Becoming a Les Mills Instructor

Heyyyyy there!

How’s it going? It’s a short work/school week for those in the U.S. and I can feel the ‘special holiday feeling’ in the air. I loooovvee it! The holiday season is my favorite.

{If you missed it, check out the last post & see how adorable my nephews are.}

Oh, and I yesterday I ate a Nutella Zopf (Swiss) bread. Ammmmaaazzziinnggg.

Yesterday I worked all day, but earlier I attended a BP class & got to teach 2 tracks. This was the gym I used to teach at before we moved to SLC, so it was fabulous!

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Speaking of BP, I had a reader ask me about becoming a BP (and specifically a Les Mills) instructor, so I am going to direct today’s post to that. Both because it is quite confusing and it’s a huge passion of mine.

Becoming a Les Mills Instructor

I LOVE Les Mills. I love their classes.

Whether I enjoy the type of class or want to teach it, it doesn’t matter. (There are some LM classes I don’t necessarily love doing myself, but they;re still kick butt classes).

It’s simply known that whatever Les Mills touches, it’s going to be quality. They are known real well in the fitness world for their high standards & their intense research into the different physiological & psychological benefits from specifics. They also employ crazy numbers of analysts, trainers, researchers, PhD students, biomechanic geniuses, exercise physiologists, and more.

They CARE.

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Les Mills is the man who started the business (obviously named after/for him), in 1968. He & his wife started their first LM gym in Auckland, NZ.

BodyPUMP launched in 1990 (as PUMP), and Les Mills International began in 1997. Les’s son, Phillip, is the CEO of Les Mills now, and since he took over, tons of other programs have launched.

Les Mills’ history.

Check out all the different LM programs here. 

And I’ve announced recently that I will be training in CXWorx & GRIT in December. Back to back weekends.

Yes, I am nuts.

Anyways.

The process of becoming a LM instructor is quite complex but ensures that the instructors stick with the brand, stay within the bounds of the choreography, and delivers safe, effective workouts & results.

Basically the instructor process is rigorous & tough so the Les Mills brand ensures quality, results, and a fabulous workout environment whenever the name shows up on a group exercise schedule.

The Les Mills website offers tips on becoming a Les Mills Instructor:

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Basically:

  • you must be an instructor and/or affiliated with a gym that has Les Mills classes
  • your associated gym must be hosting or attending the particular training you want to attend
  • you must sign the instructor agreement
  • you must attend the 2 day (vveerrryyyy intense!!) training (usually a Saturday & Sunday)
  • you must pass the training (FYI: not everyone does)
  • you must send in a video of you teaching the entire formatted class
  • you must pass that video assessment to ‘be’ a Les Mills certified instructor in that format
  • {failure to not pass requires that you resubmit and/or get signed off by your boss after a certain period of weeks}

It’s definitely a long process, but SO worth it!

Remember, if you want to eventually teach for Les Mills, you must be a group fitness instructor already. So if you’re not, get on that! :) And then find a gym that has LM classes & that could be your way in.

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I’m not going to lie, I feel SO blessed that both gyms I teach for have LM classes & are both hosting trainings for different formats in December. It is truly a dream come true, and I am SO thankful for that. It may or may not have been something I had been praying for & had put on my vision board…..

Anyways. Dreams come true. :)

I freaking love being a Les Mills BodyPUMP instructor! And I can not wait to add GRIT & CXWorx to that too…. let’s just hope I pass without too many issues. 😉

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Have a GREAT day!

What Les Mills classes have YOU tried?? If YOU teach, what was YOUR experience with the process?? Any tips?? If YOU could choose an LM class to teach, which one would YOU choose??

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Comments

  1. Sounds very intense but obviously it works since you’re a product of their amazing program! :)

  2. Sounds intense! When I went to a gym that had the classes (current one doesn’t) I used to go to BodyAttack all the time. It was a killer workout!

  3. I’m so glad you wrote this post! As you know, I’ve been going back and forth about becoming certified to be a group fitness instructor for awhile now so this is very helpful! I think it’d be fun to do after I get back into shape a bit after our baby is born. After working at 24 Hour Fitness, I can totally agree that Les Mills is top notch! I’ve only ever been to their BodyPump classes, but I’ve just loved everything about them! Quick question… You said, “Remember, if you want to eventually teach for Les Mills, you must be a group fitness instructor already”. Does this mean you need to be certified as a generalized group fitness instructor first (through like AFAA, etc.)?

