About Rock Steady Boxing The Bodysmith

Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson's disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.

In our gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome the opponents - Parkinson's disease. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense "forced" exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression.

Parkinson's clients attest, and academic institutions, such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University, are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life among Rock Steady boxers. Discovery of a cure may be many years away but in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the RSB program.

Call today (417-865-0500) to schedule an appointment to visit the gym, speak privately with a Coach, or watch a class in action. Please consult your physician before starting any exercise program.


Coach Shauna Smith Yates:
Owner of The Bodysmith, Shauna began her Pilates instruction in 1999 to rehab a reoccurring ballet injury that prevented her from her trail running. After graduating in 2001 from Drury University Magna Cum Laude she finished her Stott Pilates Certification. In 2002 she traveled to Toronto, Canada to complete her Stott Pilates Instructor Trainer Certification. Shauna has taught Stott Pilates to Pilates teachers in the Mid-West, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bundang, South Korea.

Shauna is also a CORE BARRE™, CORE SUSPEND™, and CORE REFORM™ Master Trainer. In 2012 The Bodysmith became the first Core Barre Training Center in the Mid-West and now offers the full line of Smart Movement® courses including the Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) technique. She is also certified on a brand new piece of equipment the JUVO Board and represents the board as an ambassador.Shauna was introduced to the sport of boxing by her good friend and trainer "Iron Will" Grover. In 2014 Shauna expanded The Bodysmith to include a boxing and personal training studio. She is excited to bring Rock Steady Boxing to help those with Parkinson's in Southwest, Missouri.

Coach Susan Gilmore:
Susan was born and raised in Springfield, Mo. She graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1989 and received a B.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southwest Missouri State in December 1994. Susan came to Pilates in 2006 as a client and immediately fell in love with the method. She began the certification program and completed her certification in October of 2007.

In addtion to her Pilates training, Susan completed CORE BARRE™ and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) certification in 2013. She has continued to expand her knowledge with CORE SUSPEND™ and CORE REFORM™ - all part of the full line of Art of Smart Movement courses. In March 2016, Susan traveled to Indianapolis to attend training camp for Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's patients. She is very excited to be a part of the first team to bring Rock Steady Boxing to southwest Missouri and make a difference in the lives of people living with the disease. Susan brings her experience, patience, compassion, and love of people to her work, and believes integration of the mind and body truly are healing.

Coach Polly Brandman:
Polly Brandman's career has been focused on movement, the healing arts, and finding ways to combine these two approaches to creating healthy lives.

Her first training was in dance, which began a lifelong pursuit of performing, teaching and choreography and also sparked her interest in body mechanics. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She came to Springfield as the Artistic Director of Springfield Ballet, moving on to co-found Wishbone Dance Theatre, and to perform as a Guest Artist with Mid-America Dance Company.

In 1990, she graduated from the Ozark Institute of Natural Therapies and became a licensed massage therapist. She is trained in classical Swedish massage, Thai massage, neuromuscular therapy, Active Isolated Stretching, and Reflexology. She also taught Kinesiology and Body Mechanics for Ozarks Institute of Natural Therapies and Professional Massage Training Center.

Her pursuit of Martial Arts began in 2000, studying Youn Wha Ryu and Tai Chi. She attained a Black Belt, 2nd Dan and is a Certified Instructor through Grand Master Han's Martial Arts. She has taught classes in Tai Chi at the Ozarks Senior Center, Ozarks Martial Arts, for the Missouri State University Recreation Program and for CoxHealth Fitness. In March of 2016 Polly attend the Training Camp in Indianapolis to become a Rock Steady certified coach.