Les Mills Asia Pacific https://www.lesmills.com.au/rss.xml en WIN 6 Months FREE LES MILLS VIRTUAL T&Cs https://www.lesmills.com.au/virtual-terms-conditions <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">WIN 6 Months FREE LES MILLS VIRTUAL T&amp;Cs</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-general-block1 field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span>LES MILLS™ Virtual has been in the Asia Pacific market now for 3 years – and we have seen some astounding results from our club partners. From doubling the number of classes on timetables to introducing group fitness to entire new audiences, Virtual has been a success story in facilities across Australia and Southeast Asia. </span></p> <p><strong><span>And we want to reward you for your success! </span></strong></p> <p><span>Simply for sharing the great results of your LES MILLS Virtual installation – you could WIN 6 MONTHS FREE LICENSING:  </span></p> <p><strong><span>Step 1 – Gather 2 Testimonials <span> </span></span></strong><span> </span></p> <p><span>Photo of Class Timetable <em>before</em> implementing Virtual and Photo of Class Timetable <em>after</em> implementing Virtual<br /><strong>OR</strong><br /> Photo of studio/class in progress <em>before</em> implementing Virtual and Photo of studio/class in progress <em>after</em> implementing Virtual.<br /></span></p> <p><span>At least 1 member testimonial video about their experience of Virtual classes. For example, the convenience factor? Or did they start in a Virtual class to gain confidence and then seek a live class?  </span></p> <p><span>1 interview video with your Group Fitness Manager or Club Manager outlining benefits of Virtual classes in their club, including data. For example stats/percentage of improvement in terms of class attendance, retention, overall membership growth, etc.<br /></span></p> <p><strong><span>Step 2 – Share on Social </span></strong><span> </span></p> <p><span>Share either your member’s testimonial video OR your GFM/Club Manager’s interview video on Facebook and/or Instagram with hashtags #TheFutureIsVIRTUAL and #LesMillsAsiaPacific. Post(s) should be published by 31 May 2019.<br /></span></p> <p><strong><span>Step 3 – Email Submission </span></strong><span> </span></p> <p><span>Send photos/videos detailed in Step 1 and links to published video(s) detailed in Step 2 to </span><a href="mailto:marketing@lesmills.com.au"><span>marketing@lesmills.com.au</span></a><span><span> </span></span><span>by 31 May 2019.</span></p> <p><span>This contest is open to all fitness facilities in Australia and Southeast Asia and ends 31 May 2019. Terms and conditions below. We look forward to receiving your success stories. </span></p></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-general-block2 field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h2><span>Terms &amp; Conditions</span></h2> <ul><li><span>This contest is open to all fitness centres, gyms, corporate companies in Australia and Southeast Asia (</span><span>Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Guam, Maldives, Myanmar, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea).</span></li> <li><span>This contest ends 31 May and winners will be announced on 30th June 2019.</span></li> <li><span>Winners will be notified by email/LMAP Social Media.</span></li> <li><span>Licensees must fulfil the contest requirements in order to qualify and be considered for the prize.</span></li> <li><span>Prize is 6-month subscription waiver for existing Les Mills VIRTUAL programs already subscribed by the licensee. Any AV, platform or set up costs will be borne by the winners.</span></li> <li><span>Winners will be selected by the “Organiser” (Les Mills Asia Pacific). The Organiser’s decision is final. </span></li> <li><span>6 months’ fee waiver will be applied only after 6 months of full payment i.e. after 6 paid months.</span></li> <li><span>Waiver is immediately forfeited if program or contract is cancelled or upon cancellation request.  </span></li> <li><span>The Organiser reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion to vary, delete, add or amend any of the Terms &amp; Conditions set out herein from time to time without prior notice.</span></li> <li><span>The prize is not refundable/exchangeable for any cash or other Les Mills program.</span></li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-general-header-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-03/virtual-web-header_1.jpg" width="2500" height="1000" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-general-page-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">WIN 6 Months FREE LES MILLS VIRTUAL</div> Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:00:33 +0000 brynn 877 at https://www.lesmills.com.au THE FUTURE IS VIRTUAL https://www.lesmills.com.au/node/876 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">THE FUTURE IS VIRTUAL</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:40</span> <div class="field field--name-field-slick-slide-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/web_header/public/2019-03/virtual-web-header_0.jpg?itok=67YbFevO" width="3000" height="1000" alt="image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-web-header" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-slick-slide-link field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/virtual">/virtual</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-slick-slide-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">THE FUTURE IS VIRTUAL</div> <div class="field field--name-field-slick-slide-button-colour field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Slick Slide Button Colour</div> <div class="field__item">#fff</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-slick-slide-button-text field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Slick Slide Button Text</div> <div class="field__item">LEARN MORE</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-slick-slide-button-text-co field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Slick Slide Button Text Colour</div> <div class="field__item">#1c1c1c</div> </div> Wed, 20 Mar 2019 01:40:40 +0000 brynn 876 at https://www.lesmills.com.au EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN https://www.lesmills.com.au/news/sea-international-womens-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN</div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/web_header/public/2019-03/puruple-bg.jpg?itok=6fpbGkZy" width="3000" height="1000" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-web-header" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>MALAYSIA: A DEDICATED MOTHER &amp; AN AMUSING INSTRUCTOR</h2> <p>Chen Oi Peng, as known as Serena Chen is a full-time homemaker and an incredible BODYSTEP and BODYPUMP instructor for 18 years now!</p> <p>Serena is blessed with 2 adorable kids and she says the one major challenge with juggling motherhood and work life is the stress. This is especially true, as the children grow up, their needs slowly evolve. As a mother, we need to be more sensitive to their needs and most importantly, be their friend when they need us.</p> <img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0e6982ad-a7d2-4458-91b9-20aaad901385" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/SEA-women-1_0.jpg" class="align-center" /><p>This gorgeous mother started off her fitness journey wanting to slim down, along the way she increased her knowledge in fitness and health. This led her down the exciting path of becoming a Les Mills instructor.</p> <p>“Becoming a Les Mills instructor has given me more confidence, as I consider myself an introvert. I love being able to guide people to improve themselves every step of the way.”</p> <p>When asked why she chose to train in Les Mills BODYPUMP and BODYSTEP, Serena says with BODYPUMP, she learnt the right way to lift weights, which is important to avoid injuring oneself and with BODYSTEP, the music was key motivation to keep going!</p> <p>We asked Serena this;</p> <blockquote> <p>"Stay-at-home moms raise better children" - Verywell Family.</p> </blockquote> <p>What is your opinion on this statement?