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New Zealand’s longest serving major gym celebrates 50 years
Les Mills, New Zealand’s longest serving major gym, is celebrating 50 years since the opening of its first club.
Founded in Auckland in 1968 by Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Les Mills and his wife Colleen, today the exercise company has 12 national gyms and is still growing.
Its sister company, Les Mills International, has grown to offer fitness programmes that are now used in 19,500 gyms in 100 countries.
Now known as Les Mills Auckland City, the flagship gym is currently completing a $35 million makeover to be completed in 2020.
Acknowledging Les Mills as a leader in the New Zealand industry for six decades, Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) Chief Executive Richard Beddie says “through their chain of national clubs, one of the largest in New Zealand, and their group exercise programmes which is licensed to more than 80 clubs in the country, Les Mills continues to be one of the most significant and influential organisations in our industry.
“They have driven quality an innovation in group exercise, as well as customer experience, and have helped shape the industry into what it is today.
“Celebrating 50 years in any industry is a milestone, but particularly so in one so young as ours."
Les Mills Head of Research Bryce Hastings, who is based in Chicago, USA, works with leading academic institutions such as Penn State University to ensure all Les Mills classes are independently tested and this data is used to produced peer reviewed studies published in academic journals.
One of their studies was undertaken recommended an upper limit of high intensity interval training at 30 to 40 minutes working out at above 90% of the maximum heart rate each week.
High intensity training typically involves periods of extreme exertion where people push their heart rates to greater than 85% of their maximum capacity followed by periods of rest.
Images: Les Mills Auckland City today (top) and back in 1968 (below).
24th July 2018 - ExerciseNZ calls for tighter guidelines for high intensity workouts
22nd July 2018 - Les Mills’ Bryce Hastings suggests upper limit for HIIT training
5th July 2018 - World’s largest group fitness provider turns 50
8th March 2018 - Les Mills announces global launch of enhanced SMARTBAR
26th December 2017 - ExerciseNZ’s Richard Beddie urges New Zealanders to keep active over the holidays
17th October 2017 - Hugh Jackman backs Les Mills and UNICEF Workout for Water event
20th September 2017 - Les Mills and UNICEF seal global partnership
14th September 2017 - Les Mills’ New Zealand gyms win customer satisfaction award
19th November 2014 - Les Mills Lambton Quay gym raises the bar in sustainability
20th April 2011 - Les Mills alerted to illegal copyright downloads
9th September 2009 - Les Mills International Reaches 13,000 clubs worldwide
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