Energetic and inviting! That is Fit Columbia. No workout is ever the same - so neither you or your body will get bored. The exercises blend the best of cardio and strength conditioning, yoga, pilates, martial arts and agility trainiing.We are locally owned. Our private studio is located on Devine Street.
At Gyrotonic Columbia, certified instructors take full advantage of gyrotonic's circular, natural motions to help her clients get the most out of workouts. While seated on the machine, participants arch, curl, bend, and twist, using spine and pelvis to engage core muscles through a series of fluid, rhythmic, circular movements. These motions not only strengthen and tone, but also enhance flexibility and agility. As movements progress, hips and knees get in on the circulating action.
The cyclical activity also creates a particular breathing pattern that stimulates the nervous system and oxygenates blood. It's this comprehensiveness that makes gyrotonic effective, and it's why the instructors believe it is the ideal exercise. And, being able to scale workouts to beginners and veterans ensures that instructors can continual progress her clients toward their fitness goals.
Infinite Yoga's certified instructor, Maxine Deutschendorf, cultivates relaxation, balance, and holistic wellness by teaching an array of yoga classes that accommodate students of all skill levels. Aspiring yogis dissolve stress and limber muscles during 75-minute weekly yoga classes or two-hour weekend sessions that incorporate meditative Asana poses and focused Pranayama-breathing techniques. Specialized one-hour men's yoga sessions pinpoint traditionally overworked areas such as the hips, lower back, and mustache to melt away aches and trigger circulation. Coworkers can collectively harness energy and increase concentration with Infinite Yoga’s workplace yoga, which builds camaraderie and can boost productivity from often-idle paperclip sculptures.
With more than 35 years of kid-entertaining experience, the friendly staff at The Little Gym provide a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. Visiting youngsters glean skills and confidence while participating in hands-on activities that help enhance emotional, intellectual, and social skills. During classes full of physical activity, 4 to 12 year olds can learn to focus minds and bodies through the art of karate; 3 to 12 year olds learn to summon rain and showers of candy through dance. When four consecutive weeks of engaging exercises have left young ones yearning for more, the annual membership allows for eleven more months of exploration and growth. Gymnastics, sports skills, and parent/child classes for babies are also offered. Check the schedules for Columbia and Lexington for availability and call ahead for reservations.
Students glide slowly across the gleaming wood floors of Columbia Tai Chi Center, their controlled purposeful movements sihouetted in natural light from a window. Wesley Adams, the director and head instructor, leads students through the moving meditation that is Tai Chi, helping students find balance and peace as they learn the ancient discipline. Wesley also offers Q-Ex Mindful Movement classes, a contemporary fitness program that draws on the ancient practices of Tai Chi and Qigong to help build strength and reduce stress. All his classes are small, with a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio to ensure all students can benefit from personal attention and no one student hogs all the relaxation.
Capital Karate's seasoned team of five instructors—with more than a century of experience combined —instills new students with the focus, confident self-image, and self-control needed in a martial arts pupil. Owner and 4th-degree black belt Michael Bank ensures that his school imparts kids with important life skills, including respect, discipline, and perseverance, as well as improved motor skills and balance that can help in extracurricular sports. Adults and teenagers can use the classes to get the blood pumping during cardio-style kickboxing sessions or simple self-defense lessons. University of South Carolina students looking to take a breather from wrestling their sentient pile of chemistry books can let loose in the karate studio, which is only about five minutes drive from campus. Interested martial artists can check out the complete Capital class schedule to find a suitable time. Call ahead to schedule a class.