</p> <p>“Those who are able to, should do so. Time spent with your young ones is important. Thanks to Les Mills, I am able to watch my kids grow” – Serena</p> <p>She believes the one thing women excel in, is MULTITASKING. I don’t know how we do it but we do it really well. “This is why I think a great leader starts from home. What makes a great leader is the ability to care and protect your loved ones first.</p> <img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d2fc4d35-b028-4dcf-8044-6d2faf619691" height="398" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/SEA-women-2.jpg" width="397" class="align-center" /><p>“In my career, I’ve learnt that patience is an important virtue. To always be positive when the negativity starts rolling in, and to accept the opinions of others but to stand your ground.”</p> <p>Moving forward, I want to keep on teaching Les Mills programs. Health is important as we grow older. I want to see my boys grow to be responsible men. Health is wealth, they say!</p> <p>“Don’t ever give yourself excuses, and do not feel intimidated by others. You’ll never know what you are capable of till you try!” Like Forrest Gump says “Life is a box of chocolates, you’ll never know what you’re gonna get!”</p> <p>*Photos by Serena Chen</p> <p><strong>Fun Q&amp;A</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Favourite spice (spicy, bitter...)</strong><br /> Smoked Paprika<br />  </li> <li><strong>Secret Talent?</strong><br /> Singingggggggg-ahhhh<br />  </li> <li><strong>One question you hate being asked?</strong><br /> Why does your child behave like that? Ugh!<br />  </li> <li><strong>If you could give your 13-year old self advice, what would you say?</strong><br /> Be responsible for your own actions! Face the consequences with no regrets!<br />  </li> <li><strong>Movie that made you cry the hardest?</strong><br /> Marley and Me, I think it made everyone cry<br />  </li> </ul><img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f6fdaa7f-5152-4cc5-9267-b6359d1b6fb9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/SEA-women-3.jpg" class="align-center" /><ul><li><strong>If you ruled the world, what law would you enact?</strong><br /> Rights for Teachers. Teachers educate our children, our future. The government needs to listen to them and understand their hustle. The education system needs to be changed to better suit the children’s capabilities and teacher’s abilities.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Three words to describe yourself.</strong><br /> Crazy, silly and emotional</li> </ul><h2>INDONESIA: PART TIME DANCER, FULL TIME BADDIE</h2> <img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4d04adbd-6c52-4148-a689-bbc9c9563367" height="677" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/4_1.jpg" width="410" class="align-center" /><p>Meet Triesca Winardi, this full-time LES MILLS BODYCOMBAT and BODYPUMP instructor is not one to be messed with, she can literally KICK.YOUR.BUTT. </p> <p>A ballerina at heart, Triesca was offered to teach dance classes at one of Jakarta’s biggest gyms at that time; she fell in love with the drive and atmosphere. During her gym probation, Triesca was allowed to experience all the programs there, she was particularly attracted to Les Mills classes. Why? She was astonished that exercising could be so much fun; the music, the community, the charismatic instructors and the sheer raw energy felt throughout the classes.</p> <img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b3c5841a-9c68-4718-9525-4575798cd345" height="647" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1_2.jpg" width="432" class="align-center" /><p>“Sharing the same mission of creating a fitter planet together, is what makes Les Mills uniquely powerful”, say Triesca when asked why she chose being a Les Mills instructor as a career. Les Mills has an unbreakable value, high standard of content, education and a sense of family, One Tribe.</p> <p>We asked Triesca this; </p> <p>Women have been making big waves in the hard-core training work. Some people do not think it is appropriate for woman to be gaining muscle. It is deemed “unfeminine” or “too muscular” – Thought Catalog</p> <p>“Anything more than toned muscle is disgusting and manly on women.”</p> <p>What is your opinion on this statement?</p> <p>“FIT” looks different on everyone. In training, we are working on both our physical and mental states. In the end, it’s not about how big or small your body is, it’s about what makes you happy. Do what makes you feel good and don’t let other people dictate what’s best for you. Just remember, you do you. – Triesca</p> <img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f1087b19-26f5-48d0-922a-20b612c3ff20" height="492" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2_1.jpg" width="506" class="align-center" /><p>A great woman ensues; confidence, commitment and endurance. This is why my role model is Oprah Winfrey. Her story of struggle and how she uses her fame and success to help people in return. Sequentially, a great leader should possess a strong mind, perseverance, integrity and is able to empower his/her community positively.</p> <p>Triesca says, that one big lesson she’s learnt during her career is that it’s all about the impact you are making to empower your life and the people around you.</p> <img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4410479e-0a2b-4c70-9a90-e2a847b8d05b" height="512" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/5_2.jpg" width="341" class="align-center" /><p>Photos by Triesca</p> <p>“Every soul in this world matters. Every person has a purpose in life. Always strive to be the best version of yourself and don’t stop believing in yourself.”</p> <p><strong>Fun Q&amp;A!</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Favorite Spice (spicy, bitter..)</strong><br /> Salty<br />  </li> <li><strong>Secret Talent?</strong><br /> Dancing</li> </ul><img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b8cabc15-0ba7-4403-aaec-b5e42d65e3be" height="545" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/SEA-women-4.jpg" width="395" class="align-center" /><ul><li><strong>One question you hate being asked?</strong><br /> Being asked the same question over and over again.<br />  </li> <li><strong>If you could give your 13-year old self advice, what would you say?</strong><br /> Be yourself, don’t change for fame. It won’t last.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Movie that made you cry the hardest?</strong><br /> Marley &amp; Me</li> </ul><img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4031ed24-cafa-4b62-883b-2b4e5cad4e28" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/SEA-women-5.jpg" class="align-center" /><ul><li><strong>If you ruled the world, what law would you enact?</strong><br /> Freedom to express<br />  </li> <li><strong>Three words to describe yourself.</strong><br /> Honest, Loyal, Generous</li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">instructor</a></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span>We speak to 2 incredible women from different walks of life on career, relationship, family and the future</span></p></div> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 01:26:29 +0000 brynn 875 at https://www.lesmills.com.au THE TOP 7 WORKOUT TRENDS FOR 2019 – AND WHY THEY’RE GOOD NEWS FOR INSTRUCTORS https://www.lesmills.com.au/news/top-7-workout-trends-of-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">THE TOP 7 WORKOUT TRENDS FOR 2019 – AND WHY THEY’RE GOOD NEWS FOR INSTRUCTORS</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">THE TOP 7 WORKOUT TRENDS FOR 2019 – AND WHY THEY’RE GOOD NEWS FOR INSTRUCTORS</div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/web_header/public/2019-02/2019-fitness-trends-960x540.jpg?itok=TmtoI1hT" width="3000" height="1000" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-web-header" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>1. Wearable technology</strong></p> <p>Are you wearing your <a href="https://www.polar.com/en/products/sport/A370-fitness-tracker?nogeo=&amp;utm_source=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lesmills.com&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=LES%20MILLS%20A370%20Edition#buy">Polar A370</a>? OK great, you’re with the “in-crowd”! Wearable technology first became “on-trend” in 2016 and has remained popular ever since. By using a fitness tracker you can accurately measure the intensity of your workouts and push yourself accordingly, which is great for maximizing performance. As a tracker enables you to monitor time spent in different training zones it can also play a vital role in preventing overtraining and limiting the risk of injury.