Mills opened his first gym in 1968 and gives his name to Les Mills International, a company founded by his son Phillip Mills. He was Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, from 1990 to 1998.
THE LES MILLS STORY In 1968, four-time Olympian Les Mills started his first gym in Auckland, New Zealand. It was a simple operation, basic strength and cardio training for a small community of athletes.
Today, dance is still a huge passion of Diana’s. It’s how she met her husband, Gandalf Archer Mills – who was once a Britney Spears’ back-up dancer – while still at high school. Gandalf, 38, is the head of dance at Les Mills, and started teaching it when he was just 13.
1. BodyPump. Perhaps the most popular Les Mills program is BodyPump, a weight-based group- fitness class that promises to sculpt, tone, and strengthen the entire body.
WHY ARE LES MILLS PROGRAMS SO POPULAR? The aim of these exercise programs is to improve the fitness of everyone on planet Earth. Les Mills fans are adamant that they do not feel coerced into exercising. Rather, they credit Les Mills routines with amplifying their passion for exercise.
You can honestly take any of the LES MILLS On Demand workouts at your own pace. As a beginner, it’s totally okay to miss a few reps or combinations. Be kind to yourself and give yourself time to learn the moves and improve your endurance.
Beachbody ended the partnership with the Les Mills organization in 2016. The Les Mills Pump and Les Mills Combat programs will continue to be sold while supplies last.
To do a BODYPUMP workout, you will need a barbell with weight plates, a bench-top with risers and a mat.
These are the ambitious global expansion plans of Les Mills NZ and Les Mills International – privately owned companies headquartered in Auckland which are valued at a collective $130 million.
Diana is a Program Director for BODYBALANCE™/BODYFLOW ®, CXWORX™, LES MILLS BARRE™ and LES MILLS TONE™. She is the Creative Director for BODYCOMBAT™, BODYJAM, BODYPUMP™ and RPM™. If you’re keen to experience a workout shaped by Diana you can find a class or workout On Demand.
Gandalf Archer – Mills, programme director of the hip-hop dance class BodyJam, taught his first Les Mills class at 15. He’s now married to Diana, a third-generation Mills, who works as a creative director for the company. One trainer calls it the McDonald’s of fitness.
It began in 1968 when Les Mills set up a small family gym in Auckland. Three generations on, there are now millions who work out with Les Mills every day, all over the world. Discover how we’ve gone from strength to strength over the last five decades.
Overall, Les Mills classes get a 9 out of 10 from me. Smart programming, variety, fun, and always high-energy, Les Mills puts out some of the best workouts available and the fact that we can access them all On Demand is incredible.
Over 20,000 gyms license fitness programs from the company, and BODYPUMP’s their most popular. Les Mills ‘ website describes BODYPUMP as “the ideal workout for anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit—fast.” In this video from a BODYPUMP class, the participants perform over 130 Squat reps in one continuous set.
Many of the LES MILLS On Demand workouts don’t require any equipment at all. BODYPUMP and LES MILLS GRIT Strength are weights -based workouts that use a barbell and/or weights plates, LES MILLS CORE requires a resistance band and weight plates and RPM requires a stationary cycle.