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Welcome to DOPAMIND, a non profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from Parkinson’s by utilizing boxing and cycling to improve their movement and balance.

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About Dopamind

DopaMind Boxing and Cycling is non-contact boxing and forced exercise tandem spin classes. Our focus is on the advantageous features of both sports, which has been shown to aid in the regression of Parkinson’s symptoms by improving motor function, dexterity, and coordination.

Our goal at DopaMind Boxing and Cycling is to create a place where the Parkinson’s community can come together on a daily basis and exercise their mind and body in a group setting that is fun and beneficial at the same time.

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What our clients say

Darbe is a great trainer and coach, earning her respect and confidence, especially with Parkinson's patients like myself. I love her help and assistance with my walking. I could have given up my dreams to walk and to ride my bike again. But, I chose to escape the wheelchair reception. My athletic skills with boxing have grown rapidly. All of this, only because of Darbe's personal motivational tools has me prospering....Susan Mitchell

Pete Becker and I started taking boxing lessons from Townsend Carter about one year ago in the hopes of helping minimize our Parkinson's symptoms. We both had issues with balance tremors shuffling and muscle stiffness. Ours sessions with Townsend last one hour going twice per week. In the beginning the classes focus primarily on boxing and learning different combinations which helped immensely with balance and coordination. Townsend gradually introduced various strength and balance exercises to complement the boxing exercises. He was able to extract maximum effort past which we thought was possible without having us do more then which we were capable. After a year of classes there are noticeable differences in our balance strength and endurance. In my particular instance my golf game is now to the point where I am again the single-digit handicapper. It is probably too early to tell whether the progression of the disease has slowed down but I do know that I feel a lot stronger and have greater endurance. I would highly recommend Townsend's training for anyone in any stage of Parkinson's disease I'm convinced that I could be nothing but helpful. Since there is no cure for Parkinson's the only battle is to help curtail the symptoms and feel that Townsend is on the right track in that regard. I look forward to improving even more within the next year...George Lyles

I have been suffering from Parkinson's for about 17 years. I was finally diagnosed about 7 years ago. I had heard from friend's who had also had Parkinson's that boxing was a great way to slow the spread of the effects of this disease. I had been to many workshops that recommend boxing not just for the exercise but that the muscle memory needed to remember. I feel very fortunate that I found Darbe, who has been teaching me boxing for the past 8 months. It has helped me with my coordination and increased balance. Actually, it has helped me in all aspects of my life including an increased sense of well being. She has worked with me and has been very considerate of all that I can do. Darbe is always looking out for my best interest. I would recommend her to anyone who has Parkinson's and is looking for relief...Rivers Giles

The effects of boxing training on physical challenges of the manifestations of Parkinson's Disease. Pete Becker, a 70 year old, 6 ft. 2 in, 205 lb. male was diagnosed with Parkinson's in the year 2000. He was born in Nebraska, graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Marquette University. He served as a carrier-qualified jet aviator in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1972. He married Angela Blasco in 1969. In 1972, he left the Navy and joined his in-laws in the construction industry in Las Vegas. In 1984, they opened Spanish Trail Golf and Country Club, a golf oriented real estate development. Pete and Angie has 2 sons, 2 daughter-in-laws, and 4 grand-children. Since being diagnosed in 2000, Pete has participated in every opportunity that the local Parkinson's community has provided to relieve the effects of the disease through physical fitness. These have consisted of but not limited to: balance training, fitness classes, and stretch classes. He was a test subject guinea pig in the study of the benefits of forced training on stationary bicycles. Rigorous cycling 33 times a week. Pete has been taking a boxing oriented fitness class from Townsend Carter for 13 months (Nov. 2014 to Dec. 2015) The boxing regimen has helped markedly in balance control. It also has improved eye-hand control which may be the key to improved balance. The benefit of improved strength helps in balance challenges. A huge benefit of the individualized instruction's limit-pushing system seems to be a decreased left-side tremor, improved sleep habits, and relief of the constipation typical of Parkinson's. Townsend is an exceptional hands on instructor and the benefits may vary under a less concerned and dedicated trainer.

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