Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in PD symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research inspired the launching of Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ (PFP), an indoor cycling program geared specifically towards individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
Another study by U of M Researchers found that program participants reported a 24% improvement in Quality of Life and a 10% improvement in the severity of their Parkinson’s motor symptoms after just eight weeks of PFP participation.
Participants will either ride on a solo stationary bike or on a tandem bike with a volunteer “pilot”. Each one hour exercise session consists of a 10 minute warm-up, up to a 40 minute main exercise set, and a 10 minute cool-down. Rest breaks will be taken as needed. Participants will ride within their pre-determined heart rate zones and will be closely monitored by program facilitators.
- Please check with your doctor before attending any PFP class.
- No registration or sign-ups. Please join us for the class and bring a water bottle and wear comfortable exercise clothing.
- FREE for YMCA Members. Guests may attend with a guest pass (a $10 fee would apply).