</p> <p><strong>2. Group training</strong></p> <p>Yes, our category is number two! Defined as exercise in a group of five or more, group training provides an element of motivation, accountability and camaraderie that can’t be matched by solo exercise efforts. When you combine the energy of many with great music and inspiring instructors there is a real sense of fun, and a united challenge which helps push limits. Group fitness is considered better for your mental wellbeing than solo training. According to a <a href="https://www.lesmills.com/fit-planet/fitness/group-exercise-research/">recent study</a>, those doing group workouts scored higher for stress-reduction and physical, mental and emotional quality of life than individual exercisers.<br /><br /><strong>3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)</strong></p> <p>Listed as a top five trend every year since 2014, HIIT is hot because it’s <a href="https://www.lesmills.com/fit-planet/fitness/five-reasons-to-try-hiit/">shown</a> to be one of the fastest ways to cut fat, build athleticism and maximize calorie burn. While the basic HIIT formula involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest, not all HIIT workouts are created equally. The transformative results are born from pushing your heart rate to at least 90 percent maximum. Due to its extreme nature, experts recommend you carefully measure how much HIIT you do, and now <a href="https://lmimirror3pvr.azureedge.net/static/media/12412/3c7c4f5b-921c-475b-9057-ed1af3a790f0/research-summary-hiit.pdf">new research</a> highlights the optimum weekly dose. Be sure to check out the <a href="https://www.lesmills.com/instructors/instructor-news/jinger-gottschall-on-les-mills-grit/">interview</a> with LES MILLS GRIT expert, Dr Jinger Gottschall.<br /><br /><strong>4. Fitness programs for older adults</strong></p> <p>People are living longer, working longer, and remaining healthy and active much longer… so many assume older adults need exercise programs to match. But do they really? There is certainly no upper age limit for LES MILLS workouts, and with Instructors providing options for abilities most workouts can be successfully completed by anyone. Not only can these workouts be done by any age, they can actually be very beneficial when it comes to slowing the effects of aging. Recent studies have shown how <a href="https://www.lesmills.com/fit-planet/fitness/cycling-and-anti-ageing/">indoor cycling can keep you youthful</a>, the <a href="https://www.lesmills.com/fit-planet/fitness/dance-and-brain-function/">age-defying benefits of dance</a>, and how lifting weights can <a href="https://www.lesmills.com/fit-planet/fitness/bodypump-and-bone-density/">improve bone density</a>.<br /><br /><strong>5. Bodyweight training</strong></p> <p>For years strength training has been synonymous with barbells and weight plates, but it’s certainly not the only way to go. Exercises such as push-ups, squats and lunges are great examples of strength building bodyweight exercises. Studies show that you can build serious strength with nothing but body weight – and a commitment to constantly upping the ante in order to drive change. Learn more about how to make the most of bodyweight exercises <a href="https://www.lesmills.com/fit-planet/fitness/barbells-vs-body-weight/">here</a>.<br /><br /><strong>6. Certified fitness professionals</strong></p> <p>Great news for all of us, training with certified fitness professionals ranks as number six!<br /><br /><strong>7. Yoga</strong></p> <p>Yoga has seen a massive increase in popularity in recent decades and there are now yoga variations to suit an array of preferences – everything from traditional spiritual and physical practices through to power yoga, hot yoga and restorative yoga. If you’re spending most of your time lifting weights or doing lots of high impact exercises, don’t forget to include some stretching in your routine to keep your body teaching-ready.</p> <p><em>Keen to know more about what’s trending in the world of fitness? Check out the full Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends <a href="https://journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/Fulltext/2018/11000/WORLDWIDE_SURVEY_OF_FITNESS_TRENDS_FOR_2019.6.aspx">here</a>.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">instructor</a></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The American College of Sports Medicine recently asked 2000 fitness professionals to rank 39 exercise trends by importance and popularity. Check out the seven that came out on top. Spoiler alert: they’re good news for all of us!</p></div> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 22:45:08 +0000 brynn 874 at https://www.lesmills.com.au A – Z of Les Mills https://www.lesmills.com.au/news/a-z <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A – Z of Les Mills</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/26/2019 - 13:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">A – Z of Les Mills</div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/web_header/public/2019-02/close-up-letters-scrabble-278881.jpg?itok=xmdALV6O" width="3000" height="1000" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-web-header" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>X was really hard  </p> <p>APP: Downloaded the Les Mills Releases app? If you haven’t, you might be killing yourself with separate music, chorey notes and masterclass files. At the push of a button, you have all release resources mentioned as well as the latest education literally in the palm of your hand. Skeptical? Download and have a play.  </p> <p>BODYPUMP: It’s no surprise that BODYPUMP is the most popular Les Mills program in Australia and Southeast Asia (and in fact, the globe). Can you guess the second most popular? It might surprise you… </p> <p>COMBAT: Familiar short-form for BODYCOMBAT, the second most popular program in facilities across Australia and Southeast Asia.  </p> <p>DEATH STARE: The look you get from participants when you are covering a class for the most popular instructor.  </p> <p>ENGAGED: When that one heavenly engaged person in class laughs at your jokes, responds to your questions and listens to your cues – you latch on to that person like your life depended on it.  </p> <p>FEEDBACK: Sometimes hard to hear, sometimes unsolicited but always essential for us to evolve as instructors.  </p> <p>G: The one man at Les Mills that can be identified by a single letter: BODYJAM Program Director Gandalf Archer Mills.  </p> <p>HARD: Some days teaching is just hard work. We’re only human (except when we remember 55 minutes of chorey – that’s just awesome). Coping mechanisms include crying on the inside and showing options (again), but in all seriousness, on days like these, focusing your thoughts and energy solely on the people in front of you will give you the motivation and strength to get through rough patches. The good news? Tomorrow will be better.   </p> <p>INSPIRATION: There is someone (and many someone’s) in your class who think you are an inspiration and the reason they come to the gym. Even if you don’t think it of yourself, even if you just tried to get out of your car with your seatbelt still on, and even if your members have never explicitly told you. YOU ARE an inspiration. Handy to remember on those HARD days; see above.  </p> <p>JACKIE MILLS (DR): The matriarch of Les Mills (Chief Creative Officer and Co-Program Director of BODYBALANCE) and all-around remarkable mind: Jackie is a specialist in nutritional medicine, an obstetrician and general medical practitioner. She completed her post post-graduate studies in nutrition at the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and has been practising nutritional medicine for 25 years. She is also tertiary qualified in Physical Education.  </p> <p>KEEP GOING: My motivational cue of choice. Not that useful. Send help.  </p> <p>LES MILLS: The 51-year history is peppered with trials, tribulations and triumphs (and fun facts like Les Mills, the man himself, managed a rock band). The story is a fascinating one and you can <a href="https://www.lesmills.com/us/clubs-and-facilities/club-management/les-mills-50-years-strong/ ">read it here</a> </p> <p>MOTIVATIONAL CUES: See ‘K’. Still send help.  </p> <p>NEW RELEASE: Every 3-months. New moves, new combinations, new music. Everyone has the following 2 releases in their library: the ‘Go To’ release (the one you can teach at the drop of a hat), the ‘Favourite’ release (no matter how much time and space passes, this is the greatest release of all time…BODYPUMP 70 y’all).  </p> <p>ONE HUNDRED: The next program to reach the milestone one hundredth release is BODYJAM. BODYJAM 100 will be released in Q1 2022 (followed by BODYBALANCE a couple of quarters later and then RPM). </p> <p>PENN STATE UNIVERSITY: Where many Les Mills studies take place. To date, there have been 13 articles published in scientific peer reviewed journals investigating the various effects of Les Mills programs. These studies have ranged from the effects of high intensity training on heart disease, BODYPUMP’s effects on bone health and how to get kids motivated to exercise.  </p> <p>QUARTERLY WORKSHOPS: The quad-annual (is that a thing?) event that takes place for Les Mills instructors where you can experience the latest program releases for the first time (participate for a change – yay! Also a confusing time having to start on your actual right leg), gather the latest information about your program and catch up with the crew for longer than the 3-second change over between classes.  </p> <p>RPM: It doesn’t stand for what you think it does…any takers? Raw Power Motion.  </p> <p>SHADOW: The most important rule about being a shadow is this: You are the Destiny’s Child to the Beyoncé. You may not outshine the lead instructor. You may not do the options (unless explicitly specified). You are contractually obliged to laugh when Beyoncé tells a joke, nod when she asks a question and generally look like you are enjoying the shadow experience.  </p> <p>THE TRIP: is immersive fitness. Immersed by a cinema style screen as you ride through fantastical worlds. Down glaciers? Sure. Up Volcanoes? Definitely. Through Santorini? Well we hear it’s a delight this time of the year. You are so distracted by the visuals you don’t realise how hard you are working. Which leads to the question: Is the art of distraction the most under-utilised technique in modern training to date?  </p> <p>UNDERWEAR: This is a hot debate – shorts with the built-in underwear; does one put on underwear under these shorts? The answer is always YES. The views expressed here are not those necessarily of Les Mills Asia Pacific.  </p> <p>V: That little V you see in your chorey notes next to the time stamp? That stands for Verse. You know what PC, C, BR stands for? Check the KEY section at the back of your chorey notes.  </p> <p>WASH: Asking for a friend – but it’s totally acceptable practice to not wash gym clothes and just dry them in the boot of one's car for a second wear, right?  </p> <p>CXWORX: Totally taking artistic license for this one.  We mean seriously, YOU come up with an ‘X’ word (didn’t think we could make X-ray or Xylophone work in this instance).  </p> <p>YESTERDAY: The day you should have probably started learning chorey :/ </p> <p>ZZZ: Those super early morning class feels!  </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">instructor</a></div> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 02:49:40 +0000 brynn 873 at https://www.lesmills.com.au International Women’s Day https://www.lesmills.com.au/news/international-womens-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">International Women’s Day</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:48</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">International Women’s Day</div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/web_header/public/2019-02/womens-day-bg.jpg?itok=ozTtIDRj" width="3000" height="1000" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-web-header" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>To acknowledge <a href="https://www.internationalwomensday.com/">International Women’s Day</a> on 8 March, we talk to Sarah from the ACT who is not only a BODYATTACK, CXWORX and RPM instructor by night (and early morning…and lunch) but a Trial Lawyer by day. In between classes and court we ask Sarah how she balances being an instructor and lawyer, what it’s like being a female in her profession and we ask what her secret talent is…it’s actually pretty awesome. From us here to all the fearless females out there: happy International Women’s Day #balanceforbetter. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What made you get in to Les Mills and why your specific program/s? </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Haha, good question, long answer. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I got back from a holiday and a friend sent me a photo of myself. I was like, “Whaaaat? When did that spare tyre attach itself to my tummy?”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I saw Michelle Bridge’s book Lose the Last 5 Kilos which is a 4 week program and I thought, ‘perfect, I can do anything for 4 weeks. I’ll do her program to the letter and if I lose the 5 kilos, great, and if I don’t, I’ll write to her and tell her she’s a fraud.’ Win win right?</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The book offers diet, recipes and workouts, or suggests Les Mills classes instead of her workouts. A nearby gym had a timetable that mirrored her recommended LM classes so I joined up. I made one commitment – turn up to class. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Best thing ever. The music, the workout, the results, everything about it kept me there participating enthusiastically. After a few weeks, one of the BodyAttack instructors asked me if I’d consider doing the Attack training and offered the gym as a sponsor. I thought, ‘if you’re asking, I’m doing!’ and signed up to the first available training. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Oh, and I lost nearly 5 kilos. I didn’t realise that the recipes were for 2 to 4 people until week 3, so no wonder I found the diet component easy! But I still lost the weight, and now I am a GFI in 3 different programs. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What do you love about being a Les Mills instructor?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Soo many things. I love the music; I love that young people in my life say that my knowledge of music has kept me relevant (among other things I hope!); I love the lifelong friends I have made and the inspirational people I have met. I love just how damn effective the programs are (!) and that they keep evolving. Thanks for all the research LM! I love the participants. I revel in their fitness journeys, their connection. Music and human connection -  is there any greater meaning to life?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Your full-time job sounds intense. How do you balance that with being an instructor? </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Yes, my full-time job is intense. Being an instructor helps me to put some perspective on the intensity of my full-time job. It has been instrumental to my physical and mental health. Even if I have some really important work to do in the office, I don’t cancel a class or find a cover. I leave the office and teach. I tell myself I’ll come back if I need to. It is amazing – once I’ve finished teaching, I have perspective. I either go back to the office and spend half as much time as I thought I needed to finish the job, or better still, I don’t go back to the office because suddenly I can see that there is another way to deal with it.