SIRvivor BC

The SIRvivor BC Exercise Program is available for community centres and fitness instructors. To access the program, please complete this form.

What is SIRvivor BC?

The SIRvivor BC Prostate Cancer Community Exercise Program runs for 6 to 12 weeks, consisting of 2 one-hour sessions each week. The program is tailored to men living with prostate cancer and focuses largely on strength development through resistance based exercise. The program is delivered by exercise trainers certified through the BC Recreation and Parks Association. This program is also being evaluated under a research study, which seeks to gather feedback from the program participants on their experience in the SIRvivor BC program. We hope to use this feedback to help us improve and grow the program over the course of the next few years.

Who is eligible for SIRvivor BC?

All men who are 19 years of age or older and have had a prostate cancer diagnosis are eligible for the SIRvivor BC program. All participants will also be asked to complete a simple pre-exercise screening with a certified exercise physiologist.

Where will SIRvivor BC take place?

Summer 2021 locations:

North Vancouver
Kirkstone Park (outdoor program)
July 6 – August 13, 2021
Tuesday & Friday, 8:30-9:30am
Register through North Vancouver Recreation and Culture: 604-987-7529 or www.nvrc.ca

Fall 2021 locations:

West Kelowna
West Kelowna Multi-Sport Centre
2139 McDougall Road, West Kelowna
September 14 – December 7, 2021
Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30-11:30am
Registration (opens August 3): recreation@westkelownacity.ca or 778-797-8800

North Vancouver
Kirkstone Park (outdoor program)
September 14 – October 8, 2021
Tuesday & Friday, 10:00-11:00am
Register through North Vancouver Recreation & Culture: www.nvrc.ca or 604-987-7529

Virtual
Zoom Video Conference
September 13 – December 1, 2021
Monday & Wednesday, 10:30-11:30am
Register through instructor Lisa Neukomm: inspiredlifestyles@shaw.ca or 778-281-0694

Champlain Heights
Champlain Heights Community Centre
3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver
September 21 – December 10, 2021
Tuesday & Friday, 8:00-9:00am
Registration: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver or 604-718-6575

Penticton
Penticton Community Centre
325 Power Street, Penticton
September 21 – December 22, 2021
Tuesday & Thursday, 12:45-1:45pm
Registration (opens August 26): www.penticton.ca/parks-recreation/programs-registration or 250-490-2426

Frequently asked questions:

How will SIRvivor BC benefit me?

The majority of men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis are not meeting the recommended exercise guidelines! SIRvivor BC provides you with a structured environment in which you can learn and practice safe, effective exercises and help you meet exercise recommendations. Resistance-based exercise may also help combat some side effects of long-term prostate cancer treatment, such as decreased muscle strength and bone density. SIRvivor BC also gives you an opportunity to interact with men who share similar experiences to you and build your community.

What if I am new to exercise or have not worked out in years?  Is this program right for me?

Yes! SIRvivor BC is designed for men of all fitness levels, abilities and backgrounds. The exercises are easily modified to be manageable for each individual, and the program is run by certified fitness trainers who have specific knowledge on working with men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis. They will be able to guide and coach you through the program to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience!

The cost of the program: what if I cannot afford it?

The average cost of the SIRvivor BC program is $50.00 when you join for the first time.  The program is two classes per week for approximately 12 weeks, for a total of 24 sessions.  That works out to $2.10 per class. For repeat participants, the program is $120.00, or about $5.00 per session – the same price as a Grande latte from Starbucks!  If cost is an issue, please talk to the recreation centre about municipal subsidy programs that may be available.

Can I continue working out at home after the program ends?

We encourage all participants to re-register in the program – exercise is most beneficial when it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle! Please contact your community centre for information on how to register for future offerings.

Current SIRvivor participants, please see the attached documents for home-based programs you can complete if you are not registered in a program:

SIRvivorBC_HomeProgram_Body Weight Only

SIRvivorBC_HomeProgram_Weights

Contact

For more information, please contact our research coordinator:

Email: sirvivor.bc@ubc.ca
Phone: 604-827-1914

The implementation of this program provincially has been funded by the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program.
To access additional information on the PCSC Program offerings and supportive care for men with prostate cancer, visit the PCSC at https://pcscprogram.ca