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Fitness Classes at the Cowell Family Cancer Center

An instructor leads a fitness class at the Cowell Family Cancer Center

Exercise is a critical component of wellness. Fitness classes are available to patients, family members and caregivers, as well as the community. Exercise classes are located in Traverse City at the Cowell Family Cancer Center in the Health and Wellness Suite or outside on the second floor terraces, weather permitting. 

The Cowell Family Cancer Center exercise program features a robust yoga program, Pilates, and strength-training classes. We include curriculum specifically designed for cancer patients. Exercise instructors have completed specialized oncology exercise training or certifications. 

If you have questions about our fitness classes, please call 231-392-8400. 

Find a Class

Class schedules vary, Tuesday through Friday between 8 am and 6:30 pm. Clients may build their own exercise routines and vary them week to week. There is no requirement to sign up for a single class for a set number of weeks.

Class cancellation policy: Exercise classes will not meet during severe weather when Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed.


Class Descriptions & Schedule



Please pre-pay for classes at the Cowell Family Cancer Center welcome desk on the first floor. 

  • Patients of the Cowell Family Cancer Center: $6 per class or $50 for a 10-class punch card.
  • Munson Medical Center staff: $8 per class or $70 for a 10-class punch card.
  • Community members: $12 per class or $100 for a 10-class punch card.

Punch cards can be used for all classes unless otherwise specified.

Class Cancellations

For updated exercise class cancellations, call 231-392-8492.

Fitness Navigator

The Cowell Family Cancer Center offers patients one complimentary appointment with the fitness navigator, a certified cancer exercise specialist. During this appointment, the fitness navigator will help the patient determine reachable fitness goals, possible exercise restrictions, and create a plan for adding exercise to their life. The fitness navigator can break down the class schedule and descriptions or create a home exercise plan. This appointment can be made before, during, or after cancer treatment. Appointments are required and additional appointments may be purchased.

Fitness Navigator: Annemarie Wigton, 231-499-7174 or email

Other Local Fitness Programs for Patients and Survivors

The Journey Program

The Journey Program offers a free exercise program for cancer patients and survivors up to two years post-treatment. This exercise program is supported by the community and through the generosity of area sponsors. It is held outside of the cancer center. Instruction focuses on slowly improving strength, balance, flexibility, posture, core strength, cardiovascular health, and stamina.

This is a 10-week class. Registration and pre-qualification required. No cost. 

Contact: Annemarie Wigton, 231-276-2494, or by email at

ROLL – Recovery on Lake Leelanau

Recovery on Lake Leelanau is a rowing team for cancer survivors and others who want to be active in recovery. Prior rowing experience is not required. 

This group meets Monday nights during three sessions between April - October. The team competes in regattas. The program is located at the historic Fountain Point Resort on South Lake Leelanau, 15 minutes north of Traverse City West High School. Registration is required. 

Attending a Learn 2 Row class first is strongly recommended. It is designed to teach the basics of rowing and prepare you to get out on the water.

For more information, contact Nancy Reye, MD, at or visit the website.