Auckland’s innovative fitness studio XI Labs has opened its doors in Parnell

For fitness trainer Xi Cao, wellbeing has always been a focus — both personally and professionally. Over the years, this passion has seen her undertake a range of training, including in TRX suspension, reformer Pilates and EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation), driven by a desire to understand functional movement, science-based fitness and the latest technology. Now, having long applied her philosophy of targeted training to help her clients harness their full potential, Xi has opened the doors to her very own studio, and we have your exclusive chance to try it first.

XI Labs is a beautiful, new boutique space in Parnell that offers a wellbeing haven grounded in the goal of helping people transform their bodies and reimagine their health. Filled with natural light and finished in beautiful furnishings and a cool, contemporary palette, the studio is the perfect setting in which to escape the daily grind, recalibrate and recharge.

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Described by Xi as a “technology-driven fitness studio,” XI Labs’ offering is all about training smarter, not necessarily harder. For those interested in Pilates, the studio offers bespoke classes with either Xi herself (an Elite trainer) or Meech Aspden (a Master trainer who specialises in clinical Pilates) centred around the classic Pilates tenets of stretching, toning, strength and posture, using state-of-the-art equipment.

Elsewhere, EMS sessions are available for those seeking something more rigorous. Touted as one of the most effective ways of achieving a tighter, leaner and more toned body without spending hours in the gym, EMS training is used by elite athletes the world over and offers the same (if not more) benefits as a 90-minute gym session in just 20 minutes of work — seeing the user hooked up to a machine that sends pulses through their muscles as they move.

Or, if it’s a more traditional style of training you’re after, XI Labs also offers one-on-one personal training tailored to your specific needs and goals. Here, Xi will use resistance and weight training in conjunction with TRX suspension bodyweight exercises to challenge her clients.

And when the hard part is over, XI Labs offers the option of recovery sessions with the studio’s Air Pressure Recovery System — a technology that uses a multi-chamber, air-pressure compression system to aid in a faster recovery, as well as a targeted, soothing massage to promote relaxation.

From its varied training options and recovery sessions to its wonderfully calm environment, XI Labs is the perfect spot to kickstart your fitness journey in the lead-up to summer. After all, what better time than now to put your health at the forefront?

XI Labs

Level 1
125 The Strand
Parnell, Auckland

(09) 302 0435


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