RENEW: CANCER WELLNESS Program

In the RENEW Exercise Program, participants work with specially trained fitness instructors to help them regain strength and confidence.

The 60-minute RENEW Exercise Classes run twice a week for 10 weeks. They include light to moderate strengthening and toning exercises led by specially trained instructors who have received Cancer and Exercise Training for Health Professionals certification from THRIVE Health Services (University of Calgary). Exercises are modified to allow participants to work at their own pace and meet their personal goals.

Cost:

Thanks to the generous support of the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation and its donors, participants pay a subsidized fee of $40 for their first 10-week session.

FAQs:

How do the classes work?

  • Participants attend two 60-minute exercise sessions each week
  • Classes include light to moderate strengthening and toning exercises
  • Classes are led by specially trained instructors who have received Cancer and Exercise Training for Health Professionals certification from THRIVE Health Services (University of Calgary).
  • Exercises are modified to allow participants to work at their own pace and meet their personal goals.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • All active patients at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre who are currently receiving treatment or are in follow-up care.
  • A physician clearance is required.

What are the benefits of exercising through or after cancer treatment?

  • Cancer Care Ontario recommends a moderate amount of exercise for people living with cancer, while on active treatment or post-completion to help improve quality of life as well as cardio and muscular fitness.
  • The group fitness program is an opportunity to meet and socialize with others on the same journey.
  • Previous RENEW Fitness participants say starting a fitness program after cancer was intimidating and joining a gym or regular group fitness program wasn’t something they were comfortable doing immediately after cancer treatments. The RENEW Fitness Program gave them the opportunity to slowly start building their strength, in an unintimidating environment, with instructors who understood their needs and limitations and fellow participants who supported each other throughout the classes.

How do I register?

The classes are offered at 8 locations in the region, listed below. Register today by calling the facility directly.

Location Class Schedule 2019 Dates Contact
Windsor Squash & Fitness Club
2475 McDougall St., Windsor
Tues. & Thurs. 11 am - 12 pm
Feb 5 - Apr 11

Jun 4 - Aug 8

Sep 17 - Nov 21
Windsor Squash & Fitness
Club Renew Link
.
or call: 519-966-2141
Windsor YMCA
3402 Grand Marais Rd., Windsor
Tues. & Thurs.
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mar 5 - May 9

Jul 2 - Sep 5

Oct 8 - Dec 12
YMCA Link 
or call 519-419-1267
Hospice of Windsor
6038 Empress St., Windsor

*no physician clearance required

*these classes are FREE

Yoga:
Tues. 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Tai Chi:
Wed. 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Functional Fitness:
Thurs. 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ongoing all year.
Call: 519-974-7100 ext. 2202
St. Denis Centre
2555 College Ave., Windsor
Mon. & Wed. 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 14 - Jul 18
(cancelled)


Sep 17 - Nov 21
Email: Chad - UWindsor
or call: 519-253-3000 ext 4050
Pure Cycle & Yoga Studio
540 Old Tecumseh Rd., Belle River
Mon. & Wed. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Feb 4 - Apr 10

Jun 3 - Aug 7

Sep 16 - Nov 20
Pure Cycle Spin Studio Link
or in studio
BeachWalk Family Fitness
317 Talbot St. N., Essex
Tues. & Thurs. 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Feb 5 - Apr 11

Jun 4 - Aug 8

Sep 17 - Nov 21
Email: Luke - BeachWalk Fitness
Performance 360
770 Richmond St., Chatham
Tues. & Thurs. 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mar 5 - May 9
(cancelled)


Jul 2 - Sep 5

Oct 8 - Dec 12
Call: 519-436-1530
Ironworks Fitness
611 St Clair St., Sarnia
Mon. & Fri. 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mar 4 - May 10
(cancelled)


Jul 1 - Sep 6

Oct 7 - Dec 13
Email: Jordy - Ironworks Fitness
or call: 519-336-6867

WATCH: Specially trained fitness instructors, Chad Sutherland and Sandra Ondracka from the University of Windsor, demonstrate the basics of the RENEW Exercise Program with a group of volunteers at the program launch on January 16, 2019.