Small group training programmes

Our group training programmes are additional services to our standard membership all lead by technical experts.

These programmes are designed to provide a sense of community, accountability and motivation rolled into 4-8 week blocks. Anyone can join these programmes as you do not need to have a rec centre membership to register.

Check out what we currently have on offer below.

Strength Camp

man doing a deadlift

Sport and Recreation are sponsoring a limited number of University of Auckland students to attend this Strength Camp programme at a discounted cost of $90. First in, first served!

Strength Camp is a 4 week programme that focuses on strength and muscle building. Our fitness experts will guide you through lifting techniques, nutrition guidance for training, weekly coaching sessions, body composition tracking and will provide you with a personalised programme to help you reach your own goals. 

This class is for anyone who is wanting to focus on strength training. It is open to all levels, so don't worry if you've never lifted before, our trainers teach you all you need to know. 

Programme dates: 

Semester One: Monday 2 May - Sunday 29 May

Semester Two: Monday 1 August – Sunday 28 August


Stream one: Monday and Wednesday 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Stream two: Monday and Wednesday 6.45pm - 7.45pm

Pricing: UoA student $180, staff/community $199

Instructor: Vera and Mike

Reformer Pilates

women on a reformer machine

Reformer Pilates will give you improved posture, better balance, and more stability. You are guaranteed a challenging full body workout which is easily modified to suit everyone’s bodies. Reformers take traditional mat Pilates to the next level, where we will use resistance to challenge strength and stability at the same time. We will at times get the heart rate up and sweat while keeping it all low impact on your joints.


Please check the UoA Fitness app for class times.

All classes are 45 minutes in our Mind Body Studio. 

Bookings are required and can be made via our app

Click one of the following links to download the app.
For Android users  - click here
For Apple users - click here.


UoA student price is $75 for a 4 trip concession or $140 for an 8 trip concession membership.

Non-student price is $95 for a 4 trip concession or $180 for an 8 trip concession membership.

Single classes are $20 for UoA students or $25 for non-students

With our concessions membership you can join at any date as there are no fixed dates for this programme.

Instructor: Rebecca, Gaby, Cecilia

Self Defence

woman with her hand out saying stop

Sport and Recreation and the Student Wellbeing (Be Well) Team are sponsoring 40 female-identifying students to attend this Self Defence programme for free starting week of March 21. First in, first served!

Please note that the workshop will include some challenging topics. These will be dealt with in a sensitive manner with opportunities for questions, however you may also wish to consider what you need to do to take care of yourself before, during and after the session.

We will have a Wellbeing Ambassador in every class in case you need support.

The 4 week Women's Street Smart Self-Defence workshop is one of the most intense, comprehensive, enjoyable & hands-on women's self-defence syllabus in New Zealand. So what sort of things can you expect to learn at this workshop?

You'll learn: 

  • Vital parts of the body that are vulnerable & easy to attack.
  • How to block an attack confidently.
  • How to defend yourself against slaps, punches, pushes & grabs.
  • How to defend yourself against headlock's, hair grabbing, wrist grabs.
  • How to defend yourself against chokeholds, bear hugs.
  • How to defend yourself on the ground.
  • Effective rape defence techniques.

You're taught how to deal with the worst-case scenario, when the awareness, avoidance and de-escalation have failed, it all turns physical, there's no obvious way to escape & you have to fight back.


Stream one: Monday 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Stream two: Tuesday 4:15pm - 6:15pm

2022 programme dates:

Semester One: Monday 21 March - Sunday 17 April (FULL)

Semester Two: Monday 26 September - Sunday 23 October


Chae and Ash


UoA Student price is $79 per four week block.

Non-student price is $99 per four week block.

Trial classes are available in the first week of each block only.

Bookings are essential and conditions apply.

Dance Programme

Girl jumping with hand in the air

Sport and Recreation are sponsoring 60 students to attend this Dance Programme for free starting week of March 21. First in, first served!

Choose from a range of dance styles taught at an open level by national and world class dancers. No prior dance experience is required as the classes will provide a variety of options to suit all levels. Learn a new routine each week in a friendly and welcoming environment for everyone to join.


Burlesque with Rebekkah, Wednesdays 5.00pm – 5.55pm 
Contemporary with Madison, Thursdays 4.00pm – 4.55pm

Hip Hop with Ray, Thursdays 5.00pm – 5.55pm   

2022 Programme Dates:

Semester One: March 21 - May 29 (with a 2 week break for mid-semester break).      

Semester Two: TBC


UoA Student: $95 for the eight week block
Non-student: $135 for the eight week block 

Trial classes are available in the two weeks of each block only.
Bookings are essential and conditions apply.

Girls squad

Four women standing and smiling with their arms around each other

Girl Squad is a community that empowers and educates all women within the fitness environment. These classes are a time for you to learn how to use gym equipment, ask questions, gain support, knowledge and guidance on all things to do with fitness, health and wellbeing.

Join us for a workout and chat, and let’s get a community of women together to help support each other on their fitness journeys!


Please check the UoA Fitness app for class times.


Emma Gillard


Rec member: FREE
Non-member: $15 per session. You can purchase this online or at the Rec Centre reception.

Please Note: For payments by credit or debit card, a convenience fee of 1.9% is charged. This is added automatically when you make your payment. To find out more, visit the Card Payment Convenience Fee webpage. Alternatively, you can select to pay by 'account2account' and there is no convenience fee for these transactions.

Contact us

To register your interest or find out more about any of our programmes or services,  please email