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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.
2910 Rosewood Drive
Columbia,
SC
US
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.
2728 Rosewood Dr
Columbia,
SC
US
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.
3500 Duncan Street
Columbia,
SC
US
Youth, amateur, and professional boxing. MMA fighting and jujitsu. Fitness bootcamps centered on throwing a good punch, and classes that help you find your fighting stance. Fight Club University's team of professional boxers, MMA fighters, and personal trainers teach all these skills and more, as well as helping develop self-confidence, strength, and common sense in young people through the S.T.R.O.N.G. program. Newly toned and slim patrons strut out of the gym past a forest of equipment that includes heavy bags, medicine balls, and jump ropes. Instructors suggest that the courses can help bolster overall health, a sense of timing, and hand-eye coordination.
1311B Rosewood Dr
Columbia,
SC
US
Owner Elise Matthews started K.O.R.E. Wellness when she was 25, hoping to use her background as a semipro goalie to help people to live fitter, pain-free lives. With the belief that impersonal machines can never match the overall core-strengthening benefits of resistance exercises, she trains clients to become aware of how their bodies move. She draws on a litany of certifications, a master's degree in exercise physiology from USC, and recognition from Dragon Door as a level 2 Russian-kettlebell instructor, or the second in a series of nesting Russian-kettlebell instructors. Each week, the sporty scientist leads many of the more than 30 classes held at her facility. She takes a break from wringing sweat from her clients to provide postural assessments and nutritional counseling, enlisting the help of massage therapist Micheal Burkett and yoga instructor Jenny Prather to ply their relaxing and healing trades at the gym.
1311 Rosewood Dr
Columbia,
SC
US
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.
3400 Forest Dr
Columbia,
SC
US
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