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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 the 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 and Where

The Parkinson’s Cycle program is available at the Spears Family YMCA and the Ragsdale Family YMCA. You will need to register at least 48 hours before a class.

Live classes are held in the YMCA on individual stationary bikes. Weekly registration is required for Live classes. Registration can be found on our Group Exercise Classes page here.

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

Spears YMCA: 1 pm on Fridays
Ragsdale YMCA: Virtual Classes (contact Priscilla for weekly days/times)

This program is free for both members and potential members.

Parkinson's Cycle Brochure

Parkinson's Cycle Assessment