Rock Steady Boxing

Belleville Health and Sports Center




Star Affiliate of the Month

Rock Steady Boxing, Belleville, IL
rock steady boxing
Marsha Hohe - Denise Dill

Rock Steady Boxing, Belleville at Belleville Health and Sports Center, received “Star Affiliate of the Month” for December from the National Rock Steady Organization. Rock Steady Belleville, began in June 2016 with over 100 Rock Steady participants slowing down their symptoms of their disease while gaining incredible strength and confidence. We see miracles happen every day in this program. We are fighting back!

Rock Steady Boxing

Coaches:  Denise Dill, Marsha Hohe, Theresa Waldhoff and Kate Gattuso

Classes:  5 classes per week with 35 boxers enrolled in the program.  Tuesdays and Thursdays are their most popular days with 18-20 boxers attending class then.

Training Tip:  We love having our boxers repeat words in their loudest voice so they can activate and use their vocal cords.  Our favorite moves are doing focus mitt work with the boxers and circuit work where they are slamming balls, jumping rope, doing twinkle toes on a bench to loud, motivating music.  The energy in the room is amazing!

Amazed by the Miracles:  We had a participant come to his first class using a cane to walk.  He could not stand for more than a few minutes at a time and he had to be pulled up to get out of the chair.  The second week of classes, he forgot to bring his cane and he was fine throughout the whole class.  Every time we see him, we see a miracle.  He is getting so strong and his wife is grateful for not having to pull him up anymore.  This is only one story; we have so many miracles happening in the classes every day!






Hi, my name is Matt Zipfel. I am 56 years of age and a Belleville native. I was a Junior High Science teacher for 33 years. I recently retired a little earlier than expected, due to the disease multiple systems atrophy (MSA). It is in the Parkinson's family but attacks the cerebellum and brain stem differently.

The symptoms of MSA are similar to Parkinson's. Of course balance, coordination, and muscle control are affected along with systems of the autonomic nervous system; hence the name multiple systems.

Prior to being diagnosed with MSA, I was very active. I've always been involved in exercise and playing sports, and doing physical labor type of jobs (landscaping, carpentry.) Needless to say, getting arthritis was difficult, but developing MSA was something different.

Since my diagnosis this past July, I've tried to adjust my life to combat this disease. I tried to stay active, eat right, followed doctor's orders, and maintain as much normalcy of a regular life.

There is no known cause or cure for MSA, but I'm a firm believer of positive mind, body and spirit.

I was excited to learn about the Rock Steady Boxing Program. I've always been a fan of boxing, and as I stated, I love to workout. I thought definitely a win-win situation! I'm finding out it's more! The Rock Steady Boxing Program also gives you a mental strength of fighting back! To get in shape, help the balance, have a positive outlook, and to "fight back" and hopefully relieve some symptom/or slow down the progression. I can't think of a better realistic way-for there is no pill or surgery to cure it.

The class is awesome, but it takes special people to lead it and deliver the skills and spirit needed to achieve all you can. The drive, enthusiasm, determination, and kindness of the Rock Steady Boxing instructors, Denise, Marsha, Katie are phenomenal. We are working hard and expectations are high. It is done with fun! You basically think you're training to be the next heavy weight champion. Stacie, Denise, Marsha and Katie, you are champions in helping us to fight back!

Much appreciation,
Matt Zipfel


Program is taught by:

coach Panek

Rock Steady
Certified Rock Steady Coaching Staff

The Belleville Health and Sports Center's Rock Steady Boxing Belleville is the first non-contact boxing program in the country dedicated to people with Parkinson’s disease.

Studies have found that forced, intense exercise can delay and reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Rock Steady Boxing Belleville

Classes Offered:

- Introduction Level 3 & 4 - Monday and Wednesday - 1pm

- Advanced Level 1 & 2 - Tuesday and Thursday - 1pm

- All Levels - Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm and Friday’s – 11:45am – 12:30pm

A doctors release and initial screening must be completed before starting the Rock Steady program.

To get started, call 618-398-2778.

Find out what Rock Steady can do for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The methods and exercises used by Rock Steady Boxing have been scientifically proven to help with the specific symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. 

View what the BND
Wrote about the program

fighting back against parkinsons
Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s


Helpful Information:

>> Link to Belleville Rock Steady Boxing Brochure

>> Link to Belleville Rock Steady Boxing Information

>> Link to Rock Steady Boxing website

Rock Steady Boxing was founded in 2006.

>> Rock Steady Corporate Site Boxing Brochure PDF