Success Story: Christine Broadus – Amazing Progress

 One of our most spectacular success stories here at Penn Hills. Our participant’s name is Christine Broadus. She is 75 years old, and was diagnosed with Anoxic En Syndrome. She was unable to get out of her wheelchair, had tremors and balance issues, and weakened and contracted limbs. When she started the class in May Read More …

Susan Polhemus

Susan’s career has focused on helping seniors and individuals with disabilities, through more than two decades of fitness and wellness activities at senior facilities and YMCAs in New York and Florida. She is certified through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Susan has worked at the Read More …

Kathy Helmuth

Kathy Helmuth is a Registered Nurse and a wellness professional at the Sarasota, Florida YMCA. She developed the Parkinson’s Cycling training course for qualified instructors to coach group, in door cycling to People with Parkinson’s Disease (PWP). Kathy graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is an experienced, certified fitness instructor and in Read More …

Tom Williams

Tom had mostly a sedentary lifestyle when diagnosed with Parkinson’s (PD) in 2008. He was a legal aid attorney at Three River Legal Services in Gainesville, Florida for 30 years. He initially ignored his Neurologist’s frequent admonitions to begin a regular exercise regimen, and only began walking for exercise in 2012. In early 2014, a Read More …

How On Earth – The KGNU Science Show

Parkinson’s Network Exercise Class (starts 7:35) Gary Sobel leads an exercise class for people with Parkinson’s Disease. He talks about his own experience with exercise, and movement disorder specialist Heather Ene, MD, PMR/Neurology, shares the reasons physicians have moved from asking Parkinson’s patients to avoid exercise, to encouraging exercise. Hosts: Kendra Krueger, Beth Bennett Producer, Read More …

Exercise: New Prescription for Parkinsons Disease

VOICE OF AMERICA http://www.voanews.com/content/exercise-new-prescription-for-parkinsons-disease/2616831.html Shelley Schlender January 28, 2015 10:45 AM BOULDER, COLORADO— Exercise could be the new prescription for Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. More than six million people worldwide suffer from Parkinsons and they’re traditionally treated with medication and surgery. But 75-year-old Gary Sobel, who was Read More …

YMCA program helps people with mobility issues regain movement

YMCA program helps people with mobility issues regain movement Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media Richard Earley, 83, of Penn Hills, tosses a ball up in the air next to Dom Buzzelli (left), 84, of Verona, as they go through exercises in the Foundations class at the Penn Hills YMCA on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Read More …

Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease

When teaching yoga to people with Parkinson’s, focus on postures that encourage opening and extension.  Think more cow, less cat.  Supine poses that use gravity can be included in an effort to reduce kyphosis.  As the population is often older, keeping it gentle and safe is important.  Poses like upward facing dog and plow are Read More …

John Zapanta, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

John received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He completed an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program in Arizona and is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2008. John has enjoyed working with people with Parkinson’s in the clinic and in Read More …

Norm Cook

NORM COOK Norm began his career in the fitness industry, to use his passion for fitness to help others.  He has been  a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association since April 2005. Norm is certified with the YMCA as a Personal Trainer and Group exercise instructor. He does personal training at Read More …

Tom Williams

I was one of the first participants when the Foundation exercise program began in Gainesville, Florida in April. My neurologist had always emphasized the importance of exercise, but it is difficult to be motivated when exercising alone and without a program or guidance. The program is challenging, but fun and I appreciate the encouragement I Read More …

Radford & Carol Byerly

My name is Rad Byerly and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago. I tried several physical therapy approaches which for some reason or another failed me. One company went bankrupt. Then Carol learned about the “Y” boot camp now known as Gary Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network Foundations Class. I have been coming regularly for Read More …

Gary Sobol

Hi, I am Gary Sobol, founder and CEO of GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network. Today, January 10th, 2014, is two years to the day that we had the first Parkinson’s exercise class. Since that time we have more than quadrupled the number of class members, quadrupled the number of instructors, quadrupled the number of class types offered Read More …

KB Berman

My name is Kathy Berman. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in February, 2003. I stared attending the Foundations class about 2 years ago. This class has improved my function by helping me improve my handwriting. My handwriting had deteriorated so much that I couldn’t read it and that meant that certainly my friends couldn’t Read More …

Nancy Mayer

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Variant Primary in late summer. The day after I got my diagnosis, I came to Gary Sobol’s Parkinson’s Boot Camp (now called Foundations) and I’ve been happily attending ever since. Gary is an extremely inspirational class leader and the fact that he also has Parkinson’s provides additional motivation for those Read More …

Sandra Honomichl, wife of Larry

My husband (who has Parkinson’s disease) had lost a lot of movement before he started taking Gary’s class two years ago and was discouraged. Attending the Foundations (formerly Boot Camp) class made him realize the importance of regular exercise and it motivated him to keep moving and trying. Now two years later he is fairly Read More …

