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 three different levels 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 $20 per month. Download the 2019 APDA Exercise Waiver  to take to your first class. Unless otherwise noted, classes do not require registration.

You can also join us at home through exercise classes broadcast from our APDA Resource Center in Chesterfield. Click here for a schedule and to view classes.  


Class Descriptions

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.

LEVEL 3: Higher intensity, faster paced classes where participants perform multiple step exercises and may get on/off the floor.

Class Descriptions

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.

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.

INDOOR CYCLING: Indoor cycle addresses strength, endurance, speed and  cognition in a fun and motivating setting. Cyclists ride on upright bikes. Each class incorporates music, rider-specific stats and group challenges.

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

CARDIO + STRENGTH: Increase physical well being through cardio conditioning, strength training and flexibility. Increase functional independence and inspire positive mental health through a fun fitness environment.

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES: Boxing, endurance and strength training for people with Parkinson’s. This is a small group training led by a certified personal trainer that ensures proper technique and individual attention in a fun and competitive environment.

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.

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.

AQUATICS: This class allows participants to move in a safe, low-impact  environment.  This class  uses equipment, including pool noodles,  dumbbells and kickboards.  A caregiver is required to be in the pool if the  participant needs assistance.  Stairs or a chair lift can be used to enter the pool.

PARKINSON PEDDLERS: 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.

TANGO: Adapted tango improves mobility and balance by addressing  multi-directional stepping, varied speeds, coordination and movement initiation. Each 12-week session is led by professional dance instructors in a fun, social  environment.  All dancing is done standing with a partner who does not have Parkinson 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.

Missouri Exercise Classes

Chesterfield (West St. Louis County)- APDA Resource Center

Movement Training: Level 1
APDA Parkinson Resource Center 1415 Elbridge Payne, Suite 163
Mondays at 1:15 pm
Thursdays at 11:30 am
Tricia Creel, PT 636.778.3377

Movement Training: Level 2
APDA Parkinson Resource Center
1415 Elbridge Payne, Suite 163
Mondays at 2:30 pm
Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Tricia Creel, PT 636.778.3377

Tai Chi: Level 1
APDA Parkinson Resource Center 1415 Elbridge Payne, Suite 163
Tuesdays at 11:15 am
Fridays at 10:15 am AND 11:30 am
Craig Miller, 636.778.3377

Tai Chi: Level 2
APDA Parkinson Resource Center
1415 Elbridge Payne, Suite 163
Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Craig Miller, 636.778.3377

Cardio + Strength: Level 2
APDA Parkinson Resource Center 1415 Elbridge Payne, Suite 163
Wednesdays at 11:30 am
Angela Weaver, 636.778.3377

Circuit Training: Level 3
APDA Parkinson Resource Center
1415 Elbridge Payne, Suite 163
Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Tricia Creel, PT 636.778.3377

Brentwood (St. Louis County)

Tango: Level 2
Convergence Dance & Body Center 8044 Manchester Road
Thursdays at 10:30 am
Registration required- Carter Maier, 636.778.3377
$120/12-week session
Spring session: May 2 to July 25, 2019

Chesterfield (West St. Louis County)

Indoor Cycle: Level 2-3
CycleBar Chesterfield 1657 Clarkson Road
Tuesdays at 1:00 pm
Registration required- Alana Krone 636.778.3880
$180/12-week session – Ends June 25th

Movement Training: Level 1
St. Luke’s Hospital –
Outpatient Center 111 St. Luke’s Center Dr., Bldg. B, Suite 14B (Functional Room)
Mondays at 10:00 am
Ann Towey, PTA 314.205.6934

Rock Steady Boxing- St. Louis*
16625 Swingley Ridge Road
Registration required – Carolyn McKee 314.640.6578; More Info

Parkinson Peddlers (cycle + strength): Level 2
YMCA- Chesterfield 
16464 Burkhardt Place
Wednesdays at 1:00 pm and Fridays at 12:30 pm
Registration required – Michelle Valenti 636.532.3100

Clayton/University City (St. Louis County)

Fit ‘N Fun: Level 1
The Center of Clayton
50 Gay Avenue
Wednesdays (Salon C) and Fridays (Salon A) at 2:00 pm
Mike Scheller, PTA 314.289.4202

Crestwood (South St. Louis County)

