Freddie Roach is arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time, he is the boxing coach of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division World Champion Miguel Cotto, UFC Welterweight champion George St-Pierre and the list goes on. What most people don’t know is that Freddie Roach has also been fighting Parkinson’s disease for 23 years and counting.
To succeed as the greatest boxing trainer you need to be able to move with the greatest boxers. You need stamina, power, sharp reflexes and excellent hand eye coordination, all of which are aspects of Freddie’s training that he and his neurologists believe have helped him fight the effects of Parkinson’s for the past 2 decades. “With Parkinson’s, sometimes you wake up and think: ‘Why the [expletive] did they pick me?’ But, you know, that’s part of life. Some of the medications do cause depression and so forth and some mornings I’ll think about bad things. But then I’ll go to the gym and go to work and everything bad goes away…”
There is more and more concrete evidence relating to the Neuroprotective benefits of exercise and Parkinson ’s disease. However as we know, not just any exercise will cut it. To truly get the benefits of exercise and to fight the progression of the disease, exercise needs to be of high intensity and target the specific impairments of the disease. Short sharp bursts of explosive power, over-exaggerated movements and challenging hand eye coordination exercises is where we start to take the fight to Parkinson’s. If you need any more convincing of these benefits, look no further than Freddie Roach. 23 years since diagnosis and he still possesses the physical function, the sharp mind and the heart that makes him the most sought after coach in world boxing.
Freddie discusses his Parkinson’s Disease and his training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ataj7lWHPoY
For more information on our PD Warrior program, an Australian first in neuroprotection for Parkinson’s disease, please call the office on 9906 7777.
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