Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Les Mills highlights importance of external motivation in achieving fitness goals

Les Mills highlights importance of external motivation in achieving fitness goals
August 7, 2016

Newly released research from Les Mills and Perth’s Curtin University show that while qualifications, experience, knowledge and compatibility are important factors to consider when it comes to choosing a fitness instructor, finding someone who is skilled in motivational communication is equally critical.

Les Mills Head of Research Bryce Hastings, says the results of the study show that the way an instructor talks to their clients when they are working out could be the difference between whether they keep up, or give up, their exercise program.

Hastings explains “Les Mills has long understood, and trained instructors about the importance of effective communication when it comes to motivating others.

“This research presented the opportunity to test a new method of up-skilling a group of instructors with motivational communication that really upped the ante.”

The style of communication that instructors and trainers use represent the opposite to the ‘no pain no gain’ approach widely used in fitness circles. While that approach puts people under pressure and can create an immediate response, as a motivational style it does not last long and often works against creating long-term change.

By changing style, the research shows that lines of communication between participants and instructors became more open. Those being led by the instructors provided lots of positive feedback, saying they felt more confident about, and more in control of, their own workout.

Hastings highlights that these techniques are a big part of the instructor training that the Les Mills 130,000-strong instructor ‘tribe’ receives prior to certification and every three months when they receive new workouts to teach.

He explains that Les Mills wants people to fall in love with fitness, not do it because they feel they have to, concluding “we coach our instructors to talk to class participants in a way that allows them to feel they have someone to relate to, who empathises with them, and feels their pain, when things get tough.

“When people choose to work out with Les Mills they can be assured they will get a quality, all-encompassing experience and good communication is a crucial part of that exercise journey.”

Click here to view the full study, titled Developing and testing a motivating communication style for Les Mills International Instructors: A Pilot and Feasibility Study.

30th July 2016 - NEW ZEALANDERS NEED TO EXERCISE HARDER BUT FOR LESS TIME

26th April 2016 - RULES FOR MANAGING PERSONAL TRAINERS FOR PROFIT AND PERFORMANCE

12th March 2016 - LEADING PERSONAL TRAINER SICK OF ‘FAKES’ AND ‘CASH-GRABBERS’

10th November 2015 - LES MILLS STUDY SHOWS RESISTANCE TRAINING INCREASES BONE DENSITY

3rd November 2014 - AUSTRALIANS NEGLECTING PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

15th January 2010 - LES MILLS RELEASES ‘FUTURE OF FITNESS’ RESEARCH

 


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Pricemark Pty Ltd

Pricemark supplies a wide range of custom branded membership & RFID access products for the Health & Leisure Industry. 

read more

Access

 
 

Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

IEDM

iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…

read more

Consultants / Design

 
 

PlayRope

Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business