The Mankato Family YMCA is proud to be a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA facility. As of fall 2013, the Y has offered fitness classes for cancer survivors at any stage in their diagnosis. Understanding that physical fitness is the gateway to one’s recovery, it’s also key to enhancing energy, attitude and the cancer survivor’s quality of life. Participants in this program not only receive the physical and mental edges necessary to get “back in the game,” they enjoy this achievement with others experiencing the same goals, challenges and triumphs. Group classes foster camaraderie and friendships that are rewarding at any stage in life, and crucial in many.
LiveSTRONG: For Cancer Survivors
January 13-March 30, 2020
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30-7 pm
Cost: Free for Members and Non-Members
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a 12-week small-group fitness program for adult cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease.
Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG® have joined together to create LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.
Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as: building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
> 12-week YMCA Membership per Participant
> Two 90-minute classes per week
> A combination of individual instruction and group activities
> Workouts include cardiovascular exercise, strength training and balance
> Full access to the Mankato Area Family YMCA
> Improve energy levels and self-esteem
> Build muscular strength and endurance
> Improve flexibility
> Improve circulation and functional ability to complete everyday tasks
> Reduce the severity of therapy side effects
> Restore balance
> Improve body image
> Reduce stress levels
> Build supportive relationships in a comfortable and safe environment
Our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Instructors are certified fitness instructors that give personal instruction in a group setting. Each instructor has undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer, post cancer exercise, nutrition, and supportive cancer care.
CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION
> Any adult who is currently going through cancer treatment or has gone through some form of cancer treatment (i.e. surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, etc) in the past that wants to regain their health and well-being.
> Strong personal desire – a must have to enroll in program.
> Personally commit to attending all classes.
> Inform your physician that you plan to join the program
> Participants must receive medical clearance and will be evaluated on an individual basis.
> Complete our screening forms and answer a health questionnaire.
> Give permission for the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Program Coordinator to contact your health care provider if necessary.
LiveSTRONG: For Alumni
Next Session Date To Be Determined
For LiveSTRONG alumni ONLY. This class is designed to keep you motivated in fitness after the initial LiveSTRONG class ends. Class may include strength circuits, chair yoga, tai chi, or a Wellness Center workout.
Cost: Members $53 Non-Members $79
Location: LIVESTRONG Studio at the YMCA
Space is limited in both LIVESTRONG and LIVESTRONG Alumni.