Colleen asked me for additional info about Livestrong:
What do you recommend specifically about the Livestrong program for cancer survivors?
With the Livestrong program you are with a group that understand when cancer treatments are done, you are still recovering and your body has it's limitation. The staff and volunteers at Rochester Y were great. Our group consisted of variety of ages and ability. Some used a cane or had other limitations. The staff will work with you to modify workouts within your limitations.
During the free 12 week Livestrong program, your have access to all the Y has to offer. In addition to Livestrong classes, I also attended water aerobics and chair yoga class. You can use pool, gym, weight room, etc….
If you have a caretaker or spouse, they can also sign up for a 12 week free membership.
How does it differ from regular exercise programs for you?
I think the most difference is this class was much more personalized. Staff knew your name and before class starts meet with you one on one.
Most of people in group are working out for first time since treatments.
If I would of went to regular exercise class, I might of got embarrassed or frustrated with my inability to keep up and probably would of quit. With this class your were encouraged to do what you can. Doing anything is better then doing nothing.
The group met at beginning and end of workouts to discuss any problems you were having.
It is a combination of cardio, strength and balance. We also had other Y instructors join us to do mini-classes like Yoga and balance class.