Click here to find an exercise class

"I don’t know how to get started."

"Exercise is boring or too hard."

"Exercise leaders don’t understand people with Parkinson’s disease."

We’ve heard all the excuses and know exactly how to overcome them.

Exercise programs provide a welcoming place to participate in professionally led classes, tailored to the needs of people with Parkinson’s disease. Leaders and fellow participants provide the motivation and accountability that are critical to establishing and maintaining healthy new habits. The classes also provide a good venue for sharing information, experiences, and emotional support.

"Exercise is a realistic and practical way to fight Parkinson’s disease."
American Parkinson Disease Association

Recent studies support the value of regular exercise in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In addition to enhancing physical abilities, exercise improves cognitive functions, overall mood, a sense of well-being. It can also help decrease depression. For most people with Parkinson’s disease, exercise can be an important tool for managing the disease.

"Exercise is as important as medication for the management of Parkinson’s disease."
Parkinson Disease Foundation

Have you been thinking about exercise but aren’t quite sure how to start? Would you benefit from a dynamic group class to keep you motivated and continuing? Call us! Locations and times are convenient with program sites continuously being added around the region. All facilities are accessible. Leaders are knowledgeable, energetic, and helpful. And best of all, classes are fun!

"Exercise is a great way to change one’s physical and emotional states. It also helps to add mobility, flexibility and bone strength. And, being in a group setting adds the best medicine of all . . . laughter. Happiness lies, first of all, in health."
Parkinson Disease Foundation

Please contact David Von Hofen at 412.837.2542 or with questions or for additional information on exercise programs, please click here for pdf.

Exercise Partner & Supporter:

PEAN Programs in Western PA

GZ Sobol Parkinson’s Network – Foundations Class

GZSPN® Foundation class was created to help PWP improve their quality of life by restoring lost functions. It uses exercises that have been proven to help handwriting, gait, walking, rigidity, balance, posture etc. One of the keys to its success is to continuously raise the bar by progressing with more reps, holding pose’s longer, moving to more advanced challenges etc.

Delay The Disease™

Ohio Health Delay the Disease™ is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by targeting their symptoms and optimizing their physical function. This Parkinson's specific fitness program is designed to proactively minimize tremors and improve flexibility, stability, balance and strength. Classes include exercises to improve activities of daily living, like getting out of bed, getting off the floor, getting out of the car, getting out of the chair, dressing, freezing, posture, rigidity, moving about in crowds, and lots more.

Dance for Parkinson’s

Dance for Parkinson's is modeled after Dance for PD®, a renowned program which is gaining popularity and support throughout the world. The program offers specialized dance classes accompanied for people with Parkinson's, their caregivers, family members and friends. Professional teaching artists from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing to engage participants’ minds and bodies and create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration. Dance for Parkinson’s is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required.

Rock Steady Boxing

People with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with Coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.

Parkinson’s Wellness Program

This exercise program is a chair based class which means that all of the exercises are done (or can be modified to be done) from a seated position. Exercises include aerobic and resistance or strength training, stretching, balance, facial and voice exercises. The program is designed to challenge each participant without being overwhelming. These classes are most beneficial for those with moderate to severe symptoms and who have difficulty with balance and/or walking.

Parkinson’s Exercise and Activities Network Classes

Delay The Disease® Classes

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11:30 – 12:30 pm
Parkinson Foundation Western PA
575 Lincoln Ave., Suite 101
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Susan Buhr, Exercise Leader

Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sewickley Valley YMCA
625 Blackburn Rd.
Sewickley, PA 15143
412-741-9622 x 121
Adriane Stoner

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Beaver Elder Care and Rehab Center
616 Golf Course Road
Aliquippa, PA 15007
724-375-0345 x 109

Upper Saint Clair
Thursday, May 10 - June 14
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2040 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
412-835-6630 x 200 or
Jeannine Hartman

South Hills
Wednesday, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Jefferson Hills Healthcare and Rehab Center
448 Old Clairton Rd.
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Ruth Medwig and Sylvia DiSimone

Plum Boro
Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Sampson Family YMCA
2200 Golden Mile Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Coleen Bortz, Leader

Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
HealthSouth Harmarville
320 Guys Run Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Casey Rodak
Please call to sign up prior to participating

Thursday, 11:00am – 12:00 pm
Center at the Mall - Beaver Valley Mall
570 Beaver Valley Mall Rt. 18
Monaca, PA 15061
Duane Hardek

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Rose Schneider Family YMCA
2001 Ehrman Rd.
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
724-452-9122 x 219
Sandy Ihlenfeld

Monday/Friday, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Butler YMCA
339 N Washington St.
Butler, PA 16001
724-287-4733 x 115
Sandy Ihlenfeld

Monday, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Wesbury Retirement Community
31 N. Park Ave.
Meadville, PA 16335
Greg Brink, 877-937-2879

Grove City
Two 1 on 1 sessions/week
1 group class/week
Grove City YMCA
543 East Main Street Ext.
Grove City, PA 16127
For schedule information call Shelby Conn

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Advanced Class
10:00 – 11:00 am – Intermediate Class
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Beginners’ Class
Cool Springs Fitness
1051 East Cornell Rd.
Mercer, PA 16137
Carol Giangiordano, Leader, 724-662-1910

Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Scenery Hill Manor (June - October)
680 Lions Health Camp Rd.
Indiana, PA
Or Indiana YMCA (November - May)
60 N. Ben Franklin Road
Indiana, PA
Lindsey Sawyer or Mary Guignet
*Location varies per season - please call ahead.