Rock Steady Boxing*
Crestview Plaza
 9248 Watson Road
Times/dates vary
Dot LeGrand 314.422.5777; More Info

Creve Coeur (St. Louis County)

Roll With the Punches: Level 3
The J’s Staenberg Family Complex
 2 Millstone Campus Dr., Signature Training Studio
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Joe Ryan 314.442.3452
$125/month

Florissant (North St. Louis County)

Movement Training: Level 1
Garden Villas North
4505 Parker Road
Thursdays at 10:00 am
Nancy Robb 314.869.5296

Kirkwood (St. Louis County)

Movement Training: Level 1-2
Bethesda Hawthorne Place
1111 S. Berry Road
Thursdays at 1:45 pm
Teresa Godfrey, PT 314.942.5750

Ladue (St. Louis County)

Tremble Clefs (Singing/Music Class)
Salem United Methodist
1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Lower Level Choir Room
Saturdays at 1:30 pm
Registration required- Linda McNair, MT-BC 636.778.3377

Maryland Heights (St. Louis County)

Movement Training: Level 1-2
YMCA- Edward Jones 12521 Marine Ave
Tuesdays at 12:00 pm
Registration required – Martin Caupp 314.439.9622

O’Fallon (St. Charles County)

Movement Training: Level 1
Park Place at WingHaven- Independent Living Fitness Room 
2002 Boardwalk Place Dr.
Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Colleen Bock, PTA 636.233.2813
This class is offered with the support of Envision Health Partners.

Shrewsbury

Rock Steady Boxing- Metro STL*
7508 Big Bend Blvd.
More Info
Registration required- Dan McLeod, MS, ATC, LAT 314.647.4880 or 618.363.5709

South County St. Louis (St. Louis County)

Parkinson Peddlers (cycle + strength): Level 1-2
South County YMCA 12736 Southfork Road
Fridays at 10:30 am
Registration required – Diane Summers 314.849.9622

Circuit Training: Level 2-3
HouseFit 
3809 Lemay Ferry Road
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:oo am
Registration required – Marina Clements, PT 314.339.7430
$99 per month (two classes/week)

Fit ‘N Fun: Level 1
Garden Villas South
13457 Tesson Ferry Road
Mondays at 11:30 am
Mike Scheller, PTA 314.289.4202

St. Charles (St. Charles County)

Movement Training: Level 1
Windsor Estates Independent Living
2150 West Randolph Street
Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Lacey Higgins, PT 636.946.4966
This class is offered with the support of Envision Health Partners.

Ste. Genevieve (Ste. Genevieve County)

Movement Training: Level 2
Community Center 
21390 Hwy 32
Thursdays at 11:00 am
Ketta Hill, 573.883.9366

St. Peters (St. Charles County)

Movement Training: Level 2
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Healthwise Center,  6 Jungerman Circle
Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Rachel Lehman, OT 636.916.9650

Movement Training: Level 1
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Healthwise Center,  6 Jungerman Circle
Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Rachel Lehman, OT 636.916.9650

Aquatics: Level 1-2
Saint Charles YMCA
3900 Shady Springs Lane
Thursdays at 1:45 pm, Alicia Bunn, CTRS
Registration required – Kathleen 636.896.0999 ext. 21
$50/10-week session
Summer Session: July 11 to September 12
Fall Session: October 3 to December 12

Sunset Hills (St. Louis County)

Movement Training: Level 2
Friendship Village- Sunset Hills
 12563 Village Circle Dr.
Fridays at 10:00 am
Marina Clements, PT 636.778.3377

Town & County (St. Louis County)

Tremble Clefs (Singing/Music Class)
Garden View Care Center of Chesterfield 1025 Chesterfield Pointe Parkway
Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 pm for June and July
Registration required- Megan Moran, MT 636.778.3377

Washington (Franklin County)

Parkinson Peddlers (cycle + strength): Level 1
YMCA- Four Rivers 
400 Grand Ave
Tuesdays & Fridays at 1:00 pm
Registration required – Brandy Koch 636.239.5704

*Denotes non-affiliated exercise program

Illinois Exercise Classes

Alton, IL (Madison County)

Rock Steady Boxing Alton*
SSP Wellness, 2603 N. Rodgers
Email: alton@rsbaffiliate.com
Phone: 618-465-3298 x109
Website: http://alton.rsbaffiliate.com

