Anne Marie Wigton and Jean Mahoney

MyNorth Features The Journey Program

The Journey Program™ is a free 10-week exercise program with classes in Traverse City andFrankfort. Participants do strength training, balance training, cardio, postural retraining, back and shoulder exercises, and core workouts. “There are studies out that say exercise during recovery can reduce recurrence of cancer and death,” says Annemarie Wigton, personal trainer and co-founder of the Journey Program. Annemarie and Jean Mahoney started the Journey Program in 2009. “We want to give people confidence,” Annemarie says. “People going through cancer have had a lot of changes in their lives. By improving their strength and stamina we hope they have better independence in their home life and back at work. Just learning to trust their bodies again—it’s tough after what they’ve been through.”
New Journey Program classes offered

A New Journey™ Classes to begin

What exciting new things we will begin offering this spring!

Throughout the years Jean and I have attended many cancer survivor’s events. At these events we would celebrate with the guests and tell them about The Journey Program™. Jean and I limit The Journey Program participants to those that are up to 2 years post treatment. In many cases these guests would say to us, “Well I am (5,10, or even 30 years) out from my cancer diagnosis and treatment so your class won’t help me”.  We are overjoyed at news like this! However, these individuals were right. We needed to come up with something for these survivors.

We are so excited to announce that we are now opening a new class, “A New Journey” ™. A New Journey will be a 10-week group exercise class for any adult who has had any type of cancer EVER. This includes graduates of The Journey Program, men or women ages 18-99*. Classes will meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 1pm at Anytime Fitness West of Traverse City. This is a progressive beginner based program. We concentrate on form and learning confidence of the body and independence in the gym. Each class will include cardio and strength training. We also add in core, balance, and postural re-training.

Introductory rate of $250 for the 10-week class. Only 5 people will be accepted into this first class. Pre-Registration is required. Our first class will begin June 13, 2016. Registration begins NOW! Tell your family. Tell your friends.

Call Now: Annemarie Wigton (231)499-7174

*Pre-Registration and Fitness Consultation are required. Spot in class is reserved when complete registration is turned in. Admittance can be denied for any reason: we have clear definitions of activity readiness that each participant must meet before entering the program.

Sincerely Yours, Annemarie Wigton


Success in Daily Living

One of the concerns that the men who take our classes face is a decrease in strength and
muscle mass. It is a side effect of many of the treatments they are prescribed. It is so very
rewarding to me to watch them regain confidence in their bodies while in the Journey Program
and afterwards. I love hearing our clients come in and tell us “I can do yard work again”, “I enjoy golfing again” or, “I put in a full days work and feel good!” I consider these a success!

Jean Mahoney MS
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Cancer Exercise Specialist

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The Continuing Journey

One of my favorite classes to teach and the one that I am most proud of is my Monday
Continuing Journey Class. The continuing classes we offer are specifically designed for our
graduates. They are geared to keep them in the healthy habit of regular exercise. This particular
class is made up of a group of women that have been exercising with me from 3 to 6 years.
They have become friends that support and look out for each other. If one classmate doesn’t
show I know there will be phone calls made to check on their friend. These women are walking
the journey together. They are making it an easier journey and finding joy along the way.

Jean Mahoney MS
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Cancer Exercise Specialist