Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for people of all ages and backgrounds. Receiving a diagnosis and going through various forms of treatment can take a serious toll on a person both physically and emotionally.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA provides support and guidance to help survivors rebuild and gain strength. This 12-week program for adult cancer survivors meets twice a week. YMCA wellness coaches work with each participant to fit the program to his or her individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.

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.

  • Support and Encouragement
  • Build Strength
  • Build muscle mass and strength

  • Increase flexibility and endurance

  • Improve day-to-day life

  • Reduce the severity of therapy side effects

  • Prevent unwanted weight changes

  • Improve energy levels and self-esteem

  • Supportive environment and feeling of community with fellow survivors, YMCA staff, and members.

Contact your local branch for specific days and times of upcoming classes. Call our Community Health Department at 314-421-8838 or email for general inquiries.

Thanks to the support of our Annual Campaign donors, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is offered at no cost to cancer survivors and provides facility access to the survivor’s household. Space is limited for each session to allow for a low instructor-to-participant ratio. Survivors are limited to participating once, in order to accommodate others.