Fill your classes with Advanced Training

Introduction from Jackie Mills


What does a great class look and feel like to you? Remember those times when you’ve come away feeling amazing with your teaching - where everything just felt right? With Advanced Training you’ll learn how to create that experience in every single class you deliver.

Advanced Training will help explore how to bring the authentic YOU out more in your classes. The course covers how to grow from a group exercise Instructor to becoming a true Fitness Leader by understanding your why and your values. This means leading from the front, in the essence of the programme, showing the enjoyment we all feel when we are confident to own our space!

You have all the amazing foundational tools from your Initial Training, now it’s time to step it up a level. Advanced Training teaches you how to self review and ask yourself WHY you do what you do, what you are doing well and helps you identify what you want to develop next. During the course you will identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back and how to exchange them for empowering beliefs. Watch what that does for your teaching!

We explore the 3 different dimensions of Connect, Educate & Motivate and how it enhances the experiences for our participants and ourselves when we blend these together.

Advanced Training will give you the tools to help pack your classes and give you longevity in your teaching. WHY? Because it’s all about YOU and your development!

For questions on Advanced Training you can see our FAQs or read more on the evolution of this course.


If you answer yes to one or more of the following then Advanced Training is definitely for you!

  • My participants come first and I’m always trying to create a great experience for them to keep them coming back for more.
  • I love exploring and am always looking to better myself and my teaching.
  • I feel the need to re-energize myself as an Instructor as I can get stuck in a rut.
  • Sometimes I doubt myself when I teach and I’d love to learn how to bring out the best in me.
  • Occasionally I feel that other Instructors are better than me and I start to doubt myself.
  • I love what I do and want to keep that feeling for longevity.


Advanced Training will provide you will the skills to:

  • Fill your classes and ensure longevity in teaching.
  • Become a group fitness leader through understanding your values and your why.
  • Replace your limiting beliefs with empowering beliefs.
  • Enhance the experience for you and your participants.

Kylie Gates

Kylie Gates,
Creative Director

“When you understand your why, teaching becomes more than a job – it becomes something you will go the extra mile for because you are committed to the purpose.”


  • Choose between a 2-day weekend course or 6-week online learning programme
  • Learn how to become a group fitness leader
  • Find your leadership style by exploring your why, your values and your beliefs
  • Develop your own style of performance within the essence of your program
  • Learn how to enhance the experience by blending the dimensions of connection, motivation and education
  • Practice your skills and grow your teaching through presentations during the course
  • Pre-learning material will focus on and build your technique and coaching skills

Becoming a Leader with Kylie Gates

Nikki Snow

Nikki Snow,
US Trainer

“The Advanced Training Course has made me feel more fulfilled as an Instructor. It helped me not only work on my Les Mills teaching, but has also made an impact in my personal life.”


Whether you attend a live event or book the online learning program, you will have access to the same great content!


For those of you who love the energy and interaction of a live event, you may prefer to attend the two-day training, where you will be completely immersed in the content and have the benefit of completing the course over a weekend – with the advantage of face to face interactions with a world-class Trainer.


The online version is a six-week learning program, which is a mix of Trainer-led and self-directed learning. The flexible nature of this course allows you to fit your learning around your lifestyle. As part of the course, you will have a 45 minute one on one coaching session with your Trainer (just you!).

The six-week period allows you time to reflect on and embed the learning. You can practice the new skills in your classes as you go through the course, playing around with what works for you!

This course will require a weekly time commitment of minimum four hours.

Kylie Gates

Kylie Gates,
Creative Director

“Advanced Training will provide you with the tools to keep on growing as an Instructor. And when you can provide an amazing experience for your participants, that’s when you will fill your classes.”


All you need to know about Advanced Training

What is Advanced Training?

This new course has been designed to help you find your strengths as an Instructor and discover a whole range of ideas to grow your teaching. You will learn how to fill your classes and have longevity in teaching as the kind of Instructor you want to be. You will learn how to become a Group Fitness leader, how to be grounded in the essence of your program, and how to enhance the workout experience for your participants.

