Downtown YMCA

The Downtown YMCA has been a cornerstone in Columbia’s community for over 150 years. With six floors of exercise equipment, aquatics, an extensive group exercise schedule, men’s and women’s training areas, and much more, the Downtown YMCA is ideal for the fitness minded.

HOURS:

Mon – Thur – 5:00am – 9:00 p.m.
Fri – 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sun – 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

ADDRESS & PHONE:

1420 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-799-9187
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What's Happening at the Y

Adult Flag Football

Adult Co-ed Flag Football league open for all levels of play.  Grab some friends and get a team together! You’re sure to have fun in this fast-paced, values-based competitive league. Teams can be up to 14 players.

Ages: 18 & up

Registration: through June 1

Season: June 6-August 8, 2015

Games: Saturdays

Cost: $375 per team

Contact James Mercado for more information.


Fit Camp

This high intensity group exercise class will take you to the next fitness level. High energy, intense cardio and strength training is guaranteed to boost your energy and metabolism to new heights. Easy-to-follow step moves, plyometric moves, circuit training, jump rope, running drills, abdominal work and push-ups. Get more fit than you ever dreamed! This four-week program is designed to get you in shape and lose weight and is appropriate for all fitness levels.

Sessions:
May 27-June 22 (registration opens 5/18 – no class on Memorial Day 5/25)
June 29-July 24 (registration opens 6/22)
August 3-August 28 (registration opens 7/27)
September 9-October 5 (registration opens 8/31 – no class on Labor Day 9/7)
October 12-November 6 (registration opens 10/5)
November 16-December 11 (registration opens 11/9)

Days/Times: Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the 4th floor from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Ages: 15 and up

Cost:
Members: $38
Non-members: $68

Registration: Opens one week before program begins.

For more information, contact Lisa Weems.


Back to School Youth Flag Football

Back to School Youth Flag Football

Ages: 3 – 14

This program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in a non-contact sport while learning lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. Designed to help your child learn the game of football and have lots of fun while doing it! Players will learn the fundamentals of football, both offensive and defensive strategies. During the games players will have the opportunity to play different positions. Everyone gets to play a minimum of half the game.

Program includes one practice per week and Saturday games (except two games played on September 12 and 19). All players are recommended to wear a mouth guard.

Registration: May 18-July 13, 2015
(There is a $15 late registration fee July 14-20)

Season: Practice starts week of August 3. Games begin August 15.

Cost:
Members: $38
Non-members: $68

Age Groups:
4-5 (must be 4 years old before August 31)
6-7
8-9
10-11
12-14

For more information, contact Jennifer Sedio.


Martial Arts

Dan Bernardo will be teaching the traditional Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. Tang Soo Do is the Korean expression of Okinawan “Tode”, which is pronounced “Karate” in Japanese. Although the core of our curriculum is self-defense, we don’t just teach kicking and punching. Come learn traditional Korean Karate and set your GOALS high.

Program focuses are:

  • Self-defense
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Self-control
  • Concentration
  • Flexibility
  • Weight Loss
  • Focus
  • Respect

Come try a demo class in the Squash Courts!
Saturday, May 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Group Lessons:
Introductory (all ages): Tuesday & Thursday, 5-6 p.m. and Saturday 9-10 a.m.
Family (8 & up): Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Adults (15 & up): Tuesday & Thursday, 8-9 p.m. p.m. and Saturday 8-9 a.m.

Cost per month: $40 for YMCA members/$80 for non-members
Family discount: the 3rd and after participants from a family will receive a 50% discount

Private Lessons:
Four 30-minute sessions scheduled with the instructor.
Available times: Tuesday or Thursday, 6-6:30 p.m. or 7:30-8 p.m., or Saturday, 10-10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: $60 for YMCA members/$100 for non-members

For more information, contact Lisa Weems.


YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.

The YMCA of Columbia is the first YMCA in South Carolina to offer this program.

Email Andrea Ward to learn more or to participate in the program.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free, 12-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors.

This program fulfills the important need of supporting cancer survivors in our community. They will work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

This program is free to participants and is funded by generous donors to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign.

Locations: Downtown YMCA, NorthWest Family YMCA in Irmo, Jeep Rogers Family YMCA at Lake Carolina

Next session: starts May 11 at the NorthWest Y

For more information or to inquire about participation in the program, email livestrong@columbiaymca.org.


My Fit Program

My Fit Program

My Fit is a suite of services to help members learn, grow and thrive. It is a multi-step program to meet your needs, whether for fitness, inspiration or nutrition. We’ll help you develop life-promoting habits. Powered by MobileFit! A new, easy-to-use system to help you reach your health goals.