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>What is it like being a female in your profession? Is it male dominated? Do you notice a difference because of your gender – and if so, how do you overcome this? </span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ah, it is not easy being a female in my profession. Yes, it is male dominated, and traditionally so. I have copped “sit down girly”; been told what to wear to work; had my reporductive intentions inquired about at a job interview; talked over the top of; been sexually harassed, and witnessed my female colleagues held to a higher standard than their male counterpart. Having said that, we are seeing an increase in equal representation of women and men in some of the top end jobs like judicial officers. On occasion I have experienced absolute equality in the working environment and it is BLISS when it happens. You know when you have some some muscle soreness and you have a massage, then suddelny the <em>absence</em> of pain is what rocks your world? Similar feeling. I spend most of my time ‘abs braced’ for inequality, but then when there is an absense of it, the feeling is exhilarating.  To be able to do your job without gender bias interference. Ah!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>How to overcome this? Sage words of advice, “lean in.” I gather wonderful women close, and focus on our strength and not being alone on this journey. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>How (if any) does being a female in your profession give you an advantage?</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>To be part of that frontier of change is exciting. To work alongside inspiring women who advocate for change is a privillege. The fight has been fought for a long time. It brings a lump to my throat when I think of those who have gone before me. It brings an even bigger lump to my throat when I think of those who battle and have battled not only gender inequality, but social, cultural and economic inequality as well. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>To have that feeling of “I came here to live!” is utterly wonderful. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>What’s are some of the lessons you’ve learned in your career? Both your full time and your instructing career…and do you cross ove some of those lessons? </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>What I have learnt being a LM instructor has benefited me in my legal career enormously. Professionalism, staying in the moment, being my authentic self – all of those things I apply equally in both jobs. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I have learnt some big lessons. Seeing the ability of people to overcome adversity is breathtaking. When the system lets them down; when circumstances betrays them; when cancer riddles their body… but somehow they find happiness in music; joy in connecting; peace in having been heard – surely that is divine. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>What’s the next step in your career/life?</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Service to the community is very improtant to me. So too staying fit, healthy and emotionally available to my family and friends.  Next step – hmm, I goal set every year and do an inventory at the end of the year. I am doing ok. </span></span><span><span>😊</span></span><span><span> I would like to be better at french though! </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>What is one piece of advice you’d give to females wanting to get in to the fitness industry (and becoming a Les Mills instructor)? </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Do it!!! Do it now!!! The skills you learn as a LM instructor are so transferable and enourmously valuable. Best of luck!</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS! </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ol><li><em><span><span><span><span><span> Secret Talent?</span></span></span></span></span></em></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span>I’ve raced motorcycles</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="2"><li><span><span><span><span><span> <em>One question you hate being asked?</em></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Can’t think of one – question 5 maybe?</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="3"><li><span><span><span><span><span> <em>If you could give your 13-year old self advice, what would you say?</em></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>It’s ok. Well, it’s not, but it will be.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="4"><li><em><span><span><span><span><span>Movie that made you cry the hardest?</span></span></span></span></span></em></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pedro Almodovar’s All About My Mother </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="5"><li><em><span><span><span><span><span>If you ruled the world, what law would you enact?</span></span></span></span></span></em></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I cannot answer that question. I am a lawyer, I take it far too seriously and it would take me waaay too long. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="6"><li><em><span><span><span><span><span>Three words to describe yourself</span></span></span></span></span></em></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Extroverted, anxious and energetic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="7"><li><em><span><span><span><span><span>Finish off this famous Shania Twain line! The best thing about being a woman….</span></span></span></span></span></em></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>is being a woman. Women are amazing. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">instructor</a></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>To acknowledge International Women’s Day on 8 March we talk to Sarah from the ACT who is not only an instructor by night (and early morning…and lunch) but a Trial Lawyer by day. </span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:48:51 +0000 brynn 872 at https://www.lesmills.com.au DR JINGER GOTTSCHALL ON WHY NOTHING BEATS LES MILLS GRIT https://www.lesmills.com.au/news/jinger-gottschall-on-les-mills-grit <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">DR JINGER GOTTSCHALL ON WHY NOTHING BEATS LES MILLS GRIT</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:40</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">DR JINGER GOTTSCHALL ON WHY NOTHING BEATS LES MILLS GRIT</div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/web_header/public/2019-02/les-mills-grit-sets-the-standard-lp-960x540.jpg?itok=QsEQQJZ6" width="3000" height="1000" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-web-header" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Let’s start with the basics, how do you scientifically define what HIIT is?</strong></p> <p><strong>JINGER GOTTSCHALL:</strong><br /> High Intensity Interval Training is where your heart rate is above 85% for two thirds of the total duration. Typically, 30 minutes is the maximum amount of time that individuals can perform HIIT with quality.</p> <p><strong>Can you explain the process and timelines behind the testing of each LES MILLS GRIT release? i.e how you test it, how many people are involved, how many times, where, what you are looking for? </strong></p> <p>Initially, I receive a draft of the release format, work and rest intervals, as well as the exercises that Les [Mills Junior], Corey [Baird] and Erin [Maw] create. Erin also films the exercises so I am clear on the execution.</p> <p>Next, I trial the workouts with three to four LES MILLS GRIT experts, individuals who have been training with LES MILLS GRIT for over five years.</p> <p>After these initial sessions, I am more familiar with the workout and how to coach it, so then I trial each format separately with 20-40 people ranging in age from 20-55 years and varying abilities. For all of these sessions, I collect heart rate data to calculate the amount of time each individual is performing in the different zones, more specifically 85-100% heart rate max.</p> <p>Next, I send the data to Bryce [Hastings] who evaluates the results and discusses the data with the team in New Zealand!</p> <p>If there is a novel exercise with potential risk, I also perform ground reaction force tests to ensure repeated movements are safe for the joints. Intensity testing is performed at FITOLOGY [Studio] and force testing is completed at Penn State.