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Parkinson’s Cycling – How do we “know” who is right for our classes?

Image credit: http://www.parkinsonsresource.org/uncategorized/five-stages-of-parkinsons/
Image credit: http://www.parkinsonsresource.org/uncategorized/five-stages-of-parkinsons/

We want to help everyone? Right? Can we? Should we?

I wish I could give you a checklist that you could follow for everyone of the participants who will want to take your cycling classes. It really is not that easy. This is a unique type of class, that is individualized and personalized for each of the individuals. That is what makes the Parkinson’s Cycling Coach training is so important.

In our cycling coach training, we talk about the different stages of Parkinson’s disease. Just to remind you, there are 5 stages. At a quick glance, it would easy to point to Stage 1 and 2 as being the perfect participant. But, from my experience I have found Stages 1-3 to fluctuate. They ebb and flow between each other.

After being categorized by a neurologist into one of the 5 stages we must remember that people with Parkinson’s have good and bad days. Don’t we all? The abilities of each day depend on how their medications are working that day. Did they sleep well, did they eat well, are they well hydrated? Are they stressed by other factors? Are they exercising consistently?

So what does make a good participant? Let’s let go of the Stages of Parkinson’s disease for a moment. Your participants will have mild to moderate symptoms of this disease. This means that movements of daily lives can be challenging but the disease is somewhat to well controlled through medication. Sometimes only one side of the body is affected but occasionally both sides of the body are involved. Regular exercise seems to help most of these individuals.

Now, let’s confuse the matter. Please do not dismiss someone with a walking aid. This stage is categorized as Stage 4. My experience as a coach has shown that some of these individuals who begin this cycling protocol have progressed so much that they no longer need that walking aid to come to class. You can and will make a significant difference in the lives of these individuals.

Remember, as coaches we need to be focused on the goal as well as the participant. We want these individuals to reap the benefits of the program with the correct cadence and heart rate parameters. But isn’t the social aspect important too? The blend of all of these factors is the perfect scenario for success. It can and does happen frequently.

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03-Parkinson’s Cycling Class Profile – Riding High Weeks 3-5

riding a bike

Hi Everyone!

At this time, you should be progressing through your program, developing trust and rapport with each and every rider. Your riders might be seeing some of the benefits from the Parkinson’s Cycling Program.

This profile will build on the short efforts of previous rides.  The total working intervals will be extended to about 18 minutes utilizing short efforts with equal recoveries done on a seated flat.

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02-Parkinson’s Cycling Class Profile – Gearing Up! Weeks 1-3

gearing up

I am so glad that we have this opportunity to talk about how to coach and build the profiles which will help create your successful program. As I was writing this profile, I remember how eager but slightly anxious I was as I taught my first cycling class. I had the qualifications to teach the class as you will have, but this shiny new opportunity can create some feelings of hesitancy and caution.

Those feelings of hesitancy and caution will be alleviated by reviewing and coaching this profile.

The following profile provides the basics to coaches for the first 3 weeks of the Parkinson’s Cycling Program. Your riders will ride short intervals on a seated flat followed by equal recoveries.

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Parkinson’s Cycling Coach – Strategies for a Successful Class

Parkinsons Cycling Coach Indoor Cycling Program

Coaching and training a group of people with a chronic disease like Parkinson’s is very different from what you might be used to. A big part of our mission here is to prepare you the best we can, so your early classes are not only successful, but as stress free as possible 🙂

I asked Coach Kathy to join me to discuss her thoughts on some class strategies you can incorporate into your classes.

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