Initial Module Training equipped you with the foundations to teach and Advanced Training is your next step in developing yourself further as an Instructor.

Choose between a 2 day live or a 6 week online course.

How is it different to AIM 1 and AIM 2?

Advanced Training has a strong focus on leadership development. There is a greater focus on bringing your natural talents to the forefront – allowing you to teach from a place that is completely authentic to you. You are encouraged to examine your “why”, digging deep into exactly why you teach group fitness.

We know that Technique and Coaching are the foundations of being a great Instructor. These elements are still explored in Advanced Training, but there is an additional focus on leadership, program essence, and enhancing the experience.

AIM 1 and AIM 2 will gradually be phased out as we roll out Advanced Training across all programs.

Why are these changes being introduced?

The fitness industry is always evolving and changing. We want to help give our Instructors the latest techniques and skills to be at the forefront of this, ensuring that we stay current and keep as many participants coming back to our classes as possible! This enables us to have longevity in our teaching careers.

What if I have already done AIM 1?

Advanced Training has new and evolved content, and is therefore worthwhile for all Instructors to attend. AIM 1 enhanced your coaching and refined your technique. Advanced Training will add a whole new dimension to your teaching with its focus on leadership, plus finding your own authentic way to dial up your connection and performance, and become the Instructor you want to be.

What if I have already done AIM 1 and 2?

If you’ve already attended AIM 1 or AIM 2 and wondering what might be in Advanced Training for you, Kylie Gates says that approximately 80 per cent of the content is completely new. “Advanced Training is a totally different experience from doing AIM 1 and 2. There is a new focus on leadership which will absolutely change your state of mind when you teach, as well as the experience you create for your participants – and the enjoyment you receive from teaching.”

Nikki Snow, facilitator in Advanced Training, said: “It has led me to approach my classes with a totally different mindset, and made me feel more fulfilled as an Instructor. It helped me not only work on my Les Mills teaching, but has also made an impact in my personal life.”

Will I have an additional title if I do Advanced Training on top of Aim 1 and 2?

No, but you will benefit from the additional professional and personal development.

If I do Advanced Training for a certain program am I Advanced in everything?

The certification for the program in which you are presenting will be at the Advanced status once you successfully complete the course. Your status as an Instructor will also be Advanced but your other certifications will stay at their current stage.

What if I am an Elite Instructor?

If you have attended AIM 1 and AIM 2 and are already an Elite Instructor, you will remain an Elite Instructor in that program after completing Advanced Training.

Can I get Elite status from the new Advanced Training?

The new Advanced Training will not have Elite assessments linked to the course. This is because the content focuses on you as an individual and giving you tools to develop over time to become the best Instructor you can. If you have achieved the Elite status previously though, you will remain Elite in that program.

What is the difference between the live and the online training?

The content is exactly the same.

In the live course, you will be immersed in the content and complete the training over two days – great if you enjoy face to face interactions, can easily travel to a training location, and wish to complete the course over a weekend. In the live course, you will present three times and receive feedback on each presentation.

The six-week online training course is a mix of Trainer-led and self-directed learning, where you will have additional time to embed the learning and enjoy the flexibility of fitting your learning around your lifestyle. In the online course, you will have a 30-minute one-on-one session with your Trainer for feedback on all the activities you have completed and two video presentations.

How long does the online training take?

The online training course takes six weeks and requires a minimum of four hours a week of study.

What if I miss a week for the online training?

You will need to keep on track with the weekly schedule so that you don’t fall behind with your learning group. The online course is very similar to a live course, with timeframes and deadlines, and you will be facilitated by your Trainer through each section. If you don’t complete each part on time, you will not complete the program.

How long after my Initial Module Training should I book onto Advanced Training?

We’d encourage all Instructors to attend Advanced Training as soon as possible and we’d recommend completing it within the year after certification. As soon as you feel that you have mastered the foundations of teaching, it’s time to take the next step in your development and book onto Advanced Training.

Why aren’t all programs launching at the same time?

We are phasing the content in order to support the Training teams around the globe to roll out the new material and therefore will be staggering the release of each program.