YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Pedal For Parkinson's

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute. While cycling is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease, there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.

The Y's Pedal for Parkinson's classes can be easily adapted to individuals with all levels of the disease and are equally valuable to those who have been newly diagnosed as well as those in progressed states of the disease. Classes are designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms. The YMCA’s Pedal for Parkinson’s class is geared specifically to counteract the movement challenges experienced by people with PD.

The goals of this class are to:
  • Improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers
  • Educate patients, caregivers, and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Support research dedicated to prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease

These specialized classes will be offered twice a week at the Midtown YMCA to provide an opportunity for Parkinson’s patients to cycle in a comfortable, non-intimidating atmosphere. Pedal for Parkinson’s classes are included with a Y membership and are open to the public for just $10/class. Participants must be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD and complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance form before participating.

What is Parkinson's disease? 

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that affects approximately one million Americans and is caused by a lack of the chemical messenger dopamine in the movement centers of the brain. Besides a lack of dopamine, PD can be aggravated by genetic factors, exposure to pesticides or industrial toxins and the process of aging itself. Its three major symptoms are tremor (trembling which usually starts in one hand), rigidity in the trunk or limbs and slowness of movement. It is a progressive disorder, meaning that it typically gets worse over the years. New treatments are emerging for PD for the purpose of reducing symptoms.

Date & Time
Mondays and Wednesdays
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
*Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to your first class
Who Can Participate?
  • Participants must be 30-75 years old and be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD
  • Must complete and submit a signed consent form and receive medical clearance
Who CANNOT Participate?
Parkinson’s patients with the following medical conditions:
  • Cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Uncontrolled hypertension or stroke
  • Dementia
  • Other medical conditions that are contradictory to exercise
How Much Does it Cost?
Y Members: Free
Non-Members: $40/Month or $10/Class
How to Register
All of the following forms must be submitted to the Midtown YMCA before your first class:
  1. Complete YMCA registration form
  2. Have your healthcare provider complete the referral form
  3. Complete YMCA health questionnaire and liability waiver
Jane Klippel, Operations Director
Midtown YMCA
(910) 769- 6800 x269


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