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From Personal Trainer to Gym Owner: How Living One’s Purpose Creates Success

November 2022 Profile – The Gym at 214 Main, Fort Mill, South Carolina The Gym at 214 Main is located on a busy main street in a small town in South Carolina and had been sold twice since its inception in 2008. In 2020, current owner Jovon Times, along with his wife Keisha Unger-Times, decided to make a bid for it after training clients there for 12 years under the moniker of “Exercise Times.” He and Unger-Times soon owned the 24/7, 5,500-square-foot gym — a turnkey operation with a  roster of clients, excellent equipment, and a contract with the Jazzercise brand.  Now, everything else, [...]

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White swan on water

How Health Club Management is Like a Swan on a River

Picture swans sitting on a river, big and elegant white birds that glide across the water, seemingly without effort. They make it look so easy, don't they? They just seem to glide along, with hardly any visible exertion above the waterline. But here's the secret: If you could see them from the underwater perspective, it would be a totally different story. You'd see their little legs paddling away furiously against the river current, (kind of like that super competitive guy who's always trying to "win" in the spinning class). That's why a big white waterfowl, the swan, is a great [...]

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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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