Get Involved!

Getting involved in group exercise is one of the best ways to stay fit, motivated and energised!  

At YMCA Christchurch we offer a number of group exercise classes to cater for all fitness levels, abilities, ages and sizes.  Caring, well trained instructors and small class numbers ensure a friendly, supportive and safe environment in which we will help you to achieve your goals.

Whether you want a great all over workout, muscle strength, fat burning or a gentler stretching and balancing class we have something for everyone.  


We are currently in COVID-19 Alert Level 1. The following will apply if we are moved into Alert Level 2:

The YMCA Fitness Centres remain open and normal operating hours are in place under Alert Level 2. Please sign our contact register on each visit and use our QR Code to track your movements. Be mindful of social distancing from other gym users, and be aware that some equipment may need to be closed off to ensure this. Class number restrictions will apply. Please ensure you continue to wipe down your equipment after use, practice good hand hygiene and stay home if you are unwell.


Group Exercise Classes


An exciting small group training session led by a motivational instructor. You’ll work efficiently to enhance both your cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance with circuit style training, team work, high intensity intervals and partner drills. A great way to make some new friends, to be pushed harder in your training and to ensure you leave the gym both smiling and sweating.


Never get bored of the same old moves in a high-energy class that blasts your cardio fitness while also building stamina and strength with specific muscle conditioning phases. The class changes week to week so your body can benefit from the use of a variety of exercises and equipment. Having powerful music and energetic instructor to carry you along will also ensure you stay motivated until the very last rep.


Treat your mind and body to a flow of exercises inspired by the principles of Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. These classes will help you to relax and unwind, strengthen your mind-body connection, activate your core muscles and increase your range of flexibility. Suitable for all levels.


Nourish your mind, body and soul while strengthening your muscles, enhancing your flexibility and releasing tension. Our instructor will guide you through dynamic standing postures, balance work, deep stretches and restorative meditation. Suitable for all levels.

Yin Yoga

Come and experience the deepest of stretches in a Yoga class that targets the connective tissues between the muscles by holding seated and supine poses for 3-7 minutes. Benefits include increased circulation in the joints, improved flexibility and regulation of the body’s flow of energy.


Take the “work” out of your workout and come and join the Zumba dance party! Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

STRONG by Zumba

Stop counting the reps. Start training to the beat. STRONG by Zumba® combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move.


Jump on a bike and join the ultimate indoor cycling class. Our instructor guides the group through their ride which may include hills, intervals and sprints designed to challenge your fitness and deliver a massive calorie burn.

Beginners Spin

Discover the fun of indoor cycling and get comfortable on the stationary spin bike in this lower intensity version of our regular spin class.


Exercise all your major muscle groups with the original, invigorating barbell workout. Squat, lift and curl to the beat of the music as you see your strength increase week to week.


Perform sequences of moves to music using the step platform to increase your fitness, burn calories, increase muscle tone and improve your co-ordination – all while having a lot of fun!

Step Pump

Can’t decide between attending Step or Pump? Why not both! This class fuses two of our favourite class styles to deliver a time-effective strength and cardio workout.


Come and experience the drills and skills involved in a boxer’s workout. In this non-contact boxing fitness class you’ll utilize boxing gloves and focus pads in partner work to build physical strength, agility and endurance while also sharpening your mental focus and co-ordination.


Ease out stiffness or relieve pain in the joints, lengthen tight muscles and improve your general wellbeing with a 30 minute class devoted entirely to stretch. Particularly helpful in prevention of and recovery from injuries.


Engage your mind and utilize your breath to promote core strength, flexibility and postural strength using Classical Pilates Mat methods. Our instructor will guide you through a total body conditioning, often utilizing props to help you target particular muscles. Suitable for those who have attended a Pilates Beginners course.


Group Exercise Timetable - City Y

6:10am Y-FLOW Spin Spin
8am Stretch
8:30am Spin
9am Stretch
12:10pm Boxfit Spin Boxfit Spin
5:30pm Pilates Yoga Spin




Group Exercise Timetable - Bishopdale

6:10am Spin Boxfit Yoga Virtual Spin
8:30am Yoga


9am Pilates Yoga Step
9:10am Spin Spin
9:30am Step/Pump Y-BLAST Step Y-BLAST
10am Pump Pump
10:30am Y-FLOW STRONG Nation
12pm Virtual Spin
4:30pm STRONG Nation
5:30pm Spin Pump Spin


Virtual Spin



Virtual Spin



6:30pm Pilates Zumba




Book Classes Here


Life Fit

For Older Adults

Our award winning Life Fit programme offers you qualified, experienced and caring instructors who will bring you classes catering for mature participants or those new to exercise.  The Life Fit programme is designed to:

  • Be fun
  • Keep you agile and active
  • Improve and maintain fitness
  • Give you the opportunity to meet new people

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Life Fit Info and Classes

We advise you to check with your GP before embarking on any exercise programme.  It is vital that you inform your instructor of any ailment or medical condition you may have before the start of each session (high blood pressure, diabetes, angina, asthma etc).  Should you be dependent on medication, we expect you to carry your medication on your person for your safety. We recommend you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, eg shorts or trackpants with a t-shirt, with safe comfortable shoes.


