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Rock Steady Boxing

Professionally reviewed by Ryan Macalintal, Fitness Coordinator, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, on 05/18/2022.

Certified Rock Steady Boxing coaches from Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network lead a one-of-its-kind, non-contact exercise program in the Lehigh Valley that attacks Parkinson’s disease at its vulnerable neurological points.

Rock Steady Boxing classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier and happier life. In particular, our experts focus on exaggerated movements to help you better manage your physical symptoms.

Our team leads classes that include speed/heavy bags, jump ropes, gloves and focus mitts. No boxing experience is necessary. We invite people of all ages and varying degrees of Parkinson’s/fitness levels to participate.

NOTE: Boxers must undergo a physical therapy and speech therapy evaluation prior to admission to our class.

What Are The Benefits of Rock Steady Boxing?

  • Enables people to fight Parkinson’s symptoms through a non-contact, boxing-style fitness program
  • Improves quality of life and sense of self-worth
  • Moves your body in a number of motions while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout
  • Provides a social outlet to meet people and make friends within the community

What Is The Class Format?

Classes at Good Shepherd are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for 90 minutes each (4 – 5:30 p.m.).

There is stretching, warm-ups and a cool-down period.


All classes are in Allentown, PA:

Hyland Center for Health & Technology
850 S. 5th Street
Allentown, PA 18103

Parking is available via our 5th Street parking deck. Enter the Hyland Center via our enclosed pedestrian bridge, which spans 5th Street.

What Should I Wear/Bring to Class?

Wear comfortable, breathable clothes that allow you to move freely (i.e., sweatpants, athletic shorts, T-shirts, gym shoes).

Bring boxing gloves, wraps and jump ropes, if possible; Rock Steady Boxing offers these items at a discounted rate.

Rock Steady Boxing Certified Coaches

  • Ryan Macalintal, MS, ACSM-CEP, an exercise physiologist and personal trainer at Optimal Fitness, Good Shepherd’s fully accessible gym
  • Nicole Weaknecht, PT, DPT, LSVT Certified


$10 per session.

How to Register

To get started, call 610-776-3482 or email [email protected]. Or, contact us online.