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Exercise should be your Passion with Parkinson’s

Article submitted by Gary Sobol and I am the founder and Executive Director of the GZ Sobol Parkinson’s Network

Hello, my name is Gary Sobol and I am the founder and Executive Director of the GZ Sobol Parkinson’s Network. GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network (GZSPN®) was established November, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado at the Boulder YMCA; Today the Parkinson’s Network has fifteen classes throughout Colorado. And this is my story.
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In 2008, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and I have fought back hard with exercise. As a former ultra-marathon runner, I have run thousands of miles, completed 10 marathons and numerous ULTRA marathons.

While battling my second round of colon cancer I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The medical advice I received was to “not crack a sweat”. Following this advice my health declined to where I was virtually helpless. Refusing to be defeated I returned to his old friend “exercise”.

Working with a Neuroscientist and many other experts I developed a science based exercise program to combat 8 symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. This exercise routine became the GZ Sobol Parkinson’s Network Foundations Exercise class. The GZ Sobol Parkinson’s Network now has exercise classes in fourteen states with over 1,600 participants. This exercise program supports those with Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, TBI and aging well.

My passion is now to provide this exercise program to as many people with neurological deficits as possible. In order to reach this goal, the Parkinson’s Network needs your help. The Parkinson’s Network is seeking instructors who are passionate about improving the quality of life for people with neurological diseases.

Our ACE-certified instructor training class focuses heavily on Parkinson’s Disease and MS symptoms and specific exercises that help re-store lost functions. Participants learn the building block exercises that are used to put together various routines. Safety precautions are also covered in detail, and students are taught how to manage a class with wide differences in mobility and other functions. The class provides 0.7 CEC ACE credits.

Now that you are a proud certified GZ Sobol PN Instructor, we will assist you in starting your classes. We can help with finding class locations, community support, and marketing. We are here to make you a huge success so that those who need us can WIN!

In addition to instructor training classes I also give inspirational talks about my journey with Parkinson’s.

For more information on how to become a certified Parkinson's Network instructor or to invite me to speak to your organization please contact me by phone at 303-378-4732 or through our website. I am looking forward to hearing from you and changing the world.
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Posted July 2017 on