Get to Know TITLE Boxing Club of Ann Arbor - we like "TITLE A2"
TITLE Boxing Club of Ann Arbor (TITLE A2) offers Washtenaw County's only authentic boxing and kickboxing comprehensive workout delivering the fastest unparalleled results in the industry. We are one of 135 Title Boxing franchises, but our focus is on our community and the people who call Ann Arbor, Dexter, Ypsilanti, and the surrounding areas home.
Since 2013, TITLE A2 has been working with members on crushing their fitness goals, with more than just boxing. In addition to the boxing inspired High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts, TITLE A2 offers individual and group strength-focused, cross-fit like workouts, personal training, and private team/corporate classes.
The Team at TITLE A2 includes some of the top trainers in town, who will work with you to assess your current fitness program, understand your personal desired outcomes, and implement a plan to exceed personal targets and objectives.
TITLE A2 Fighting Back against Parkinson's Disease
In 2022, TITLE A2 became an affiliate of Rock Steady Boxing. The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to equip its affiliates and empower the coaches to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease through a non-contact, boxing-based fitness curriculum. As we continue to seek ways to help improve the health and wellness of our community, TITLE A2's partnership with Rock Steady Boxing, fills a need for nearly 1,700 individuals diagnosed with Parkinson's
TITLE Boxing Club of Ann Arbor (TITLE A2) is an affiliate of Rock Steady Boxing, a boxing - exercise program specifically designed for those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Enroll now to FIGHT BACK against Parkinson's disease!
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About Rock Steady Boxing
Rock Steady Boxing, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. The Parkinson’s Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year. Rock Steady Boxing is the first gym in the country dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s. In our gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.
The Rock Steady Boxing Solution
Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression. Our clients attest, and academic institutions, such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University, are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among our boxers. Discovery of a cure may be many years away but in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the RSB program.
Boxing is a great high-intensity physical exercise that can help all people, not just those with Parkinson’s disease. While many people think that the act of throwing a punch is only good exercise for the arms and shoulders, it actually takes the full body to throw a punch. Boxing burns a significant amount of calories as well. 30 minutes of punching a speed bag can burn 200 calories. Boxing also helps improve hand-eye coordination, and balance, and helps with agility. Boxing classes are a great combination of both cardio and strength training.
Boxing | Slowing the Progression of Parkinson's
Parkinson’s disease progression is caused by neurological changes in your brain. Exercise increases the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and growth factors that promote the growth of healthy cells. other studies have shown that exercise increases dopamine-producing neurons which improves mood and relieves stress. Exercise elements that are common in boxing programs like punching are especially stress relieving.
When someone is first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, they will most likely be prescribed physical therapy. Studies have shown that exercise can slow down the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms. High-intensity physical therapy like boxing programs can be especially helpful and studies have shown that participants who exercised at a lower intensity noticed worsening symptoms.
Boxing programs like Rock Steady Boxing can help improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease including:
Improved Motor Skills
Bigger Range of Movement
More Fluent Rhythm
Better Hand-Eye Coordination
Rock Steady Boxing History
Rock Steady Boxing, the first boxing program of its kind in the country, was founded in 2006 by former Marion County (Indiana) Prosecutor, Scott C. Newman, who is living with Parkinson’s.
Rock Steady Boxing initially began through the friendship of two men, Scott Newman and Vince Perez, after Scott had been diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s at the age of 40. Refusing to let his friend go down without a fight, Vince turned to his experience as a Golden Gloves boxer to design a program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. His intuitive insight is now proven to have merit through an increasing body of medical research. Realizing that their experience might be replicated for others, Scott and Vince founded Rock Steady Boxing as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. As word of this unique program spread and the demand for the classes increased, Rock Steady Boxing created classes to meet the fitness levels at all stages of Parkinson’s – from the newly diagnosed to those who had been living with it for decades plus.
RSB Founder, Scott Newman
TITLE A2's Boxing for Parkinson's Program
TITLE Boxing Club of Ann Arbor offers a 4,200 sq. ft. facility with all the equipment needed to deliver a comprehensive program specifically designed for Parkinson's patients, who have the desire to implement a fitness program that results in a higher quality of life.
TITLE Boxing Club | Ann Arbor
TITLE A2's Boxing for Parkinson's program will host up-to 12 classes per month. Classes will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Enrolled 'Boxers' will be able to attend as many classes as they desire throughout the month. Family and caregivers are welcome to attend, to encourage, observe, support, or even get a little sweat on themselves in TITLE A2's full gym.
Boxers are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to class. Fitness apparel, water bottle, wraps and boxing gloves will be required for all class participants. Class duration: 75-90 minutes.
Class Format - What to Expect - Besides the Fun and High Energy!
Boxing for Parkinson's classes will be led by TITLE A2's trainers who have completed Rock Steady Boxing's coaching certification programs. Trainers will follow a progressive process that ensures proper warm-up, high-intensity activity, focused core workout, as well as a heart-rate reducing and cool down process. Classes will differ each session, however, the example class agenda below illustrates a typical class plan:
20-30 Minutes | Warm-up - Get to Know Ya!, core stretch, dynamic stretch, voice activation, and more
30-45 Minutes | Workout - Shadow Boxing, heavy bag, speed bag, footwork, stance, body-weight exercises, med balls, bands
5-10 Minutes | Core - Focus on neck, anterior, posterior - range of motion, sit-ups, supermans, swimmers, leg lifts, Russian twists
5-10 Minutes | Cool down - Hydrate, lower heart rate, breathing exercises, focus on specific areas for additional stretch
TITLE Boxing is one of the premium names in the sport. We have everything you need; now and in the future. From training equipment, apparel, and the protective equipment you'll use in class, TITLE A2 has you covered. Prior to your first class, you'll need to buy hand wraps and gloves. Both items come in multiple colors and gloves even come in silver with Rock Steady's tagline, "Fight Back", boldly printed on the glove. Wraps and our standard gloves come in multiple colors. Some of the options are shown below. For our Parkinson's boxers, we suggest the "speed wraps" for ease of putting on and removal. All of the TITLE A2 team members are knowledgeable on the equipment choices, so just ask and we'll be happy to get you outfitted with the right fit for you!
Before Your First Class | Boxer Baseline Assessment
Prior to joining classes, you'll undergo a thorough health and fitness assessment to establish your baseline so our coaches know your strengths and weaknesses. Once coaches have identified areas that you need to improve, special consideration is given when designing the workouts. Class sizes are intentionally small so our coaches can give you individualized attention, ensuring you get the most out of your workouts.
The Boxing for Parkinson's program at TITLE A2 is $109 per month. As part of a Boxer's membership, you will be able to attend all Rock Steady Boxing classes delivered at TITLE A2. As well, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of TITLE A2's Open Gym times as well as the opportunity to TITLE A2's 1:1 Personal Training*.
How to Enroll
To enroll in TITLE A2's Boxing for Parkinson's - Rock Steady Boxing program, you can click, call, or come in. Either channel you chose you will be ready to go. Once enrolled, a TITLE A2 team member will reach out to schedule your assessment, and walk you through everything you will need to know to get started!
Enroll Now and get ready to FIGHT BACK!