Parkinson's Cycle


Pedaling an indoor cycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute. Fast pedaling is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but compelling evidence shows that it does make a real difference for many who try it. We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.


  • Improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers
  • Educate patients, caregivers, and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis;
  • Support research dedicated to prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Program Information

Who: Participants must be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD. Participants must also complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance, interview with the YMCA Wellness Director, and agree to periodically monitor progress.

When: Classes at the Ragsdale YMCA are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00am. Classes at the Spears YMCA are on Thursday mornings at 10:45. You must complete the interview and below form before attending your first class.

Cost: This program is free for both members and non-members. 

For more information, contact Priscilla Nobles, Ragsdale YMCA Wellness Director at or 336.882.9622, or Beth McKinney, Spears YMCA Wellness Director at or 336.387.9631.