“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you CAN DO!” – John Woodwen

Troy, MI August 8, 2018 – The Boxing Rink/Deyoga Room announced today the launch of their new program, “Senior Focus” – a program that combines physical and cognitive exercises to challenge your body and mind in a FUN, friendly and social environment – for Senior Citizens only!

This is so much more than an exercise class.  Senior Focus is designed to give seniors challenging, yet safe physical activity, to gain flexibility, stamina and stability, building confidence and mental wellness by improving cognitive function.

The idea to start the Senior Focus Program stemmed when Co-Owner/CPT/Senior Exercise Specialist, Mike Martelli, started training his fiancée Barbara’s mother, Kathy Deyo, a 75 year old woman suffering from high blood pressure, balance issues, memory loss and, at the stern advice of her cardiologist, desperately needed to lose weight. It was the memory loss that concerned Kathy the most though. An MRI and a visit to the neurologist revealed that nothing was wrong with Kathy’s brain. It was just aging, like the rest of her body. And just like everyone’s body ages differently, everyone’s brain does too. The doctors’ number one recommendation? EXERCISE.


“Well, we can fix that,” Barbara said to the doctor, “We own a gym.” Kathy and Coach Mike began training – at first at Kathy’s reluctance – finding it “difficult” to schedule her first session. She was scared. She had never worked out in her life! How can she possibly start at 75 years old?? Fast forward a few short months later, and now Kathy is calling Coach Mike on the regular to make sure she gets her sessions in, and tries to train 3 times a week. The result? Kathy has lost over 30 pounds, and has gone from barely being able to get out of a chair, to doing 30 chair squats! The lady who was afraid of stairs is doing toe taps on a Bosu ball!! She is tossing a medicine ball naming states as she does so. She can walk a mile without resting – a vast improvement from getting light headed after 2 minutes on a treadmill during her stress test! She no longer has high blood pressure, and doesn’t need her cardiologist. The results have been so incredible – we needed to share it with as many people as we can.


The Boxing Rink opened in 2014 with the purpose of training athletes – Hockey players and teams in particular. The gym is outfitted with shooting lanes, and a synthetic ice boxing ring – hence the name – to cater to the hockey community. While the gym has had great success with this program – by chance another program was brought to the attention of Coach Mike. A story aired on CBS News about Rock Steady Boxing – a program designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease. As soon as the story aired, the phones were ringing off the hook to find the program in the area – which there weren’t any. Right away, we were on it – and The Boxing Rink became the very first registered affiliate in Southeastern Michigan. 

The results we have seen in our RSB members is truly mind blowing. These results are what prompted Coach Mike to train Kathy in a similar manner – combining physical and cognitive exercises at the same time – because it works. We have seen first-hand how combining physical and cognitive exercises can greatly benefit this demographic – improving memory, balance, coordination and self-esteem. The program will combine “Senior Sweat” for physical exercise, “Senior Stretch” in Deyoga Room, and “Senior Sense” for cognitive focus days – all to make a well-rounded program!

This is why we have brought you Senior Focus. This is why you, or your mom or dad, grandma or grandpa, friend or loved one NEEDS THIS program.  Classes will begin September 18, 2018 and to launch the program, and to try it out, the first week is FREE!! Contact Coach Mike at 248-817-5243 or mike@theboxingrink.com to schedule a FREE fitness assessment and registration.




TROY, Mich. – A Metro Detroit woman created a fitness program to help her aging mother, but it turned into much more than a workout class.

Many people having aging parents who might be losing strength, flexibility and mental focus. The Boxing Rink in Troy is helping people feel better without having to rely solely on medications.

On Tuesday mornings, 18 men and women push themselves at the senior workout program inside The Boxing Rink. They work on flexibility, balance, cardio and strength, and it’s thanks to Barb Deyo.

“My mom’s health was failing to the point where her friends were contacting me that they were concerned about her,” Deyo said. “The doctor just said, ‘This is how your brain is aging,’ that everybody’s brain, just like your body, ages different, and the No. 1 recommendation was exercise.”

Deyo and her fiance, Mike Martelli, who own The Boxing Rink together, decided to develop a workout program to help Deyo’s mother physically and mentally.

They already have a proven track record with a boxing class to help people with Parkinson’s disease, so they decided to create a class for people dealing with aging.

“Trying to make your brain do two things at one time — it makes it more challenging, and that’s awesome,” Martelli said.

Members of the class might row, working on their arm and shoulder strength, while doing multiplication tables. In between strength exercise sets, members might do memory card games.

“I think this is probably my favorite,” Deyo’s mother, Kathryn Deyo, said.

Kathryn Deyo, 75, said her balance and strength are coming back.

“It helps pain,” she said. “It gives me more energy.”

She also lost 30 pounds.

“I know this is good for me,” Kathryn Deyo said.

“Her self-esteem improved,” Barb Deyo said. “Her physical mobility improved. Her memory improved, and just how happy it made her. I thought, ‘We need to share this.'” READ MORE…