Exercise and Thrive


Livestrong at the YMCA

Program Information

In 2008, the YMCA partnered with LIVESTRONG to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the LIVESTRONG  at the YMCA program.  Part of the Y's commitment to strengthening community through healthy living, the program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the whole person - not the disease.  This 12-week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease participants back into fitness and help maintain a healthy weight. Topics focused on include:

  • Building muscle mass and strength
  • Increasing flexibility and endurance
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem

Plus, participants learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended.  LIVESTRONG at the YMCA provides individualized attention and an approach to recovery that targets the areas you need to rebuild.  Physical activities are tailored to match only what participants are comfortable and able to accomplish. 

Just as important, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of community - a safe, comfortable place for participants to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.


"LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has made an incredible difference in my recovery from breast cancer.  The treatments had slowed my metabolism and there were so many daily activities I couldn't do.  The coaches are patient and kind and showed me how to build up my strength, without overdoing it.  The survivors in the group all are very warm and friendly.  Now I am proud of what I can do.  I feel like a different person."  

- Michelle, program participant    


Staff have been specifically trained to work with cancer survivors and patients and follow the American College of Sports Medicine and American Cancer Society exercise guidelines.  They are exercise experts who can understand the unique physical needs and concerns of participants and help address them safely.  Some instructors are survivors themselves.

For More Information

Contact 206-344-3181 or email chronicdiseaseprevention@seattleymca.org

Click HERE to visit the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program website 

*Program locations vary

*Medical release and registration is required