YMCA CANCER SURVIVORS
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.
Programs run at the following YMCA sites across Brisbane & Queensland:
- YMCA Bowen Hills (9th April - 5th July)
- YMCA Jamboree Heights (7th May - 6th Aug, 3rd Sep - 3rd Dec)
- 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 program.
YMCA Bowen Hills
Tuesdays: 9:30am – 10:30am
YMCA Jamboree Heights
Tuesdays: 10:30am – 11:30am
YMCA Victoria Point
Mondays: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Wednesdays: 11:30am – 12:30pm
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.