</p> <p><strong>If you’re not getting the intensity right, how do you adjust the workout to ensure it’s hitting those peaks?</strong></p> <p>There are a few ways to make adjustments… typically we modify or replace a particular exercise… but we can also adjust interval times or the order of tracks. In the last 6+ years we have learned a TON about how to develop the ultimate 30 minute HIIT session! For instance, longer intervals at the beginning of the session and a specific ratio of lower/upper body exercises.</p> <p><strong>Your study last year demonstrated that there is an upper limit to how much HIIT people should be doing. What should LES MILLS GRIT Coaches be telling their members about this?</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately there can be TOO much of a GREAT thing! HIIT training, above 90% max, should only make up about 4-9% of your total training time. So if you exercise 6 hours per week, then 20-30 minutes of HIIT, or one LES MILLS GRIT, is ideal. This amount of HIIT training will maximize your fitness without causing high stress and high injury risk. In short, one to two LES MILLS GRIT sessions per week, on non-consecutive days is the best!</p> <p><strong>There are a lot of things that are positioned as HIIT but aren’t all necessarily meeting what is scientifically defined as HIIT. How do you know that what you’re teaching is going to deliver the HIIT effect?</strong></p> <p>That is one of the unique aspects of LES MILLS GRIT… it Is tested so that you have the confidence that the sequence of exercises for the durations in a release will deliver the results you are hoping for… I also encourage individuals who want to take their training to the next level to purchase a heart rate monitor (Polar A370) with a chest strap (<a href="https://www.polar.com/en/products/sport/A370-fitness-tracker?nogeo=&amp;utm_source=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lesmills.com&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=LES%20MILLS%20A370%20Edition#buy">Polar H10</a>). This simple addition will provide real data on your training intensity so you can create the ultimate weekly plan.</p> <p><strong>How do you think LES MILLS GRIT compares to other products in market?</strong></p> <p>I am not aware of another HIIT product that places such an emphasis on testing every single session for both intensity and safety. It takes additional time and money that most companies are not willing to invest.</p> <p><strong>Why should Instructors teach LES MILLS GRIT over other interval based classes?</strong></p> <p>LES MILLS GRIT provides an extra level of confidence to the instructors. You are given all the tools to lead a safe, effective training session. The combination of the choreography notes and videos set you up for success.</p> <p><strong>When someone is first starting out at the gym, how should they build up to attending LES MILLS GRIT?</strong></p> <p>The first step is building up to doing three cardio classes (BODYATTACK<span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>®</span></span></span></span></span>, BODYCOMBAT<span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>®</span></span></span></span></span>, BODYSTEP<span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>®</span></span></span></span></span>, RPM<span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>®</span></span></span></span></span>) and two strength (BODYPUMP<span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>®</span></span></span></span></span>) per week consistently for three to six months (depending on initial fitness). Then when the individual is ready for a new challenge, add in one LES MILLS GRIT per week!</p> <p><strong>Is LES MILLS GRIT for everyone?</strong></p> <p>I would not recommend LES MILLS GRIT to individuals who are under 16 years, new to exercise, not currently exercising, pregnant, or suffering with a current injury.</p> <p><strong>What’s wrong with doing LES MILLS GRIT everyday?</strong></p> <p>Working at this intensity multiple days in a row does not allow you to recovery and reap the benefits from your HIIT training. This training produces a stress response where if overdone, can lead to cause fatigue, joint pain, and mood disturbances… but with the right amount of HIIT, one to two sessions per week, this stress response can help control blood sugar, regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation, and improve strength.</p> <p><strong>What’s wrong with doing only LES MILLS GRIT and nothing else?</strong></p> <p>Performing lower intensity cardio and strength training provide benefits to cardiovascular and muscular health that does not come from LES MILLS GRIT. In addition, despite the format, LES MILLS GRIT is a CARDIO workout! So continuing to complete BODYPUMP<span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>®</span></span></span></span></span> and CXWORX<span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>® </span></span></span></span></span>are critical for injury prevention at both the muscle and joint level.</p> <p><strong>What do you get from teaching other classes that makes you a better LES MILLS GRIT Coach?</strong></p> <p>The Les Mills coaching model in the other formats assists in HOW to describe the exercises, HOW to communicate efficiently, and WHERE you should feel the activity. They train you to be in the moment. As a LES MILLS GRIT coach you have to think quickly and explain clearly… you also want to be acutely aware of what is happening with your athletes at all times and who needs what type of motivation. It is challenging and rewarding!</p> <p><em>Jinger Gotschall, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Penn State University who has led numerous studies into the effectiveness of various exercise regimes. Working closely with Bryce Hastings, Les Mills Head of Research, Dr Gottschall regularly tests the effectiveness of LES MILLS programs, helping ensure that exercisers get the best results from the time they spend working out. In addition to her research roles, Dr Gottschall is also a Les Mills instructor and fitness studio operator.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">instructor</a></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With a company focus on LES MILLS GRIT, you’re going to be seeing lots more of this program over the next six months as we shine a spotlight on the many benefits of teaching and participating in HIIT. Last month, Erin Maw explained the benefits of coaching LES MILLS GRIT; today we catch up with the expert behind the science, Dr Jinger Gottschall.</p></div> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:40:07 +0000 brynn 871 at https://www.lesmills.com.au WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT TEACHING AND WHY? https://www.lesmills.com.au/news/most-memorable-teaching-moment <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT TEACHING AND WHY?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT TEACHING AND WHY?</div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/web_header/public/2019-02/memorable-moment-lp-960x540.jpg?itok=VVYKIpkJ" width="3000" height="1000" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-web-header" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“I once punched myself in the face during BODYCOMBAT® and had to teach the rest of the class with tissue hanging out of each nostril. Told the class that I bleeeed for them!” </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Denice Burr</span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“One of the most memorable moments I had was covering a BODYPUMP® class at a centre I wasn’t overly familiar with at the time. Guy casually walks in with his guide dog and gets set up. I go and have a chat with him, thinking about how differently I’d need to coach etc. Turns out he’s a regular and smashed the workout. Made even sweeter by the fact the dog was as good as gold, settled down by my bench and occasionally wanted a bit of a fuss!” </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Robert Harvey</span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“Teaching RPM®, a member jumped off his bike, ran to the mirror, started having a word with himself, ‘You’re better than this! You can do this! COME ON’ then jumped back on his bike like nothing had happened!” </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Katy Sullivan</span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“Teaching BODYBALANCE® when 2 baby mice run out into the studio and proceed to do circuits whilst class is on. Majority of class think sweet so tolerate...  