Originally from New Zealand, Les Mills was an Olympic athlete in the 1960s and ’70s. In 1968, near the end of his competitive track and field career, he and his wife opened a gym in their home country, utilizing many of the training and fitness techniques Les used during competition. In the 1980s, Les’ son, Phillip started the Les Mills program in US gyms. The program gained in popularity and is now used in more than 15,000 gyms in 80+ countries around the globe.

Today, Les Mills is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and is one of the most popular workout programs in the industry.

The Good

Accessibility and flexibility is a major benefit of the Les Mills program; it’s available in more than 15,000 clubs and gyms in the US and more than 80 other countries across the globe. More than 100,000 certified instructors lead the classes at some of the most popular gym networks in the world, including Gold’s Gym, Powerhouse Gym and 24-Hour Fitness.

There are a bevy of Les Mills classes available to meet your personal fitness goals and workout preferences. Series like Bodypump and CXworx focus on strengthening muscles through repetition to build a lean, strong body. If you like a high-energy, cardio-based workout, try Bodycombat, Bodyattack or Bodystep. If you prefer to burn calories during a dance class, try Sh’bam or Bodyjam. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, try RPM. Or take a Bodyvive class for an equal mix of strength training, core exercises and cardio.

To keep workouts fresh and challenging, the class programs are updated with new choreography and music every three months. Instructors also receive educational updates on the same timeline, which helps them stay up-to-date with the latest knowledge in the fitness industry.

The cost of the Les Mills program can vary depending on where you live and where you are taking classes. Oftentimes, access to the classes is free with your monthly or annual gym membership. Les Mills also offers a home program, Les Mills Combat, which can be purchased through Beachbody.com without a certified instructor license.

Les Mills instructors are certified to ensure that their classes are both safe and effective, and many participate in follow-up programs to continue to develop and learn new fitness techniques.

If you can’t make it to the gym, video sets of these aforementioned classes are also available for purchase from Beachbody.com. The videos start around $35, plus shipping and handling, and most of the video purchases can be broken down into a few monthly payments.

Les Mills has regional community sections on its website, each including message forums, articles, FAQs, motivational tools, blogs, surveys and educational materials. Through these online tools, you can stay motivated by learning more and connecting with others in the Les Mills network.

Nutrition and healthy eating is also part of the Les Mills program: nutrition information, advice and recipes are available in both the Knowledge and Newsfeed sections of the site. Les Mills has also published a book titled “Fighting Globesity,” which details strategies to help you become more active, lose weight and eat healthy.

Les Mills just recently has created On-Demand work outs for home users to participate in.

The Bad

While there are Les Mills videos offered on the website, they are only available for purchase for certified instructors. If you want access to the full video programs you will have to enroll in a Les Mills class, or become an instructor yourself.  You can purchase the Les Mills Combat program through Beachbody.com, but none of the other Les Mills DVD programs are available for purchase on the site.

The Bottom Line

The Les Mills program offers a variety of classes based on an established, accessible workout regimen – not to mention access to a thriving online community and nutrition information. In addition, its quarterly program updates and instructor education offerings demonstrate its ongoing commitment to providing a fresh, safe and effective way to get fit.

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    November 2nd, 2016

    This gym is good. The staff are nice. They are well educated. Gym equipment is kept in good order. etc etc
    However, if you need to talk to staff about anything to do with your account /membership/customer service issue, you are doomed. Very very difficult to get to talk to anyone at all . . . . ever. 🙁
    And when you do they are not aloud to help you – everything must be done via email and it is painfully slow.

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    October 25th, 2016 Castro Valley, CA

    Not good. I have tried calling multiple times to get help with technical trouble with downloading my material.
    The representatives have told me to refer to a You Tube video that doesn’t work. The second time I called I spoke with a customer service rep who’s tone of voice indicated to me that I was a bother to her.
    Still having trouble and my workshop deadline drawing near, I tried calling again only to be disconnected at least five times.
    When I finally did get through and spoke with someone they once again spoke to me in a bothered , rude tone and connected me to “someone who could help” That someone was a voicemail stating that the “someone” isn’t available.
    I was recruited to become an instructor by my local gym, paid $300.00 out of my own pocket for the Body Pump workshop, and can’t receive adequate support for trouble shooting my study material. Unbelievable.
    Not happy.

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    January 17th, 2016

    Boring repetitive routines that your body can adapt to. They don’t really do much too alter it in any way. Even the grit series doesn’t change much. They either reuse the workout you have done before or repeat the same one.

