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Intended Audience

Young adult members (18 – 39 years old) including people living with cancer diagnosis and significant caregivers.

Program Description

Get ready to move, sweat, and have fun! YA HIIT 45 class includes aerobic and strength activities, done in circuit-style – meaning one activity after another in a series, and ending with a stretch and relaxation. In just 45 minutes, you will get a full-body workout, leaving you feeling stronger and energized. All levels welcome. 

“Exercise gives me more energy and flexibility.”

“The facilitator is very knowledgeable but also makes it fun to exercise. I love this class!”

“The facilitator is a great teacher/motivator. I like the fact that exercises are varied with a wide range of things to try.”

Benefits and Impact

The benefits of exercise have long been celebrated and research supporting exercise for cancer survivors is broad and comprehensive. It is well documented that physical activity can improve physical functioning, fatigue management and overall quality of life. Other benefits include reduced pain symptoms, improved body image and self esteem, and lower risk of cancer reoccurrence. In accordance with these findings, the Canadian Cancer Society recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week plus two days of strength training.

What to Expect at a Session

Classes begin with gentle effective movement along with tips on ways to exercise safely and incorporate healthy activity in everyday living. Exercises vary each class with measured attention on cardiovascular, muscle strength and endurance, flexibility and relaxation. Classes are fun, uplifting and supportive with built in degrees of challenge to accommodate members at any fitness level. Participants show up with comfortable clothing and running shoes and leave with improved strength, mobility and energy.

This particular program requires that you have already completed a PAR-Q+ form with us and that you have attended this or another Exercise and Educate program. Please register for only ONE Exercise and Educate program (YA HIIT 45 is part of the Exercise and Educate program offerings).

Young Adults are those 18 – 39ish. Meet with others within your age group.

Program Details


Requires PAR-Q + Form (PDF)


What the Research Says

Research shows that being more active as a cancer survivor can lead to a number of benefits. Physical activity is a safe and effective intervention throughout all stages of disease. It has been reported to improve management of cancer related stressors and side effects (Courneya et al., 2007; Jones et al., 2010; Courneya et al., 2003; Knobf et al., 2007). Other Research:

  • Courneya, K., Friedenreich, C. (2007). Physical activity and cancer control (Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 23, 242-252).
  • Fong, D.Y., et al., Physical activity for cancer survivors: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (BMJ, 2012. 344: p. e70).
  • Knobf, M., Musanti, R., Dorward, J. (2007). Exercise and quality of life outcomes in patients with cancer (Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 23, 285-296).
  • Schmitz, K.H., et al., American College of Sports Medicine roundtable on exercise guidelines for cancer survivors (Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2010. 42(7): p. 1409-26).
  • Speck, R.M., et al., An update of controlled physical activity trials in cancer survivors: a systematic review and meta-analysis (J Cancer Survive, 2010).


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