Les Mills opened its doors for the first time in Auckland 1968
and was founded by New Zealand Olympian, Les Mills Snr, who won a
gold medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. Over 40 years later, we
are fully New Zealand owned and operated, with 12 clubs
nationwide and over 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 his son Phillip Mills 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. Those early aerobic programs drew
queues down the street and Phillip could sense the real power of
group fitness. From here, Les Mills Group Fitness was born which today
includes BODYPUMP®, RPM® and GRIT® and so many more, all of which
are a core focus of every club around New Zealand. Now you can find
Les Mills classes in over 16,000 clubs around the world, showing
little New Zealand achieving on the world stage.
Over the last 40 years there have been many changes within Les
Mills clubs; however one thing has remained the same. The heart and
soul of Les Mills is its purpose to change the lives of New