CLADmag issue3 2019

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HE ALTH & FITNESS

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Fitness giant Les Mills has launched three new studio spaces at its iconic Auckland City Gym in New Zealand

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he new spaces were designed by New Zealand architects Monk Mackenzie and interior designer Rufus Knight, working in partnership with design studio Alt Group. According to Les Mills Jnr, who led the development of the new studios and workouts, a key objective was to partner with New Zealand’s best designers to create spaces that work at both a practical and aesthetic level. “We’ve put an intimate focus on design to create the most incredible end-to-end experience for members,” Mills Jnr said. “We want people to get excited about being in these spaces, so we’ve designed them as a sensory experience. They look good, smell good, and are places they feel they belong. We want to be a cultural hub for our members.” The fresh additions include a “highly tactile” functional studio – which hosts a newly-developed training workout called Ceremony – and a design-led boxing studio created around the needs of a new boxing conditioning workout called Conquer. The third new space is an immersive indoor cycling studio – which Les Mills says is the largest of its kind in the world – featuring a 100-bike terraced theatre environment. It is accompanied by a wall-to-wall curved

Former track and fi eld athlete Phillip Mills is the founder and CEO of Les Mills