BGF’s Power Forward Boot Camp was developed as a high-intensity exercise for people in the early stages of Parkinson’s. The aim is to get people with Parkinson’s exercising at their highest intensity, at the earliest stage of diagnosis, using movements that can help counteract the loss of specific motor functions. This program is based on research from Oregon Health and Science University’s (OHSU) Balance Disorders Laboratory, supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Kinetics Foundation.

The next training of Boot Camp instructors will be held on May 6, 2017. To sign up, visit our registration page. The following are the requirements for facilities and instructors wishing to participate:

Class Requirements

For facilities that wish to adopt the boot camp, BGF requires:
• Each class is led by a BGF certified instructor
• Potential students are screened prior to attending a class to ensure they are appropriate for the high intensity format of the boot camp
• Classes are held at a minimum two times per week
• Each class is 60-75 minutes in length
• Class is conducted in a studio with equipment for an interval style workout
• Only equipment approved for use in the boot camp is used
• Students and instructors participate in regular evaluations of the boot camp

To ensure a great experience for everyone, BGF strongly recommends the following:
• One instructor and/or assistant for every 12 class participants
• Instructors participate in bimonthly webinars to share experiences

Instructor Requirements

Boot camp instructors work directly with participants, plan lessons, and negotiate for fitness space that meets their class needs. Eligibility requirements include the following:
• Hold a current NCCA-accredited fitness certification (ACE, NASM, ACSM etc.)
• Exercise science-based (or related field) two- or four-year degree
• Minimum of two years working with older adults or people with chronic disease
• Experience in group fitness
• Current Brian Grant Foundation instructor certification
• Current CPR/AED/basic first aid certification

For more information, contact: Katrina Kahl,