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.


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.


1420 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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What's Happening at the Y

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.


NorthWest Family YMCA
May 12, 5:30 p.m. (Tuesdays)
May 21, 6 p.m. (Thursdays)

Jeep Rogers Family YMCA
April 27, 5:30 p.m. (Tuesdays)
May 18, 9 a.m. (Mondays)

Downtown YMCA
May 4, 12 p.m. (Mondays)

Email Andrea Ward to learn more.

Y-Guides Spring Long House

Y-Guides Spring Long House

Ages: 5 to 15 years with Dad or guardian

Long House is an overnight camping experience where tribes and individuals participate in traditional and non-traditional activities. The Annual Spring Y-Guides Longhouse is a great opportunity for dads and kids to make memories together. Tribes will participate in traditional camp-out activities like Movie in the Woods, Archery, BB Guns, Fishing, Smores, Hiking, Ceremony Council Fire and more.

Meals provided are: Saturday- Lunch, Dinner, Smores; Sunday – Breakfast, Lunch. Families are responsible for their own tent camping equipment. Some cabin accommodations are available upon request on first come, first serve basis.

Days: April 24-26, 2015
Program starts Friday night at 5 p.m. and end Sunday at 2 p.m.

Location: Lexington YMCA, 401 YMCA Rd. Lexington, SC 29073

Members: $50 per parent/child team, $10 for each additional child
Non-members: $85 per parent/child team, $10 for each additional child

For more information, contact Savanah Standifer.

Official Charity Partner of the Palmetto Half Marathon!

This year the YMCA of Columbia has been selected as an Official Charity Partner of the Palmetto Half Marathon on Saturday, April 11! Please use this code (anyone can use it!) while registering for the 5K or the 1/2 marathon to receive a $5 discount off the 5K and $10 discount off of the half marathon registration!

In just five years, The Palmetto Half Marathon has given $140,000 to local charities and ministries. $3 from each registration will be donated back to the YMCA of Columbia when the promo code is used at registration.

Promo Code: TEAMYMCA

All participants must be registered by April 1, 2015.



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 Downtown and NorthWest Ys

For more information or to inquire about participation in the program, email

Bunny Hop 5K at the Downtown YMCA

Bunny Hop 5K at the Downtown YMCA

This 5K will start and end at the Downtown YMCA with a lovely 3.1 mile course through historic Downtown Columbia.

Race: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.
Packet pickup: Friday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Downtown Y and on race day 7:30 a.m. until race start.

$25: Early Registration (until Thursday, March 19)
$30: Late Registration (until Thursday, April 3)
$35 Race day registration
$20/person Group Entry (until Thursday, March 19)
(Race registration includes t-shirt. Must be registered by March 19 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.)

6 and up

Prizes: Cash awards to the top 3 male and female finishers!

Proceeds from the race will support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign to ensure a brighter future for the Midlands. Everyone knows the Y as 4 letters: YMCA. But there’s also community volunteerism to improve our neighborhoods. We teach Pilates, but also teach prevention with our wellness initiatives. We give swim lessons, but we also give scholarships and financial assistance to those who need it most. With your generous support, we can continue to make a lasting impact in our community. The Y is so much more than a gym. It’s a cause.

YMCA Bunny Hop 5K Course

Flyer and Sponsor Form

Registration Form

Register below, online at, or mail or drop off the registration form at the Downtown Y!


Presenting Sponsor:

Palmetto Health Logo

Series Sponsors:

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Supporting Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsors:
Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A.
Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
Columbia Business Monthly

Bronze Sponsors:
Crepes and Croissants
Covenant Classical Christian School
Crepes and Croissants
Ag First Farm Credit Bank
Mast General Store

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.

February 9 – March 6
March 16 – April 10
April 20 – May 15

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

Ages: 15 and up

Members: $38
Non-members: $68

Registration: At the front desk or online, opens two weeks before program begins and available until the second Wednesday into the program (online registration ends the day before session begins).

For more information, contact Lisa Weems.

Home School Swim and Gym

Ages: 4-13

Home schooled youth can enjoy the many opportunities the Y has to offer. Certified, passionate, and enthusiastic instructors will teach your child more fundamentals to physical activities with lessons involving team concepts, sports development, swimming skills and so much more. The program will follow core values of the Y (caring, respect, responsibility, honesty, and faith).

March 9 – May 4

Day & Time: Mondays, 1-4 p.m.

Members: $55
Non-members: $75
(Sibling rate is $45/$65. You must register at the front desk to receive the sibling discount.)

Register online or fill out at registration form at the front desk.

Download: Home School Swim and Gym Registration Form

For more information, contact Winifred Kearse.

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.


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 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. 3 sessions: $99



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; 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


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.


Members: $25
Non-Members: $70

Spring Sessions

Weekday Sessions, Tuesday/Thursday, 4 weeks:
April 7 – April 30 (registration opens March 19)
May 5 – May 28 (registration opens April 16)

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
April 11 – May 16 (registration opens March 21)

3-5 year olds
Meets Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:15-6:45 p.m., or Saturdays, 11-11:30 a.m.

Register for 3-5 year olds

6-12 year olds
Meets Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:50-7:30 p.m., or Saturdays, 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

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.)

3-5 year olds:
6-12 year olds:

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.