SmartStart:

Among the various fitness programs offered at the YMCA of Columbia, SmartStart stands out by taking a unique approach to being more healthy. These one on one sessions combine nutritional information and fitness with coach support to encourage participants to meet their goals. 3 sessions: FREE

Healthy Eating:

Healthy Eating includes three sessions with a Healthy Living Coach to identify potential roadblocks to healthy eating. Participants learn how to use the MobileFit Nutrition application to track calories, nutrition, water consumption and will also learn how to use www.choosemyplate.gov to support healthy eating. 3 sessions: $49

Personal Training:

Get one-on-one fitness training with a nationally certified trainer. Designed to evaluate, motivate, and educate so that you get the most out of every workout. Your trainer will provide motivation to help you meet your goal, train for a sport, get ready for a special event, or just increase your level of health. Our qualified trainers will evaluate your current fitness level and design a specific program for you based on your goals. For new personal training participants only. Six 30-minute sessions: $99

 

FAQ:

What is MobileFit?
MobileFit is a web-based group of tools designed to support our My Fit series of programs.

How do I get started on MobileFit?
It’s easy to get started using MobileFit by registering for one of the three My Fit programs: SmartStart, Healthy Eating or Personal Training. Coaches will enroll participants during their first session.

How can I access MobileFit once I am enrolled?
Choose one of the many options to access MobileFit; there are touchscreens in your local branch; to print a custom workout and log your results: download the MobileFit App for free on an iPhone; access MobileFit from other smart phones through mymobilefit.com; or access on your iPad or tablet.


Personal Training

Get one-on-one fitness training with a nationally certified trainer. Looking for an advantage? Personal training is designed to evaluate, motivate, and educate so that you can take your workout to the next level. Your trainer will provide motivation to help you meet your goal; whether it is training for a sport, getting ready for a special event, or improving your health, personal training will help you meeting your goal.

Register at the front desk.

Ages: 15 and up

Cost:

One 30-minute session: $21

One 1-hour session: $40

Four 30-minute sessions: $75

Four 1-hour sessions: $145

Eight 30-minute sessions: $130

Eight 1-hour sessions: $250

Twelve 30-minute sessions: $185

Twelve 1-hour sessions: $350

For more information, contact Jennifer Sedio.


Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

Ages: 3 – 12 years

Download: Swim lesson information and registration form

These lessons follow the YMCA of the USA Progressive Swim Lesson Program. There are six levels of progressively challenging YMCA swim classes covering all strokes and safety skills. Lessons are offered during the weekdays as well as the weekends.

The purpose of the Y Swim Lessons Program is to develop competency in swimming along with confidence and endurance.  The goals of the program are to teach personal safety, personal growth and stroke development in a values-based environment.  Your child will be advanced to the next level only when he or she proficiently and safely performs the skills within his or her level. We teach individually to each child to advance their skills. We expect each child to learn and progress at his or her own rate.

Registration: For fall lessons, registration opens two weeks before session begins. Online registration ends two days before session start date. Front desk registration ends one week after start date. Starting in Spring 2015, registration for weekday lessons opens three Thursdays prior to session start date and registration for Saturday lessons opens three weeks before session start date.

Cost:

Members: $25
Non-Members: $70

Register for 3-5 year olds

Register for 6-12 year olds

Summer Sessions

Weekday Sessions, Tuesday/Thursday, 4 weeks:
June 2 – June 25
June 30 – July 23
July 28 – August 20

3-5 year olds: 6:15-6:45 p.m.
6-12 year olds: 6:50-7:30 p.m.

Weekday Sessions, Monday-Thursday, 2 weeks:
June 8 – June 18 (3-5 year olds: 2:45-3:15 p.m; 6-12 year olds: 3:20-4 p.m.)
June 22 – July 2 (3-5 year olds: 9:15-9:45 a.m; 6-12 year olds: 3:30-4:10 p.m.)
July 6 – July 16 (3-5 year olds: 1:15-1:45 p.m; 6-12 year olds: 2-2:40 p.m.)
July 20 – July 30 (3-5 year olds: 10-10:30 a.m; 6-12 year olds: 10:45-11:25 a.m.)
August 3 – August 13 (3-5 year olds: 2-2:30 p.m; 6-12 year olds: 2:35-3:15 p.m.)

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
May 23 – June 27
July 11 – August 15

3-5 year olds: 11-11:30 a.m.
6-12 year olds: 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Winifred Kearse.


Gift Cards now available!

Gift Cards now available!

GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH! 

Give the gift that shows you really care. The Y is the leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests.

When you give a Y Gift Card, you too can make a meaningful, enduring impact on someone’s health and help them live a happier, healthier life. So, show that you really care. Give the gift of health. Give a Y Gift Card today. Gift cards are available at all area locations for any amount. Stop by the front desk to purchase or for more information!

Gift Cards can be used for:
• Joiner’s fee
• Membership dues
• Youth sports and other program fees
• Personal training sessions
• Swim lessons
• Y Merchandise
• And lots more!