Les Mills has a simple fitness philosophy:
“As long as people prefer to live than to die, and to be healthy rather than sick, fitness has a place.
If the four million people in more than 60 countries round the world who stretch, pedal and pump their way to Les Mills programs every week are any sign, then ’alive and healthy’ gets the popular vote.” more here
And From Wikipedia:
Leslie (“Les”) Roy Mills CNZM, MBE, (born November 1, 1934 in Auckland) is a retired New Zealand athlete, who represented New Zealand at Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games over two decades. He competed in Shot Put, Discus and Weightlifting events. At the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, he achieved his best result, a gold medal in Discus.
After retiring from active competition, he became a gym owner in 1968 and a businessman.
Mills founded a gym, Les Mills World of Fitness, now a chain of gyms within New Zealand, and his son Philip Mills has developed a series of ten choreographed, fitness-to-music programs, which are distributed worldwide.
He was Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, from 1990 to 1998. He gives his name to Les Mills International, a company founded by his son Phillip Mills, who developed a series of group fitness-to-music classes that are available internationally: BODYSTEP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK, BODYBALANCE (known as BODYFLOW in North America), BODYJAM, BODYVIVE, RPM, SH’BAM and CX30.