GEM (Get Excited and Move) is a multi-dimensional therapeutic exercise program developed for the National Movement Alliance (NMA), by Level 5 Olympic coach, Michael Cohen. Michael is the director of Team Savannah Weightlifting, which is housed in the Paul Anderson Howard Cohen Weightlifting Center, in Savannah, at 7232 Varnedoe Drive.
GEM is open to people with movement disorders (such as Parkinson Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Essential Tremor, Dystonia, etc.) and movement difficulties (such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Stroke Recovery, etc.) from throughout Chatham
County. In addition, GEM encourages caregivers to participate next to participants, but not as coaches and cheerleaders. Rather, GEM encourages the caregivers, who often decline as fast or faster than the person who is ill, to actively participate, strengthening their bodies and encouraging overall health.
A collaboration between Cohen and The NMA, the GEM program began in late February 2016. with 23 participants (People with Parkinson and caregivers), and has expanded to more than 210 participants in less than a year. GEM continues to seek participants, throughout Savannah
Chatham County, who suffer from any movement disorder, or have a diagnosis that makes walking and moving difficult. These participants will also qualify to participate in active and ongoing research, sponsored by Armstrong University, comparing relationship of exercise and movement disorders and difficulties.
Classes are as follows: Monday & Wednesday 10:00AM-11:00AM, Monday-Friday 11:00AM- 12:00PM, Monday-Thursday 6:00PM-7:00 PM. Anyone considering participation should contact Sarah at 912-376-9833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.