The Power of Agency
By Haralee Weintraub
"I love the FIT Together classes via Zoom. I can’t cheat with excuses like ‘the traffic is bad’ or ‘the weather is a problem’ because all I have to do is go into another room! Being accountable is a huge part of this class, and the caring friendships I’ve developed with classmates really keep me going. I’m always looking forward to the next class. I am much stronger and my endurance has improved as has my balance! Joining the FIT Together community is the shining light to a cancer diagnosis."
The Power of Persistence
By Susan Rodgers
"FIT Together is very important to me. I started out in the strength building class, then added Yoga Flow, attending both classes for over a year. My goal was to become a better dragon boat paddler, and happily, I’ve achieved my goal. Yoga keeps me flexible, strong and seems geared to the very muscles I need for paddling. When I wake up stiff, Yoga loosens me up and improves my movements for the rest of the day. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone who’s received a cancer diagnosis to try FIT Together. The benefits and feelings of wellness are addictive."
The Power of Transformation
By Ted Healy
"Years ago, if you had told me I’d be a yoga advocate, I would have said ‘no way’! Well, I wasn’t facing Stage 4 metastatic Prostate Cancer, nor its treatment side effects back then. Enter FIT Together and Laura’s yoga program. Thanks to FIT Together, my doggies, and my amazing wife, I’ve lost 50 pounds, returned from the brink of Type-2 Diabetes, and regained flexibility & muscle strength. I’m more confident walking my dogs, hiking and just getting on with life. I’ve recovered quickly from a recent surgery thanks to FIT Together & Laura’s yoga class. Big gratitude."
The Power of Partnership
By Jen Thario
"Personalization is what sets the FIT Together classes apart from most group exercise. The classes are both challenging and accommodating. The instructors are so helpful in working with post treatment limitations and issues. At the same time my partner is able to challenge himself within the same exercise framework. The small group format is really supportive."
The Power of Practice
By Dave Schwartz
"Prior to participating in FIT Together, I believed yoga was not a good fit for me. I believed yoga was mainly for stretching. Becoming a participant in a yoga practice has provided me with a vastly different perspective. Having Laura as the instructor has helped me realize that there IS gain without pain. When Laura reminds us to "do what's available today", to relax our face or "breathe", it helps me remember that yoga is a “practice”! I would highly recommend yoga with Laura and FIT Together for anyone who desires to continue on a path of wellness and growth."
The Power of Self-Esteem
By Mike Sweeney
"Since being blessed with the opportunity to attend FIT Together classes with Ron, I have many encouraging positives to share. When I heard the words "Prostate Cancer”, a new sense of masculinity emerged. PC hits powerfully in the emotional and psychological centers of "maleness." Ron recognizes all these complex feelings. Our zoom class is both an exercise and a support group. As strength and balance increased, my self esteem came back. Ron is a wonderful instructor, skilled at explaining the benefits of each exercise. I truly value FIT Together as an important companion in my relationship with prostate cancer."
The Power of Accountability
By Linda Cowls-Newton
"My husband and I were blessed to find FIT Together through participation in a research study for breast cancer survivors. We found pronounced improvements through the weight-bearing exercises FIT Together offers. Our caring instructors provided excellent instruction, modifying exercises according to each individual's capabilities. We enjoy the convenience of exercising from the comfort of our own home! All our classes are "live" - keeping our accountability in check. Our fellow classmates provide inspiration and encouragement. From a broad range of exercise backgrounds, we come together with one goal: to achieve a healthier body and positive mindset."
The Power of Mobility
By Ted Nelson
"I attend the remote FIT Together Chair Yoga program, Zooming in from Oregon, Hawaii, and Maine. Even though I proudly remained active well into my 80’s, I accepted the inevitable decrease in strength and mobility. After three years of yoga, I’ve regained a bit of both. I stand straighter, and feel stronger. My classmates and I have developed a strong bond. I care for them and know they care for me. The good humor and camaraderie makes every class a joy, and the annual picnic is a huge highlight. All that said, the skill, thoughtfulness, and caring of our instructor is the heart of our experience."
The Power of Camaraderie
By Mark Anderson
"My cancer treatments were causing a concerning decline in walking stability and overall strength. My mental state was affected as well. With my ongoing participation in both yoga and cardio/strength classes, I am much stronger and stable than I could ever possibly have hoped for. I walk better, and my range of motion makes me feel young again. And the big bonus of the classes is the camaraderie of the participants, all striving to fight our cancer."