Join our exercise classes.

Have fun while you fight back against Parkinson's disease.

Videos showing benefits of our exercise program

People with Parkinson's disease can function much better than previously realized.

Learn to cope with Parkinson's disease, thrive in spite of it

Learn from my experiences as both a doctor and a patient with Parkinson's disease.

I am a medical doctor, a patient with Parkinson's disease, and a leader of exercise classes for people with Parkinson's disease.

My exercise program has helped me maintain better function than I originally expected would be possible for a person with Parkinson's disease (videos). I am especially happy and especially surprised that I still can ski reasonably well (ski videos).

I exercise best when I take enough medicine to optimally control my symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Summary of medicines that I have taken to treat Parkinson's disease: ropinerole since 1997, added carbidopa/levodopa in 2005, added Azilect in 2012. In retrrospect, I think that I should have started levodopa sooner.

Current meds: carbidopa/levodopa 25/100 7 to 8 tablets/day, ropinerole 2 mg 5 to 6 tablets/day, Azilect 1 mg in morning, Carbidopa/levodopa 25/100 slow-release 2 tablets at bedtime. Carbidopa/levodopa dosage increased slightly on days I ski.

In addition, I have taken antidepressant medicines since shortly after i was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I tried several drugs from the SSRI class of antidepressants, these did not help much. Wellbutrin (buproprion) 300 mg a day has been effective for me.

In 2010, I began leading exercise classes for people with Parkinson's disease. Most participants in these classes have improved neuromuscular function, many participants have improved neuromuscular function by more than traditionally would have been expected, and some participants in the classes did not benefit.

Every person with Parkinson's disease has a unique pattern of motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms. It truly is a different disease for each of us.

It is time to challenge conventional expectations about what Parkinson's disease is supposed to do to us


Services provided

Exercise training: classes, individual training

Counseling patients and families on how to cope with the many challenges of Parkinson's disease, and how to progress toward thriving in spite of these challenges

Public speaking: to patients, health care professionals, and students


About David Blatt

About my medical career

Photos & Videos

Basic balance exercises

Moderately difficult balance exercises

Difficult balance exercises

Forced-speed exercises

Boxing speed bag



Games with juggling balls

Improve walking gait

Improved running gait

Alpine skiing, including moguls and slalom

Exercise is something you have to do for yourself. No one else can exercise for you and no pills can do for you what exercise does for you. There is no such thing as an exercise pill.