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Gym Owner’s Perspective on Providing Fitness for Kids

Everyone desires to be fit and healthy. But unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise can make staying fit a few pounds away. Children, too, need to be made aware of the importance of staying fit. Excessive consumption of processed food, sodas loaded with sugar, fast food, fried food, and so on is not only making them unhealthy. The Z Generation faces even greater likelihood of stagnation.  Children are more likely to experience less physical activity from a much younger age because of the accessibility of technology. There is no doubt that the Z Generation is at a higher risk [...]

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Marketing Your Gym on YouTube

We can all agree that in today’s world, marketing with pictures and video makes a greater statement than with words alone. However, marketing in these realms has become competitive and tricky. Graphic design work for pictures and professional videographers can also be out of the budget for the smaller independent fitness businesses that are just opening their doors. Thus, many business owners in the fitness industry have taken advantage of social media outlets to market, because they are practically free (other than “boosting” your posts on Facebook) and can reach a countless range of people. Although the amount and variety [...]

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Top Ten Ways to Save Money When Opening a Gym

Guest Post By Cory Damm Opening a gym in today’s market may feel like a daunting task. You’ve got the competition of national fitness club powerhouses, and the cost associated with finding a space, equipment, staff, and insurance. Hundreds of veteran gym owners wish they knew then what they know now. You don’t have to find out the hard way. Here are 10 easy ways to save you money, and your sanity, when opening your first gym. 1) Know your options when leasing equipment Leasing fitness equipment allows gym owners pay over extended periods of time instead of all at [...]

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Pros & Cons of Owning a Franchise Fitness Center

Different states have different legal definitions of what a franchise is. However, under Federal Law, three elements must be present in order for a franchise to be recognized. The three elements are the following: 1) Franchisee has the right to use the franchisor’s trademark; 2) The franchisor has significant control or assistance with the franchisee’s operation; 3) The franchisee has to pay the franchisor for the right to be a franchisee. [i] Hence, under Federal Law, a franchise fitness center is basically a business situation or arrangement through which an individual is allowed to operate a fitness center under the [...]

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This Month’s Buzz Words: “Small Group Training”

We all know that fitness plays a very important role in our daily lives. It helps to maintain our health and keeps our bodies immune to fight off diseases and illness. Physical fitness is important for those who are suffering from obesity and other weight related problems. Joining a health club is great way of losing weight and improving your health because health clubs specialize in providing the necessary training and weight reduction activities that will help you stay healthy and fit. One recent trend that has started to build up a lot of buzz within the health club industry [...]

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Fitness Pioneers Who Continue to Inspire the Fitness Industry

The fitness industry has seen some very inspirational figures that changed the way people perceive health and fitness. I am sure in some form or fashion, all of us that are part of the fitness industry today were inspired by at least one of these notable figures,  Jack LaLanne, Joe Weider, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. These individuals redefined what it is to be fit and were pioneers in their time. These fitness gurus have redefined health and fitness for people and have inspired countless numbers to not only partake in the health and fitness industry but also to become influential figures [...]

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Measure, Improve & Grow Your Business’ Profit!

The age old adage “what gets measured gets improved” holds a lot of value for businesses. This phrase is often tossed around when you are being convinced to add a metric to your scorecard or in today's world of technology, the dashboard. The basic theory underlying this phrase is that if you can measure “x”, then you will improve the performance of your business. But the implementation of this phrase isn’t an easy task. Merely measuring a quantity doesn’t ensure that if actions are taken the performance will improve. For instance, consider how a rain gauge works. The gauge shows [...]

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Another Way to Help Special Populations

I have posted quite a few articles about the Special Population group here on this gym business blog, because I believe it is not only a great market segment from the perspective of a gym owner, but also a noteworthy population to contribute to. Due to a close loved one that I have in my life who falls within the special population group by having a chronic illness, I continue to develop a desire to not only learn about those struggling with physical disabilities but also try to find a way to make more of a holistic difference in their [...]

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The Fitness Industry’s Largest Franchise

The largest fitness franchise in the world, Curves International, has listed close to 3,500 locations in the United States, where the health club first originated in 1992.[i],[ii]. The fitness franchise was co-founded by Gary and Diane Heavin in the year 1995,[iii] and has grown to an approximate 10,000 location worldwide.[iv] Today it is present in over eighty-five countries, and has helped millions of women worldwide.[v] The owners of the health club, husband and wife, have their headquarters in Waco, Texas. Although it is specifically for women, some Curves centres allow male members as well. Their competition in this field includes [...]

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3 Out of the Ordinary but Effective Workout Classes

There are many kinds of gym-going people in the world. Some people are ready to go break a sweat, and return to their routine lives after a good, sincere workout. The rest of us unfortunately comprise of people who ‘try to’, ‘want to’, and ‘occasionally’ go to the gym. Well, it is always a great move to hit the gym, and it is never too late enroll in one either. However, the people who involve themselves in working out seriously can have the habit of trying new and some strange routines. You may find yourself in a fix about what [...]

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Top 4 Gym Equipment Accessories Every Health Club Should Have

I am aware that I am listing 4 accessories and not a more normal "top" number of either 3 or 5 or even 10.  I did that for a reason and not to be an overachiever if you think there should only be 3 listed or lazy if you believe that 5 listed accessories would have been a better well rounded number for this article.    In a sense, I do agree that 5 sounds better, so I am going to ask you at the end of this article to add in the comment section what the 5th most important [...]

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How to Adequately Prepare Your Fitness Business for a Grand Opening

Fitness facilities generally involve a large amount of investment in the beginning and high maintenance costs throughout. On top of this, keeping up with the competition in terms of technology and training is another expense. Returns come much after this chunk of money is being fueled into the heart and soul of the business. What this implies is that you must have a great start to break-even as soon as possible. Your facility deserves a huge opening so that people know that a lot of effort and money has been put into a project for their benefit. Here are some [...]

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Broaden Your Horizons By Supporting Fitness For Special Populations

If you are a gym and fitness center owner you will most likely find that you have to compete in a crowded market, where everyone is trying to court the same clientele. Having a fitness club where the customers are drawn in by the mere fact that you unlocked your front door is a luxury that most owners will never have. To compete effectively in the modern fitness market you’ve got to be able to offer something extra to your clients. Well, all of that pretty much states the obvious. But did you know that being able to train and [...]

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Special Populations: Helping the Unhealthy Become Healthy

There are really two kinds of people in America. Of course I'm speaking in terms of clichés here. But if you are going to reduce it to the lowest common denominator it can seem as though there are two types, one that is fit and healthy and one that is in bad shape. Americans are very lean and healthy, athletic and fitness conscious or they’re not. The former is stereotyped as the “gym-rat” and the latter group as the couch potato. Now, these are very broad generalizations, but the line between healthy and unhealthy has been marked out in the [...]

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Fitness Industry Trends – Effect of Health Insurance on Fitness Businesses

Health insurance companies today are of the opinion that prevention of ailments results in considerable cost reduction in healthcare. This is the precise reason why they are promoting fitness through discounts and reimbursement to their members when they join gyms or fitness clubs. If you think this is just a passing fitness industry trend, think again. Insurance companies have already acknowledged that personal training is a form of preventive healthcare.[i] It is believed that for ever dollar that insurance companies spend on prevention, they end up saving $10 for treatment.[ii] This is one of the reasons why insurance companies today [...]

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