After working with April and Neuroboxing Santa Maria for over a year now, I have gained strength and confidence with my movement. I know with Parkinson’s, exercise is imperative and with April’s guidance I can continue to live an active and productive life despite my Parkinson’s challenges.
Neuroboxing is an excellent exercise to battle Parkinson’s. The exercises increase strength, flexibility and balance. This is required to maintain a walking gait, and to sustain independence. The ability to perform daily tasks and interact with other students makes a difference to increase a sense well-being and motivation to take the next step everyday . Everyone with Parkinson’s should give Neuroboxing a try. Meds are not enough to balance the physical, mental and emotional challenges of Parkinson’s. Make sure you join a class with a certified instructor, like April Sargeant.
April Sargeant's Neuro-boxing has allowed me to maintain my active life-style. I was diagnosed in 2011, and over those years, I've noticed deterioration in my physical movement. It also affected my driving capabilities. But after joining Neuro-boxing 2+ years ago, I have my full physical life back with no issues at all in my driving ability. Neuro-boxing is just short of a miracle!
April’s neuro-boxing classes have been exceptional helping me to reduce the physical and neurological impacts of Parkinsons Disease. The classes include activities that focus on balance improvement, muscle building and stamina. Exercises focus on development and maintenance of skills associated with daily activities at home and work. Nearly everything we do in class is transferable to movements characteristic of daily life. Neuro-boxing focuses on coordinating the physical aspects of boxing movements into a structured sequence of punches. This requires you to "think as you punch” as you are physically engaged executing a designated sequence of punches and steps. After a few minutes it can get a little tough, but it’s better to be physically and mentally challenged and stay engaged with yourself than the alternative.
Neuroboxing Santa Maria has been instrumental in keeping my body active and my mind engaged for the last 2 + years. When the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease became a reality, I was immediately struck with the feeling that my life, as I had been living it, was over. Thoughts of what was to come filled me with fear and sadness. I heard about the boxing classes from one of my doctors and joined in right away. Neuroboxing has become a very important part of keeping me active and engaged in maintaining my function and strength. I thank April Sargeant for her dedication to a group of dedicated and hardworking new friends.
I can’t say enough about April and her Parkinson’s disease program. When I started I could barely walk, tie my shoes or get out of a chair. With April’s encouragements I made huge progress and turned my life around. The class is both fun and work and I feel great after every meeting.
I have known April for 2 years since I joined the SM Neuroboxing group. She is very knowledgeable about PD and its effects, and has worked tirelessly to address the issues this progressive disease causes. Her exercise classes are well structured, varied and suitable for persons of varying abilities. They are not simply "work-outs" but comprehensive sessions catering to both the brain and the body. She offers a very determined yet compassionate approach, motivating the entire class but always monitoring feedback and checking that nobody is left behind. Her professional demeanor, sense of humor and genuine concern for the well-being of all her participants are truly inspirational.
April, I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for you and Neuroboxing of Santa Maria. The workouts have been a major part of my physical fitness routine for over 2 years and have helped mitigate symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. The balance, strength, transitional and flexibility exercises have been instrumental for enabling me to move safely every day. Lastly, I truly enjoy your uplifting coaching style that is an inspiration to me and fellow Fighters!