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YMCA CANCER SURVIVORS

The Y's Cancer Survivor Program began in August 2016 as a way to provide those living with, through and beyond cancer with structured exercise by qualified coaches in a compassionate, supportive space.

Free 12 week physical activity and support program for cancer survivors!

Take back your physical wellbeing and make strong friendships at YMCA Cancer Survivors! Join our free 12-week physical activity and support program for anyone living with, through and beyond cancer. Here at the Y, we provide a safe exercise program and environment for cancer survivors to gain and reclaim their health and well-being. Instructors will help participants develop their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle. YMCA instructors are trained in the fields of cancer, post-rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS

Programs run at the following YMCA sites across Brisbane & Queensland:

  • YMCA Bowen Hills (9th April - 5th July)
  • YMCA Jamboree Heights (7th May - 25th July, 13 Aug - 31st Oct)
  • YMCA Victoria Point (5th Aug)
  • YMCA Warwick (15th April, 8th Oct)
  • YMCA Stanthorpe (coming soon)

WHO CAN JOIN CANCER SURVIVOR PROGRAM

Those who are living with, through and beyond cancer. You don't have to be a Y member to take part in this life-changing program; non-members are most definitely welcome and encouraged!

If you know someone with cancer who you think will benefit from this program, please don’t hesitate to share this!

UPCOMING INTAKE

LocationDatesSession Times
YMCA Bowen Hills
9 April
to 5th July

TBC

YMCA Jamboree Heights
7 May - 25th July
13 Aug - 31st Oct

TBC

YMCA Victoria Point
5th Aug

TBC

WIRAC
15th April
8th Oct
  • Tuesdays - Hydrotherapy Session - 3pm
  • Thursdays - Yoga / Pilates - 10:30am
  • Fridays - Strength Session - 7am

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YMCA CANCER SURVIVORS SESSIONS

YMCA Cancer Survivors is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist-designed program (AEP) and delivers exercise intervention specifically for people who are either going through or recovering from cancer treatment. Participants will be offered 2 x 60-minute sessions a week during a 12-week group fitness program.

To start off, participants fill out a baseline form to determine fitness level, vitality, perceived stress and fatigue. In addition, a functional assessment is completed at the beginning and end of the program. The exercise program consists of three fitness components. These components are tailored to suit the individual needs of each participant.

  • Aerobic (5-15 minutes) - treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical trainer or rower
  • Progressive resistance training (25-40 minutes) - strength machines, free weights, elastic bands and exercise ball
  • Flexibility/stretching/range of motion and balance (5-15 minutes) - floor stretches, stretching with a partner and individual exercises

All sessions are conducted in groups of up to 12 participants under direct supervision by qualified YMCA coaches. This helps ensure the use of proper technique and minimises the risk of injury. In addition to the weekly exercise classes, participants are given home exercise programs to complete as well.