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Coach Kathy’s Interview on NPR – The Peoples Pharmacy


Coach Kathy participated in an episode of The Peoples Pharmacy Podcast.

How Intense Exercise Benefits Parkinson Patients

Forced or intense exercise can effectively ease many symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Others also benefit from high intensity interval training.

Is Intense Exercise Practical?

You’ll learn about a program at the YMCA that is designed to provide forced exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease. Kathy Helmuth explains how she and her colleagues have implemented the program at the Sarasota, FL, YMCA.

Kathy’s segment follows an interview they did with Dr. Jay Alberts.

Understanding the Silver Sneakers Flex Program

Silver Sneakers Parkinsons Indoor Cycling Coach

Here’s a great opportunity for Indoor Cycling Instructors and Studio Owners to attract and serve a new demographic of riders – active seniors!

With over 12 MILLION members and 13,000 locations, SilverSneakers is a kind of quiet giant in the fitness industry. Participating senior citizens, across America, can take advantage of free access to health clubs and wellness centers that’s paid through their health insurance.

The SilverSneakers FLEX program is designed for individual Fitness Instructors wanting to offer classes and activities at non-traditional locations. I’ve never stopped to ask, but I’ll bet the large group of seniors we pass exercising in a local park on our Sunday AM bike ride is a FLEX class.

FLEX could be the perfect way to add some additional classes to your studio’s schedule. Our FLEX approved Parkinson’s Cycling classes are best conducted between 10:00 and noon. Seniors tend to eat dinner early (join us for the 4:30 blue plate special) so they might be open to a Senior Cycling class around 3:00pm.

FLEX Instructors are paid directly by SilverSneakers, so there’s no cost to the participants. You can learn more by listening to this interview with Stephanie Wong – the Vice President, Field Operations for SilverSneakers’ parent company Healthways, Inc. You can email her with questions;

From the SilverSneakers website:

SilverSneakers is an industry-leading fitness program for older adults. It is delivered through a nationwide network of participating fitness locations such as YMCAs, Curves®, gyms, wellness centers and other facilities.

Our qualified SilverSneakers instructors will have the training and skills necessary to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population that values high-quality, personalized service.

Interested in finding out about our new FLEX instructor program? Click Here to download the program brochure. 

Interested in becoming a Parkinson’s Cycling Coach?
This online 0.5 ACE CEC course costs $129.00 and will take apx five hours to complete.
Register now using super secure PayPal

Silver Sneakers has approved our Parkinson’s Cycling Classes!

Silver Sneakers Parkinsons Indoor Cycling Coach

More great news!!!!

Kathy Helmuth and I have just received confirmation that our ACE approved Parkinson’s Indoor Cycling Coaching program has been accepted by the SilverSneakers organization!

Now facilities that partner with Silver Sneakers will receive reimbursement for hosting classes.

Individual Instructors at small Indoor Cycling studios can join the Sliver Sneaker’s FLEX program – You can learn more about the FLEX Instructor Program here.

Get certified this weekend!
This online 0.5 ACE CEC course costs $129.00 and will take apx five hours to complete.
Register now using super secure PayPal

Parkinson’s Indoor Cycling Class – Music Therapy at CoxHealth Fitness Centers Springfield, Mo.

Parkinson’s Cycling Coach (and ICI/PRO member) Sheryl DeBoer is offering classes at the CoxHealth Fitness Centers in Springfield, Mo. She shared this short video with me showing how they are using music therapy as part of their parkinson’s Cycling Classes.

Sheryl provided this information about her program:

Hi John:

I am excited to see what new information this will provide.

I am working with a music therapist in my Parkinson’s class. He is also on the Parkinson’s Board in our Springfield area.

We have been offering Parkinson’s Cycling for several months now . It has been a pleasure as well as a challenge to work with this very special group.

I have signed up for this certification because I am always interested in what other people are doing and also to improve my program if possible.

It was quite a challenge to get this class offered but well worth the effort.

Anyone from our community can participate in Parkinson’s Cycling at our fitness center without charge. Our local Parkinson’s Board is paying for the expenses of the class. Right now we offer one a week for 8 week sessions.

I am emailing a video to you of my beta participant, Michael. He has very advanced Parkinson’s.

This is the video we used to present our class ideas to the Parkinson’s Board. We now have a class one time a week.

Thanks for asking.
Sheryl DeBoer
Group Exercise Coordinator/Cycling
CoxHealth Fitness Centers
Springfield, Mo.

Get certified this weekend!
This online 0.5 ACE CEC course costs $129.00 and will take apx five hours to complete.
Register now using super secure PayPal

Parkinson’s Cycling™ at Edward Health & Fitness Center — Seven Bridges

We’re very excited to announce our first, official Parkinson’s Cycling™ location at the Edward Health & Fitness Center – Seven Bridges in Woodridge, IL.

WOODRIDGEParkinson's Cycling at Edward Health & Fitness Center
Edward Health & Fitness Center — Seven Bridges
6600 S. Route 53
Woodridge, IL 60517
(630) 646-7900

You can download their promotional flyer here.

The 10 week program offers 60 minute Indoor Cycling classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00am. The first class is Tuesday Oct 7th and classes run through December 18th.

To Register:
Via Phone or E-mail with Jenny Ibrahim – Registration Coordinator
For More Information:
Contact Carol Teteak – Fitness Coordinator
(630)646-7920 or

Lead by veteran Parkinson’s expert, Connie Truesdale, participants will perform a RPM (rotations per minute) assessment then gradually progress to achieve the 80-90 RPM’s required. Operate at your own performance level while you reap the benefits of increased energy and control to improve everyday life activities.

Will a Parkinson’s Cycling Coach™ certificate prepare me to teach a Pedaling for Parkinson’s Class?

We are anticipating this question from Group Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers who are teaching/training at  YMCA’s: Will this Parkinson’s Cycling Coach™ certificate help me teach a Pedaling for Parkinson’s Class? Or, are there any conflicts between the programs?

We felt we should address this directly, to avoid any confusion.

Let’s start with this; our education company Special Populations Fitness, LLC has no connection with the Pedaling for Parkinson’s organization.

However, the methods and protocols we teach are perfectly consistent with a Pedaling for Parkinson’s class.

Training this unique population of people with a chronic disease takes specific knowledge, especially for those who have no prior experience. Our goal is to provide that for you.
Get certified this weekend!
This online 0.5 ACE CEC course costs $129.00 and will take apx five hours to complete.
Register now using super secure PayPal

We created the Parkinson’s Cycling Coach™ program for ACE certified Instructors and trainers who would prefer a thorough, science based education – before attempting to conduct a Parkinson’s Cycling Class.

We welcome YMCA Instructors and Trainers!

Completing this course will equip you to develop your class and effectively coach your participants to their potential levels of success. We also provide on-going education and support through our private Facebook group – an exclusive community for coaches who have completed the training.

Interested in joining our army of Parkinson’s Cycling Coaches?

Check to see if you qualify by clicking here.