Fitness course for cancer patients

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My35 Health & Wellness Club in Piries Place, Horsham has teamed up with the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre in Crawley to offer a free 12- week fitness course for anyone over the age of 18 affected by cancer.

Several recent studies have shown that there are clear benefits to undertaking physical exercise during and after treatment for cancer.

Benefits can include improved physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Patients may also feel that they are regaining an element of control over their lives and are making a positive contribution to their own recovery to complement the treatments that they are undergoing, but over which they have little or no control.

Although aware of the potential benefits of physical exercise, some cancer patients may be reluctant to join a gym when they are undergoing treatment, fearing that they will be intimidated by super fit people heaving massive weights around! This is where My35 and the Olive Tree can help.

My35 is a light and airy space with a friendly, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. Fitness programmes at My35 use the ‘Milon Circle’ which provides a total body work out with six strength machines and two cardio units. Participants only need train for 35 minutes twice a week in order to see improvements in both strength and fitness.

Staff at My35 are trained and experienced in working with people with cancer as well as other conditions such as stroke and so will ensure that workouts are tailored each individual. My35 have joined forces with the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre in order to offer this fantastic opportunity to local people in Horsham and Crawley affected by cancer.

The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre in Crawley is a small charity, funded entirely by donations, which provides a wide range of services to local people affected by cancer. Services include complementary therapies such as massage, reflexology and acupuncture in addition to counselling, coaching, support groups for specific cancers, a singing group and the much acclaimed ‘Cancer Survivorship Programme’.

The 12 week course at My35 Horsham will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm – 3.30pm commencing on Tuesday October 13 for 12 weeks and will be free of charge. There will even be free tea, coffee and water on offer to enjoy after your workout!

Commenting on the partnership, My35 Director Stuart Davis said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Olive Tree and to help support their members with a safe, effective and efficient exercise programme. At My35 in Horsham we use the Milon Strength & Endurance Circle, which has been the foundation of a seven year study and over 2800 patients by Prof.

“Freek Baumann at the University Hospital in Cologne that has shown dramatic results for those who trained at least once a week and it is these training principles that we are looking to share with the Olive Tree group.”

To sign up for the course please contact the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre on 01293 534465 or email:

If you have any questions about the workout please contact My35 on 01403 263500 or email

Report contributed by Sarah Brocklehurst.