at 651-232-2776.

The Capistrant Center also offers Nordic Walking. Using poles while walking has all of the benefits of walking, plus engaging the muscles of the upper back, shoulders, arms, and torso. The swinging arm motion of walking with poles is important for the balance and coordination of people with Parkinson’s. Call Tammy for information at 651-232-2776.

Tai Chi classes are available. Participants can be standing or seated. Call Jill for information at 651-232-2776.

Capistrant has an ongoing Yoga for Parkinson’s program taught by an instructor with PD experience.  Call Jill at 651-232-2166 to register.


Exercise at HealthPartners Neuroscience Center

Parkinson’s disease community exercise classes take place at the Regions Neuroscience Center Conference Room, 1st floor. To sign up, individuals must first complete a phone screen with Amanda Elliott at 651-495-6764. Please call Amanda for more information.


Exercise at the Struthers Parkinson’s Center

The Struthers Parkinson’s Center offers Tai Chi, yoga, and voice exercise classes. Please call 952-993-5495 for more information.


APDA & YMCA Pedaling for Parkinson’s Program

Pedaling for Parkinson’s is a cycling program that aims to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease.
The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities offers this program in partnership with the APDA Minnesota Chapter. The YMCA and APDA Minnesota began this collaboration as part of an initiative to increase affordable PD exercise programs throughout the state.
Regular exercise is one of the key components in treating the many symptoms of PD, and it has been proven that pedaling a bicycle may change the life of people with PD. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35 percent reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. Fast pedaling is not a cure for PD, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference in many who try it.
Due to grant funding from APDA Minnesota Chapter, Pedaling for Parkinson’s classes are FREE for members and non-members of the YMCA.

To register, contact Jennifer Menk at Jennifer.Menk@ymcamn.org.

YMCA in Burnsville offers the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. The address is 13850 Portland Ave S., Burnsville MN 55337. Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:30 AM.

YMCA in Eagan offers the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. The address is 550 Opperman Drive, Eagan MN 55123. Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.

YMCA in Coon Rapids offers the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program at the Emma B. Howe Northtown Family YMCA. The address is 8950 Springbook Drive, Coon Rapids MN 55433. Classes take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 – 11 AM and Sundays from 12 – 1 PM.

YMCA in New Hope offers the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. The address is 7601 42nd Ave, New Hope MN 55427. Classes take place on Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 – 2:30 PM.

YMCA in Prior Lake offers the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program at the River Valley YMCA. The address is 3575 N. Berens Rd NW, Prior Lake MN 55379. Classes take place on Monday and Thursday from 1:15 – 2:15 PM.

YMCA in Rochester offers the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. The address is 709 1st Ave SW, Rochester MN 55902.

YMCA in Shoreview offers the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. The address is 3760 N. Lexington Avenue, Shoreview MN 55126.
Southdale YMCA in Edina offers the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. The address is 7355 York Ave S., Edina MN 55435. Classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM.


Boxing Exercise Programs

Title Boxing Club runs a fitness-based non-contact boxing program called Knock Out Parkinson’s for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Classes are available at the Coon Rapids, Lakeville/Apple Valley, Woodbury, and Arden Hills locations.

Coon Rapids – Call 763-323-0100 for more information or to register.

Lakeville/Apple Valley – Call 952-300-6800 for more information or to register.

Woodbury – Call 651-200-3871 for more information or to register.

Arden Hills – Call 651-204-0560 for more information or to register.

Element Gym in St. Paul offers the Rock Steady Boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Participants must schedule an assessment and have a note from their doctor in order to participate. 612-293-6539 or email saintpaul@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

The Lakes at Stillwater offers the Rock Steady Boxing program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. The Lakes is located at 107 Bridgewater Way, Stillwater MN 55082. Classes meet 4 times a week. Call 651-439-8200 for more information.

The Commons on Marice in Eagan offers the Rock Steady Boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease. The Commons on Marice is located at 1380 Marice Drive, Eagan MN 55121. Call 651-688-9999 for more information.

