Rock Steady Boxing

Who We Are

We are the Monticello, Minnesota Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) affiliate. RSB is a first-of-its-kind, Indianapolis-based nonprofit gym founded in 2006 to provide an effective form of physical exercise to people who are living with Parkinson's. Though it may seem surprising, this non-contact boxing-inspired fitness routine is dramatically improving the ability of people with Parkinson's to live independent lives. RSB was founded by former Marion County (Indiana) prosecutor Scott C. Newman, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 40.

What We Do

RSB enables people with Parkinson's to fight their disease by providing non-contact boxing-style fitness programs that improve their quality-of-life and sense of efficacy and self-worth. Recent studies also suggest that intense exercise programs may be "neuro-protective", actually working to delay the progression of symptoms. RSB provides encouragement through a "tough love" approach, inspiring maximum effort, speed, strength, balance and flexibility. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. RSB classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson's, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.

What We Offer

  1. Classes: RSB offers different levels of classes to accommodate varying degrees of Parkinson's/fitness.
  2. Our Mission: "To be the best part of our members' & guests' day, everyday"
  3. Camaraderie: Friends for fighters and caregivers.
  4. Assessments: All participants must undergo physical assessments to determine which class will meet their needs. Our coaches perform thorough evaluations to ensure that each participant will train at a safe, but challenging level.

Our head coach Lyssa Lovejoy - who has been a Trainer and Coach for over 15 years - will lead RSB along with her staff of certified personal trainers. Training classes include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson's at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, strength, training, reaction time, and balance, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics, and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. Boxers, both male and female, range in age from mid-30's to early 90's.