Owner and president of David Zid HealthWorks, a personal training company that I started in 1999. As an energetic coach for hundreds of clients and other personal trainers, I have developed a special interest in the older adult client, and now the Parkinson’s client.
My focus on Parkinson’s disease clients has been very rewarding. Currently, I value the time I spend as the leader and creator of Delay the Disease — group exercise classes specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s disease. I am the author of the book and corresponding DVD Delay the Disease – Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease. My newest book/DVD Delay the Disease – Functional Fitness for Parkinson’s are short exercise agendas that are based on a functional task that may be challenging to the Parkinson’s individual (i.e., freezing, getting out of the car, getting out of bed, getting off the floor).
I also participated in the creation of an instructional certification course for Delay the Disease, targeting healthcare professionals. It is an evidenced-based program with detailed information on starting a community-based Parkinson’s-specific exercise program, as well as a “train the trainer” component that instructs techniques for teaching and creating the exercise programs.
I have an ongoing interest in Parkinson’s research and have recently published a study in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders entitled, “Effects of a formal exercise program on Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study using a delayed start design.” Additional information about my work with Parkinson’s patients is available on the Delay the Disease website at www.delaythedisease.com.
Graduate of the Ohio State University
Professional Fitness instructor in Columbus, Ohio since 1997
Certified through ACE and APG as a personal trainer and functional fitness trainer
Currently the Director for Movement Disorders and Musculoskeletal Wellness at OhioHealth Delay the Disease