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!


Monday – Thursday 7 AM – 8 PM
Friday 7 AM – 3 PM


1410 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC




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!


FBC Fitness Membership:
If you are a member of First Baptist Church, you can join the Estep Family Life Center (EFLC). For $30/individual/year or $40/family/year 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 (DBA) Membership:
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 through a 6 months’ 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

Downtown Business Associates Membership Form


The Estep Family Life Center is your gateway to physical wellness! We offer classes that fit your needs and your schedule. We have everything from aerobics classes to weight loss, even programs to provide education on healthy lifestyle. Our staff are highly qualified to provide guidance and expertise in all areas of health and wellness. Our desire is 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.



Lunch Pilates 
Instructor: Certified PHI Pilates instructors
Days/Times: T, 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Start Dates:  March 1 (8 week session)
Pilates a is blend of mat work, strength and endurance training for the ultimate core workout!


Evening Pilates
Instructor: Certified PHI® Pilates instructors
Days/Times: M, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Start Date: March 7 (8 week session)
Pilates is a body sculpting activity that works your body from the inside out. Develop long lean muscles from this great core exercise class.
Class holiday is February 15.


Zumba Fitness® at Lunch
Instructor: Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor
Days/Times: M & Th, 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Start Date: March 3 (8 week session)
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.
Class holiday is February 15.


Online registration for aerobics classes is available 2 weeks before each session begins. Explore our classes and programs below. Schedules vary, so 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!

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Click the icons to pay for the Zumba/Pilates March & April session.

1 class/week/8 weeks is $35.

2 classes/week/8 weeks are $55.

3 classes/week/8 weeks are $70.

4 classes/week/8 weeks are $90.



Hump Day Boot Camp
Instructor: Wendell Arsi, Personal Trainer
Cost: $60/8 weeks
Day/Times: W, 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Start Date: January 13, (8 week session) Weigh-in & assessment occurring January 6
Coed class of heart pumping boot camp-style workouts with varied routines and training mixes. We will utilize weights, body resistance and functional cross fit training, as well as high energy and intensive interval cardio strength training mixes meant to shape, tone, sculpt and strengthen your body! Overall biggest loser will get a FREE 6 month membership to the EFLC fitness center. Participants must call 343.8587 to schedule January 6 assessment.


Spring Fling Boot Camp
Instructor: Wendell Arsi, Personal Trainer
Cost: $60/8 weeks
Day/Times: W, 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Start Date: March 30 (8 week session)
Co-ed workout meant to energize your week with a great cardio strength training mix utilizing weights, body resistance and functional cross training. A challenging workout for all fitness levels of any age. Workout at your own intensity level!
Are you interested in joining the class?  Online registration opens March 2!



Noon Hoops
Cost: $5/non-member
Days/Times: T & Th, 12noon – 2:00 PM
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.


Strong to the Bone Osteoporosis Class
Sponsored by Baptist Medical Center & Primetimes (To Register call 803.296.5978)
Cost: $30/6 weeks
Days/Times: M & Th, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Start Dates: Ongoing
Class is designed to increase strength, balance, and flexibility by incorporating chair exercises with elastic bands.


Body Fat Composition, BMI Screening & Blood Pressure
Cost: $5/person
Days/Times: T & Th, 12noon – 2:00 PM and 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Event Dates: January 19 & 20
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





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!


Dance Floor Boot Camp
Instructor: Danny Carter
Cost: $40/person
Days/Times: T, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Start Date: February 2
You might know the Electric Slide and the Cha Cha Slide, but do you know the Charleston, the G-Slide, Happy or Footloose? Well, all of these line dances, and more, will be taught at Dance Floor Boot Camp! Just in time for spring weddings and social gatherings, this 8 week course will provide a good early evening workout packed with the fun of learning more line dances and routines than you could ever imagine. Each week you can learn something new and practice adding your own style to make each line dance your own. Become the life of the party through Dance Floor Boot Camp!
Please wear slick soled shoes. Participants must be 17 years old to take the class.

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South Carolina Probate – What You Need to Know
Instructors: W. Verne McGough, Jr., Attorney at Law
Cost: FREE
One Day Event: Feb. 25, 12:00noon – 1:00PM
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.

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The Children’s Soccer Experience
Cost: $80/8 weeks + $15 registration fee
Day/Times: Tuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Start Date: March 15 (8 weeks)
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. Registration includes: t-shirts, weekly prizes and more. Space is limited and we run on a first come first serve basis so please don’t delay in registering. Call 803.351.1572 or go to for more info.

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Estate Planning Basics
Instructor: W. Verne McGough, Jr., Attorney at Law
Cost: FREE
Days/Times: Th, 12noon – 1:00 PM
One Day Event: April 21
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 four 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?
(4) Where can I get an estate plan?
Come join us for a FREE lunch and information which will help you care for your family.

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First Place
Instructors: Carol McAlister and Sandy Greer
Cost: $95/first time participants and $20/continuing participants
Days/Times: M, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Start Date: January 11 (12 week session)
This is a Christ-centered health program offering instruction and Bible study. It’s custom designed to help you lose weight by bringing balance to your life. Call 803.343.8578 for more details and to register.


Weight Watchers

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



Upward Sports is a positive sports experience that offers both parents and kids exactly what they want in a sports league. Parents love the family-friendly schedule, welcoming environment, and coaches whose attitudes reflect Christ and who teach Christlikeness. Kids love the fact that they get to play in every game, make new friends, and have fun learning new skills.

Cost: Price has increased to $85/player.
Days/Times: One practice a week for an hour beginning the week of November 30.
Games are on Saturdays beginning January 9.
Ages: Boys & Girls grades 1–4

Each player will receive:
• Upward Basketball reversible jersey
• Upward Basketball t-shirt
• Upward Basketball car magnet
• Upward music CD
• Individual awards after each practice and game
• End of the season award

Online Registration is currently closed; however, for more info call 803.343.8587.