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 offers regular mobility & stretch classes in a warm, safe environment; conditioning & handstand classes by a professional hand-balancer; and a comprehensive nutrition programme developed and delivered by registered doctors. 



The team


Anna cochrane


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 full time 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. 



Sophia has worked with a wide variety of clients, from the elderly with movement disorders to Pilates newbies, to professional athletes rehabbing or preventing injury. Sophia tailors her approach to each individual and meets them where they are, celebrating clients’ strengths and working toward helping them meet their goals. Her joy of movement and stoke on life is contagious, and she loves to share it.

Sophia began her Pilates journey in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2004, as a method to treat her own back pain – a result of trail running, mountain biking and skiing without properly using her core or caring for her body. Her back pain soon disappeared and she was so transformed by Pilates that she went on to earn a STOTT Pilates full certification in 2008 in Seattle, WA, USA. She has been teaching full time ever since.

When not teaching and practicing Pilates, Sophia can be found frolicking in the mountains. She has competed in trail and mountain ultramarathons since 2009, both in New Zealand and overseas. Sophia combines her passion for Pilates with running not only by using it as a vital part of her own training, but also by developing a Pilates for Runners program that combines functional movement, strength and mobility, and injury prevention aspects of Pilates. 




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.


dr luke wilson



Dr Luke is Wellington based, the director of 2zb and is in charge of the 21st Century Food Course promoted at Thrive Pilates.

Luke has studied and worked in Santa Rosa, California, as an intern for Dr John McDougall at the McDougall Health and Medical Center and also alongside Dr Michael Klaper and Dr Alan Goldhamer at the True North Health Center.

Dr Luke has since conducted the first whole foods plant-based study of its kind in New Zealand, is involved in a second New Zealand study regarding plant-based diets, completed the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition and published The 21st Century Food Course alongside friend and co-author, Craig Hagan.

Luke is a member of the New Zealand Medical Association, was New Zealand’s first member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has experience helping hundreds of people transform their lives by adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle.