The disease is treated through medication and surgery. Some believe keeping active can slow the symptoms of the debilitating disease.

“We are kind of like the first line of defence. We need to keep them going until that cure happens,” said fitness trainer Robyn Murrell, who runs the program.

Murrell is involved with IMPACT Parkinson’s Society, a group which was created to help improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones by offering various programs to work on the mind, body and soul.

Three years ago, she dedicated the gym to help people living with Parkinson’s.

The class has a variety of different levels based on each person’s fitness ability and caters to their unique symptoms.

She wanted to establish a comfortable environment where everyone is welcome, but don’t let that fool you, she runs an intense program full of various activities to give everyone a complete workout.

“Everyone feels like family; they feel comfortable together. You come in here and it’s like you don’t have Parkinson’s because everyone is in the same boat,” she said.