Class goes deadly silent, members looking at me weirdly when I’m in supine twist one says, ‘Er, you may not want to roll over’. I glance to the other side and a small baby mouse has taken the option of sitting below my bum.” <em>Alison Beadle</em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“One of the most memorable for me was when I covered a class at a gym I hadn’t taught at before. A lady came to class who had been born with a forearm missing. Her dad had made her a special strap for her prosthetic so she could hold the pump weights. She did the whole class with great technique and was just so inspiring.” </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Gaynor Rowe</span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span> <span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“Before getting on the UK TAP [Trainer And Presenter] team, I was teaching BODYATTACK® and Rachael Newsham came in to take part - I got track 3 wrong!” <em>Claire Place</em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“The power was down in the studio so no music or microphone possible. The front desk took my iPad and played the music loud on the main gym floor. We opened the doors of the studio so we could hear it and I delivered the BODYPUMP® class but... no breaks between tracks at all! So I was explaining the weights for the next track at the end of the previous one the swapping out as fast as we could, then going again. 45-minute class condensed to 40! We were all in bits at the end but everyone kind of enjoyed the challenge.” </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Mark McDermott</span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>One of my participants in RPM® used to always wear short shorts... one class I glanced over and noticed his "bits" hanging out... quick thinking I added a couple of climbs in the hope they slipped back in. No such luck so I just had to tell him "George, put the boys back in the barracks please!" </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Kelly Hopkins</span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“Just before Christmas we had a member PROPOSE during Track 8 of BODYATTACK®!” </span></span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Kristian Paul Turner </span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span> “Teaching BODYPUMP® in northwest Baltimore County one Sunday morning, we were on the Back Track and noticed a woman with tears running down her cheeks. It was a motivational song and I figured the words were touching her heart. I immediately went to my most emotionally strong Layer 3 cues on how you can push through the toughest obstacles in life through the same hard work and effort you give in this class, etc. etc. After the track was over, I discreetly covered my mic and walked over to her and whispered closely, “Are you okay?” Thought she was about to tell me some deep dark secret. Her reply? “Everything’s fine except that when I did that first Clean and Press, I nailed myself in the nose and my eyes wouldn’t stop tearing!” Proof, you think you know but you have no idea!” </span></span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Bruce Raffel</span></span></em></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">instructor</a></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Mice in the studio, wedding proposals, and getting choreography wrong in front of the Program Director! Les Mills Instructors from around the world share their most hilarious, embarrassing, emotional and powerful moments from class.</p></div> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:32:02 +0000 brynn 870 at https://www.lesmills.com.au THREE KEY WAYS TO ENSURE LONGEVITY AS AN INSTRUCTOR https://www.lesmills.com.au/news/ensure-longevity-as-an-instructor <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">THREE KEY WAYS TO ENSURE LONGEVITY AS AN INSTRUCTOR</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">THREE KEY WAYS TO ENSURE LONGEVITY AS AN INSTRUCTOR</div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/web_header/public/2019-02/bevan-lp-960x540.jpg?itok=6jXHGmR_" width="3000" height="1000" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-web-header" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Before we dig deep into how to have longevity in your Les Mills career I think we need to define what longevity should stand for. The reason I say this is because when I first started teaching there was an Instructor at my gym who had been teaching for over 20 years but represented everything about the past, they taught old tracks in every class, said the same thing over and over again in their classes, even their fashion was the same as 20 years ago! I remember thinking to myself ‘I never want to be this kind of Instructor’. This Instructor didn’t have longevity in the way that I think it should mean.<br /><br /> While longevity does mean a long existence, a better definition in our world could be ‘a long career where you keep evolving as an instructor to higher levels’.<br /><br /> Whilst thinking about this refined definition, let’s look at some of the key mindsets/attitudes you need to install in yourself to have longevity in your career.</p> <img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f7442e0d-99fd-4990-914b-a2b198b3bdc1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/bevan-lp-article-530x280.jpg" class="align-center" /><p><br /><strong>1. Keep Growing</strong><br /><br /> The beginning of your Les Mills teaching career is such a stimulating time - completing your first module, putting the work in to prepare for your first classes, getting on stage for the first time, then aiming to improve from there so you can go solo. Can you remember what this was like for you?<br /><br /> The reason this time is so stimulating is because you are growing in so many ways and you are continually discovering amazing things about yourself, often things you never thought were possible. You were stretching yourself and maybe often stepping outside your comfort zone.<br /><br /> After the first period of growth and stimulation we can get to a place where we fall into the habit of ‘just teaching’. You have the skills to do a good job but you are no longer challenging your growth to the same level and while you may be doing a good job and enjoying your teaching, the inner rewards aren’t the same. <br /><br /> For longevity, we need to have continual growth. If we commit to ongoing growth we spend time self-reflecting on where we currently are and where we can aim for next. We then do the work which leads to the moment where you find that next level.<br /><br /> Your evolution needs a combination of both self-guided and supported growth. Your self-guided growth could be something like making a commitment to video and assess a class every three months, then giving yourself one or two ‘work on’s’ from that for the next period of time.<br />  </p> <img alt="article image" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ac7fdae6-7b8d-4840-a10d-4c0fa1a32630" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/bevan-lp-article-530x280-2.jpg" class="align-center" /><p><br /><strong>2. Stay Current</strong><br /><br /> Les Mills is always evolving. The best way to see this is to go back and watch some filming classes from over five years ago - when you watch these you see how much our programmes can progress in such a short period of time. The training, music, coaching, the look and feel is constantly evolving and moving forward and if you fall behind you can end up becoming that ‘old school’ Instructor, like the one that I was inspired <em>not</em> to be when I started. Staying current is not only important for the results and experience of your members, it keeps you sharp and helps you find new ways to express yourself.