Welcome to a post about one of the things I am most passionate about in my life, and a very overdue one at that. I realised as I was typing this that I definitely love fitness and I love group fitness classes- but what really hones in and creates that passion and true love is the Les Mills company and programs (<– that is the Australian Les Mills website, for global click here).
Les Mills is the brand behind (currently) 11 different group fitness and team training programs in 14,000 different clubs throughout 80 different countries. Talk about good stats! [Found here]. Most of these programs shouldn’t be news to you if you’ve been around this blog long enough. I love to blab on about Les Mills programs, specifically Body Step, Body Pump, CXWORX, Body Attack, Sh’Bam, Grit Strength, Body Combat and Body Balance…to name a few (million).
What makes Les Mills programs different is the amount of money, effort, work, research (keeping up with evolving and new theories/research is important) and time that goes into each program and release. I can only imagine what goes on behind the scenes for each quarter. They constantly release new programs so that they are continually challenging (no plateau) participants (and instructors) and keeping up to date with current research to do with fitness, exercise and health. Plus each new release (4 a year) comes with new music/remixes and new moves. So there’s never a dull moment in class.
As a passionate participant for many years I became a passionate instructor after a group fitness manager persuaded (didn’t take much) me to do my Body Step training. [Ps. Best program- Body Step, hands down. Second best program? Well that’s debatable]. I regularly get to indulge in Les Mills programs on both sides of the spectrum, as a participant and an instructor- and I feel lucky to do so! I love sharing the Les Mills love and message SO much that I’m also hoping to train in another program soon. The hard part- What program? If only I was made of money so I could do them all, ha!
What is also pretty special about the programs is that it is based close to home (well close-ish) in Auckland, New Zealand. I actually remember before our family trip to Queenstown last year that I was determined to somehow make it in to one of the original gyms and take a class taken by a Les Mills Great. Unfortunately, since this was a ‘family’ trip (meaning I was not paying) I didn’t get to call the shots. It is my dream to meet the Body Step stars (those who tape, choreograph and lead the Body Step program) and to do one of their classes. It’d be EVEN cooler to attend a taping class for the releases, but alas that is all a dream…for now. One day!
I think a big part of Les Mills’ success is the culture it produces. It’s all about good health, getting fit, inspiration and inspiring others, energy and accomplishing your goals! I can tell you now the vibe you get from a class full of Les Mill-loving participants and a passionate Les Mills instructor is like no other. Actually, for simplicity sakes and to stay consistent with Les Mills you’d call this a Tribe, whose primary goal is to make the world a fitter planet [Fighting Globesity!]. Love it!
If that does not sound awesome and have you confessing your undying love for the Les Mills brand then you have no heart….ahh. But really, I hope this post persuaded you to try a class, get Les Mills programs in your gym or become an instructor.
Have you tried a Les Mills class before? What is your favourite?
** I was not sponsored, paid or endorsed to post this. Each thought and opinion, as always, is entirely my own and I seriously just LOVE Les Mills & Les Mills programs. If I could be more involved in it I would.**