So, you’ve decided you want to travel more in 2019. You’ve also decided you’re going to work out more in 2019 — Let’s be honest, working out and enjoying a trip don’t always go hand in hand. But a trip to Columbia SC does not mean picking one or the other. Check out this list of 5 unique ways to get your fitness on while you’re visiting the capital city.

All the Yoga

There is no shortage of yogis here, but we use that term loosely. Fitness studios like FIT Columbia offer classes that range from first-timers to pros to people that just want to see baby animals. Baby goat yoga is a thing and we hear it’s surprisingly relaxing. The baby goats can be found at FIT Columbia but keep an eye on their event list as these spots fill up fast.

Feel like you’re flying at aerial yoga. We promise it’s not as hard as it looks, and you’ll look super cool for it. Beer yoga - You (pretend to) do yoga for a little bit, and then you get rewarded with beer. We’re in. Check out spots like Columbia Craft, Steel Hands, River Rat, Craft & Draft for weekly and monthly events.

Also check out: Hot Yoga Masala, City Yoga, Bikram Yoga

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

oh, ya know, just doing yoga with goats 🐐🧘‍♀️✌🏼

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Bootcamp With a View

Plan your very own urban boot camp on the grounds of the South Carolina State House, tucked on one end of Main St. With grassy areas and concrete pathways, there’s a spot for any type of exercise - no equipment necessary. Did we mention the large display of steps found on both sides of this historic building? Never underestimate the power of those steps.

If you plan accordingly, you may even catch local workout group, FIA for women or F3 for men, sweating it out together. Go ahead and join them! It’s free and open to locals and tourists of all fitness levels.

 

Running & Biking Along the River

When it comes to running outside, the #views are important. Head to Riverfront Park where you can run along a paved trail for 2 & ½ miles as you gaze at the river. If it’s a typical sunny day in Columbia, you’ll see all kinds of activity at the park - families taking a stroll, avid runners training for the Governor’s Cup, or event some dogs working on their fitness.

If you’re looking for a little more muscle-toning than a quick jaunt, take advantage of the free playground set, equipped to be just like your typical gym machines, just without the weights.

If a leisurely ride is more your thing, take advantage of the city’s bike share program, Blue Bike SC. You can rent a bike to use in the park alone, or pedal on over to a nearby neighborhood and dock your bike at another renting station.

Also check out: Cayce Riverwalk, West Columbia Riverwalk, Lake Murray Dam, Harbison State Forest

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mom hurry up! Im ready to ride 😁

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Bend & Barre 

Take in a mix of toning and yoga flow with pop-up events by local studio, Bend & Barre (soon-to-be Studio Fire). You can catch them at open spaces like 701 Whaley, or restaurants like Za’s on Devine. No membership necessary – just schedule your session before the class time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sweat Cycle

If cycling is what drives you, don’t miss Columbia’s boutique cycling studio, Sweat. It combines movements that will work more than just your leg muscles while keeping you energized with lively music and upbeat instructors. You can forget about the memberships here too. Reserve a class online, but try to plan ahead to get a spot!

Also check out: Revolt Cycle

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now go ahead and enjoy that brunch mimosa — you deserve it.