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
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: begins February 16

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


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.

When:
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.

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

Ages:
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


Spring Break Camp

Ages: 5-12

Dates: March 30-April 4, 2015

Drop off and pick-up will occur at the Downtown Y, but children will be transported to the Lexington Y for the day. Drop-off off starts at 7 a.m. with the bus departing at 8:30 a.m. Pick-up will be from 5 to 6:15 p.m.

Let your child join us at the Y for camp while school is out. Children will discover new things while participating in fun-themed activities.

Cost: $105/member; $155/non-member

Register online or at the front desk. Pre-registration is required to attend. Online registration closes March 28.

For more information, contact Andre Anthony.


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:
January 5 – January 30
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

Cost:
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.


Winter Programs

Winter Programs

guideBe “in the know” about what’s going on at the Y this Winter. Soccer, Boot Camp, Aquatics, and more! Download it today.

PDF 2014 Winter Program Guide 


South Carolina United YMCA Recreational Youth Soccer

South Carolina United YMCA Recreational Youth Soccer

It’s Game Time

More Soccer. More Fun. More Value. The South Carolina United FC YMCA Recreational Youth Soccer League serves nearly 5,000 Midlands youth who compete at six different venues throughout greater Columbia. Soccer encourages team play and individual skill development while having fun. Available for girls and boy, ages 4-18. Each team is guaranteed 7 out of 8 scheduled League Matches, weather permitting.

SEASON: March 7 – May 9, 2015

Practice begins week of February 23.

Register by February 1, 2015.

Cost*:  

YMCA Family Memberships:
$60 – U4-U6
$70 – U7-U8
$80 – U9-U12
$99 – U13-U19

Non-member:
$75 – U4-U6
$85 – U7-U8
$95 – U9 – U12
$99 – U13-U19

Your Registration Fee includes a team photograph and medal for each player!  

PLEASE NOTE:  Fall 2014 marked the first of the next four seasons in which the League’s new Uniform Kit must be purchased and worn by all registered players. If you are new to our club, please realize that once you have purchased the kit for $25 during the online registration process, your child will wear this same uniform kit for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 seasons.  Please take the potential growth of your child over the next 30 months into account when placing your child’s uniform order.

Locations:
Ballentine Park
Polo Road
Lexington Family YMCA
Jeep Rogers Family YMCA
NorthWest Family YMCA
Owens Field


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).

Sessions:
January 5 – February 23
March 9 – May 4

Day & Time: Mondays, 1-4 p.m.

Cost:
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 is here!

My Fit is here!

Available at the Downtown, Jeep Rogers, and NorthWest branches, 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. 3 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

Spring Sessions

Weekday Sessions, Tuesday/Thursday, 4 weeks:
January 6 – January 29 (registration opens December 18)
February 3 – February 26 (registration opens January 15)
March 3 – March 26 (registration opens February 12)
April 7 – April 30 (registration opens March 19)
May 5 – May 28 (registration opens April 16)

Saturday Sessions, 6 weeks:
January 10 – February 14 (registration opens December 20 for members)
February 21 – March 28 (registration opens January 31)
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

For more information, contact Winifred Kearse.