humans of mac+mae: Alexis Pritchard

This a photo of me and my Counterpunch Parkinson’s Class, a non- contact boxing fitness class for those living with Parkinson’s Disease.  From left to right – Gordon aka the Wrecker, Dave aka Sandman, and Marie aka Marvellous.

These three humans are beautiful people and live with Parkinson’s Disease.   We meet twice a week  at Wreck Room and I train them hard in boxing fitness and strength, and conditioning circuits.  I work them so they’re sweating and they keep coming back for more :).

We joke and laugh together and I challenge the crap out of them physically, but they always give it a go.  They’re their own mini-support group.  Marie (76 years young) surprised me last week when she broke out into a jog.  Training them is the highlight of my working week.

When I look at this photo, I’m reminded of all the gains they’ve each made over the last 2 months this class has been going.  Teaching this class allows me to share my passion of boxing and boxing training with people, while  also helping them move and exercise from a physiotherapist and coaching/personal training perspective.  It also reminds me of the hug Dave gave me the other day, saying that coming to class makes him feel happy and lifts his spirits – he’s pleased there are people out there willing to help him fight Parkinson’s.  It’s not so lonely now.

Alexis Pritchard is a Physiotherapist, NZ Olympian (#1196, Boxing), boxing & strength and condition coach, cake decorator, wife, guardian, friend, and co-owner of Wreck Room.  Her Counterpunch Parkinson’s class is open to anyone living with Parkinson’s Disease.  Email for more info.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –