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How to Start a Gym

Helen Bush

If you’ve dreamed of combining a love for fitness with an exciting and lucrative career, a 9Round franchise may unlock just the opportunities you’re looking for. At 9Round, we’re a kickboxing-themed fitness center that offers fast, convenient, total-body workouts through proven circuit-training methods. Our franchise owners get to share our unique and fun approach to fitness with their communities while relying on a supportive corporate franchise program. If you’re a first-time franchise owner or new to the fitness world, we’re glad to share all of the information you need to transform a small investment into powerful personal and financial returns.

How to Start a Gym Business

Once you’ve learned a bit about the 9Round philosophy, it’s time to check out exactly how to start a fitness business. Some of the most common questions are about the specific steps you need to take. You can begin online by filling out our application. Once you receive your preliminary approval, we’ll set up a personal interview. From there, we enter a 9Round Franchise Agreement and accept your franchise fee. Next, start scoping out the best location for your gym with the help of your development agent. When the location is approved, construction begins. All that’s left is for you to attend 9Round’s four-day intensive training at our corporate headquarters in Greenville, SC. (Remember to bring your workout wear!) Why start a 9Round franchise?

  • The initial investment is low.
  • Only minimal equipment is required.
  • No experience is needed.
  • We have a proven business model and rank in Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500

We know that first-time franchisees can find the process daunting at first. But learning how to start a gym business can be intuitive and easy. All that’s required is an interest in fitness and a love for working with people. Our 9Round owners come from a wide range of backgrounds, and the training in Greenville, SC, involves both physical training and business-minded tutorials.

Working Out the Details

When deciding whether to become a 9Round owner, it’s vital to sort out details like location, insurance, and other fees. In general, our centers operate best out of just 1,000 to 1,500 square feet of space. The small space keeps the environment intimate while keeping overhead low. Our royalty fees are a flat monthly rate, so you know what to expect going forward. Insurance and business licenses are certainly costs any business owner needs to weigh into the equation: While we can’t give you precise figures for your location, most current 9Round owners are very happy to support new or prospective franchise owners. For more information on how to start a fitness business, we’re glad to consult with you any time to cover specific questions.

Helen Bush
Helen Bush is a self employed fitness writer who works with many health and fitness blogs. At a young age she discovered her passion for fitness and encouraging others. Helen enjoys being active and loves working out. In her middle and high school years she played an active part in her school basketball teams. Now she loves to study and participate in dance to help her stay active and fit. Her main goal is to help motivate others and push them to reach their fitness goals.