<br /><br /><strong>3. Respect your Position</strong><br /><br /> I’ve always reminded myself that I’m very lucky that people choose to take time out within their busy lives to come to my classes, people are so ‘time poor’ these days and to me there’s a responsibility that comes with this. If I don’t prepare for my class, if I turn up just seconds before my class starts, make lots of mistakes with my choreography or don’t spend time with people to make them feel included and supported then I’m not respecting the role that I’m fortunate to have.<br /><br /> When we constantly remind ourselves that we have a responsibility to do the work that delivers an amazing experience for our members, we do the work it takes to deliver a high level experience. Experience has taught me that when I do the work I end up teaching the classes that I love the most. When I’ve done the prep, turn up early and nurture the relationships with my members and teach a sharp class I walk away loving the experience and being proud that I’ve done the work for my people and, more importantly, they have a better experience. This is what respecting the position is all about.<br /><br /> While there are other areas that are important to longevity, like looking after your body and developing other areas of your life, if you can work on installing the mindset and taking action towards continual self growth, staying current, and respecting your position, I guarantee you will have a long career where you keep evolving to higher levels - which is so incredibly rewarding on so many levels.<br /><br /><em>BEVAN JAMES EYLES is from Christchurch, NZ, where he still lives. He began teaching in 1999, and has raced in eight Ironman competitions as well as marathons. Bevan is also a writer, and contributes to his hometown newspaper, the Christchurch Press.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">instructor</a></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Long-time filming presenter Bevan James Eyles shares his thoughts on having longevity in your Les Mills career.</p></div> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:25:02 +0000 brynn 869 at https://www.lesmills.com.au Business Support Assistant INDONESIA https://www.lesmills.com.au/careers/business-support-assistant <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Business Support Assistant INDONESIA</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/8409" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brynn</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/25/2019 - 15:47</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-general-block1 field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><span>About us:</span></strong></p> <p><span>Les Mills Asia Pacific is a local company making a big impact on the global fitness industry. Les Mills programs are found in more than 15,500 clubs, across 80 countries with over 6 million participants per week and growing.</span></p> <p><span>We're currently looking for a Business Support Assistant Indonesia to be based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Les Mills (LM) is a small medium enterprise making a big impact on the global fitness industry.</span></p> <p><strong><span>About the role:</span></strong></p> <p><span>The purpose of the Business Support Assistant is to support the Business Partnership Manager and Senior Business Support SEA based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The role supports the planning and delivery of local, in-market lead generation activities; organisation of meetings, seminars and webinars; transportation logistics; quarterly workshops; and administration in Indonesia.</span></p> <p><span>Additionally, the role will provide support to the Indonesia market as required to support the Instructor Specialist and Customer Experience Manager, based in KL office.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Key Accountabilities:</span></strong></p> <ul><li><strong><span>Leads generation</span></strong> <ul><li><span>Research and report on potential customers in the Indonesia market.</span></li> <li><span>Gain insight to the market opportunities that are available in market and work with the Indonesia Business Partnership Manager to optimize opportunities.</span></li> <li><span>Set-up meetings for Business Partnership Manager for Indonesia.</span></li> <li><span>Generate attendance to seminars and webinars as required and follow up on RSVPs.</span></li> </ul></li> <li><span>Administration</span> <ul><li><span>Booking of flights and accommodation for Business Partnership Manager Indonesia within agreed budgets.</span></li> <li><span>Organise seminars as required including booking of venues.</span></li> <li><span>Zenkai case management and lead management updates as required.</span></li> <li><span>Assist with production of reports as necessary.</span></li> <li><span>Territory reviews / analysis as required to assist with complete understanding of the new club opportunity and competition within the local area.</span></li> <li><span>Assist in compliance cases, equipment sales opportunities and timely report submission to Senior Business Sales Support based in Kuala Lumpur. </span></li> </ul></li> <li><span>Travel</span> <ul><li><span>Assist on travel planning of Business Partnership Manager for meetings within Indonesia.</span></li> <li><span>Follow Business Partnership Manager for appointments meetings in Jakarta. </span></li> <li><span>Support annual Reebok Les Mills Live Events in SEA</span></li> </ul></li> <li><span>Translation</span> <ul><li><span>Support the KL Instructor Specialist Team with translation as required in Indonesia to support our Instructor Tribe.</span></li> <li><span>Support the KL Customer Experience Manager if translation is required for Launch support calls / contacts.</span></li> <li><span>Quarterly Workshops</span></li> <li><span>Support activities as required at Indonesia Quarterly Workshops in Jakarta.</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p><span>NOTE:<span>  </span>The above duties are not intended to be an all-inclusive list.<span>  </span>Our Organisation is team based.<span>  </span>Therefore, additional duties may be assigned from time to time as emergencies and other situations dictate.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Requirements:</span></strong></p> <ul><li><span>Minimum of 2 years’ experience in business development, preferably in the fitness industry </span></li> <li><span>Exceptional communication and persuasion skills </span></li> <li><span>Excellent problem solving skills</span></li> <li><span>Exceptionally internally driven</span></li> <li><span>Willingness to be accountable for results and achieve targets</span></li> <li><span>Ability to plan, organise &amp; manage multiple priorities </span></li> <li><span>Solid time management, decision making &amp; organisation skills </span></li> <li><span>Ability to think logically and make objective decisions as needed</span></li> <li><span>Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to meet strict deadlines </span></li> <li><span>Proficient in written and spoken English and Bahasa Indonesia</span></li> <li><span>Preferably you have experience of the Les Mills system and good working knowledge of Les Mills education products<span>   </span></span></li> </ul><p><span>Les Mills Asia Pacific is a recognized ‘Great Place To Work’ and is committed to being an employer of choice. If you are looking for a role where you can make a difference, in a company making a difference, then apply as per the instructions below. </span></p> <p><span>To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to </span><a href="mailto:linda@lesmills.com.au"><span>linda@lesmills.com.au</span></a><span> before 31 March 2019.</span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-general-header-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-02/cy_27-cycle-relaunch_rpm-webpage-banner%20%281%29.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="header image" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-general-page-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Business Support Assistant INDONESIA</div> Mon, 25 Feb 2019 04:47:19 +0000 brynn 868 at https://www.lesmills.com.au