Trainers and Clubs


As a personal trainer, you might have a special interest in working with the population of clients that is living with cancer. Not everyone feels a call to this work, but those who do tend to have a fairly strong passion for doing it. Good for you! We know what that feels like!

This website contains a lot of information that you will find helpful, especially for people you might be training who are dealing with cancer treatment, or who are trying to rebuild their lives after treatment has ended. It's not easy, but our experience is that this is perhaps one of the most dedicated, committed groups of clients you're likely ever to encounter.

Please note that this area of personal training comes highly informed by a growing body of research, and that many of the practices that are recommended will change over time. It's pretty important that you keep up to date, so please feel free to check back here on our website. We'll keep doing as much as we are able to post information that will help you stay updated.

Here are a few resources to help you get started.

  1. Check out this exercise guide: "Moving Through Cancer: A Guide to Exercise for Cancer Survivors" which we co-wrote with the Physical Therapy leaders at UCSF (the University of California, San Francisco).
  2. Take a look at our online library of research and articles about cancer and exercise.
  3. You might also find helpful information in our online library of cancer-exercise videos.
  4. There is excellent educational material available from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). You can find the "ACSM's Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship" on
  5. If you are already certified as a personal trainer with an ACSM certification, you can also work towward the full ACSM/ACS Cancer Exercise Trainer Certification. (That's in conjunction with the American Cancer Association -- ACS.)
Finally, we would love to hear from you, and about the work you are doing to help people living with cancer to get exercise. Please contact us to tell us more.

If we've invited you to sign up to instruct one of our classes, you can sign up here.


Fitness clubs, health clubs and gyms can really be where the rubber hits the road -- for those people living with cancer who prefer this kind of environment. (Many don't, often because they are older, have special needs, or really prefer a walking program that keeps them close to home.)

For the cancer population, the gym is not only a place to get much-needed exercise, it can also be a tremendous source of motivation, and of cameraderie -- where a person can affiliate with other people in an organized or an informal program -- and a welcome retreat from daily stress.

If you own or manage a health club or gym and are inclined to start or grow a program to help people living with cancer, you'll probably end up being incredibly surprised at how valuable the service will be not just for the program participants, but for the wider community as well.

A little history. Sunflower Wellness began its life as a spin-off from the IMPACT program, begun in 2003 by Western Athletic Clubs, a San Francisco-based health and fitness corporation with a real eye toward bringing fitness to underserved populations. That foundation inspired a whole raft of people at the club to begin to exercise, and gave rise to a dedicated group of trainers to help them get it. A key lesson for us: The role of a health club or gym in the process of bringing exercise to people with cancer is of huge importance.

We invite you to explore the health club programs provided by Sunflower Wellness here on this website. Start by looking at our Bay Area programs for cancer patients and survivors. You'll also want to take a look at our trainer section, immediately above on this same page, in order to understand the extent of resources available to your in-gym personnel.

Sunflower Wellness would be glad to discuss your interest in starting a cancer-exercise gym program wherever you might be. Please contact us and tell us about your ideas. We'll get in touch with you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your interest in Sunflower Wellness!

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