POWER FOR PARKINSONS
I have been attending Rock Steady Boxing for a year. I cannot imagine my life without it. The physical exercise is amazing, but that is only part of the whole package. While the coaches push us to keep fighting Parkinson's Disease on a physical level, they along with the other participants offer encouragement and emotional support. The benefits of this program cannot be adequately expressed in words. It is life enhancing and life changing.
This is truly life changing for Parkies! I can do things I never thought I'd be able to do again. Instructors are totally committed to us and care so much about how we're doing. It's different every class and it's tough to get through but fun at the same time. So great to get to know other people with Parkinson's and watch them improve too. Just a fabulous program. You can feel the love. There's no judgement or expectations. There's just encouragement, concern, compassion, caring, and fun! Has really helped balance, posture, endurance, decreased pain, so many things. Check it out!
I am so blessed to have found this exercise group lead by the amazing Coach Colleen. It has literally made a huge difference in my life dealing with Parkinson's Disease.
Caring, committed, supportive. Colleen and her staff are great. They will work you hard and push you to be the best you, you can be.
Colleen Bridges has worked for nearly 20 years as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and fitness coach. Her passion for understanding the body-in sickness and in health-and how it moves, has led to her special interest and talent in working with senior adults, especially those living with serious neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Her skill at designing and implementing tailored strength, balance and endurance programs has resulted in an extremely loyal and long tenured client base.
Raised in Daytona Beach, Florida, Colleen was the youngest of three children who loved working on the family farm, performing in musical theatre, singing and swimming. Colleen remains very close to her mom, who she describes as her biggest supporter. “She taught me to live by faith, work with the highest integrity and treat everyone with the utmost respect.”
Colleen graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Louisiana Tech University. While working on her advanced degree, she developed and directed the fitness program at her church, taught fitness classes at the local gym and worked full-time as a high school music teacher.
When Colleen and her husband, Shane, moved to Nashville in 2004, she joined the STEPS internship program under the mentorship and coaching of Irv Rubenstein, a nationally renowned exercise physiologist. He remains an important mentor. “Irv is the epitome of a personal trainer/exercise physiologist. He’s focused on learning as much as he can and then applying that knowledge to his clients. He’s taught me to do the same. You will often find us exercising together and discussing the biomechanics of an exercise. We share a passion for learning and exploring what’s best for each of our clients.”
In addition to training and working with clients at STEPS for 15 years, Colleen became a NSCA certified personal trainer while also acquiring additional specialty certifications and continuing educational credits in areas related to helping those with neurological diseases. These include certifications like Parkinson’s Disease Cycling Instruction and Brains and Balance Specialist as well as continuing educational credits in Shoulder Stabilization, Rotator Cuff Syndrome and Treatment, and Back and Neck Pain and Rock Steady Boxing Certification.
Colleen and Shane have two young sons, Jackson and Jacob, and live in Franklin, Tennessee.