George Keenen

I have had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for about seven years. Like many a PD-sufferer, I’ve tried many things. That includes Carbidopa made from Mung Beans and powder made from the spores of Chinese red fungus. I have had two deep brain stimulation surgeries (DBS) and I have tried pills in various combinations and strengths. So Read More …

Parkinson’s Patients Get Moving To Fight Symptoms

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- A fitness boot camp in Boulder is catering to a different crowd, one that is exercising to fight the symptoms of a debilitating disease: Parkinson’s. The class isn’t running for miles or pumping iron but they try to keep moving for 75 minutes to try to stay mobile. The participants shout as Read More …

Yoga Stretches You Can Do in Bed – by Wendy Christ, E-RYT

Soothing music, a scented candle.  Roll out your yoga mat…..Whoa!  Yoga needn’t be this complicated!  Here are a few great stretches for PWP that you can do while lying in bed.   All you need is 2 pillows.  Consider having someone read these directions to you the first time you do the exercises.  Once you get Read More …

Anna Pergola

Anna Pergola was initially accredited as a Qigong instructor in 1997 and has taught continually since then throughout metropolitan Denver. Some of the current forms she enjoys teaching include, T’ai Chi Chih®, TaijiFITTM, Moving for Better Balance, Coiling Silk Qigong, Five Animal Frolics and Taiji Ruler Qigong. She has shared the wide range of Qigong Read More …

Wendy Christ

Wendy Christ has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years.  She is an enthusiastic and caring teacher who constantly offers modifications so everyone can safely enjoy their experience.  Her intention is to bring joy and a sense of humor to her classes, while offering a non-competitive environment.  Wendy’s certifications include: Experienced Registered Yoga Read More …

Whitney Garcia

Whitney has worked in older adult fitness for over 10 years, and at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder, CO in their Wellness Center for nine years teaching classes, doing personal training, and assisting clients of various levels and abilities in the fitness center.  She became the Director of Physical Fitness and Wellness in August Read More …

Teacher Gary Sobol knows firsthand that exercise helps people with Parkinson’s Disease

BOULDER — Even after two years of medical and physical therapy to treat Parkinson’s disease, Joan Knapp had trouble walking unassisted and getting up from a chair. So when she attended her first Parkinson’s Boot Camp exercise class at the Boulder YMCA last March, her jaw dropped. She watched, incredulous, Parkinson’s patients carefully rising from their Read More …

Trina Faatz

Masters of Art : University of Northern Colorado, Geriatric Management and Administration Horticulture  Therapist Denver Botanic Gardens Therapy Programs Colorado Certified Geriatric Case Manager Board of Director: Voices for Children/Court Appointed Special Advocate program, Boulder County Employed privately as a Care Manager for elder and disabled clients in Boulder County She is a mother of Read More …

Micrographia Tips

I have had several people with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) recently ask me for tips on overcoming the handwriting challenges experienced with Parkinson’s Disease. Micrographia was one of the first major symptoms I experienced. It not only affected my handwriting, but my ability to tie shoes, brush teeth, play cards, pick up small items, etc. There were Read More …

Tracey Long, MPH, ACSM HFS

Tracey is a public health consultant, fitness trainer with a specialty certification in older adult fitness, cancer exercise trainer and fitness instructor. She has worked in health, nutrition and fitness for 22 years. She enjoys teaching a variety of fitness classes, including yoga. Tracey is looking forward to teaching classes for GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network. Read More …

Viki Psihoyos

Parkinson Dance instructor Viki Psihoyos has trained with the Brooklyn-based Dance for PD program, where retired professional dancers apply their experience and teaching skills to movement classes specially designed for the Parkinson’s community. Viki’s class is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. In chairs, at a bar and moving across the floor, Read More …

Jacqueline Teuscher

Jacqueline Teuscher is a Licensed Massage Therapist in practice for 14 years, Certified in Sports and Orthopedic Massage, and an ACE-certified Personal Trainer. She is passionate about helping People with Parkinson’s and has seen first-hand the powerful and positive change in Parkinson’s symptoms that exercise creates. She, along with Eva Gibbon, teaches GZS Parkinson’s Network Read More …

Dance for Parkinsons

Viki’s Dance for Parkinsons class is an aesthetic experience that uses the elements of narrative, imagery, music and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression. Participants of all degrees of mobility start the class with seated, simple warm up movements.  The group progresses to Read More …

Yoga, Tai Chi, and Movement for People With Parkinson’s

This class will include yoga, qi gong, and other exercises specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s. These practices are calming and have positive effects on the parasympathetic nervous system.  Learning to move mindfully and bringing each movement to completion will help prevent falls.  Visualization and learning to focus internally teaches the body to overcome a Read More …