125 Live offers the Rock Steady Boxing program in Rochester, MN. 125 Live is located at 125 Elton Hills Dr. NW, Rochester MN 55901. Call 507-287-1404 or email 125live@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

CHI St. Joseph offers the Rock Steady Boxing program in Park Rapids, MN. CHI St. Joseph is located at 600 Pleasant Avenue, Park Rapids MN 56470. Call 218-616-3008 or email stjoseph@rbsaffiliate.com for more information.

Rock Steady Boxing is offered in Fergus Falls, MN. The address is 619 South Cascade Street, Fergus Falls MN 56537. Call 218-736-8451 or email fergusfalls@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

Fitness Evolution offers the Rock Steady Boxing program in Monticello, MN. Call 763-516-7219 for more information or email fitnessevolution@rbsaffiliate.com.

Rock Steady Boxing is offered in Marshall, MN. The address is 204 West College Drive, Marshall, MN 56258. Call 507-532-3273 or email marshall@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

Rock Steady Boxing is offered in Red Wing, MN. The address is 415 Main Street, Suite 2, Red Wing MN 55066. Call 651-380-1309 or email redwing@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

Rock Steady Boxing is offered at the Southdale YMCA in Edina. The address is 7355 York Ave S., Edina MN 55435. Call 952-835-2567 or email southdaleymca@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

Rock Steady Boxing is offered in St. Cloud, MN, at the St. Cloud Boxing and Wrestling Club. The address is 220 7th Ave South, St. Cloud MN 56301. Call 320-654-0202 or email stcloud@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

Rock Steady Boxing is offered in Brainerd, MN at Takedown Gym. The address is 17912 State Highway 371, Brainerd MN 56401. Call 218-454-1770 or email takedowngym@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

Rock Steady Boxing is offered in Alexandria, MN at the Nelson Wellness Center. The address is 4403 Pioneer Road SE, Alexandria MN 56308. Call 320-759-4615 or email nelsonwellness@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.

Rock Steady Boxing is offered in Willmar, MN at Bar Path. The address is 1950 North Highway 71, Willmar MN 56201. Call 320-282-6329 or email willmar@rsbaffiliate.com for more information.


Other PD Exercise Programs – St. Louis Park

The Bike Shack – Pedal & Roll for Parkinson’s in St. Louis Park, MN. For more information, contact 612-547-6650 or info@pedalandroll.org.

Live 2 Thrive Delay the Disease Class at Fitspace – for more information, contact Heidi Weinberg at 612-360-7479 or weinbergheidi@gmail.com.

Other PD Exercise Programs – Minneapolis

Tapestry Folkdance Center offers Movement Classes for Optimal Health. For more information, contact Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Certified Instructor Ruth Davini at ruth.davini@yahoo.com or 612-387-2728.

Other PD Exercise Programs – Rochester

ExercisAbilities in Rochester offers the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery program. Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR) classes are research-evidence based and proven to slow the progression of PD symptoms when performed at least 3 times a week. Call ExercisAbilities at 507-259-7570 for more information.

Other PD Exercise Programs – Duluth

Parkinson’s Dance Studio in Duluth offers a Dance for PD class. Parkinson’s Dance Studio is located at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 835 W. College Street, Duluth, MN. For more information, contact Jessica Roeder by phone at 218-727-8286, or email jaroeder2@gmail.com.

Other PD Exercise Programs – Willmar

Club Bethesda offers Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) classes. For more information, contact Melissa Wentzel at 320-214-5622.

Nordic Walking is offered at Club Bethesda. Poles are provided for use during the walk. For more information, contact Linda Lemke at 952-475-0891 or lindamlemke@gmail.com.

Other PD Exercise Programs – Big Lake

Nordic Walking Sessions take place at Montsippi Regional Park, and poles are provided for use during the walk. For more information, contact Linda Lemke at 952-475-0891 or email linkamlemke@gmail.com.

Other PD Exercise Programs – St. Cloud

Nordic Walking Sessions take place at Lake George Park. Poles are provided for use during the walk. For more information, contact Linda Lemke at 952-475-0891 or email lindamlemke@gmail.com.



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