Changing Lives of Those with Parkinson's Disease

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.

Parkinson's Cycling Goals

  • 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 the prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's Cycling Program Information

Who: Participants must be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD. Participants must also complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance.

When and Where: The Parkinson’s Cycle program is available at the Spears Family YMCA and the Ragsdale Family YMCA.

Spears YMCA: 12pm on Thursdays
Ragsdale YMCA: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15am, Thursday at 3pm Online Zoom Class (Participants will need a spin bike of any kind) | Zoom Class Link

Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to your first class to get set up.

Cost: This program is free for both members and community guests.

Parkinson's Cycle Brochure

Parkinson's Cycle Assessment