Find Your Fit
Explore Columbia’s Fitness Centers To Make Getting Active Fun
By Angel Donnette Robertson
With all the fresh opportunities available in the start of a new year, many individuals choose to benefit from a healthier lifestyle, and increasing physical activity is one way to achieve this goal.
According to the National Institutes of Health, physical activity has many advantages, including improved strength and balance, more energy, prevention or delay of certain diseases and a reduction in depression.
To receive the full benefits of exercise, the National Institutes of Health experts suggest individuals concentrate on endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Columbia offers a large selection of fitness facilities for those seeking to increase their physical activity through these four types of exercise. Here are some of the workout centers available in Columbia:
All Group Fitness
3410 Broadway Business Park Court, Suite 107
Among its variety of classes, Anytime Fitness offers the Grand Star class, which is choreographed for those who are older or new to exercise, as well as the Arthritis Foundation class, which is designed for those with arthritis, joint discomfort or range of motion difficulty.
Cherry Hill Location Liberty Square Location
2101 Corona Road, Suite 103 3200 Penn Terrace, Suite 117
Anytime Fitness provides members with a key fob that allows 24-hour, year-round (including holidays) access to the fitness facility. The cardio and weight equipment is easy-to-use, and the atmosphere is clean and friendly. The center currently accepts Silver Sneakers and other insurance reimbursement programs.
The ARC (Activity & Recreation Center)
1701 W. Ash St.
The ARC offers Silver Sneakers, pickleball, aquatic- and land-based classes and full cardio/strength lines with therapeutic options. In addition, the center has a hydrotherapy pool, a three-layered rubber walking track and a full locker room with showers.
720 N. Grace Lane
Clark’s Gym offers weight training governed by each person’s age level, strength level, competitiveness and fitness goals, with goals ranging from light fitness training to international competition training. Members are provided a key, and although members are generally unsupervised, instruction and advice is available at request.
Columbia Jazzercise Center
120 E. Nifong
Jazzercise combines dance, strength training, yoga, Pilates and kickboxing movement into one fun and effective total body workout. Instructors provide options throughout each of the 58 weekly classes to accommodate the needs and goals of people of all ages and fitness levels.
Columbia Strength and Conditioning
501 Fay St., Suite 102
Columbia Strength and Conditioning provides customized fitness and nutrition services to optimize health, appearance and performance with options that include one-on-one personal training sessions and body fat measurements.
3700 I-70 Drive SE, Suite 110 1729 W. Broadway, Suite 2
Curves offers a 30-minute workout designed especially for women, combining strength training and cardio through safe and effective hydraulic resistance in a supportive, caring environment. Curves has also added morning and afternoon Zumba classes. More than 4 million women worldwide are benefiting from the Curves program, including Curves’ new online subscription diet and fitness solution, CurvesComplete.com.
Gold’s Gym Express – Columbia
2101 W. Broadway
Gold’s Gym Express provides pre-recorded workouts and workout cards with guidance for self-paced workouts that allow each individual to choose a workout best suited to their fitness level and goals. Gold’s Gym has cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights.
Key Largo Fitness
701 Hillsdale Road
www.keylargofitness.com and www.facebook.com/keylargofitness
Key Largo Fitness offers a variety of classes with membership, including Zumba, cycling, yoga flow, kickboxing, sculpting, and abs and core. Key Largo also provides personal trainers for those interested in a more individualized approach.
Optimus: The Center for Health
200 E. Southampton Drive
Optimus’s health and fitness professionals provide research-based, lifestyle interventions designed to reduce the risks for chronic diseases. Optimus is the home of OWOW –– Older Women on Weights Power Lifting Team.
Transformational Fitness: One on One Fitness Coaching
2201 Chapel Plaza Court, Suite 102
Transformational Fitness specializes in functional reconditioning (getting a person back in shape), helping those who suffer from painful conditions and those who have not trained in the past. This center offers professional, one-on-one fitness coaching.
WELLAWARE Fitness Center
1601 E. Broadway, Boone Medical Plaza # 1, Lower Level
WELLAWARE offers a community-focused environment with a variety of fitness center membership options (including one-on-one assistance), personal training, massage therapy and group exercises classes. Members are closely monitored by a well-educated staff, and free blood pressure, glucose, heart rate and oxygen saturation testing are provided.
Wilson’s on Forum FIT (Females in Training) Wilson’s on Rangeline
2902 Forum Blvd. 2900 Forum Blvd . 2601 Rangeline
573-446-3232 573-449-2606 573-443-4242
Wilson’s in the District
111 Orr St.
Every Wilson’s fitness center offers excellent cardio and weight equipment with lots of amenities, including personal training, to assist members with strength, balance and flexibility. Numerous group fitness classes are also offered, including aquastretch and water aerobics.
Yoga And Pilates
In addition to many fitness centers, Columbia also has a number of yoga and Pilates studios.
Above the Beyond Yoga and Healing Arts
1400 Forum Blvd, Suite 42
17 North 4th Street
Pilates of Columbia
Sumits Hot Yoga
505 E. Nifong Blvd. Ste. 103
210B Saint James Street, North Village Arts District
Before getting started on any new fitness program, anyone with a known health condition or over the age of 50 should check in with a doctor.