Regardless of New Year’s resolutions to begin a workout program on or about Jan. 1, winter’s cold, dark mornings and early sunsets convince many resolutionites to defer their plans until spring.
That time is now.
To help you toward that goal, we’ve compiled a list of creative options around the area. Commitment-phobes and the easily bored will appreciate that these are pay-as-you-go, requiring no contract or package.
Log on, register, pay the fee, and you’re good to go.
Think of it as a tasting menu, only for exercise.
Seven circuits, which alternate cardio and strength stations, provide a full-body workout in 45 minutes.
Sweat potential: High
Where: Jamie Scott Fitness, in the Cross Hill Market Shopping Center
Thirsty Thursday Cycle
Cyclists at all levels meet at 7 p.m. for a 12- to 14-mile ride that ends at Nicky’s Pizza in Five Points. Bring a bike, or rent one for $45 for the day.
Sweat potential: Medium. The route tends to be flat and the pace is slow enough to encourage conversation.
Where: Outspokin Bicycles, Devine Street
Cost: Free (except for your pizza)
Lots of places offer Pilates, a no-nonsense strengthening and stretching regimen developed for dancers. But this is the real deal, utilizing machines with scary names like the Reformer.
Sweat potential: Low, but you’ll be introduced to muscles you didn’t know you had.
Where: Pilates of Forest Acres
Cost: $65 for a private hourlong session; $80 for two people
Info: Ashley Hayes at (803) 800-6726 to schedule a session.
Indoor cycle, with weights
Weight work performed on the bike, while cycling, transforms a classic indoor spin experience into a full-body workout.
Sweat potential: High. Bring two towels.
Where: SWEAT Columbia on Lady Street
Cost: $20 (first class is free)
When you need motivation to hit the pavement but you’re sick of your playlist, register for one of Strictly Running’s group runs. The popular Monday night run starts at 6 p.m.
Sweat potential: High. Bring water and, if you’re going long, energy gels.
Where: Strictly Running, Devine Street
Info: www.strictlyrunning.com for a full group run schedule
Group running training
Getting to the next level of running is tough on your own. Instead, join the Fleet Feet team on Tuesdays at 6:30 for Pack the Park Community Run, an hourlong coached run designed to improve your speed and stamina.
Sweat potential: High. You’ll need water and possibly energy gels.
Where: Irmo Community Park
All ages and fitness levels can benefit from yoga, which soothes the mind and strengthens the body with slow postures that can work as deeply as you desire.
Sweat potential: Low to medium
Where: Seven Oaks Park
Info: http://www.icrc.net for a full class schedule
Stroller Strong Moms
Stroller Strong Moms gives busy moms a way to stay active without worrying about childcare: work out on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. with your baby right there. Expect cardio, weight work, balance exercises and stretching.
Sweat potential: High
Where: Strong Foundations, Forest Drive
Info: Lori Lapin, email@example.com
Summer of self-improvement
This is the first in an occasional summer series about fun ways to raise the bar for yourself.