Fitness Industry

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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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Most Current Fitness Industry Statistics – Part 1

This is part 1 of a multiple part series. We have recently seen an immense increase in profitability of the fitness industry. This also means that there is an attractive prospect in terms of jobs and businesses in the industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the number of jobs within this industry is expected to increase by more than 23% over the next 10 years.[i] The bureau also said that the number of jobs available under “fitness and recreational sports centers” even went up to 484,200 in 2010.[ii] Economists justify this prediction by looking at how businesses [...]

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Small Gym Management: From Pen and Paper to Nightmare to Software

I can’t think of one personal trainer, group fitness instructor, or even hardcore recreational gym goer that has not thought about, at one point or another, opening their own training facility. One of the best problems to run into when opening your own gym is the growing pains associated with selling a great product. Obviously, in a situation like this, organization is key to the long term success of the facility. From personal experience, I was on board with a small new private training facility that started experiencing these exact problems. Early on, everything was handled via pen, paper, and [...]

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