We are proud to support our partners Battle Cancer with the launch of the Battle Cancer Program. This is a free 12-week strength and fitness program tailored specifically for those post-cancer treatment. Many who have undergone treatment for cancer are expected to return to life as normal, but for many that is not possible. The Battle Cancer Program provides a support system and structure for them to take control of their own lives and adapt physically and mentally to take on the world around them. Some even go on to become fitness coaches themselves!
The program provides cancer survivors with a free 12-week functional fitness course of two classes per week. They can attend one of the host gym locations or complete the program online. The training is specifically built with cancer survivors in mind, while groups are kept small to foster a community of peer support through a shared experience of cancer.
At the end of the 12-week program, there is the chance for one attendee to receive a fitness coach qualification. That coach then commits to help support the next wave of survivors and provide support from someone who's walked a mile in their shoes.
The program is available in the following UK locations:
Start dates will be staggered depending on COVID restrictions and the re-opening of gyms.
The program is also available free online for those not living near one of the host gyms. The online program is the same as the one that will be coached in the gyms and will also cater for those with no equipment. Individuals are welcome to complete the program with a family member, friend or workout buddy to help them along their journey and can start the program at a time that suits them.
The program is based on over 10 years of experience from Dr Colin Robertson and the Underground Training Station Foundation, as well as research from the MOVE Forward initiative - a study examining the impact of a 10-week functional fitness program on the fitness and quality of life with teenage and young adult cancer survivors.
The study found that the experimental group saw an overwhelming improvement in physical, emotional, cognitive, and social functioning, as well as a reduction in fatigue, appetite loss, and financial difficulties.
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