Pedaling for Parkinson's

Since May 2017, the YMCA of Greater Tulsa has been working to improve the lives of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease through the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35 percent reduction in symptoms from the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research, combined with consistent data from the YMCA of Greater Tulsa, has proven that the program leads to a higher quality of life for the participants.  

The goals for Pedaling for Parkinson’s include: 

  • Improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers 

  • Educating patients, caregivers, and the public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis 

  • Supporting research dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease 

Without exception, Pedaling for Parkinson’s participants must have a referral from their physician. Please contact Molly Miller or Rebecca Williams with any questions. 

Pedaling for Parkinson’s is currently offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM at our Tandy Family YMCA, located at 5005 S Darlington Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135.  

Participation Requirements: 

  • Must be over the age of 18 

  • Must have a diagnosis of Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease 

  • Must complete a signed consent form and medical clearance form in addition to completing a medical intake at the YMCA 

  • Must agree to periodic progress monitoring 

  • Must not have cardiac or pulmonary disease, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, uncontrolled hypertension or stroke, or other conditions that make exercise dangerous 


How many times do I need to attend? It is recommended that participants attend both days of class to see optimal results, but if you schedule only allows for attending one day, please don’t let that stop you from coming! 


What equipment is provided? Aside from our private cycling studio and stationary bikes, heart rate chest strap monitors and step stools are provided.  

Will I be fitted to the bike? Yes! Our instructors are all trained to properly fit you to the bike.  

What is the goal? The target heart rate zone for each participant during exercise is 60-85 percent of their maximum heart rate. This ensures the best possible results.  

What does the research show? Research around Parkinson’s disease indicates that exercise has been shown to improve self-confidence and independence, decrease the risk of falls, minimize fatigue, reduce rigidity and improve mobility. 


If you have additional questions, please contact Molly Miller, our Health Equity Director, at [email protected] or at 918-728-3934. 

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