Life Fit Stretch and Tone
Suitable if you are wishing to begin an exercise programme; gentle aerobics to warm-up the body and mobilize the joints, then gently strengthening, toning and stretching the muscles.
Life Fit Circuit
Cardiovascular and muscle strength exercises. Provides weight bearing exercises essential in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Sit and Be Fit
For people new to exercise with limited mobility, a fun chair-based work out to music which aims to improve muscle strength, heart / lung fitness, joint flexibility and balance.
Life Fit Step/Pump
A combination of two popular class styles that gives you a balanced strength and cardio workout – it’s also a lot of fun!
Life Fit Step
Provides a cardiovascular workout together with hip, leg and upper body strength and muscle tone.
Life Fit Exercise to Music
Low impact cardiovascular exercise to music, provides strengthening of all major muscle groups, mobilizing of the spine and all the joints, and gentle stretching.
Life Fit Pilates
Gentle Pilates for Older Adults or those with mobility problems. Completion of an Introductory course is essential before attending Level 2 classes; see separate brochure for details

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Pryme Movers
A gym-based session for members and non-members, working on your own programme in the fitness centre under caring guidance from an instructor and in the company of other Life Fit members. Selected times only. Class payment required for non-members.
Life Fit Spin
Stationary bikes are used to get a cardio workout without stressing the joints. Ideal for older adults and beginners who are keen to improve their fitness and/or to lose weight through Spin.
Zumba Gold
Modified Zumba moves to captivating Latin music designed to suit seniors or those just starting to exercise. A fun, low-impact way to improve heart and lung fitness and coordination.
Sit and Be Fit
For people new to exercise with limited mobility, a fun chair based work out to music which aims to improve muscle strength, heart/lung fitness, joint flexibility and balance. A great class for sociability and meeting new people.
Life Fit Tone
A low impact aerobics class that builds your strength and stamina with specific muscle conditioning phases. The class changes week to week so your body can benefit from a variety of exercises and equipment while a supportive and motivating instructor guides you through each exercise.



Life Fit Timetable - City Y

8:30am Life Fit Spin
9am PrYme Movers Stretch Core Breathe PrYme Movers Life Fit Spin
10.30am Life Fit Circuit



Life Fit Timetable - Bishopdale

9am Life Fit Circuit Life Fit Circuit Life Fit Circuit Life Fit Circuit
Life Fit Spin
Life Fit Circuit

Life Fit Step

9.30am Exercise to Music Stretch & Tone
10am Life Fit Circuit Life Fit Circuit Life Fit Circuit Life Fit Circuit

Sit & Be Fit

Life Fit Circuit
10:30am Step/Pump Zumba Gold
11am Tone
12pm Pilates Pilates



Book Classes Here


Workshops & Events

Men’s Health Week

To celebrate Men’s Health Week, YMCA Christchurch are putting on a series of free fitness classes to encourage men to get out there and try something new!

Spin Class

Monday 14 June

Broga Class

(men’s yoga)
Thursday 17 June
Bishopdale YMCA

These classes are open to the public but as numbers will be limited we ask that you register by emailing Jacinda or call Bishopdale YMCA reception on 359 8320 or City YMCA reception on 366 0689


Winter Equinox Yoga Mala

Come join us for the upcoming Winter Solstice.

Between 1.5 to 2 hours long, we will be demoing a high and low option for the Sun Salutations before we begin, so you can choose a flow that works for you. After each round we pause to say the number we’ve just completed, and feel free to rest in child’s pose as often as you need as we complete the 108 rounds.

Light refreshments served afterwards, and the opportunity to share our experience with others in the group.

Winter Equinox Yoga Mala
Sunday 20 June 2021
YMCA Bishopdale

Register Here


Sports Team Training

Did you know you can book your own personalized group exercise class/or series of classes with our qualified group exercise instructors at the YMCA?

If you are looking to improve the health and fitness goals within your team while keeping it fun, dynamic and ensuring great form and exercise technique throughout your session – then the Y can cater to your requirements. The best part is you can choose which class or classes are most suitable for your team, in a challenging and supportive environment.

Class formats range from Pump, Boxing, Circuit, Spin, Yoga, Pilates or Interval Training such as HITT! Choose a one off booking, or book multiple sessions at a discounted rate for your sports team, group of friends or corporate group.




YMCA Bishopdale P 03 359 8320 E

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