Rumble Boxing teams up with MJFF for Parkinson’s Awareness Month

US fitness brand partners for 2nd year with Team Fox to raise funding

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Rumble Boxing, a U.S. fitness brand, is partnering for the second year with Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising community of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), to raise awareness and funds during Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month this April.

Among Rumble’s planned activities is a multicity tour panel with its co-founder Noah Neiman, together with MJFF community members affected by the disease. Rumble also will offer open houses across its studios nationwide, featuring donation-based classes, with an aim of bringing awareness to the benefits of boxing for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s and other movement disorders,” Rachelle Dejean, Rumble’s chief marketing officer, said in a press release.

“This partnership is a testament to the shared commitment to drive positive change and a lasting impact all while breaking a sweat,” Dejean said.

A feasibility study published last year, which did not involve Rumble, found that high-intensity boxing programs — like those offered by the gym — can be a safe way for Parkinson’s patients to exercise not only the body but also the mind.

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Events for Parkinson’s Awareness Month will be held throughout April

The Rumble tour started with an Instagram live workout led by Neiman, a well-known personal trainer, in which fitness enthusiasts and supporters worldwide were invited to participate. That online event is being followed by in-person events, where participants will engage in a conversation and hear personal stories, as well as participate in Rumble Boxing fundraising classes.

Donations will directly support the MJFF, aiming to accelerate the development of novel treatments, and ultimately a potential cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The first event took place over the weekend at Rumble’s studio in South Austin, Texas. It included a panel discussion followed by a free fundraising class.

The second stop of the tour will be held April 20 at the North Loop studio, in Minneapolis. A donation-based class will kick off at 9:15 a.m., followed by a panel discussion at 10:15 a.m.; a free fundraising class will follow at 10:45 a.m.

Finally, on April 27, the tour will wrap up at the Rumble studio in Burbank, California. On that date, a panel discussion will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a free fundraising class at noon.

It’s such a thrill to cheer on the Rumble Boxing community and their high-impact energy toward our mission this Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Rumble’s signature classes feature a 45-minute training session, split in half between boxing on specially designed water-filled boxing bags and resistance training.

“It’s such a thrill to cheer on the Rumble Boxing community and their high-impact energy toward our mission this Parkinson’s Awareness Month,” said Liz Diemer, the MJFF’s vice president of community fundraising.

“Their support reflects the unwavering dedication of our Team Fox community and their unique passions that turn into critical funds that support the foundation’s research programs toward improved therapies for the millions of people and families affected by this disease around the world,” Diemer added.

Research has demonstrated that exercise eases symptom severity and improves the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease. Moreover, high-intensity exercise may contribute to slowing disease progression, possibly by increasing the levels of dopamine, which is the brain signaling molecule that’s missing in Parkinson’s patients.

In particular, boxing exercise has been seen to help improve balance, endurance, hand-eye coordination, and strength. It also has been found to aid in stress relief and in enhancing concentration and self-awareness.