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JCC launches exercise class for cancer survivors

Unfortunately, we have cancelled this class due to low enrollment. However, Laurie is available for individual and small group cancer exercise personal training by appointment. For details, please call our Fitness desk at 315-234-4522.

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center started offering a Cancer Survivors Exercise Class in January. Effective May 28, 2016, the Saturday class will no longer be held. The class will meet twice a week on Mondays from 5:45–6:45 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Photo of Laurie Kushner, personal trainer certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, who is also a cancer exercise specialist certified through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.The Cancer Survivors Exercise Class is led by Laurie Kushner (pictured at left), personal trainer certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, who is also a cancer exercise specialist certified through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. Kushner is also available for one-on-one cancer exercise sessions as well as standard personal training sessions.

“The class is designed to help individuals begin a fitness regimen or recover their previous fitness level after cancer treatments,” said Kushner. “Exercises are focused on improving range of motion, posture and flexibility as well as strength and cardio training. I’m very excited to be teaching this class at the JCC because of the center’s wonderful reputation and visibility within the community.”

A primary focus of Kushner’s coursework with the Cancer Exercise Training Institute was working with breast cancer patients. However, the comprehensive nature of her class allows her to tailor the exercises for 25 different cancers and their treatments, surgeries and reconstructions. The class’ exercises can be modified to any fitness level and nearly any stage of recovery. A doctor’s release is required for individuals to participate.

“I am delighted that our Fitness Center is bringing such an innovative program to people who have already had to endure so much,” said JCC of Syracuse Executive Director Marci Erlebacher. “Laurie is an amazing person and personal trainer, and we’re so fortunate that she’s here to offer such a valuable program to the community. It’s exciting to have her here as part of the JCC family and one of our personal trainers.”

The class is free for JCC Fitness members and $10 per class for non-members. The first class is free for non-fitness members to tryout.

For more information about the Cancer Survivors Exercise Class, call the JCC’s Sports & Fitness Center at 315-234-4522.

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