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Monday - Friday6:15 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Staff members are available to help participants with equipment during these hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
RIC Adaptive Sports and Fitness541 North FairbanksMezzanine LevelChicago, IL 60611
Monday–Friday6:15 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Responding to the results of most current Parkinson’s research, the RIC Fitness Center offers a suite of programs created to mitigate some of the most debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as muscular stiffness and the loss of balance. With classes offered at different locations and for people of different abilities, there is something for everyone.
RIC Fitness Center
Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Class meets three times each week
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Class meets two times each week
Yes, for classes that meet at the RIC Fitness Center ONLY.
Participants at the Deerfield and Willowbrook locations do not need to be current RIC Fitness Center members.
Integrated Exercise for Parkinson's is specifically designed to help benefit the person diagnosed with Parkinson's disease to use exercise for symptom management. Taught by experts in clinical exercise, this class provides a safe environment for participants to work on ambulation, range of motion and strengthening exercise with an emphasis on postural awareness, breathing, balance, and rhythmical movement.
Exercises aim to increase joint mobility and range of motion, improve balance recovery and gait mechanics, prevent joint deformation, and elevate overall strength and stamina.
Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:15 PM
Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:15 - 5:00 PM
Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Class meets once each week
This class is best suited for individuals in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease who are comfortable performing dynamic movements in both seated and/or standing positions.
Parkinson’s disease Amplitude-Based Training is an advanced level group exercise class that incorporates the latest approach to exercise for early staged individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
This class will utilize high intensity, multidirectional and repetitive movements to increase endurance, balance, and functionality of everyday movements. There will also be an education component to help participants learn about the effects of Parkinson’s disease and strategies to improve function.
Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:45-4:15 PM
$150/5-week session at the RIC Fitness Center
$110/11-week session at Willowbrook
Participants at the Willowbrook location do not need to be current RIC Fitness Center members.
The class held at the RIC Fitness Center is recommended for people who are able to get on and off the floor with minimal assistance (can use achair).
The class held in Willowbrook is good for people of all ability levels.
The Parkinson’s Stretch Program is a flexibility class that addresses one of themain symptoms of Parkinson’s disease-muscular rigidity. Rigidity leads toincreased stiffness and tension, decreased mobility and poor posture.
Stretching exercises have been shown to improve muscles flexibility, reducejoint stiffness, muscle spasms, provide chronic pain relief and can helpcounteract the postural changes caused by Parkinson's disease.
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 - 1:45 PM
Tuesday and Friday, 9:00 - 9:45 AM
Participants must be able to walk independently and be able to transfer from standing to floor with minimal assistance (can use chair)
PWR!Moves ® and PWR!Circuit Group classes were developed by Dr. Becky Farley, a physical therapist, neuroscientist and Parkinson exercise specialist . PWR! Circuit Class directly targets four foundational skills shown by research to become impaired in PD and that interfere with everyday mobility. This semi-private class integrates PWR!Moves ® into circuit training.
Each class will warm up and cool down with PWR!Moves and then progressively challenge those skills physically in every circuit station. Areas of focus at circuit stations will include: High intensity cardio, functional strength training, agility, over ground gait training, postural control/fall prevention, functional floor mobility, vestibular and proprioception stimulation, active stretching to improve alignment and posture, increased cognitive engagement.
RIC 12th Floor Therapy Pool
These classes are good for people who are comfortable standing in chest-deep water, are functionally independent, and are able to use stairs to enter and exit the pool.
Warm water exercise for people with Parkinson’s is a dynamic exercise program that targets the common motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Warm water therapy and exercise has been shown to improve flexibility, active range of motion, muscular strength, and cardiovascular endurance. These are common areas affected in a person with Parkinson’s. The water also offers some buoyancy and reduces the fear of falling, which allows the participant to safely challenge themselves.
This semi-private class will emphasize these types of exercises in a three part exercise program: Active range of motion, Dynamic Cardiovascular Conditioning, Functional Power Circuit Exercises.
PLEASE NOTE: Participants are required to bring their own swimsuit for the warm water classes. Towels, dressing and changing areas are provided and showers are available for a quick rinse after the class.
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