Les Mills Virtual studios have made their mark in Australian schools, specifically Ballarat Clarendon College, with hopes to expand further after success at the Victorian College.
Ballarat Clarendon College has been trialing Virtual fitness in their facility since September 2017 and so far it is a hit among both students and staff. The school implemented Virtual fitness studios after the decision was made to stop the traditional mould of doing overall sports during physical education, as they found a lot of kids already incorporated regular sports in their routine outside of school. Instead, the college brought in a program to teach kids everyday healthy habits and mindfulness techniques. According to a 2016 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study, 80% of children and young people aged 5-17 did not meet physical activity recommendations. Initiatives such as the Les Mills virtual studios and Clarendon's 'healthy habits' program helps to cement these important foundations in the next generation. A spokesperson from Ballarat Clarendon College said the switch to Virtual fitness has been extremely positive for their students and so far cost effective, and would highly recommend to every school in Australia. "We've found that the kids work way harder with Les Mills than they did in the past. It is a great way to get kids doing vigorous intensity activity in a small space and in a non-competitive, fun environment."
"Our most popular classes are RPM, BODYCOMBAT and BODYBALANCE." Les Mills Asia Pacific is hoping to expand its virtual studios offering in to many other schools across Australia