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

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!

If you have not already registered for Zumba/Pilates please click the link above. If you have registered but not paid please click the paypal button below. Thank you


Class Combinations

Evening Pilates

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

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

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.

Zumba® Fitness at Lunch

Instructor: Licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructors
Days/Times: M, T & Th, 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Session Start Date: August 2

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

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.

NEW! Wednesday Workouts

Instructor: Certified instructors
Days/Times: W, 5:40 – 6:30 PM
Session Start Date: August 1

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

Class Description

Come join us for an exercise class that is constantly keeping you on your toes. Class will offer Pilates, Zumba, Zumba toning, strength training and more – all from certified and licensed instructors! Keep in shape with this new and ever changing mid-week exercise class!

First Place

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Please call 343.8578 for more details and to register.

Instructor: Carol McAlister and Sandy Greer
Days/Times: M, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Session Start DateSept. 10

Cost: $95/first time participants and $20/continuing participants

Class Description

First Place is a Christ-centered weight loss program. Each session offers instruction and Bible study designed to help you lose weight by bringing balance to your life. Call 343.8578 for more details and to register.

Strong to the Bone Osteoporosis Class

Instructor: Carleen Smoak, certified instructor
Days/Times: M & Th, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Session Start Date: August 6 begins first 8 week session
Cost: $40/8 week session

Please Register by visiting the 2nd Floor of the EFLC building.

Class Description

Class is designed to increase strength, balance and flexibility for the participants by incorporating chair exercises with elastic bands. Second 8 week session begins October 1.

Noon Hoops

No Registration Required

No Online Registration or Payment Required

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

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.


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!

One on One Makeup

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Instructor: Leah J Greene, professional makeup artist
Days/Times: 1 ½ hour class by appointment
Cost: $50/person (Mothers may come with their teen daughters to observe for free)

One day class. Call Leah at 803.331.8712 to make an appointment for this one on one makeup class. Class is open to all ages.

Class Description

Do you need help with your makeup application? Don’t know what colors are best for you? Discover new ways to improve your makeup from a top makeup artist. In this 1 ½ hour class, you will get hands on training aimed at teaching you all the tricks and expert techniques for applying your makeup like a pro. Your teacher, Leah J. Greene, is a professional makeup artist with over 18 years of experience. Bring your makeup to the class and let Leah help you decide what is best for you whether it is one of her products from her own line of makeup or the cosmetics you are using.

Leah has worked with actors such as George Clooney and Shannon Elizabeth; politicians such as President George W. Bush, United States Ambassador Nikki Haley and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann; television celebrities such as Judy Woodruff (anchor and editor of NewsHour on PBS), Dana Perino (co-host The Five, FOX News Channel ) and Ainsley Earhardt (co-host of FOX & Friends); and others such as Toby Keith (country music singer and songwriter), Bethany Hamilton (professional surfer), and many more. Leah has even won an Emmy working on the SCETV produced show Remembering Charleston. Class will be held at the FBC Estep Family Life Center.

Weight Watchers

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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.

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

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.

Soccer Shots® Class

Day/Times: T, 5:30 – 6:10 PM (starts September 11)
Cost: $99/10 weeks plus one time $20 school year registration fee
Ages: 3 – 8 years old

Description and Registration

September 11 starts the 10 week Fall Season. 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.  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. Questions?  Call 803.351.1572 or Register and pay online HERE

Managing Your Blood Sugar:  Ways to Prevent or Improve Type 2 Diabetes

Instructor: Gayle S. Stewart, RN, MS, OCN, CPS
Day/Times: Thursday, October 11, Noon – 1:15 PM (Q&A from 1:15-1:30 PM)
Cost: FREE but must pre-register

Description and Registration

One day class held on October 11. Bring your lunch and let’s learn! Currently, every seventeen seconds in the United States, someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and the diagnosis is rapidly increasing in teenagers and young adults.  The medical literature contends that when a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is made, the disease has already been impacting the body on an average of ten years.  Fortunately, however, type 2 diabetes can often be prevented, reversed, and/or managed successfully!  In this class we will explore 1) An explanation of the general types of diabetes (type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes- – -and the newest type of diabetes: type 3 diabetes). 2) The “five skills for successful prevention and/or management of diabetes – – -and how easy they can be to follow! 3) The effects of diabetes on all parts of the body and possible long term complications of uncontrolled diabetes on the body. 4) “Success stories” obtained from working with patients who chose to make the choice to prevent or manage their pre-existing diabetes. Pre-registration is required HERE. Minimum registration numbers must be met for this FREE class to be held.

2018 Tax Update Lunch & Learn

Instructor: W. Verne McGough, Jr., Attorney at Law
Day/Time: Tuesday, September 25, Noon – 1:00 PM
Cost: $5 (includes lunch)

Description and Registration

One day class held September 25. United States tax laws are constantly changing.  As we enter tax return preparation season, join tax attorney Verne McGough for a lunchtime update on recent tax law changes and a review of items which you should pay attention to on your income tax return. Register online HERE or by calling the EFLC at 343.8587. Minimum of 10 participants pre-registered and paid to hold the class.

If you have registered, but have not paid, please PAY HERE. Your registration will not be accepted without payment.

Registration deadline:  One week prior to start of class.

Flu Shots

Provider: CVS Pharmacy
Cost: FREE with Medicare Part B and most health insurances; $39.99 without insurance
Day/Times: Tuesday, September 18, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM 


One day offering held September 18 in Ellis C of the First Baptist dining hall.  Bring your insurance or Medicare card and 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.