Updated: Aug 21, 2022
Are you wondering how an at home personal trainer might help you to live better with Parkinson's Disease? Find out more about Heather and how she can develop an at home personal training program that is right for you.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE PARKINSON’S DISEASE?
My 1st Parkinson’s client was my Mom! She has been diagnosed for almost 20 years. Her doctor encouraged her to find someone to help her improve her fitness level. I was committed to learn more about the disease and help her develop a program to keep her strong. As I learned about the physical challenges that Parkinson’s presents, it pushed me to develop specific at home exercise programs to help keep people with Parkinson’s as strong as possible.
DO YOU ALWAYS WORK ONE-ON-ONE WITH YOUR CLIENTS? WHAT DOES A TYPICAL SESSION INVOLVE?
A typical one-on-one at home session involves warm-up exercises, focusing on walking drills and big whole-body movements, strength exercises focused specifically on muscles that support walking, posture and upper body, core exercises, and balance. We will use a variety of exercise equipment that includes weights or machines, balance pad, bands, Blazepod, etc.
IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Keep moving! Give 100% every day. No matter what, don’t give up!
Heather Gruber is a certified ACSM Personal Trainer and 500hr certified Yoga Instructor in the Birmingham, Alabama area. If you are interested in learning more about me and personalized at home workouts for Parkinson's Disease, you can reach me at www.yogaflowandfitness.com