Connect With Your Core At The Best Pilates Studios In Christchurch

A pilates class in action at Well Studio.

Tired of lifting weights, sweating out in a HIIT session or just looking to shake up your fitness routine? A low-impact (yet still highly effective) Pilates class might be what you are after. Here are our picks of the best Pilates studios in Christchurch.

Words by: Julia Rutherford

Created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, pilates has become a popular form of exercise, particularly in the last twenty years, and has been embraced by a range of age groups, fitness abilities and body types.

No matter where you live in Ōtautahi Christchurch, you won’t be far from an excellent pilates studio, with classes and spaces popping up all around the city. Whether you are after a reformer class, prefer the mat style or something catering to a specific need, there will be a studio that’s the right fit for you. So get ready to engage that core, sculpt, tone and most importantly have fun at one of these incredible Pilates studios in Christchurch.   

Grounded Pilates

150 Office Road, Merivale, Christchurch

Located in Merivale, Grounded Pilates is a boutique reformer Pilates studio catering to various needs and experience levels. With all classes utilising the reformer machines, these workouts focus on lengthening and strengthening the muscles whilst also providing a mental and coordination challenge. Even if you have never stepped foot on a reformer before, Grounded could be the place for you, as their beginner classes focus on the fundamentals of using the machines and pilates principles as a whole. For any mamas-to-be or those who have just welcomed babies, there are special pre and post-natal classes to try out too.

On Pointe

84 Peterborough Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

On Pointe is the perfect pilates studio for those working or living in the heart of the central city. Providing a calm space, they welcome clients of all ages and support them in their fitness journey. With both reformer and mat Pilates taught by expert instructors, you are guaranteed to find a class that suits your needs and preferences. At On Pointe, they also offer Bootybarre, which is a good companion form of exercise to Pilates, and there’s also an on-site nutritionist if you want to add another layer to your health and wellness journey.

Balance Pilates

131 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere, Christchurch

Pilates with a view, anyone? That’s exactly what’s on offer at Balance Pilates, located on the Cashmere Hills, with a stunning panoramic view over the central city and beyond to the Southern Alps. So with incredible scenery to motivate you, that’s already one big tick of approval for Balance Pilates. Another is their range of classes available, from group reformer and equipment sessions to being able to book a private one-on-one with an instructor to their pre and post-natal courses. Combine all of this with a welcoming environment and expert teachers, and we bet you’re wondering why you haven’t booked a class at Balance sooner!

Sculpt Reformer Pilates

61 Mandeville Street, Riccarton, Christchurch

Strengthen, lengthen and tone are the name of the game at Sculpt Reformer Pilates studio in Riccarton. Founded by co-owners and trainers Michaela and Elise in 2022, the reformer classes at Sculpt are designed to be a challenging full-body workout - no matter your experience or fitness level. Whether you are a beginner and taking a Principles class to get a good foundation and understanding of technique, through to a pro and giving their cardio boost Powerhouse sessions a try, the Sculpt experience will have you going back time and time again.

Movementor Pilates

140 Colombo Street, Beckenham, Christchurch

There is an intentional choice behind the name of Movementor Pilates, with this studio being big advocates of mentoring your movement. The teachers at Movementor have extensive qualifications, training and experience under their belts, and all of which is utilised when it comes to the instruction they offer. With both mat and equipment styles on their timetable, class sizes are purposely kept small so that even in a group setting, everyone attending gets individualised attention and assistance.

The Well Studios

The Tannery, 33 Tanner Street, Woolston, Christchurch

It’s all in the name at The Well Studios in The Tannery, home to a group of health practitioners who specialise in various wellness areas, one of which happens to be pilates. With tall ceilings, natural wooden beams and plant life all around, The Well Studios provides a calming space to work out in. They offer both mat pilates small group classes and specialised one-on-one equipment pilates sessions where you will have a program tailored to your individual health and fitness goals. And once you have exercised your body and mind, take a wander through the Tannery, a treat for the soul!

Core Pilates and Mind

Level 1 Unit JA, 1 Radcliffe Road, Belfast, Christchurch

If you live in the northern outskirts of Christchurch and are looking for a Pilates class that will support your fitness goals and challenge you, then look no further than Core Pilates and Mind in Belfast. Providing excellent workouts since 2018, the environment owner Jodi and her team offer both reformer and mat pilates classes, with some yoga thrown in for good measure. 

O-Studio

14/26 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

A mecca for well-being in the city centre, O-Studio located in The Welder has a multi-disciplinary approach to health, fitness and wellness. This welcoming space encourages you to discover your best self and offers a number of services to achieve this. One of these happens to be mat pilates classes focusing on building functional strength and stability to support you in an active lifestyle. The philosophy of Pilates connecting mind and body works in harmony with O-Studio and its ethos. While you’re there, try out their other offerings, such as mediation and flotation, and embrace their holistic approach.

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