FIRST takes a total-life approach to bringing families together by offering Christ-centered, fun-filled activities and sports for people of all ages. We offer specialized exercise classes, instruction-for-life classes, and high-energy sports to help you improve your fitness level while also enjoying fellowship with others.

Our sports teams focus on more than winning a game; they focus on a winning attitude. Children and adults alike learn the values of endurance, teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship—all while having a great time and making new friends.

Regardless of your experience or abilities, the Recreation Ministry at FIRST provides many great ways to exercise the body as well as to build character and relationships. Look through our list. We have no doubt that you will find just the class you are looking for!


Mon. – Thurs. 7 AM – 8 PM
Friday 7 AM – 3 PM


1410 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC




First Baptist Columbia Fitness Membership

Membership Description

If you are a member of First Baptist Church, you can join the Estep Family Life Center. You can gain access to the basketball courts, weight room, cardio room, as well as the lockers and showers. To sign up for your membership download and complete the FBC Membership Form and bring check or cash to the 2nd floor activity desk of the EFLC.

Cost: $30/individual/year or $40/family/year

FBC Fitness Membership Form

Downtown Business Associates Membership

Membership Description

Are you looking for a place to work out, use cardio equipment, walk/jog, play basketball and access lockers and showers? The Estep Family Life Center (EFLC) offers all these activities with a 6 month membership. To join, download and complete the DBA Membership Form and bring a check or cash to the 2nd floor activity desk of the EFLC.

Cost: $80/individual/6 months or $110/family/6 months

$25/individual/month or $45/family/month

Downtown Business Associates Membership Form

Free Indoor Track (no membership required)

 The weather outside is unpredictable, but your workout doesn’t have to be! Our climate controlled indoor track is open to the public Monday – Thursday from 7 AM – 8 PM and on Fridays from 7 AM – 3 PM.

Call 803.343.8587 or email for more details!


No membership fees or contracts for Aerobics Classes

Only join the classes and/or sessions you are interested. We offer classes that fit your needs and your schedule. Our activities include: aerobics classes, weight loss classes, as well as, programs to provide education on healthy lifestyles.

We desire to work with you to achieve your goals, and we do that by operating within a friendly non-judgmental environment that encourages and supports you on your path to healthy living. Come join us at the Estep Family Life Center and start your journey today.

Aerobic Classes

Online registration for aerobics classes starts 2 weeks before each session.

Explore our classes and programs below. We allow you to sign up by the number of times you plan to exercise per week – not by a specific class! This allows you the option to mix and match classes to fit your busy schedule!


Evening Pilates

Class Description

Pilates is a body sculpting activity that works your body from the inside out. Develop long lean muscles from this great core exercise class. Second session begins October 3. Class holidays are September 5 & October 10.

Instructor: Certified PHI® Pilates instructors
Days/Times: M, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
First Session Start Date: August 1
Second Session Start Date: October 3 

Minimum of 10 participants pre-registered to hold the class.


Zumba® Fitness at Lunch

Class Description

Come join the party at lunch! Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. It is a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps. Second session begins October 3. Class holidays are September 5 & November 24. 

Instructor: Certified Zumba® Fitness Instructors
Days/Times: M & Th, 12:15 – 1:00 PM
First Session Start Date: August 1
Second Session Start Date: October 3 

Minimum of 10 participants pre-registered to hold the class.

Already registered but haven’t paid? Select the number of classes below in the drop down and click Buy Now.

You can always visit the EFLC and pay in person with a check. Thank you

Other Classes

At the Estep Family Life Center you will find something for everyone – ranging from health, finances, retirement, and recreation. Check out what we are offering below and sign up today!


First Place

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To Register please  call 803.343.8578

Class Description

A 12 week Christ-centered health program. Each session offers instruction and Bible study designed to help you lose weight by bringing balance to your life.

Instructors: Carol McAlister & Sandy Greer
Cost: $95/first time participants and $20/continuing participants
Days/Times: M, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Start Date: September 12 (12 weeks)
Registration Deadline: None

Minimum of 10 participants pre-registered to hold the class. Call the EFLC at 803.343.8587 for more details


Noon Hoops

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No Online Registration or Payment Required

Class Description

For ages 18 and up. Come enjoy pick-up basketball during the lunch hour! No reservations required. Lockers and showers are available during this time.

Cost: $5/non-members
Day/TimesT & Th, 12noon – 2:00 PM


Makeup 101: A Beginners Guide

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Class Description

Are you new to wearing makeup? Do you need professional help choosing colors that are best for you? Are you wanting tips to freshen up your look for the holidays? Do you need a step by step guide to understand makeup? Then this is the class for you!

Leah Greene is a professional makeup artist who has been working for the television industry for more than 20 years.  She has worked with actors such as George Clooney and Shannon Elizabeth; politicians such as President George W. Bush, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann; television celebrities such as Judy Woodruff (co-host of PBS NewsHour) Dana Perino (co-host The Five, FOX News Channel ) and others such as Toby Keith (country music singer and songwriter), Bethany Hamilton (professional surfer), Steve Spurrier (former Head Football Coach for the University of South Carolina) and many more.

If you want to learn how to look great with just a few basic products, this class is for you! Nothing to bring just show up ready to learn!

