Our Story

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 55,000 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.

Les Mills Group Fitness was born.

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.