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 is SIRvivor BC offered?
Fall 2022 programs:
LADYSMITH, Frank Jameson Community Centre, 810 6th Ave, Ladysmith
Sep 20-Oct 27 and Nov 8-Dec 15, 2022, Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:00pm
Information: reccowichan.ca or 250-245-6424
CITY OF KELOWNA, Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
July 4 – August 29, 2022, Monday/Thursday 3:00-4:00pm
Information: rec.kelowna.ca or 250-469-8800
RICHMOND, Minoru Centre for Active Living, 7191 Granville Ave, Richmond
Sept 14-Oct 22, 2022, Wednesday/Saturday 2:00-3:00pm,
Registration Class #175554: Online at www.richmond.ca/register / Call Centre 604-276-4300 (Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm) / In-person at any Richmond Community Facility
CAMPBELL RIVER, Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex, 225 South Dogwood St, Campbell River
Sept 12-Nov 2, 2022, Monday/Wednesday 3:15-4:15pm
Information: Contact recreation coordinator Justin Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-830-6739
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:
For more information, please contact our research coordinator: