Get Involved!

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

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Group Exercise Classes


Increase your fitness, burn body fat and improve co-ordination. Step yourself to a better you.

Step Moves

More complex choreography for the experienced stepper.


Interval weight/cardio stations to improve overall strength and stamina. This is action filled and suitable for all fitness levels.


Popular boxing style class, with drills and skills. Utilizing boxing gloves and focus pads.


Yoga will help you to mindfully stretch, tone and strengthen the muscles of the body. The focus during Yoga is to stabilise both mind and body, improve flexibility and to release tension using a variety of standing and balancing poses.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. It also helps us to regulate the body’s flow of energy. Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 7 minutes.


HIIT/High Intensity Interval Training is a total body, heart pumping, aerobic and strength conditioning workout. This interval-based class combines full-body strength training with high intensity cardio bursts designed to tone your body, improve your endurance and clear your mind.


The ultimate indoor cycling class. Burn up to 800 calories.


A great all over workout for muscle strength and tone, using barbells and weights.


Targeting Tummy, Butts and Thighs. A low impact workout to tone those stubborn areas.


Combination of high-intensity cardiovascular interval training and body weighted strength work guaranteed to make you leaner and stronger.


A diverse all over body workout, provides resistance in virtually any desired direction and in any position.

Body Blaster

Blast your cardio fitness. This class provides plenty of variety for your body. A combination of cardio routines with specific muscle conditioning, tailored each week. Enjoy the music and the burn.


Pilates provides a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training, engaging the mind and conditioning the whole body.
Beginner Pilates
This course introduces the fundamentals of Pilates training and is a prerequisite for attending the Pilates Intermediate classes.
Intermediate Pilates
The mind + body work together to promote core, strength, flexibility and postural strength. Completion of a Beginners Course is essential.
Life Fit Pilates
Gentle Pilates for older adults or for those with mobility problems. This course is suitable for anyone with back, hip, shoulder or wrist problems, provided medical clearance is given. Course is for 8 weeks.


Group Exercise Timetable - City Y

6:10am Spin 45min Boxing Spin 45min
8am Stretch
8:30am Beginners Spin Spin
9am Stretch Beginners Spin Circuit
12:10pm HIIT30 Boxing Spin 45min Boxing Spin 45min


5:30pm Spin Spin Yoga Spin 45min
6:30pm Pilates



Group Exercise Timetable - Bishopdale

6:10am Boxing Spin 45min Boxing Yoga Circuit
8am STRONG by Zumba
8:30am Spin


9am Pilates Circuit


9:10am Spin Spin 45min
9:30am Step/Pump Body Blaster Step TBT
10am Pump Pump
10:30am Pilates TBT
11am Yoga Yin Yoga
12pm Spin Pilates
4pm Spin
5:30pm Yoga Pump Spin 45min


6pm Step


Beginners Spin


Step Spin 45min



6:30pm Pilates Power Pilates Circuit Zumba
7pm Boxing




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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
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 Timetable - City Y

8:30am Life Fit Spin
9am PrYme Movers Stretch Core Breathe PrYme Movers Life Fit Spin
11am Life Fit Circuit


Life Fit Timetable - Bishopdale

9am Life Fit Circuit Life Fit Circuit Life Fit Spin Stretch & Tone
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 Zumba Gold
11am Life Fit TBT
12pm Life Fit Pilates
Level 1
Life Fit Pilates
Level 1
2pm Life Fit Circuit



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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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