Cancer Survivors

Free 12 week physical activity and support program for cancer survivors

Program Overview

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 three YMCA sites across Brisbane:

  • YMCA Bowen Hills
  • YMCA Jamboree Heights
  • YMCA Victoria Point

Who Can Join YMCA Cancer Survivors 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.

What To Expect

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.

Next Intake

Jamboree Heights

  • Program starts on the 1st Feb and enrollments are open now!
  • Sessions run on Mondays at 10:30am and Thursdays at 10:45am
Get in contact with us to secure your spot or find out more info.

The program runs several times a year at YMCA Victoria Point, Bowen Hills and Jamboree Heights. Please leave your expression of interest through the form so that we can inform you of the next available intake.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And don't forget to follow YMCA Cancer Survivors on Facebook for inspiring stories and the latest updates!

YMCA Fitness & Recreation supports people into healthy living and physical activity.

YMCA Fitness & Recreation is a division of The Y Brisbane (YMCA Brisbane).