Instructor: Leah Greene, professional makeup artist
Cost: $10.00/person
Days/Times: Th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
One Night Class: December 1

Registration Deadline: None

Minimum of 6 pre-registered and paid to hold the class. Register online or call 803.343.8587


Strong to the Bone Osteoporosis 


To Register call 803.296.5978

Class Description

Class is designed to increase strength, balance, and flexibility by incorporating chair exercises with elastic bands.

Sponsored by: Baptist Medical Center & Primetimes
Cost: $30/6 weeks
Days/Times: M & Th, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Start Dates: Ongoing


Lunchtime Estate Planning Basics

Class Description

Do you have a plan?  One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is a plan for their future.  This session will answer 4 basic questions about estate planning: (1)Why do I need an estate plan? (2) What property is included in my estate? (3) What are the important parts of an estate plan? and (4) Where can I get an estate plan?  Come join us for snacks and information which will help you care for your family.

Instructor: W. Verne McGough, Jr., Attorney at Law
Cost: FREE
Day/Times: Th, 12noon – 1:00 PM
One day class: September 22
Registration Deadline: None

Minimum of 10 participants pre-registered to hold the class. Register online or call the EFLC at 803.343.8587


South Carolina Probate 

Class Description

The probate process in South Carolina can be confusing and intimidating to people interacting with the Probate Court system for the first time. This workshop will discuss the administration of an estate in South Carolina from opening to closing. Included will be a discussion of transfers which avoid probate and coverage of creditors’ claims and other liability issues which can arise during administration. Come join us for a FREE lunch and information which will help you understand the process of administering a South Carolina estate.

Instructor: W. Verne McGough, Jr., Attorney at Law
Cost: FREE
Day/Times: Th, 12noon – 1:00 PM
One day class: October 13
Registration Deadline: None

Minimum of 10 participants pre-registered to hold the class. Register online or call the EFLC at 803.343.8587


Weight Watchers

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No Online Registration or Payment Required

Class Description

For more details about this program you may call 800.651.6000 or stop by the 1st floor of the EFLC during the next Weight Watchers meeting.

Day/Times: W, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Start Date: Ongoing

Youth Sports


Soccer Shots®

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Class Description

Fee includes our brand new ADIDAS Soccer Shots Jerseys, Mid Season Player Review, End of season Certificate and End of Season Medal.

Soccer Shots is a national soccer introduction program for children ages 3-8.  We are non-competitive and place our focus on teaching soccer skills and character development in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Each week we will focus on a new skill and a new character word.  We will scrimmage at the end of each class time to implement the skills of the day.

Children will be divided into appropriate age groups. Space is limited and we run on a first come first serve basis so please don’t delay in registering.

Cost: $99/10 weeks + one time $18 school year registration fee
Day/Times: Tues, 5:30 – 6:15 PM
Start Date: September 13 (10 weeks)
Registration Deadline: None- first come first serve

Call the EFLC for more information – 803.343.8587
Email or call 803.351.1572


Church League Basketball (Boys)

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Call the EFLC at 803.343.8587 for more information

Class Description

Interfaith church league run by First Presbyterian Church with games played at North Trenholm Baptist Church, Epworth Children’s Home, Trenholm Road United Methodist, Trinity Episcopal, and more. Practices are one night a week with practice day to be determined. Games start end of November/first of December.

Cost: $60/player  – includes team jersey
Day/Times: 1 practice/week for an hour w/ games on weekdays and/or Saturdays
Grade Divisions: 4th & 5th, 6th & 7th, 8th & 9th, 10th – 12th grades
Registration Begins: September 15

Call the EFLC for more information – 803.343.8587

Special Events


Body Fat Composition, Screening & Blood Pressure

Class Description

Body fat composition is a better indicator of fat than stepping on the scales. We will use electrical impedance to determine your body fat and Body Mass Index (BMI). Use this measurement as a guide in your workout program! Also, have your blood pressure taken with our wrist cuff. This screening will be offered each quarter for follow-up.

Cost: $5/person
Day/Times: T & Th, 12 – 2:00 PM 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Two Day Event: September 6 & 8

Call the EFLC at 803.343.8587 for more information


Palmetto Health Foundation Walk/Race for Life

Class Description

Will you join us for the 26th year of Walk for Life/Race for Life? Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 22, to celebrate 26 years of a movement to crush breast cancer in our community.

Let’s team up – register now to join the First Baptist Columbia Walk/Run for Life Team! Go to  then click JOIN TEAM; now follow the steps for registering as a participant!

The annual Walk for Life/Race for Life is a 3.1 mile walk/race and 10K race through historic downtown Columbia. The Walk/Race will begin and end at Spirit Communications Park this year and include a Half Marathon! Do your part now and join us for the Walk for Life/Race for Life.

All proceeds stay at Palmetto Health Breast Center. Online registration closes at 12noon on October 20.

Cost: Varies (see online registration in Class Description for details)
Day/Times: Sat, October 22, 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Registration Deadline: October 20, 12:00 Noon

Call the EFLC at 803.343.8587 for more information


Flu Shots

Class Description

Get your Flu shot early! The following should be vaccinated for the flu: (1)people over the age of 50, (2)people who have certain chronic medical conditions, (3)primary caregiver of someone at high risk for complications from the flu (4)pregnant women (5)healthcare professionals (6)young children aged 6 months to 5 years and (7)childcare workers. First come, first serve so come early.

Cost: $22 or FREE with Medicare Part B or State Insurance Plan
Day/Times: Tues, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
One Day Event: September 27 in Ellis Hall

Call the EFLC at 803.343.8587 for more information