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Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for people of all ages and backgrounds.  Going through a diagnosis and 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.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week program for adult cancer survivors that meets twice a week for one hour and 15 minutes. 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.


  • 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

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.

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.


The program is at no cost to participants who qualify, with program costs underwritten by the YMCA. Space is limited for each session to allow for a low instructor-to-participant ratio.

Upcoming 2019 Classes

How to Register:

Call 314.436.1177, email or contact your local branch.

The following Gateway Region YMCA branches offer LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA:

Carondelet Park Rec Complex: (314) 768-9622
Chesterfield Family YMCA: (636) 532-3100
Clinton County YMCA: (618) 526-5628
Collinsville Maryville Troy (CMT) YMCA: (618) 346-5600
Downtown Belleville Kern Center YMCA: (618) 233-1243
Downtown St. Louis YMCA at the MX: (314) 436.4100 
East Belleville YMCA: (618) 236-9983
Edward Jones Family YMCA: (314) 439-9622
Emerson Family YMCA: (314) 521-1822
Four Rivers Area Family YMCA: (636) 239-5704
Jefferson County Family YMCA: (636) 931-9622
Mid-County Family YMCA: (314) 962-9450
Monsanto Family YMCA: (314) 367-4646
O’Fallon Family YMCA- Missouri: (636) 379-0092
O’Fallon YMCA- Illinois: (618) 628-7701
South City Family YMCA: (314) 644-3100
South County Family YMCA: (314) 849-4668
St. Charles County Family YMCA: (636) 928-1928
Wildwood Family YMCA: (636) 458-6636