Breast Cancer & Exercise

March 27, 2016

The most common issues that plague post-mastectomy patients are upper-crossed syndrome and range of motion limitations in the affected shoulder. Upper cross syndrome is the combination of protracted (rounded) shoulders, forward head, cervical lordosis, winged-scapula, and thoracic kyphosis. As a result of these postural deviations, mastectomy, lymph node dissection, and/or radiation, the chest muscles may […]


March 24, 2016

The Perry Hall YMCA is hosting the Cancer Exercise Specialist Certification Workshop in Baltimore, MD on May 21-22 from 9-5 both Sat/Sun. Early Registration $400 until April 21st! Register FOUR people and get ONE registration FREE! Financial assistance and payment plans may be available. Please call 503-502-6776 to inquire or register online at    

National Lymphedema Network – Position Statement on Exercise & Lymphedema

March 13, 2016

Fitness and Exercise: It is very important for individuals with lymphedema to be physically fit and maintain a healthy weight. A safe form of exercise is an essential part of a fitness program for people with lymphedema. Fitness and exercise are not the same. Exercise includes many different types of physical movement. The three main […]

Guarantee or Hopeful Possibility; does a Cancer Patient Discriminate?

March 8, 2016

Guarantee or Hopeful Possibility; does a Cancer Patient Discriminate? I was fifteen when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. I had very little knowledge of the world as I know it now; and certainly knew nothing about my mothers’ diagnosis. Over the next few months…and years….I witnessed my father taking […]

Creating a Niche Market as a Fitness Professional

March 4, 2016

As seen in NASM Training Edge Archive – Taking Control of Cancer Working with cancer patients and survivors to rehabilitate, get fit, and take their lives back is natural for Andrea Leonard. After surgery for thyroid cancer as a teenager, she struggled with weight and a sluggish metabolism, which eventually led her to become a personal […]

Earn PMA CEU’s and Become a Pilates Cancer Exercise Specialist

February 2, 2016

Earn PMA CEU’s and Become a Pilates Cancer Exercise Specialist Be one of the first Pilates instructors in the nation to obtain your Cancer Exercise Specialist Certification while earning 14 valuable PMA CEU’s.  The Cancer Exercise Specialist has been educating health and fitness professionals  since 1996 and provides comprehensive training on 25 types of cancer, […]

Alcohol May Increase Cancer Risk

January 27, 2016

Alcohol May Increase Cancer Risk More and more studies are agreeing alcohol may increase cancer risk, certain cancers more than others. Alcohol is a legal, sedative drug which changes the way we feel. Pure alcohol is a colorless, odorless and inflammable fluid that does not contain any nutrients for the body. Alcohol is the common term […]

Cancer Survivors Exercise Class starting Jan. 6

January 22, 2016

Cancer Survivors Exercise Class starting Jan. 6 DeWitt — The Jewish Community Center has announced they will be offering a Cancer Survivors Exercise Class starting Jan. 6 at their fitness center on 5655 Thompson Road in DeWitt. The class will be held three times a week as follows: Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, Fridays from […]

Lymphedema Precautions

January 4, 2016

Lymphedema Precautions By Andrea Leonard The amount of lymphatic fluid that is transported through the affected area is directly related to the amount of blood flow to those areas. Heavy lifting with the affected arm, extreme climatic temperatures, extreme water temperatures (when bathing, showering, or hot tubs and saunas), sunburn, and vigorous repetitive movements against […]

Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients

January 4, 2016

Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients Andrea Leonard In 1996, the first Surgeon General’s report on physical activity and health was published. This included the currently accepted public health recommendations for physical activity for general health; 20 minutes of moderate intensity activity – such as brisk walking – on most days of the week. This […]