About Us

We love what we do, and we're committed to dramatically improving health and happiness, helping people to become the very best they can be.

Les Mills Founder at Common Wealth Games

SINCE 1968

Founded on the dream of  Olympic athlete Les Mills Senior, the Les Mills fitness brand has become internationally successful while still proudly New Zealand owned and operated.

Since opening the first club at Victoria Street in Auckland City in 1968, Les Mills has been dedicated to our purpose of ‘making humans fit for life’. Now, over 50 years later, we have grown to 12 clubs nationwide and several generations of New Zealanders have experienced the mental and physical benefits of the Les Mills fitness offering.  

Inheriting the legacy of Les Mills Senior’s vision, the Mills family has continued to pioneer fitness innovation. After witnessing the aerobics phenomenon in the United States in the 1980s, son Phillip Mills and wife Jackie began developing high-energy group fitness classes for Les Mills members. Today they are joined by the next generation, continuing to revolutionise fitness for New Zealand, and the world.

You are the finish line.

This is your game,

Your life.

You don't run from anything

Or anyone, except yourself.

When you fight,

You fight only shadows.

You decide when to start and stop.

So rise to the crowd,

Train, sweat, commit.

Greatness only happens

When you silence

The demons, the doubters.

This is where your mind lives.

This is your body.

Nobody owns this body,

Except you.

Ko koe te rārangi mutunga.

Nāu tēnei kēmu,

Nōu tō ao.

Kāore koe e oma i te aha rā

I a wai rā, engari i a koe anō.

I a koe ka whawhai,

Whawhai ai koe ki a koe anahe.

Māu e whakatau āhea tīmata ai, mutu ai hoki.

Nō reira, whakatika ake,

Kia kaha te whakaheke werawera, kia ū.

Ka puta te whakaihuwaka

Mā te whakakore anahe 

I ō roto me ō waho whakapōrearea.

Ko koe tonu tō hinengaro.

Nōu tēnei tinana.

Ehara i tētahi atu,

Nōu anahe.


The Les Mills story is one of creativity, inspiration, energy and passion. It is a story of an extraordinary New Zealand family – the Mills.

Fully New Zealand owned and operated, Les Mills is a team of passionate, positive professionals who have been making a difference in people’s lives since Olympian Les Mills opened the Auckland club in 1968. Now, 50 years later, we have grown to 12 clubs nationwide and more than 60,000 members.

Fitness is literally in our blood. Les Mills Snr was not the only family member to represent his country in sport. His wife Colleen, daughter Donna and son Phillip all wore the silver fern as national athletes of New Zealand.

After witnessing the aerobics phenomenon in the United States, Phillip Mills and wife Jackie began developing high-energy aerobics and strength classes for New Zealanders. Those early aerobic programs drew queues down the street and Phillip could sense the real power of group fitness. 


Today our group fitness classes include BODYPUMP®, RPM® and GRIT®, as well as many more. Together they are a core focus for each of our clubs. However, you won’t just find Les Mills classes here at home. They’re also being taken in more than 16,000 clubs all around the world, which shows just how much global respect there is for fitness classes developed right here in New Zealand. 

Over the last 50 years there have been many changes within Les Mills clubs, but one thing has remained constant: the heart and soul of Les Mills is its purpose to make humans fit for life.

women standing on the beach, hands behind her head


Les Mills prioritises sustainable initiatives, including thorough tracking of our carbon footprint so that we can further reduce our environmental impact. While our journey towards more sustainable business practices continues, we pride ourselves on what we have implemented to date, including:

  • 100% Renewable Carbonzero Certified electricity
  • Recycling stations
  • Eco-friendly products and suppliers
  • Led lighting and smart lighting controls
  • Low flow shower heads
  • Plants
  • Solar hot water heating
  • EV charging stations