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
Whole Foods Market Giving Grill

Whole Foods Market Giving Grill

Whole Foods Market will host a “Giving Grill” on Saturdays in April to support the Downtown YMCA Youth Soccer League, helping all kids play. For only $5, you can get a fresh meal off the grill!

Dates: April 5, 12, 19 & 26

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Whole Foods Market
720 Crosshill Rd.
Columbia, SC 29205

Boot Camp/Advanced H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training)

This high intensity group exercise class will take you to the next fitness level. It incorporates TRX bands, free weights, sprinting, resistance bands, medicine balls and more. This four-week program is designed to get you in shape and lose weight.

April 21 – May 16
May 26 – June 20
June 30 – July 25
August 4 – 28
September 8 – October 3
October 13 – November 7
November 17 – December 12

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 (coming soon), opens one week before program begins and available until the second Wednesday into the program.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sedio.

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.

Summer T-Ball and Coaches’ Pitch

YMCA Baseball is an instructional and recreational league. Younger participants will be introduced to the game and learn basic skills such as running the bases, catching, throwing and batting while older players will have the chance to play a more values-based competitive game to help improve their skills. The program will include a practice day and one game each week. All players will have fun in a positive and supportive atmosphere.

3-5 year olds (co-ed): T-ball
6 – 9 year olds: Coaches’ Pitch

Registration: March 21 – May 24

Season: practice starts June 2, games played June 14-August 9 on Saturdays

Members: $38 / player
Non-members: $68/ player

For more information, contact Jennifer Sedio.



HELP IS ON THE WAY! My Fit 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.

Smart Start: Through the support of a coach, participants will identify goals and a path to achieve these goals.

Healthy Eating: With the support of a coach, participants will use MobileFit nutrition to set goals, log foods and make healthy changes.

Personal Training: Certified personal trainers give one on one training, support and coaching.

Details will be available soon, online and at your branch’s front desk.

Coming to the Downtown, Jeep Rogers and NorthWest branches in April.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Registration is now open!

YMCA Summer Camp is a safe and fun way to enjoy the Summer. Meeting new friends, learning new skills, having fun! Our camp staff are ready to help with memory-making day camp experiences.

Visit our camp page to choose which camps your child will have a blast at this summer!

Indian Guides Spring Long House

Indian Guides Spring Long House

Ages: 5 to 9 years with Dad or guardian

Spring Long House is an overnight camping experience where tribes and individuals participate in traditional and non-traditional activities. Long House is where all Y Guides Tribes come together for tent camping, s’ mores, and more! It is a great way to meet the rest of the tribes and make more friends.

Meals provided: Saturday lunch, dinner and s’mores; Sunday breakfast and lunch. Participants must bring their own tents and gear. (Some cabin accommodations are available upon request and availability).

Activities include: Friday Night movie in the woods, Discovery Hiking, Archery, BB Guns, Canoeing, Kayaks, Horseback Riding, Medieval Castle Water Balloon Battle, Tribal Capture the Monarch, Fishing (bring your own equipment), S’mores and Council Fire.

Days: April 25 – 27, 2014
Program starts Friday night at 5 p.m. and end Sunday at 1 p.m.

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

Members: $50 per parent/child team, $20 for each additional child
Non-members: $75 per parent/child team, $20 for each additional child

*Please note: participants must be currently registered as a Y Indian Guide or Trailblazer to join in the fun. Please register the father or accompanting parent for the Longhouse campout and list each participating child.

Register: Until April 25

Gift Cards now available!

Gift Cards now available!


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!

Run Red Bank 5k, 10k & Kids’ Fun Run

Run Red Bank 5k, 10k & Kids’ Fun Run

May 31, 2014 at Lexington Family YMCA

Come run, jog, or walk with us in Run Red Bank! The course is welcoming to beginners and pros alike. Families and kids are welcome! Join in and get fit! Proceeds benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign, which lives by its mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities each day by never turning anyone away who cannot afford a YMCA program or Y-service.


$75 will be awarded to each of the Mens’ and Women’s winners of the 5k and the 10k!

Entry Fees:

» 12 & Under Fun Run Registration: $10

» Early Registration (Postmarked by May 15): 5K – $25, 10K- $30

» Late Registration (Postmarked by May 30 ): 5K – $30, 10K – $35

» Race Day Registration: 5K – $35, 10K – $40

» Group Entry (Postmarked by May 15): 5K – $20 per person


Early Pick Up: May 30th, 5 – 7 p.m.

Race Day Pick Up: Race starts at the Lexington YMCA. Every participant must be registered and every individual must pick up a packet containing a t-shirt and important race information.

Race Day Schedule: 

» 8:00am – Kids Fun Run (12 and Under)

» 8:30am – 5K and 10K Race Start

» 10:00am – Awards Ceremony