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about us

"Affordable, professional Pilates providing dynamic, small group classes for a

stronger, fitter, more flexible you."

Welcome to Wellington's newest inner-city specialised pilates studio - thank you for stopping by! 

Thrive Pilates does things differently. Respecting the key pilates principals  (core control, alignment, precision, axial elongation, breathing, concentration, and  movement integration), Thrive will enhance your pilates experience with a CONTEMPORARY twist.

Our skilled instructors incorporate a background of circus, health science, aerobic training, and passionate work ethic to make you stronger, leaner and more flexible.

 

We have something to offer EVERYBODY, from those new to exercise to professional athletes. Beyond the basics, be prepared for challenging, full-body workouts that will wake up those dormant muscles! 

One class will sow the seed but CONSISTENCY is key for best results. A recommended minimum of two to three sessions per week is achievable with Thrive's attractively-priced small group classes.  

Thrive Pilates also has an adjacent floor studio offering mat pilates, yoga, mobility classes and conditioning & handstand classes in a warm, safe environment.

 

 
 

The team

 
 

Anna cochrane

www.fortheloveofit.org.nz

Thrive Pilates Owner, Studio Pilates Instructor (Polestar), BHSc (Paramedic), Guinness World Record Holder.

Rarely one to "do" life conventionally, Anna's first career was within the skydive industry, gaining her skydiving license at 16 years of age. In 2006, her passion for sport and movement led her to undertake the Polestar Pilates qualification while living in Perth. On completion in 2008, Anna became an instructor at Movementor Pilates in Christchurch and has now taught at numerous studios across Australia and New Zealand. Anna has been instructing in Wellington since 2013 while simultaneously completing a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic). She currently works for Wellington Free Ambulance as an Ambulance Officer.

Anna has also performed and taught circus aerial silks since 2008. She is well known for her high flying aerial stunts including performing the world's highest aerial hoop routine (suspended from a paraglider) and holds a Guinness World Record for the Highest Static Trapeze Act (performed below a hot air balloon).

 
 
 

Arnel gaviola

Arnel is a Fine Arts graduate major in Advertising. While practising his profession, he heard a different calling after discovering the benefits of Pilates. He took his first certification under Lawrence Biscontini and was motivated to become a Pilates teacher himself.

Arnel is a Stott Pilates trained instructor gaining certification in Singapore at the internationally recognized, Physical Mind Institute. This was where he mastered standing Pilates, strengthened his mat work routine and took a one year apprenticeship teaching Pilates using the reformer, cadillac, barrel and spine corrector. Arnel also attended workshops taught by Pilates master Michelle Larson and Eric Franklin (Eric Franklin Method). Arnel was instructing for various studios in Hamilton before coming  to Wellington to join the Thrive Pilates team. Pilates for Arnel is a never ending conquest. He still continues to learn and master the pilates method.

In his spare time, Arnel loves to swim and was a swimming teacher when he first arrived in New Zealand in 2010. 

 
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Kelly Symmons

Her first love was gymnastics but she is an accomplished runner, cyclist and competitive swimmer.  You can often see her out braving the cold waters around Greta Point, testing that mental toughness!  Kelly is passionate about the mind/body connection and truly believes it is key to mental resilience and balance in life. Her hypermobility (think the elastic mum from the Incredibles!) meant she needed Pilates to support the challenges her love for sport would place on her body.  Kelly turned intensively to Pilates two years ago following a serious knee injury while playing football.  Her desire to take control of her rehab and get back to doing all the sports she loved, started her on the journey to becoming an instructor.  She felt inspired to help and guide other people on their journey and achieve their goals. 

Before landing in NZ, Kelly was an officer in the tough ranks of the British Navy.  She understood how her physical condition underpinned the strong mental clarity she needed to stay calm and focussed under pressure.  She now applies this calmness and focus to her role as a Senior Advisor in a key government agency.   Becoming a mother to her beautiful son George strengthened her belief in keeping her mind and body in sync so that she is always present and in the moment whether battling for good decisions in the corporate world or running around the park with her son. 

As anyone who knows Kelly will tell you, her cheeky humour and boundless enthusiasm makes the journey so much more fun!

 
 
 
 
 

AARON BURR

 www.aaronburrcircus.com

Aaron'background is in rock climbing and circus. He has trained and performed across New Zealand, Australia, China and the U.S.A focusing on Chinese Pole and Hand Balance. He is one of the few performers in the world to specialise in Swinging Chinese Pole; a demanding aerial apparatus. His interest in movement led him to an internship with Jeff Willoughby; a respected Muscle Activation Therapist and strength trainer in Europe and now in New Zealand.  

Aaron's focus is on doing what is needed to stay healthy and functioning long-term rather than short-term fixes. This means he works to correct imbalances and prevent injury. For the past eight years, Aaron has been teaching handstands, movement, stretch and conditioning classes to groups and private clients who want something  even more individualized and specific to their needs.

 
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CAROLINE MOREAU HAMMOND

www.evolve-wellbeing.com

Both Pilates and yoga have played an important in Caroline’s life from a young age. Caroline’s background in dance introduced her to yoga as an important tool for building resilience and balance. Taking a holistic approach to health, Caroline sees keeping active as essential for both mental and physical wellbeing. Caroline completed her RYT200 training in yin, vinyasa and hot yoga (Hot Yoga Wellington) and is the owner and director of Evolve Wellbeing, a company offering corporate fitness and mindfulness services. Caroline focuses on combining strength and mobility training, enabling clients to improve their lifestyles and prevent injury. By becoming aware of physical habits, Caroline uses yoga to help individuals identify more clearly the habits of the mind, which either promote or prevent optimal states of wellbeing and ease.