Exercise Classes

Exercise helps manage Parkinson’s symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Group exercise classes encourage regular participation in a fun environment. APDA exercise classes are designed specifically for people with Parkinson disease and focus on improving balance, posture, mobility, speech and self-help skills. All classes are an hour long, unless noted differently.

APDA – Greater St. Louis chapter exercise classes are led by instructors who have completed Parkinson-specific training. Classes are offered at different levels as well as virtual and in-person to help you receive the most benefit from exercise.

The American Parkinson Disease Association is funded solely by individual donations and grants. Many classes are offered free of charge for people with Parkinson’s, however we ask those who can to donate $35 per month. Download the  2022 APDA Participant Waiver – FINAL UPDATED 12-1-2021  to take to your first class. Unless otherwise noted, classes do not require registration.

Class Levels

LEVEL 1: Participants exercise seated or standing with support. Movements are done at a pace and intensity that are appropriate for each participant.

LEVEL 2: Participants must be able to walk and stand up from a chair without assistance. Most exercises are done standing.

Class Descriptions

CHAIR YOGA + MEDITATION: This seated yoga class unites the mind, breath and body to address awareness, flexibility, strength and balance. Yoga empowers participants to start where they are and grow over time towards improved mobility and quality of life. This class includes meditation and breathing exercises. All levels are welcome.

CIRCUIT TRAINING: In each class, participants work through a series of eight to twelve different stations that offer a unique exercise designed to target Parkinson’s symptoms. The stations incorporate a variety of equipment such as weights and resistance bands to make the circuit fun and challenging.

EXERCISE FOR PARKINSONS (INTERVAL TRAINING): Class is 30 minutes of indoor cycling & 30 minutes of land-based fitness activities. Exercise seated or standing with support. Movements are done at a pace & intensity that are appropriate for each participant.

FIT ‘N FUN: An easy to follow, head to toe workout designed to increase strength, range of motion and stability. Hand weights and wands are used.

INTERVAL TRAINING: This class challenges your balance, coordination, strength and endurance through alternating periods of higher-intensity exercise and  lower-intensity recovery.

INTRODUCTION TO APDA EXERCISE: Becoming physically active can be a challenge but can improve your health, especially for people with Parkinson’s Disease.  APDA will be offering a 4-week class led by trained professionals who will guide you safely through various exercises that will help with Parkinson’s symptoms.  This introduction class is for beginners to novices level who have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

JOY OF MOVEMENT: A dance class that works on balance, walking, flexibility and coordination in a fun environment. Experience music and movement in a creative way that instills confidence and combats depression. Care partners are welcome; those who attend solo will be provided with a volunteer partner who does not have Parkinson’s. You can dance either seated or standing. All levels are welcome.

MOVEMENT TRAINING: This class uses a variety of exercises to work on  movement strategies, gait, balance, strength and flexibility. This class may use equipment, including hand weights, bands and balls.

PARKINSON PEDALERS: This basic cycling class include 30 minutes of cycling on upright bikes and 30 minutes of a land-based fitness activity. The class starts with low-impact aerobic exercise on a bike and concludes with standing balance, strength training and stretching.

STRENGTH AND CARDIO: Increase physical well being through cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and flexibility. Improve your mobility and mental health in a fun and inspiring fitness environment.

TAI CHI: An ancient Chinese internal martial art.  Tai Chi is a mind/body exercise offering significant improvement in balance, flexibility, core strength and  cognitive function.

Virtual Exercise Classes

YouTube Classes can be watched live or watched anytime on our YouTube channel.  Please click here for the Virtual Exercise Class Schedule and click here to access exercise classes on YouTube.  Contact APDA at (636)778-3377 for more information.

Cardio + Strength:  Level 2
Mondays at 10:00 am
Marina Clements

Interval Training:  Level 2
Mondays at 1:00 pm Jen Berger
Wednesdays 2:00 pm Michelle Valenti

Seated Exercise:  Level 1
Tuesdays at 1:00 pm Michelle Valenti
Thursdays at 1:00 pm Jen Berger

Tai Chi: Level 1
Fridays at 10:00 am
Craig Miller

Tai Chi: Level 2
Fridays at 11:15 am
Craig Miller

You can join live Zoom Classes by contacting the APDA at (636)778-3377 or apdastl@apdaparkinson.org to get the zoom link.

Seated Exercise:  Level 1
Tuesdays at 9:00 am Jen Berger
Thursdays at 11:00 am Vicky Frazier ON HOLD
Fridays at 11:00 am Michelle Valenti

Strength and Cardio:  Level 2
Tuesdays at 10:00 am Jen Berger
Thursdays at 10:00 am Vicky Frazier
Fridays at 10:00 am Michelle Valenti

Meet your exercise Instructors here.

Missouri In-Person Exercise Classes

Please click here for the Missouri In-Person Exercise Class Schedule.

Classes at area YMCAs require registration.  Contact the YMCA for more information or to register.

Starting May 3 at Chesterfield APDA Office (St. Louis County)

Circuit Training: Level 2
Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Click here to register.

Strength and Cardio: Level 2
Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Click here to register.

Intro to Exercise: Level 2
Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Click here to register.

Seated Exercise: Level 1
Wednesdays at 11:00 am
Click here to register.

Movement Training: Level 1 & 2
Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Click here to register.

Tai Chi: Level 1 & 2
Thursdays at 11:00 am
Click here to register.

Strength and Cardio: Level 2
Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Click here to register.

