Strengthening our most vulnerable

We are committed to empowering our entire community with resources and options that excite them and help them work toward improved general health. That certainly includes older adults, those recovering from surgery or injury, and those who are dealing with illness or poor health.

EnhanceFitness

EnhanceFitness is a proven senior fitness and arthritis management program that improves your endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. It reduces arthritis symptoms with safe, low impact exercises led by certified instructors in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes fun, laughter, friendship and smiles. This 16-week program includes pre- and post-program fitness assessments that measure progress.

Who can participate in EnhanceFitness?

EnhanceFitness is proven to provide positive outcomes for individuals dealing with arthritis. It is also appropriate for any adult living with chronic conditions impacting mobility, those recovering from surgery or recently dismissed from physical therapy, and any older adult looking to improve their quality of life and maintain independence through active living.

Does the program require a medical referral?

No medical referral is necessary to participate.  Enrollment in the program does include a health history questionnaire, which may prompt a request for Medical Clearance before beginning the program.

What should I expect as a participant in the program?
  • 16 weeks with 60-minute classes occurring 3 times a week
    • 5-MINUTE WARM-UP - Gets the blood flowing to the muscles
    • 20-MINUTE AEROBICS - Gets participants walking and moving to lively music
    • 5-MINUTE COOL-DOWN - Relax the body while lowering heart rates
    • 20-MINUTE STRENGTH TRAINING - Soft ankle and wrist weights add resistance
    • 10-MINUTE STRETCHING - Keeps muscles flexible and joints moving
  • Throughout the session there are several balance exercises for core strength and agility
  • Multiple opportunities to socialize and make new friends with fellow participants.
  • Pre and post fitness assessments, complete with individual progress reports to celebrate your outcomes
What is the cost?

Cost is $60 for members and $140 for non-members. Financial assistance and monthly payment plans available for the 16 week session.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

This free 12-week program focuses on healing the whole person. With LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, cancer survivors work with trained Y staff to build strength and muscle mass, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability while providing a supportive community to enhance their emotional well-being. 

Our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is absolutely FREE for all participants - if they are Greater Wichita YMCA members or not.

Who can participate in LIVESTRONG?

Any adult (18+ years) that has been diagnosed with cancer can enroll in the program. We use the term “Survivor” to include everyone from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and in remission.

Does the program require a medical referral?

Survivors may enroll in the program without a referral from an oncologist or other medical provider. Before participating, the YMCA will get a Medical Clearance to ensure safe participation for all participants.

How are the instructors qualified?

Instructors a required to hold a nationally recognized personal training certification, as well as the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Instructor certification.  Additionally, all instructors are required to maintain current CPR, First Aid and Oxygen Administration certifications.

What should I expect as a Survivor in the program?

 Twelve-week programs with two, 90-minute sessions per week

  • Sessions are offered 3 times a year at most YMCA Branch locations
  • Life and fitness evaluation before, during, and after program participation for all participants to ensure readiness and progress
  • A curriculum of cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
  • An approach to recovery that ensures the whole person (spirit, mind, and body) can thrive
  • Improved muscle mass, strength, flexibility, endurance, self-esteem, and confidence and reduced stress
  • Support from staff, volunteers, and other program participants who are also living with cancer
What is the cost?

FREE to all Survivors – no YMCA Membership required.  This program is made possible through the Y’s Strong Community Campaign donations and sponsorships to remove any financial barrier to recovering from cancer and related treatments. 

Can I participate multiple times?

Enrollment in the 12-week program is limited to one time, unless there is a new diagnosis or recurrence.  There are multiple opportunities for graduates to stay connected through Alumni offerings.

Give to LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

A gift of $285 will put one cancer survivor through the 12-week program for absolutely FREE.