-Since 1994, Kreig Marks has over 25 years experience and has accumulated over 100,000 documented clinical hours working with people living with Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other Movement Disorders.

 

They are boxing, they are doing an indoor interval circuit training program, or stair training...or sweating outside on a mountain bike training course. They have Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Ataxia and other movement disorders and they are going way beyond their limitations because...Kreig Marks, the founder of the Parkinson's  Fitness Center (PFC), doesn't give up on them. They all train with Kreig because of this. What I notice today, as he is training two clients who have Parkinson's and another with Multiple Sclerosis and Ataxia is...it takes energy to train people who are afraid to fall or are afraid of freezing up. I also notice his clients drawing their strength from Kreig's resolve to get them where they need to be. 


"Honestly, I don't want them sitting around, and I don't want them to not exercise when they are not at the PFC either...I encourage them to move, to practice the goals I give them, and to enjoy a better quality of life...they are living with Parkinson's, with M.S., with Ataxia, Essential Tremors, you name it... and it is a holistic necessity to balance proper supplements, diet, the right medication and always fitness." 

The statistics prove that Kreig's ideas over twenty years ago are now the standard when you speak to neurologists about this: levels of dopamine in the brain can be improved much more with regular fitness and can actually slow down the progression of Parkinson's.  Additionally, regular exercise helps to lessen the symptoms of M.S.  Kreig relates, "Three to five years from now I believe that the clinical trials for vaccines to reduce Parkinson's and M.S. symptoms, maybe even cure them altogether (through stem cell research)...all of this is encouraging and so I do talk about it around the center...until then, my work is to help my clients improve their strength, balance, endurance and agility."

On this day I see Tysan, age 38, come in. Diagnosed three years ago, he has been training for about two years with Kreig. To look at him, you'd have no idea that he has Parkinson's. He begins his workout and is jumping rope for a long while. Next he is doing push ups, rotational burpees, squat jumps, crossovers; he is on fire. He pulls out his notebook and I ask him about it. "I take notes each session about my exercises, on nutrition, what to improve, Kreig knows all about the different medications and how they affect all of us. He can read us like a book as we walk in the door, knowing if we just took our meds or if it's time for a visit with our doctors for a change of meds. He will pick up the phone and call our doctors right there and discuss what's going on with us and make suggestions to our doctors. And, our doctor listens and doesn't question Kreig. That's how much respect he has in the medical and Parkinson's community. I pick Kreig's brain because in my opinion, he is the best in the country at what he does, has been doing this longer than anyone else and has gotten me this far." Tysan explains further, "Kreig changes what we do every single time...I don't want to miss anything or forget what to do when I leave here." Tysan has the right attitude and I am tremendously impressed and am wondering why we don't have more places like this across the country...it is invaluable and life changing.  Kreig is on to something special. 


Terry Simons, Writer/Triathlete

Washington Health Journal 2015

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