Fitness Fridays

Welcome to our Fitness Friday program. As part of the PD Health @ Home program, this free 10-part video series focuses each week on one aspect of fitness designed to support people living with Parkinson’s. 

Created and taught by Parkinson’s expert and Doctor of Physical Therapy, Joellyn Fox, on Fridays we will release a new 12-minute video. This series is designed to build on itself and is a great tool for people with Parkinson’s, but also for physical therapists looking for ways to properly support and engage clients living with Parkinson’s on the 10 specific fitness topics below.  

Meet the Instructor

Joellyn FoxJoellyn Fox, DPT, is the Lead Therapist at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehab Center, Penn Therapy & Fitness at Pennsylvania Hospital. She has been a practicing as a Physical Therapist for 10 years and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2005. Joellyn specializes in the treatment of those with Parkinson’s and is a member of the core faculty team running the Parkinson’s Foundation Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s programs.

Series Overview

Fitness Friday videos will be released weekly from April 10 through June 12.

April 10 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #1: Posture
Intensity: Low
Props: Sturdy chair, pillow for back

April 17 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #2: Strength - Legs
Intensity: Moderate
Props: Sturdy chair

April 24 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #3: Strength - Arms
Intensity: Moderate
Props: Sturdy chair, light weights (creatively use cans of food or bottles of water)
Special notes: can be performed in sitting or standing

May 1 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #4: Stamina - Cardio
Intensity: Moderate to High
Props: Sturdy chair, a playground ball
Special notes: can be performed in sitting or standing

May 8 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #5: Balance
Intensity: Low
Props: Sturdy chair

May 15 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #6: F.I.T.: Focused Interval Training
Intensity: Moderate to High
Props: Sturdy chair, stopwatch, light weights (maybe)

May 22 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #7: Strength - Core
Intensity: Moderate
Props: Yoga mat, pillow
Special notes: can be performed on the floor or on a bed

May 29 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #8: Coordination
Intensity: Moderate
Props: Chair or countertop for support

June 5 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #9: Flexibility
Intensity: Low
Props: Chair, yoga mat, yoga strap, cane
Special notes: floor portions can be performed on a bed

June 12 | Watch Now
Fitness Focus #10: The Finisher - Mixing it Up
Intensity: Moderate to High
Props: sturdy chair, light weights

We ask that you consult your care team about concerns and recommendations before trying new exercises. The Parkinson’s Foundation is in no way liable or responsible for injuries sustained from online classes.

Watch Now

All Fitness Friday videos will be available below as they are released.

April 10 | Posture

April 17 | Strength – Legs

April 24 | Strength – Arms

May 1 | Stamina - Cardio

May 8 | Balance

May 15 | F.I.T. (Focused Interval Training)

May 22 | Strength – Core

May 29 | Coordination

June 5 | Flexibility

June 12 | The Finisher – Mixing It Up

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