LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is designed for adult cancer survivors who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment or disease. The small group, physical activity program utilizes a private, non-intimidating circuit style that helps participants build strength, increase flexibility and endurance and ultimately improve quality of life. Additional goals include reducing the side effects of treatment, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem.

A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life. In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members.

The program consists of a one 12-week session, and is provided without cost to participants*. YMCA fitness instructors work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care. The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.


Upcoming Classes (75 minutes): LIVESTRONG groups are forming.

Start Date Information

Carlson Metro Center Currently underway.  Call to inquire about future groups. Contact Corinne Lein
Maplewood Family Branch Call with interest! Contact Christine Stanford
Northwest Family Branch Currently underway.  Call to inquire about future groups. Contact Pam Clark
Southeast Family Branch April 4, 2017
Tuesday and Thursday: 11:45am – 1:00pm
Contact Lisa Tschiderer
Westside Family Branch Currently underway.  Call to inquire about future programs. Contact Jeff Williams
Bay View Family Branch Classes begin in April
Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-1:45pm
Contact Carin Adams
Eastside Family Branch  Starting May 2
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 – 11:15am
Contact Carrie Halstead

*The YMCA of Greater Rochester is able to cover this program free of charge thanks to the generous contributions of individual donors. Please contact us if you would like to make a donation.

For more information, please contact Christine Stanford at 585-341-4064
For branch contact information, please CLICK HERE.

Click here for a helpful resource on exercise and nutrition after a cancer diagnosis.