Tai Chi and Meditation: Level 1 & 2
Fridays at 10:00 am
Click here to register.

Tai Chi: Level 1 & 2
Fridays at 11:15 am
Click here to register.

Chesterfield (St. Louis County)

Parkinson Pedalers (cycle + strength): Level 1 & 2
YMCA- Chesterfield 
16464 Burkhardt Place
Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30 pm
Registration required – Michelle Valenti, 636.532.3100

Kirkwood (St. Louis County)

Parkinson’s Exercise:  Level 1 & 2
Kirkwood Family YMCA 325 N Taylor Ave.Fridays at 10:30 AM
Registration required – Frank Tucci 314.965.9622

Maryland Heights (St. Louis County)

Exercise for Parkinsons: Level 2
YMCA- Edward Jones 12521 Marine Ave
Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Registration required – Joan Paul 314.439.9622

St. Louis (St. Louis City)

Interval Training: Level 1
Paraquad Stephen A. Orthwein Center 5200 Berthold Ave.
Thursdays at 12:00 pm
Registration not required – Call Annie 314.289.4200 with questions.

St. Louis (St. Louis City)

Fit and Fun: Level 1 & 2
Paraquad Stephen A. Orthwein Center 5200 Berthold Ave.
Fridays at 2:00 pm
Registration not required – Call Mike 314.289.4200 with questions.

Ste. Genevieve (Ste. Genevieve County)

Parkinsons Exercise: Level 2
St. Genevieve County Community Center 
21390 Hwy 32
Thursdays at 11:00 am
Becky Baumann, 573.883.9366

Sunset Hills (St. Louis County)

Movement Training: Level 2
Friendship Village- Sunset Hills
 12563 Village Circle Dr.
Fridays at 1:00 pm
Marina Clements, 636.778.3377

Washington (Franklin County)

Parkinsons Exercise: Level 1
Four Rivers YMCA 400 Grand Ave.
Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

Other Resources in Missouri

Christian Boxing Academy* – Cape Girardeau
155 S Park Ave
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:00 am

Chesterfield Rock Steady Boxin*g- St. Louis
Chesterfield Athletic Club, 16625 Swingley Ridge Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:00 pm
Registration required – Carolyn McKee, 314.640.6578; More Info

Fenton Rock Steady Boxing*
2275 Cassens Court (Drive), Suite 107
Monday-Friday at 9:30 am
Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 pm
Fridays at 11:00 am
Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 am
314-266-9223; More Info

Illinois Exercise Groups

Please click here for the Illinois In-Person Exercise Class Schedule.

Classes at area YMCAs require registration.  Contact the YMCA for more information or to register.

*Denotes non-affiliated exercise program

Breese, IL (Clinton County)

Clinton County YMCA 14160 Jamestown Rd.
217.239.6088 (registration required)

Champaign, IL (Champaign County)

Stephens Family YMCA 2501 Fields South Drive
217.239.6088 (registration required)

Parkinsons Pedalers: All Levels
Mondays 1:00 pm Jessica B

Seated Yoga: All Levels
Mondays 1:00 pm Jenny R

Functional Chair Fitness: All Levels
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 pm Lyndsay R and Jenny R

Strength and Balance: All Levels
Wednesdays 1:00 pm Jessica B

Decatur, IL (Macon County)

Pedaling for Parkinsons: All Levels
Decatur Family YMCA 220 W. McKinley Avenue
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am Michelle Patterson
217.872.3835 ext. 121

Edwardsville, IL (Madison County)

Exercise for Parkinsons (Interval Training): All Levels
Edwardsville YMCA 1200 Esic Drive
Tuesdays and Thursday at 11:00 am Mary Tebbe/Lara Collmann
618.656.0436 (registration required)

O’Fallon, IL (St. Clair County)

Exercise for Parkinsons: All Levels
 284 North Seven Hills Road
Tuesdays at 12:00 pm and Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Registration required – 618.651.8899

Quincy, IL (Adams County)

Quincy YMCA 3101 Maine Street

Fit to Fite:  PD Boxing:  All Levels
Mondays at 12:00 pm

Fridays at 10:30 am

Other Illinois Resources

Rock Steady Boxing* – MetroSTL 
404 W US 40, Suite B Troy, IL 62294
Monday/Wednesday 9 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, 4 PM, 5 PM
Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM, 11 AM
Friday 9 AM
Daniel K McLeod, MS, ATC, LAT

Rock Steady Boxing* – SIU Rec Center
Martial Arts Studio on the 2nd Floor
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 am
Phone: 618-453-1284; Misty Wright

Cycle + Strength*: All Levels
Korte Recreation Center – Highland 1 Nagel
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11:00 am
Registration required – Jinee McDonnell-Stewart
$25/member or $32/non-member for a 10-week session

Rock Steady Boxing* O’Fallon
629 West Highway 50
Phone: 618.589.9080; More info

The Joy of Movement* Springfield – a dance class for people with PD
First Presbyterian Church 321 South 7th Street
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Wednesdays at 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Winter 2020 12-week series runs from January 7th through March 26th.

Due to the progressive structure of the class, no new registrants will be accepted after the first two weeks of class.

Registration required – Eve Fischberg, OT 217.494.4961 or joyofmovement2@gmail.com
In case of inclement weather, the Joy of Movement class will follow the Springfield School District closure schedule.

*Denotes non-affiliated exercise program

WINTER WEATHER INFO: In inclement weather, we will cancel exercise classes at the APDA Resource Center if the Parkway School District is closed. For exercise classes in other locations, please call the number listed for the class.

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