The free 12-week program offers small class sizes to provide personal  attention to each of the participants. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA fills an important community need by supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors, who are in a transitional period between completing their treatments and feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return regular activity. Often, cancer treatments leave patients deconditioned and/or chronically fatigued, which is why this program is designed to empower survivors to regain their health.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is: 

  • Free, 12-week Y membership for the survivor and their family
  • Two 75 minute classes each week
  • Small group setting (1:6 instructor ratio)
  • Full access to YMCA facilities, including Childwatch child care services
  • Designed for adults who are undergoing or who have completed their cancer treatment

Program Goals

  • Improve energy levels and self-esteem
  • Build muscle mass and strength
  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Improve functional ability to do everyday tasks
  • Reduce the severity of therapy side-effects and prevent unwanted weight changes
  • Develop an ongoing physical fitness program so participants can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as a part of recovery, but as a way of life

Our instructors

Our instructors provide a supportive, safe environment for each class. Our certified instructors and personal trainers have undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise, nutrition, and supportive cancer care.

Criterion For Participation 

  • Strong personal desire to enroll in the program
  • Personally commit to attending all classes
  • Consult with their physician prior to joining the program
  • Permit Y Wellness Staff to call their physician or person giving treatment when necessary
  • Obtain medical referral and waiver
  • Complete YMCA paperwork and screening questionnaire


Like many YMCA programs, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is made possible through donations. Hope Grows is a partnership between Lakeland Health Foundation and the YMCA of Southwest Michigan. They donate 100% of their fundraising proceeds back into the community to support programs like LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. Learn more about Hope Grows.