Monday/Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Richard G Snyder YMCA
1150 N Water St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
Robin Bowser and Carrie Burtt

Tuesday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Highland View Healthcare and Rehab Center
90 Main St.
Brockway, PA 15824
Jessica Schuckers and Tera Painter

Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Mulberry Square
411 West Mahoning St.
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
MeriBeth Hetrick

Tuesday, 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Lakeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
15 West Willow St.
Smethport, PA 16749
Jeremy Stiles

Monday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Epsworth Manor
951 Washington Ave.
Tyrone, PA 16686
814-684-0320 ext 2543
Kent Long

Wednesday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Carleton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
10 West Ave.
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Keith Benjamin

Wheeling, WV
Wednesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Peterson Rehabilitation and Geriatric Center
20 Homestead Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003
Betsy Myers

GZ Sobol’s Foundations® Classes

Kennedy Township
Monday/Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
The Willows
32 Heckel Rd.
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
Jill Cersosimo, Director of Healthy Living, Western Area YMCA

Tuesday, 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
Fitness 1440
100 Center Ice Drive
Delmont, PA 15626
Jamie Sibik

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
The Aerobic Center at Lynch Field
526 New Alexandria Road
Greensburg, PA 15601
Marianne Anzovino

Penn Hills
Tuesday/Thursday, 1:15 – 2:15 pm
Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Penn Hills YMCA
11817 Frankstown Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Kayla Gilkey

Plum Boro
10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Sampson Family YMCA
2200 Golden Mile Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Coleen Bortz, Leader

Monoday, 10:15am – 11:15 pm
North Boroughs YMCA
629 Lincoln Ave.
Bellevue, PA 15202
Jean Philpott

Rock Steady Boxing©

Oxford Athletic Club
100 Village Club Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
Maria Berexa & Kathy Gonano, Certified Trainers

Fit 4 Boxing Club
4706 William Flynn Highway (Route 8)
Allison Park, PA 15101
Rich Mushinsky, Jess Hatheway and Brett Burkhart, Certified Trainers

Wolfpack Boxing Club
1000 Gregg St.
Carnegie, PA 15106
Jeff Mucci and Marta Phelps, Certified Trainers

Legends of Pittsburgh Fitness
559 Pittsburgh Mills Circle
Tarentum, PA 15084
Nick Lundberg

Fitness Weights and Aerobics Gym
200 Lincoln Street
Johnstown, PA 15901
Donnie Roebuck, Certified Trainer

USS Fight Academy
1712 Lincoln Highway
North Versailles, PA 15137
Livvy Cunningham, Certified Trainer

Weirton Millsop Community Center
3420 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062
Holley Faulkner, Jr, Certified Trainer

Pro Performance
308 Cheat Road
Morgantown, WV 26058
Jim Salai, Certified Trainer

Dance for Parkinson’s

Monday, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Dennis Robinson, Instructor

Parkinson’s Wellness Program

Sterling Yoga & Wellness Center - South Hills
Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
393 Vanadium Road, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Sterling Painton, Exercise Leader


Move and Groove Yoga
Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Parkinson Foundation Western PA
575 Lincoln Ave., Suite 101
Bellevue, PA 15202
Laura Mastrorocco, Yoga Instructor

Chair Yoga for Neurodegenerative Disorders
Friday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Green Yoga
209 Commercial Ave, Suite A
Aspinwall, PA 15215
Jackie Thomas, DPT, PYTc

Therapeutic Yoga
Saturday, 8:30 – 9:45 am
Green Yoga
209 Commercial Ave, Suite A
Aspinwall, PA 15215
Jackie Thomas, DPT, PYTc

Brain Health Yoga
Oxford Athletic Club
100 Village Club Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
Walt Gasiorowski, Yoga Instructor

Sterling Yoga & Wellness Center - South Hills
Monday-Friday, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
393 Vanadium Road, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Sterling Painton, Exercise Leader

PWR! (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery)

Monday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Graceful Aging Wellness Center
135 Kalassay Drive
Ligonier, PA 15658
Call Bethlen Communities to register

Scott Township
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Jewish Community Center
345 Kane Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Steve Manns, Exercise Leader

Squirrel Hill
Starting Oct 8, 2018, Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jewish Community Center
5738 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Marsha Mullen, Exercise Leader

Pedaling for Parkinson’s

Friday, 10:15am - 11:00am
Sewickley Valley YMCA
625 Blackburn Rd.
Sewickley, PA 15143
412-741-9622 x 121
Adriane Stoner

For additional information on program sites and enrollment, please contact David Von Hofen, Director of Programs and Outreach: 412-837-2542 or