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Boxing Studio Tackles Youth Health, Improves Quality of Life for Boxers with Parkinson's

By Kelly Church

Bare Bones Boxing is a Hartford, CT cardio kickboxing studio with classes for "anyone ages 10 to 100" and with any experience levels. Rianna Travaglini is the studio manager and says the benefits of kickboxing are beneficial to everyone, especially kids who are learning to adopt healthy lifestyles. The studio also offers classes specifically for those fighting Parkinson's disease.

"It's important to develop early workout habits for kids," Travaglini says. "What's nice about boxing is it won't even feel like a workout for them. They will be with a group of kids, similar in age, learning how to throw boxing combinations and stay in shape. It keeps them out of trouble and really boosts their self confidence too."

Bare Bones Boxing has more than 30 heavy boxing bags to accommodate large class sizes. The schedule is simple: boxing, kickboxing and kid's boxing. The studio has a 20x20 boxing ring and an area for weightlifting, jump roping and several cardio machines. With a membership comes unlimited classes and use of the gym.

The facility also offers a program called Rock Steady Boxing, dedicated to fighting Parkinson's disease. In these classes, people with Parkinson's are able to experience "non-contact boxing" for improved quality of life. According to Bare Bones Boxing's website, "in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the Rock Steady Boxing program." Rock Steady boxing classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

Memberships at Bare Bones Boxing are offered month-to-month, in three-month bundles, or pre-paid class packages. Students and military also receive a discounted membership. However, for those hesitant about signing up, Travaglini encourages them to come in and try a few complimentary classes, and there's no appointment needed.

"Before signing up, try three free classes," Travaglini says. "Sometimes you aren't sure if the workout is for you. That's why we offer the free classes so everyone knows what they are signing up for."

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