Happy New Year! Since one of the biggest New Year's resolutions of all time is getting healthy and losing weight, we've decided to dedicate this month to all things fitness!
For those of you looking to join a gym, here is a rundown of the major fitness centers in Columbia. All three options have childcare facilities available too!
The Columbia Association (CA) offers a variety of great fitness options as well as several fee-based training and specialty programs. KidSpace is an add-on amenity for childcare. They also offer a variety of kids sports programs, activities, school’s out camps, and drop-off movie nights for ages 4+ (non-member Columbia residents can also pay a la carte for many of their programs).
I have been to all of their gyms and they offer a lot of fun classes, with my favorites being the Saturday classes at Supreme Sports Club…a high paced Tae Bo class attended by 50-100 people ranging in age from young adult to seniors in an arena style setting followed by a Zumba dance class that offers all fun and no judgement.
One of my favorite CA options is membership to Columbia Swim Center that offers year-round access to their two indoor pools, kids pool, and Splashdown water slides plus access to their 23 outdoor pools sprinkled throughout the community. The Swim Center offers aqua fitness classes, swim team membership, and training options. We pay only $30 per month for our entire family, which is a great deal for me and my little goldfish!
There is bound to be a gym near you in Columbia. You can join just one club or all three of them. Prices are reasonable considering all of the choices that are available at these quality clubs. Price: $-$$
Lifetime is located off Snowden River Parkway between Routes 32 and 175. This gym has all the bells and whistles from indoor and outdoor pools, a rock wall, a pristine family locker room, a full-service spa, healthy cafe, over 85 fitness classes a week, specialized sports programs, and more. Similar to CA, they also have a great child center as well as children’s classes, activities, camps, and parents’ night out. Price: $$$
Gold’s Gym is located in the Gateway Overlook shopping center off Route 175. It offers the standard gym amenities, classes, and childcare services. The main perks are a 30-day money back guarantee, a complimentary 12-week transformation plan, and access to their 140+ gyms located across the country. They also offer a free, week-long fitness pass that allows you to try it out before committing. Price: $-$$