I’ve been attending Anita’s Boot Camp class for two years now, along with about 10 other participants who have been coming at least that long. I’ve seen major improvements in all of our abilities. Anita keeps challenging us with new exercises each session.
Anita is so knowledgeable about the body’s movement and the brain. She’s very familiar with how Parkinson’s disease effects people. She provides exercises that help one get up from a potential fall. I always feel safe in her class knowing that she will prevent us from injuring or straining ourselves during her class.
I’ve developed relationships with the other members of class, and look forward to seeing them each week. Everyone is supportive of each other. The music keeps up the tempo and makes the hour go quickly.
The exercise helps me with muscle strength and flexibility, balance, and endurance. If the class were offered twice a week I would take it. It’s my favorite class.
“I have taken a Boot Camp class with Anita for the past three years. She is a very motivating and patient instructor who explains each exercise in detail and its benefits. Every week she varies them and provides us with equipment that accompanies the exercises. Her classes are interesting and she plays music throughout the class that is specific to each routine. Anita is very sensitive to my needs and limitations and at the same time motivates me to reach my greatest potential. She has a warm and inviting personality and is thoroughly committed to what she does so well.”
Anita Luck’s boot camp class is one of the best offered in the wellness program. She is competent in making the brain work as well as the body. There is a variety to her teaching and one has the sense that she cares for each student as she corrects form in a gentle and hands on way. This maximizes the learning and the ultimate benefit. It has been my good luck to be in this class for two years now.
Anita is a fabulous teacher! She is always prepared for class and attempts to build on our competency from week to week. She knows the body extremely well and shares which exercise benefits which muscle group. She is totally committed to the Parkinson’s community. She is knowledgeable and up to date, making her to be an extraordinary teacher!
I have been in her class for more than 3 1/2 years and have. benefitted greatly.
I would recommend Anita in the highest possible terms.
Anita's Boot Camp has become an important part of my exercise routine. The pace is aggressive without being too much -- enough to get my heart rate up, without my feeling exhausted. The variety of exercises she chooses keeps things interesting, and her explanations of the rationale for each of them is quite useful. She is personable and engaging, and I really look forward to each class. Thank you, Beth Israel and Anita, for offering this Wellness Works class.
Experts suggest that exercise can improve the symptoms and maybe slow progression of Parkinson’s Disease. Under the guise of providing exercise, Anita uses her knowledge of movement and movement disorder to also improve balance, core strength, and skills to help us compensate and cope with the deficits PD inflicts. She does this with knowledge, skill, compassion, variety, kindness, encouragement, accommodation of particular needs, and even tailoring music to individual tastes. As a result, the benefits of her boot camp class extend beyond exercise to fostering a supportive community within which I have developed new friendships and a sense of belonging to something beyond just an exercise class. She is indeed a rare individual.
Anita Luck's PD Boot Camp provides an outstanding opportunity to be inspired, have fun, and gain greater strength, mobility and balance. Anita has a unique way of connecting with her students. Her sincere personal warmth and exceptional professional expertise make each session a success in every way possible. In addition to Anita's remarkable professional capabilities, she is a gifted teacher who is highly empathetic and genuinely cares about her students.
Edward S., Lexington
Anita Luck is pleasant, she is gentle, and she does not waste time. When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year ago, I did not imagine the benefits of exercise in the face of a dramatic weakening of my muscle strength. Now the story is different: little by little I have been strengthening my muscles and I feel they are learning to talk to each other. A reason lies in Anita’s expertise, which leaves nothing to improvisation, as she knows how to isolate the muscles that need work and connection to ease symptoms. The pace of the class is adequate for 1 hour of exercise done with great music. Anita’s instructions are precise, and the tone of her voice is very gentle. I totally trust her not only as coach but also as a committed advocate for the PD community.
Working out is good for the soul as well as the body. Anita makes it fun. After the workout, I feel like a million bucks. Anita makes the atmosphere of the class light and everyone can work at their own pace and level of difficulty. She is also patient and explains things very well.
Steve eagerly looks forward to the class. Exercise is so critical for those with PD, and Anita creates a welcoming environment that makes all the participants give their best effort. We are both very grateful this program is available.
Laura (Steve's caregiver)
I am taking my second session of Moving Thru PD. The class is a key component of my Parkinson's regimen whereby I work to slow the progression of the disease.
Anita teaches an excellent class. She clearly explains and demonstrates the exercises, then watches her students perform the exercise. She will correct students as appropriate and will encourage and acknowledge everyone's efforts.
The class is run extremely well. She is always prepared and executes the class smoothly and crisply. The class is designed such that individuals can work at the pace best for them which allows me to participate even though my Parkinson's symptoms may be particularly bad that day. I always get a good workout.
Looking forward to more taking classes with Anita in the future!
Bob, New Hampshire
Moving Through PD class taught by Anita Luck is an ideal exercise class for a person with Parkinson’s (PwP)
• It is a well-designed/choreographed one-hour session that addresses breathing stretching strength balance and some cardio
• A breathing App Used at the beginning of the class trains you for even and sustained breathing and gets the participant in a meditative state that helps with focus for the rest of the class this is what mindfulness is all about
• The exercises are designed to be done in a seated position or standing position allowing the participant to decide based on the ability on that day
• Music is used to help with timing and to get the body used to rhythm. I had difficulty appreciating the music initially, but I have realized the benefits now
• Anita thoughtfully leads the class with compassion and empathy. She truly cares for the community and supports in many ways beyond exercise
• I am very grateful for the online offering using zoom. I’ve gotten to know many members of the community over the last year. Social connection is facilitated by Anita by opening up every class a few minutes early