Belleville, IL (St. Clair County)

Rock Steady Boxing Belleville*
1001 S. 74th St.
Email: belleville@rsbaffiliate.com
Phone: 618-398-2778
Website: http://belleville.rsbaffiliate.com

Breese, IL (Clinton County)

Parkinson Peddlers (cycle + strength): Level 1
YMCA – Clinton County 14160 Jamestown Road
Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm
Registration required – Jack Swank and Vicky White 618.526.5628

Spring Forest Gigong: All Levels*
YMCA – Clinton County 14160 Jamestown Road
Mondays at 3:00 pm
Fridays at 9:30 am and at 11:30 am
Jack Swank 618.526.5628

Carlinville, IL (Macoupin County)

Movement Training: Level 1
Carlinville Area Hospital 20613 N. Broad
Medical Office Building – Community Room
Thursdays at 10:00 am
Amy Murphy, PT 217.854.3141 x 377

Champaign, IL (Champaign County)

Interval Training (Level 2-3) Tuesdays 1:15 – 2:30 pm in Studio A
Movement Training (Level 1) Thursdays 1:15 – 2:30 pm in Studio A
Parkinson Peddlers (Level 2-3) Fridays 1:15 – 2:30 pm in Studio B

Stephens Family YMCA 2501 Fields South Drive
Drew Earls (Wellness Director), 217.239.2850 or Jenny Redden (Wellness Director), 217.239.6088 (registration required)
*Classes start the week of June 3, 2019

Edwardsville, IL (Madison County)

Movement Training: All levels
Edwardsville YMCA 1200 Esic Drive
Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 am, starting June 4, 2019
Ann McLean, 618.656.0436 (registration required)

Highland, IL (Madison County)

Parkinson Peddlers (cycle + strength): Level 2
Korte Recreation Center 1 Nagel
Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 am
Registration required – Jinee McDonnell-Stewart and Ginger Kabureck 618.651.1386
$25/member or $32/non-member for a 10-week session
Spring session: March 18 – May 24
Summer session: May 29 – July 31

Jacksonville, IL (Morgan County)

Movement Training: All Levels
Bob Freesen YMCA 1000 Sherwood Lane
Mondays 3:00 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:15 pm
Registration required – Jennifer Smith 217.245.2141
YMCA membership encouraged but not required

O’Fallon, IL (St. Clair County)

Parkinson Peddlers (cycle + strength): Level 1
YMCA-O’Fallon
284 North Seven Hills Road
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 pm
Registration required – Amy Weisbrodt 618.628.7701

Rock Steady Boxing O’Fallon*
629 West Highway 50
Email: ofallon@rsbaffiliate.com
Phone: 618-589-9080
Website: http://ofallon.rsbaffiliate.com

Springfield, IL (Sangamon County)

The Joy of Movement- a dance class for people with PD
First Presbyterian Church 321 South 7th Street
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Wednesdays at 10:00 am (Wednesday classes will be from 9:00-10:00 a.m. during Lent – 3/13/19, 3/20/19 and 3/27/19)
Registration required – Eve Fischberg, OT 217.494.4961 or joyofmovement2@gmail.com
www.thejoyofmovement.org
*In case of inclement weather, the Joy of Movement class will follow the Springfield School District closure schedule.

Quincy, IL (Adams County)

BIG for Life* – a class for LSVT-BIG graduates
217.223.8400 (ask for Home Care)
Blessing Wellness Center
4917 Oak Street
Mondays at 10:00 am

Rock Steady Boxing*
Johanna Voss 217.222.9622
3101 Main Street
Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Be Well With Parkinson’s*
217.223.8400 (ask for Home Care)
Blessing Wellness Center
4917 Oak Street
Wednesdays at 10:00 am

LSVT-LOUD Maintenance Class*  a class for LSVT- LOUD graduates 
Kelsey Vonderhaar, CCC-SLP 217.222.6550
Quincy Medical Group
1025 Maine Street
1st Thursday of the month at 9:00 am

Troy, IL (Madison County)

Rock Steady Boxing Metro STL*
404 U.S.40
Email: metrostl@rsbaffiliate.com
Phone: 618-363-5709
Website: http://metrostl.rsbaffiliate.com

*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.