    • I am going to answer it & add something to the post b/c two of you asked. I guess I wasn’t clear. Haha.

      You must be an instructor for the gym before you can attend a training. It depends on the gym if you need a certain Cert or not. For example, if you work at a smaller gym & have had experience in the industry & you rock the audition, they may hire you without a Cert. They might ask that you complete it sometime soon thereafter. Some gyms just want experience. Other larger gyms are going to want either LOTS of experience or the Cert. For me, because of my educational background, experience, and I did well on the audition, I never needed the actuall AFAA Cert. Does that make sense?

      Personally I think some of the Certs are a waste of time. I’ve always thought that. But if you want to work for certain gyms, they require some of that stuff. I’d just attend a lot of fitness classes, practice with someone, and really get good at cueing so you can rock the audition if you don’t want to do a Cert.

      Also, because you are PT certified, that could be real helpful in getting you in without a group ex Cert.

      Hope that helps!! :)

  4. Jessie says:

    Thanks for doing this post. I have the same question as Ashley, What you mean you have to be a group fitness instructor already? What certification is that? This is something I’d love to do in the future, but I must admit- it’s a little daunting! Gives me a good goal to work towards thought! Thanks again for the post!!

    • Hey girl! :)

      You must be an instructor for the gym (the one that will host the LM training) before you can attend the LM training. It depends on the gym if you need a certain Cert or not. For example, if you work at a smaller gym & have had experience in the industry & you rock the audition, they may hire you without a Cert. They might ask that you complete it sometime soon thereafter though. Some gyms just want experience. Other larger gyms are going to want either LOTS of experience or the Cert. For me, because of my educational background, experience, and I did well on the auditions, I never needed the actual AFAA Cert. Does that make sense?

      Personally I think some of the Certs are a waste of time. I’ve always thought that. But if you want to work for certain gyms, they require some of that stuff. I’d just attend a lot of fitness classes, practice with someone, and really get good at cueing so you can rock the audition if you don’t want to do a Cert.

      Also, if you are PT certified, that could be real helpful in getting you in without a group ex Cert.

      Hope that helps!!

  5. Becoming a BodyFlow instructor was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I would definitely encourage any interested in becoming an instructor to do it.

    And not all gyms require that you be hired on prior to going through training (my gym “sponsored” me to go through training and then hired me when I passed so that I could team teach).

    I must have missed your post about CX and GRIT – I’ll have to go read. So exciting! I love, love, love, (and love to hate ;)) CX. I can’t wait to hear more about your experience with GRIT!

    • Basically this means that they vouch that they have Les Mills, know you, support you going through training, etc…

      • Ahhh. Interesting. I never knew that you could not NOT be hired yet. Very cool! I think BF is so great–I tried it at AIM 2.

        And yep, CX & Grit….I might die… 😉

  6. It’s very cool that you do this! I want to be some sort of fitness instructor.. one day!

  7. Anne Marie says:

    My favorite Les Mills classes so far are Body Combat, Body Pump, RPM and my gym just recently got CXWorks which is an awesome class!

  8. I don’t know what Les Mills program to train in next! It’s so hard to pick one and I’ve got to consider finances, my body and convenience (doubles etc). It’s a toss up between Grit Strength, CXWORX or Body attack. I absolutely LOVE teaching Body Step. I share your passion for Les Mills and their amazing programs!

  9. Hoang says:

    I looove CXWORX!!!

  10. Talieeya Davis says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for this post. I’ve been contemplating whether to take the certificate, but I’m worried about monthly instructor fees , can you tell me how much you pay a month?

  11. Jessica says:

    Hi! I really want to become Les Mills certified but I can’t find the instructor agreement ANYWHERE and no one I work with remembers how to do it for the US. I was wondering if you could help possibly? I’ve googled and asked and looked for phone numbers to possibly call but I can’t find anything. I’ve already made an instructor portal but I just can’t find the agreement, which is all I need. Thanks

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