Following a referral, patients first undergo a comprehensive fitness assessment, where we measure the following: cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition, health-related quality of life, and symptom severity (e.g. pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, etc). In addition, we obtain a full medical and cancer history on the patient and physician clearance to exercise before the initiation of any exercise program.
Based on the results of the initial assessment, an exercise prescription is developed. This intervention is individualized according to the patient’s current health status and goals, and are in-line with ACSM’s published guidelines on exercise for cancer patients. Exercise duration and intensity are systematically progressed, as the patient is able to tolerate.
All sessions are completed virtually, one-on-one with a trainer who holds a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in an Exercise Science-related field and a nationally-accredited Exercise Oncology Instructor certification. At the completion of each 12-week session, the patient completes the comprehensive fitness assessment again, to measure for progress and to guide future exercise programming.