POWER Program

The Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery (POWER) fitness program provides a personalized exercise plan for cancer patients based on diagnosis, treatment type and phase, and fitness goals. It includes the following:

  • Medical and physical assessment by a physician
  • Personalized exercise plan
  • Twice weekly exercise sessions with a certified cancer exercise specialist
  • Group circuit training classes
  • Weight management

All sessions are approximately 60 minutes in length. We also offer telemedicine appointments.

Cost

The medical and physical assessment by a physician is billed to your insurance. All other POWER program visits are self-pay, including follow-up sessions with an exercise specialist. Cost ranges from $8.33 to $13.33 per session. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Please contact the Financial Advocate Team at University of Utah Health Care for more information.

Group Classes & Outdoor Activities

Core and Stretch. Learn to strengthen your core with proper form and technique to improve posture and prevent back pain. Target the abdominals, back, and hips with a safe and challenging workout.

Minding Motion™. This is a fun and energizing movement program done from a chair and standing to help people of all levels reconnect with their bodies.

Outdoor Fitness. Join us for seasonal activities that include group hiking, road biking, rowing, snowshoeing, and more. Dates and locations vary.

Pilates Mat. Similar to yoga, Pilates mat focuses on basic exercises to improve core stability, strength, balance, flexibility, and posture. Pilates mat helps you be aware of breath, practice spinal alignment, and use core muscles.

Resistance Training. Target all of the major muscle groups using dumbbells, mats, resistance bands, and balls. Learn exercises that help strengthen bones and muscles. Regular resistance training increases metabolism to help maintain a healthy weight.

Step into Life. This is a therapeutic dance and movement experience for the mind, body, and spirit led by instructors from the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program.

T’ai Chi/Qigong. This slow, flowing energy movement improves strength, mindfulness, relaxation, immune system, blood circulation, balance, and neuropathy while exploring mindful breathing.

Yoga. This is a non-aerobic exercise of precise posture, breathing exercises, and meditation to improve mood and sense of well-being to increase flexibility, balance, range of motion, and muscle tone.

Yoga/Qigong. This non-aerobic exercise focuses on posture, breathing, and meditation combined with slow, flowing energy movement to improve strength, mindfulness, and relaxation.

Yogalates. This is a blend of yoga and Pilates that combines mind/body practices as well as stretching, strength training, conditioning, and dynamic movement.

Zumba®. This is a fusion of Latin and international music and dance themes designed for all levels of fitness. Ditch the workout and join the party!

Participation in Physical Activity & Movement programs and classes is free. Many are also open to loved ones and staff. View our catalog for a complete, current list. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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Our Team

Pamela Hansen, MD

Founder and Medical Director, POWER (Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery) Program

Rebecca Wilson Zingg, DO

Physician, POWER (Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery) Program and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)

Darren Walker, BS, CCES, CCRP

POWER Program Coordinator

  • Bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Utah
  • Certified in exercise physiology and oncology.
  • Volunteer cycling coach with Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Kimberly Walker, BS, EP-C, CCET

Group Fitness Coordinator; Cancer Exercise Specialist

  • Certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
  • Developed and taught for 10 years the College of Health Fitness Instructor Training Course in the University of Utah's Department of Exercise and Sports Science.

Katie Alder, BS

Cancer Exercise Specialist

  • Bachelor's degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University.
  • Certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
  • Experienced in the clinical, group fitness, and personal training settings. 

Danny James, BS, MS, CSCS

Cancer Exercise Specialist

  • Bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science; master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Utah.
  • Specializes in wellness coaching to helping people with cancer achieve their fitness goals.
  • Experience includes fitness programs for seniors, diabetics, and people with heart conditions. 

Tabitha Parry, BS, MS

Cancer Exercise Specialist

  • Bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in fitness leadership from the University of Utah.
  • Specializes in personal training, group fitness classes, and sport training. 

Christina Story, BA, MA

Cancer Exercise Specialist

  • Master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Kish Larson, BS

Cancer Exercise Specialist

  • Bachelor's degree in applied exercise physiology from Texas A&M University.
  • Specializes in creating personalized workout plans for patients.

Erin Storck, BS

Cancer Exercise Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Slippery Rock University.
  • American College of Sports Medicine-certified Exercise Physiologist.
  • Experienced in the clinical, group fitness, and personal training settings, with the general population and with athletes.

Jillian Simpson, BS, CEP

Cancer Exercise Specialist

  • Bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Utah.
  • Certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate. 

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