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    August 20th, 2015 Hudson, MA

    Great programs! Designed by teams and tested so they offer more than any individual instructor EVER could. Great music, Great Workouts, Great Results!!

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    August 20th, 2015 Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been taking Body Pump, Body Combat and Body Step classes for about 2 months through my local Gold’s Gym. I love the classes. The instructors constantly check form, and correct us when we’re off – which you will miss with a video format. I can think I am doing a move correctly, but without being an expert, I can be wrong. The instructors switch up the routines so they don’t get boring. I have made consistent strength gains and I can see the changes in my body. As a 47 year old woman, I know weight training is essential to keeping my bones healthy, and Body Pump is a fun and challenging way of accomplishing that. I am very impressed with the Les Mills classes, and am looking forward to Sh’Bam. coming soon to my gym!

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    August 19th, 2015 Mobile, AL

    I was so hooked on BodyPump when they brought it into my gym that 6 months later I got my certification to teach the class. I taught BodyPump for 10 years and had so much fun!!!

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    August 19th, 2015 Jacksonville, FL

    I take several of the Les Mills classes at my gym and love everyone of them. The music and instructors and doing this with other members is very encouraging and so much fun! It is the first time I have really stuck with a gym membership and lost weight while building muscle and stamina.

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    August 14th, 2015 Stevens Point, WI

    So boring. Routines are boring, repetitive and uninspring. Songs end before the routine is done and then comes back in mid-song using a pretty shoddy edit. Group Power is a much better alternative.

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    August 12th, 2015 Las Vegas, NV

    Simply the best, most efficient fitness program out there without going to a personal trainer. It’s plug & play anywhere in the world.

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    August 11th, 2015 Newnan, GA

    My husband and I started the in-home version of Les Mills Body Pump sold by BeachBody. We loved it. I looked forward to working out every day to this program because the leaders are entertaining, constantly encouraging, they do it with you and I love their accents!! Now, every time I hear those songs on the radio I want to start working out! My daughter is doing the program now and is one her second round through! I love their warm up and their cool down….most thorough I’ve had yet!

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    August 8th, 2015 New Braunfels, TX

    Les Mills DVD sets from BeachBody are awesome. Muscles guaranteed, even if you slack off & do 2-3 X per week. Wish they didn’t part ways. Will be mixing this up with my routines the rest of my life. LOVE THIS!

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    August 7th, 2015 Richmond, VA

    Great classes – the gym I’ve been going to actually changed to another class format. I’ve now joined a different gym to get back into Les Mills Classes……

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    August 5th, 2015 Laguna Niguel, CA

    Les Mills are amazing classes! If you work them, they will work for you! Body Pump, Step, and CX works are the best!

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    August 5th, 2015 Prosperity, PA

    DO NOT LIKE the Les Mills classes. Doing same thing week after week is boring. Instructors are too busy worry about the choreograph their form is sacrificed and no time to correct participates form.

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    August 5th, 2015 Atlanta, GA

    Love Les Mills! Since I dropped out of my gym I really miss the fun workouts full of variety – especially Body Pump and Body Step.

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    August 5th, 2015 Katy, TX

    I have been doing body pump for four years now and love it a lot. It is my addition, however, the current release has been horrible. Specifically the music namely the Burning Up for the back track. It is the most vile song and lirics ever. Our instructors cannot listen to it to practice when their children are anywhere around. Les Mills you forget that I pay for that class and I am deeply offended by it and have asked it to be removed from the class. This is not just my opinion but that of the entire class., I do not know what you were thinking but shame on you for disrespecting all of us with that filth.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    August 3rd, 2015 Luling, LA

    All Les Mills programs are safe, effective, motivational, awesome music, full body workout.

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    August 2nd, 2015 Poway, CA

    Les Mill’s programs are all good!

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    August 1st, 2015 Cary, NC

    I love the variety of classes that Les Mills offers to help me grow strong in a variety of ways. I average 7+ classes a week and can’t get enough! Thank you for all the effort y’all do to make the classes a great experience to help me grow stronger as I grow older <3

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    July 31st, 2015 Piscataway, NJ

    Les Mills is amazing. Under the “bad” portion they mentioned that only instructors can purchase the videos to work out from home. That is no longer true. Anyone can purchase Les Mils work outs “on demand” at Les Mills.com. My only regret is that I didn’t get certified 10 years ago and I waited too long.

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