at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body. This nationally recognized program provides guidance on how to undertake moderate amounts of exercise to help reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance following cancer treatment.

For more information please contact Susanna Bodell, LiveSTRONG at the YMCA Coordinator.

Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike (FES)

The FES bike helps those who are dealing with paralysis and other neuromuscular issues to regain strength in muscles that may no longer be able to function. FES is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. FES enables muscles to work and perform activities even though the muscles may be weak or paralyzed through neurological disease of injury. Use of the FES bike is part of a YMCA of Greater Providence membership.

Available at our Cranston, Kent County, Newman and South County locations.

Pedaling for Parkinsons™

Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in PD symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research inspired the launching of Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ (PFP), an indoor cycling program geared specifically towards individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

For more information please contact your local branch.


Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.

Available at our South County location.

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

There are over 25 million people with type 2 diabetes and over 79 million at risk for this chronic disease. Now the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help those who are at risk take control of their health by adopting habits to reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Research proves that programs like YDPP may reduce the number of type 2 diabetes cases by 60% nationwide.

For more information please contact Joni Bloom, Healthy Living Coordinator.

YMCA's Weight Loss Program

A weight management program for adults (18 and over) who desire to reach a healthier weight. It features a curriculum on balanced eating, physical activity, creating a supportive environment, goal setting, positive psychology, stress and rest, and sustainability. One-hour group classes are conducted once a week for 12 weeks. Key components include weekly goal setting, food and activity tracking, introduction to physical activity offerings, and weigh-ins. Held in a classroom setting, participants are encouraged to engage in other health and wellness activities outside of class.

For more information please contact your local branch.