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Start Your Own Fitness Club
How to Open an Athletic Club, Exercise Studio, Fitness Center, Gym, Health Club, Personal Training Studio or Workout Center
Imagine owning a fun and financially rewarding business helping people get and stay healthy, strong, and fit. You can when you open a fitness club.
Opening a fitness club (also known as an athletic club, exercise studio, fitness center, gym, health club, personal training studio, or workout center) lets you own a creative and exciting business in a recession-resistant industry.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the outlook for the fitness industry is excellent as increasing numbers of baby boomers join fitness clubs to get fit and stay healthy. Fitness club membership is over 50 million in the United States alone, double the number of members a decade ago.

If you aren't a fitness trainer yourself, you can hire trainers for your gym. If you are currently a fitness trainer, starting your own fitness club gives you the freedom of being your own boss.

When you open your fitness club, you have the luxury of designing the type of fitness center, health club, or gym that you want, and provide the types of services and products you want. 

You can open a fitness club offering exercise facilities and classes to all types of clients, or you can open a fitness center that caters to a select type of client, such as older adults, young people, women only, men only, professional athletes, or people with special physical needs.

Your fitness center can have cardio and strength equipment for members to use during club hours. You can choose to offer services such as personal training or massage, cardio classes such as aerobics or kick boxing, and mind/body/spirit classes such as yoga or Pilates.

Plus, you can increase your income by selling products such as exercise balls, yoga mats, sports drinks, supplements, exercise clothing, and more.

As a fitness club owner and a business professional in a leadership role, you can earn the respect of clients and your community. Your fitness club can be a social hub where you develop long-term friendships with employees and clients.

If opening a fitness center sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Fitness Club Owner is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can successfully start your own gym.

The author of the fitness club guide is Kelly Boyer Sagert, a professional writer who previously worked with the YMCA, serving four years as executive director of a countywide fitness organization with multiple locations.

In this guide she shares insider tips and expert advice from her own experiences and from successful fitness club owners and experts such as Kevin Betts, Chief Operating Officer of Fitness Together, which has over 500 fitness franchises in the United States, Canada, and other countries.

The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to open a fitness club in the United States or Canada, plus helpful advice for opening a fitness club in any country. It includes:

How to Start a Fitness Club Business
  • How to create a business plan for your fitness club (includes a sample fitness club business plan)
  • Deciding what kind of fitness club to open 
  • An overview of options for your fitness club business:
    • Buying an established fitness club (including how to find fitness clubs for sale)
    • Buying a fitness club franchise
    • Opening a new fitness club
  • Choosing a name for your fitness club
  • Where to get start-up financing for your fitness club business (includes sample start-up budgets)
  • Deciding on the best legal structure for your fitness club business (incorporation, partnership, and others)
  • Information about important business matters that can affect your fitness club including insurance and licenses
  • How much space (square footage) you need to open your fitness club
  • What to consider when choosing a location for your fitness club, including information about permits and leases
  • Interior and exterior design of your fitness club
  • Equipment and supplies you need to start a fitness club business and where to get them
Managing Your Fitness Club Business
  • How to develop effective systems for running your fitness club business on a daily basis
  • Setting your fitness club's hours of operation
  • Ways to maintain a clean and hygienic facility
  • How to find great fitness club personnel from membership sales staff to personal trainers 
  • Paying your staff (including typical salaries and commission splits for a fitness club)
  • Setting prices including membership fees, enrollment fees, and package prices
  • Ways to increase sales
  • Accepting payment from your clients
  • Buying and selling fitness products
    • How to find suppliers for the products you will sell in your fitness club
    • How to buy products for resale at a discount with tips on negotiating the best payment terms
    • Keeping track of your inventory
  • Developing promotional materials and a website to market your fitness club business
  • Ways to attract fitness club clients through advertising and free publicity
  • Advice on preventing "no shows"
  • How to get referrals from your fitness club clients
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
  • Trends in the fitness club industry that you should know about
  • Valuable samples and checklists, including:
    • Sample business plan for a fitness club
    • Sample floor plan for a fitness club
    • Sample lease agreement
    • Sample start-up budgets for a fitness club
    • Sample daily sales report
    • Sample interview questions for fitness club employees
    • Sample list of supplies
    • Checklist to evaluate competing fitness clubs
    • Checklist to evaluate potential locations 
    • Checklist for fitness club operations
    • Checklist of fitness club equipment
  • How to organize your fitness club's grand opening 
  • An overview of opportunities for future growth for your fitness club business including opening additional locations
  • And more! (including free updates)
You can have all this and more for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about how to open a fitness club. The FabJob Guide to Become a Fitness Club Owner contains some of the best business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more. 

It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some costly mistakes, and give you information you need to open your own fitness club.

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You can earn back the price of the guide your very first day in business. Plus this guide can help you open a fitness club, exercise studio, fitness center, health club, gym, personal training studio, or workout center much more quickly and profitably.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Fitness Club Owner takes you step-by-step through what you need to know to open and operate your own fitness center, health club, or gym. The guide offers insider advice from experts currently working in the fitness industry to help you achieve your own success as a fitness club owner."
Brenna Pearce, Editor

"One of the main benefits of owning a personal training studio is that you get to make money while helping people by doing something you love. It is very rewarding watching clients transform both mentally and physically as health and fitness becomes a sustaining part of their lifestyle."
—Kevin Betts, Chief Operating Officer of Fitness Together

"When you own your own studio, you can implement your vision, your energy and ideas.  You can change things on the spur of the moment based on what you think is the right direction. Owning your own studio gives you creative power to change anything you want at the drop of a hat."
—Kathy Van Pattern, owner, The Movement Center of Boston

"This business is completely based on each individual client feeling special. If you are an instructor as well as owner, you have to be confident enough to promote other talents, not just your own."
—Marion Roaman, owner, ZoneHampton Fitness and Spinning Studio, East Hampton and Manhattan, New York

Kathy and Marion give expert advice in this FabJob guide.

What's in a name?

A variety of terms are used to describe businesses that provide fitness club services.

So when you are advertising your business, keep in mind that the people you want to attract as clients may be looking for a:

  • Athletic Club
  • Exercise Club
  • Exercise Gym
  • Exercise Studio
  • Fitness Club
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Gym
  • Gym
  • Health and Fitness Club
  • Health Club
  • Health Gym
  • Personal Training Studio
  • Sports Club
  • Women's Health Club
  • Workout Center


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