Parkinson's Wellness Macarthur

Non-Contact Boxing & Fitness

Location: The Pit 156 Hartley Rd Smeaton Grange

Instructor: Brenda
Phone: 0414 545 208





Membership to The Pit @ $5 (annually) + $15 per session. A discounted rate will apply when paying for 5 or 10 sessions in advance.

Session times

  • Wednesday 10.30 – 11.30 am

  • Monday 5.30 – 6.30 pm

Numbers of sessions offered may increase with demand.

About Parkinson's: 


  • ​The cause is still unknown and still no cure!

  • It is the second most common neurodegenerative condition behind Dementia

  • 10-20% of diagnoses are for people under 50, often under 40 years old

  • Symptoms vary but it affects movement, mood, sleep, speech, decision-making and socialising ability… plus others

  • Medication is available and effective to a point.

  • It works on the ‘use it or lose it’ principle.

  • Correct, regular, challenging exercise programs can lessen symptoms.

  • Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to adapt to injury/disease by re-organising and forming new neural connections or pathways. These pathways help lessen symptoms and can even protect the cells. 

EXERCISE is crucial to help preserve brain function and slow symptom progression 

Why Boxing: 

  • Research supports forceful, repetitive, complex exercise to lessen symptoms 

  • NON-CONTACT BOXING has been shown to have these positive effects

    • Builds strength and endurance

    • Improves speed, accuracy, balance and posture 

    • Develops agility, coordination and confidence 

    • Encourages independence and voice projection 

    • Challenges cognition, memory and fine motor skills 

    • Emphasises teamwork and comradery/social connection 

    • IT’S FUN!

  • People with Parkinson’s are in the fight of their life!

  • Alleviate Boredom

All participants must have a medical clearance and are assessed before joining

Information for Applicants

To ensure your safety and so that activities are tailored for you there is a need to gather some personal information. This will only be used for the purpose of planning sessions, for your safety or when evaluating progress. All information will be maintained and stored in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988.

The first thing you will need to do is to make an appointment for assessment/grading by calling Brenda on 0414 545 208. Allow 30 minutes for the assessment. More information on assessment is included later.


Carers are able to participate if they are not needed to assist you and there is space in the class. If you need assistance they will be given instruction on how best to do this. If on the gym floor, Carers also need to complete the appropriate paper work.

Assessment and Grading:

All tasks will be explained and demonstrated. No-one is forced to do them if not comfortable. The purpose of the grading is to allow the instructor to customise the program to your current needs.

  1. Balance – series of activities to measure balance, walking and general posture.

  2. Sit and Reach (seated) – measures flexibility of the lower back and hamstrings.

  3. Timed Up and Go – the time taken to stand from a seated position and walk 3 metres. A support device is permitted if it is usually used.

  4. 30 Second Chair Stand – the number of times you can stand from seated in 30 seconds. This measures leg strength.

  5. Davies Strength – This is the most taxing. Hold a plank or push-up position and touch a marked point a short durance away, alternately with either hand. The score is the number of touches completed in 15 seconds.

What to bring to first session:

  • Unsigned but otherwise completed Client Application Form which includes the Waiver and Release from Liability.

  • Completed Medical Assessment Form, with clearance from your medical practitioner to attend

  • Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move but not get too hot, eg tracksuit or shorts and t-shirt. Bare feet or gym shoes with a non-mark sole only (note rules re the floor at The Pit)

  • Water bottle that you are able to open whilst wearing boxing gloves

  • Workout towel (for hygiene) small bath size, for use on the floor or to wipe sweat

  • Boxing gear – a personal item. If you already have it, bring it. Gear is available to purchase from the centre.

Common reasons given not to participate. Why they are really just an excuse!

I’m too old
  • Subject to your doctor’s approval, people from teens to 90s+ can join in.

My doctor does not recommend it
  • This is rare; perhaps he/she does not understand the program; because of the positive research, we invite them to come and check it out.

I don’t like exercise
  • Many people don’t like to exercise. I don’t like cleaning. The benefits vs the discomfort has to be considered. Symptoms are 24/7 and according to the medical fraternity will progressively get worse. What would you do to ‘stay the same’ or even improve your symptoms?

I’m worried about my heart
  • Your concern is understandable which is why you have to have a clearance from your doctor. We also invite your doctor to come and check us out so they have a realistic appreciation of the program.

Boxing can be aggressive and dangerous
  • Our program is a fitness based non-contact exercise training program. Research shows that the actions involved in the boxing segment align with those needed to fight against the disease. Are you in the fight of your life?

If I don’t like it?
  • You are not contracted. The decision is yours. We would advise that you do give it fair go before opting out.

My PD is too advanced
  • This program is not a cure but it is reported to have improved symptoms for many people both in Australia and overseas. Have you seen the KOPD stories from Sunrise and 7.30 Report, on

I am embarrassed
  • Also understandable but we are all in the same position. Everyone is empathetic; don’t expect sympathy, just an appreciation for the courage and effort it takes to have a go!


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