Our mission is simple: to provide a gym-like environment in a safe, welcoming space in which individuals with neurological issues can participate in exercise classes specific to their diagnosis, attend private or group workout sessions, and receive individualized attention to help them regain independence and improve their quality of life. All of these classes and sessions are run by licensed physical therapists Amy Bertram and Colleen Schuster.
Our goal is to help those with neurological disorders live healthier lives.
Meet your coaches
Amy Bertram, PT, DPT
Colleen Schuster, PT, DPT
Amy graduated in 2004 from the University of Cincinnati as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She continued with her studies and obtained her Bachelor degree in 2006, and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from UC in 2009. Amy states,
“I love neuro because the brain is so complex and intricate that I am always learning something new.” She enjoys working with neurologically involved clients because she can help them regain their life, or teach them how to adapt to their new life. Amy is certified in LSVT Big, Rock Steady Boxing, and Delay the Disease. Her goal is to receive a Specialist Certification in Neurology. She is the owner of Neurofitness, LLC and runs a non-profit organization, The Joe Bertram Foundation. Amy lives in Liberty Township with her two sons and enjoys reading, crocheting, and boxing.
Colleen graduated with her Bachelor degree from St. Louis University in 1991 and completed her Doctorate degree through the University of Montana in 2014. She has worked in a variety of settings, but her favorite clientele are those individuals with neurological disorders. “I have found that individuals with neurological disorders are often the most motivated patients, and they are an inspiration to me as well as other patients in the clinic.” She is NDT trained and certified to coach Rock Steady Boxing and Delay the Disease classes. She is the owner of Sunflower Strength and Fitness, LLC. Colleen and her husband have three children and they reside in Hamilton. She enjoys reading, crafting, and boxing.
Why are we uniquely qualified to help you?
There are many gyms in the community, but none that address the specific needs of those with neurological disorders. “Patients with neurological disorders often require significant social and economic support because of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial limitations. Despite the high prevalence of disability, there is increasing recognition that services and resources are disproportionately scarce” (Thakur et al, 2016). Amy and Colleen are uniquely qualified in this area due to years of education and experience working with neurologically involved patients. Their passion is to help these individuals be well, stay well, and return to activities they enjoy in the community. Nominal fees are charged so that anyone seeking care is able to receive it. Together, they have seen the difference that a group class can make in the lives of those with neurological disorders. We want to extend our reach to all individuals with neurological disorders including Parkinson's, stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and MS in order to offer multiple options for improving their independence and quality of life.
Thakur KT, Albanese E, Giannakopoulos P, et al. Neurological Disorders. In: Patel V, Chisholm D, Dua T, et al., editors. Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders: Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition (Volume 4). Washington (DC): The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank; 2016 Mar 14. Chapter 5. Available from: 10.1596/978-1-4648-0426-7_ch5
Workout with us!
Current class offerings include Rock Steady Boxing for PD, Delay the Disease for PD, and NeuroFit Chair Class.
Beginning January 2020: Boxing for MS, Neuro classes, and individual sessions are also available to focus on your needs. We plan to offer informational gatherings focused on nutrition, meditation, caregiver support, and much more!
The Neuro Fit Gym is located at 4155 Tonya Trail, Hamilton, OH 45011. It is convenient to West Chester, Hamilton, Fairfield, Oxford, Monroe, Trenton, and Middletown.
Rock Steady Boxing
Rock steady boxing consists of group boxing designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Each class focuses on increasing strength, endurance, balance, fine motor skills and power. Classes are taught by a certified Rock Steady Coach and experienced Physical Therapist with 15+ years of experience working with people who have Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders. Class participants are asked to receive a physician's consent to participate.
We welcome you to observe a class anytime!
Current RSB class times:
Monday 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Friday 1:00 - 2:00 PM
1 class / $15.00
15 classes / $200
20 classes / $250
30 classes / $300.00
Delay the Disease
Classes are currently held at the East Butler County Family YMCA
6645 Morris Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Delay the Disease™, is a fitness program designed to empower people with PD to take control of the disease with daily exercise. The powerful results of the Delay the Disease exercise program can help participants
Move about with ease and confidence in a crowd
Get out of bed or rise from a chair independently
Diminish worry that stiffness, slow steps and other symptoms are obvious
Regain a sense of moving with normality
Class participants are asked to receive a physician's consent to participate.
Monday 1:00-2:00 PM
Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM
YMCA members: $10.00/class
1 class / $15.00
15 classes / $200
20 classes / $250
30 classes / $300
Please contact Amy or Colleen via phone or email to register for a class!
"Rock Steady has helped my balance and I am more aware of my posture, which is so important to preventing falls.
What I noticed in a relatively short time with boxing was how I regained the rhythm of walking. My affected right side had made my gait awkward and I have enjoyed walking normally for months now. I think that only a trained professional may be able to detect that I have Parkinson's Disease. That was not the case 9 months ago. I feel stronger and more confident in my abilities due to all of the targeted exercises we do in warm up, cool down and hitting the bag (as hard as I can)!" ~Denise
Rock Steady Boxing with Neurofitness was a pleasant and wonderful surprise. Boxing provides an excellent workout that strengthens your core muscles, your arms and your balance. I have noticed an improvement in my PD, my attitude, and my balance. The instructors (Amy and Colleen) are licensed physical therapists that design programs for each individual's capabilities that are challenging and fun. Also, there is a strong camaraderie with the other participants in the class. We are all facing the same challenges and the boxing improves not only our physical "abilities, but enhances our attitude and social interactions. It has been a blessing in my life.” ~KH
"Rock steady has had a large impact on not only exercising the majority of my muscles but also experiencing the trials and successes of new friends who share this disease. Having the knowledge and expertise of physical therapists walking us through the program is huge. No worries. Go at your own pace." ~Jim