Columbia SC is known for its riverside running trails and winding bike paths (we're looking at you Harbison State Forrest). But sometimes nothing beats the energy of a group fitness class. In a city of go-getters, it won't surprise you that we've got plenty to choose from with drop-in options perfect for travelers. Go ahead a book a class as you plan your next trip to the capital city. 

Fit Columbia

The limit on fun does not exist at Fit Columbia. From traditional yoga to hip hop aerial yoga to bungee fitness, there is something for everyone at this studio. Stay tuned to their social media for specialty classes like aerial with goats or puppies, partner aerial and glow aerial. Or try your hand at the bungee cord for a unique way to get your cardio in for the day. Drop-in to a traditional class for just $20 or book a private party for everyone on your trip. Whether it’s a girls’ getaway or team bonding, you can host a private group class at the studio in Five Points, or the skills will come to you on site.

Bikram Yoga

Drop in for $23 to experience Bikram Yoga- the original hot yoga with 90-, 60- and 45-minute options. The 105-degree room will help promote flexibility and aid in detoxification, having you leave with mental clarity and determination to be your best self. If the heat is not your thing, they have plenty of other class options ranging from Vinyasa Flow to Yoga HIIT.

Jamie Scott Fitness

From HIIT to cycling to yoga and core, JSF has it all. This fitness studio has become popular in both Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC for its wide variety of classes and skill levels. Visitors can pay a one-time fee of $30 for a drop-in class. Bonus – Never been to a JSF studio before? Your first class is free!

Studio Fire

A mix of yoga, HIIT and Barre is what you’ll find here (not to mention a photo-worthy café with coffee and smoothies, plus a boutique with the latest trends in athletic and leisure wear). For $22 you can drop into a yoga/HIIT class for a balanced workout, a vinyasa yoga class for mind body strength, or a barre class that also includes yoga and core conditioning.


With three locations this boutique fitness studio is making waves. The classes range from cardio to Pilates to stretch, or a combination of all three - and with all the state-of-the-art equipment to boot. Ever heard of the Megaformer? Us neither, but let’s just say it looks like you will have every muscle shaking before the end of the hour. Take a single class for just $29 and head to a bubbly brunch afterwards for a job well done.

Pink Lotus Yoga Center

Located in LexingtonPink Lotus Yoga Center has a wide variety of yoga styles and unless specified otherwise, offers all of them in-person and virtually. All mat yoga is $20 for a drop-in class, while swing yoga (read hanging on aerial silks) is $30 for a drop-in class. Slow down with Yin Yoga or relax in lighthearted fun through swing-supported yoga postures – no experience necessary.


If cycling is what drives you, don’t miss Forest Acres boutique cycling studio, CycleBar. It combines movements that will work more than just your leg muscles while keeping you energized with lively music and upbeat instructors. Don’t stress about a membership because the first ride is free, you can reserve a class online to make sure you get a spot. 

Base Camp 

Pressed for time? Basecamp has got you covered with their high-intensity, nonstop workout that packs 50 minutes worth of calorie-bunning into just 35 minutes. Not sure if it’s for you. No worries, because Basecamp offers an entire week for free. 

Orangetheory Fitness 

Columbia’s newest addition is located in the heart of Five Points on Harden Street. Orangetheory Fitness is a total-body group workout that uses coaching and technology to maximize results. Haven’t worked out in a while? Don’t sweat Orangetheory’s coaches are trained to help you adapt the exercises to your fitness level. 

Running and 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 3.7 miles as you gaze at the river and the canal. If it’s a typical sunny day in Columbia, you’ll see all kinds of activities at the park – families taking a stroll, avid runners training for the Governor’s Cup, or even 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 see, equipped to be just like your typical gym machines, just without the weights. 

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