Parkinsons Programs

Parkinson’s Disease Programs at Schlessman Family YMCA

Stay strong. Keep Moving.

Over 1 million people in the United States live with Parkinson’s Disease, with approximately 60,000 Americans diagnosed each year. Many people are able to reduce or delay symptoms of the disease through regular exercise and therapy.

The YMCA offers a variety of classes and programs to help people with Parkinson’s stay strong and keep moving. 

Pedaling for Parkinsons

This innovative class is based on studies that show that “forced exercise” on a stationary bike – riding at a set speed three times a week – can reduce Parkinson’s Disease symptoms by as much as 35%.

In line with this, participants meet at the Schlessman Family YMCA every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for a one-hour class, which includes:

  • 10-minute warmup at 60 RPMs
  • 40-minute ride at 80 RPMs
  • 10-minute cool-down at 60 RPMs

More than a way to reduce Parkinson’s Disease symptoms, the class provides a community of encouragement and support. “Everyone has the same thing in common,” says John Carlin, who leads the program. “The playing field is level, and we all just have fun.”

Led by instructors trained to work with people with Parkinson’s Disease, the class is beneficial for people of all fitness levels, and no experience is necessary. Classes are open to caregivers, Parkinson’s Disease advocates, and the general public; however, participants with Parkinson’s Disease have first choice of bikes.

Class schedule as of March 2016 (Call 720 524 2750 to confirm space and time)
  • Tuesday – 6 to 7 pm
  • Thursday – 5:15 to 6:15 pm
  • Saturday – 6:30 to 7:30 am

Fee is $10 per class and free for YMCA members. Not a member? Join now. For more information on the Peddling for Parkinson's program, call John Carlin at  720 369 4940. To register, contact the Schlessman Family YMCA at call 720 524 2750 to confirm space and time

Parkinson’s High Energy

Focusing on interval training, building strength and endurance, and bolstering cognitive and voice skills, this high-intensity class helps people with Parkinson’s Disease reduce or delay their symptoms.  

Moreover, it empowers people with Parkinson’s Disease to think about all they can do, instead of their limitations. “We challenge people and let them know they’re still living their lives,” says program coordinator Sheila Bellew. 

Taught in collaboration with the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, the class is led by instructors trained to work with people with Parkinson’s Disease, and stresses early intervention and incorporating research-based exercises. The class also provides a tight-knit community, which participants find supportive and inspirational.  

Class schedule (as of March 2016) (Call 720 524 2750 to confirm space and time)

Tuesday – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Friday – 12:00 to 12:45 pm

The fee is $5 per class (donated to the Parkinson Association of the Rockies) and free for SilverSneakers members and YMCA members. Not a YMCA member? Join now. For more information, call Sheila Bellew at 303 525-7441 To register, contact the Schlessman Family YMCA.