Warrior Success Stories
Hometown: Haverhill, MA
Age Diagnosed with Parkinson’s: 43
Home Gym: Everybody Fights, Salem NH
“I have done a couple of other exercise programs with some success but nothing like I have experienced through P4P.”
P4P Warrior Tara Watts
What are your symptoms?
Left side tremor and lesser arm swing, changes in right-handed writing, unsteadiness including hard time standing for any length of time, tired easily, not sleeping well, dropping things like food and utensils, depression, lack of interest in exercising, limitations in flexibility, and dyskinesia.
How did you hear about Punches 4 Parkinson’s (P4P)?
A news report on FOX 25 Boston
How important do you feel it is to stay physically active while living with Parkinson’s?
I have done a couple of other exercise programs with some success but nothing like I have experienced through P4P.
How has training with P4P impacted your symptoms?
There have been times I see my old handwriting come back. The steadiness is better and the shakiness is less noticeable. Before starting the program I had a hard time standing for 5-10 minutes…and now can do 20-30 minutes. It is easier for me to put my hair up into a ponytail. I am sleeping better. I have been away from class for 2 weeks due to vacation and a family medical emergency and I see the “old symptoms” coming back.
Have you ever boxed before P4P?
No, and I never imagined I would either!
Besides training your body, how else does the organization support you?
Chris and Ryan are totally amazing!! They are there when I have questions. If having a bad day, they listen and do what they can so that by the time I leave I’m feeling better about things.
What does the organization mean to you, and how has it impacted your life?
Without P4P I would not have the newfound confidence in myself. Since starting the program I have been able to grow myself and let things go easier. Wish I had this knowledge 4 years ago.
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I feel great after a session and look forward to the next. It has helped in my mind and body.