Exercise and Thrive

Through Exercise and Thrive, survivors build muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve their capacity to perform activities of daily living, from work to play. The program has been shown to reduce fatigue and improve physical function, strength, flexibility, musculoskeletal symptoms, and mental health. Improvements were also seen in blood pressure, weight, and waist circumference, with 70 percent of participants reporting that they continued to exercise regularly at least six months after the program.

How It Works

Classes are held twice a week for 90min at a YMCA location. Classes are led by national certified personal trainers who have received cancer training from cancer survivor specialists from Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Who Can Participate?

Cancer survivors over 21 who:
   • Are at least 90 days out of cancer treatment with no evidence of active
   • Have a strong personal desire to improve their strength and fitness 
   • Will attend the full 12-week program
   • Agree to obtain medical clearance for participation

Click on a YMCA region below to view all YMCA locations currently offering the Exercise and Thrive program.

Greater Seattle YMCAs

South Sound YMCAs

Pierce and Kitsap County YMCAs

Snohomish County YMCAs

Olympic Peninsula YMCAs

Whatcom Family YMCA