America’s passion for health and fitness has fueled the growth of fitness franchises to all new heights. With an increasing emphasis on health consciousness, the fitness industry has now reached $60 billion — with no signs of slowing down.
To meet this growing demand, fitness franchises are popping up nationwide and are in need of passionate owners, much like yourself. It’s the perfect opportunity to do what you love — and make lots of money doing it.
These are some of the top-performing fitness franchises today, and they are all looking for aspiring entrepreneurs to help them continue their growth. What are you waiting for? Get going on your search!
Gold’s Gym has been leading the fitness movement and redefining strength since 1965 when Joe Gold opened the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. Long before the modern-day health club existed, the original Gold’s Gym featured three simple ingredients: The best equipment, a passion for fitness and an unparalleled dedication to results. Gold’s Gym is now the most recognized name in fitness & the largest co-ed gym chain in the world. They’ve got 50 years of history behind them and a very bright future ahead of them.
According to IBISWorld, revenue for the gym, health and fitness clubs generated $27 billion in sales in 2014, with a 2.3 percent annual growth rate from 2009 to 2014. The UFC GYM franchise leverages its branding to help franchisees tap into this market. UFC Gym is already the largest boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts network in the world, with more than 100 locations in the United States and Australia. Its turnkey and semi-absentee operation allows franchisees to quickly open and operate multiple locations.
Anytime Fitness is consistently ranked as one of the top US franchises available today. Since 2011, the number of Anytime Fitness franchises across the globe has increased by nearly 50 percent. One of the reasons that Anytime Fitness has been so successful has to do with their concept. Anytime Fitness locations are open 24 hours a day, 7-days a week. Other factors contributing to the franchise’s success: 1) Training — Three days of training minimum is required at headquarters and three days at franchisee’s location. Ongoing training is available; and 2) Ongoing Support —Count on support from Anytime Fitness throughout the entire process and beyond Trainers are there to help you with lease negotiation, conducting meetings, toll-free phone line, grand opening, marketing and more.
GymGuyz is a franchise company whose main focus is individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions and corporate fitness. GymGuyz has an amazing team of certified personal trainers and licensed massage therapists that use a unique philosophy that targets all aspects of health and fitness. GymGuyz offers a turn-key model with no need for brick and mortar. Owners do not need to have the knowledge or fitness experience; however, they must have interest and participate in the fitness industry. This is not a passive business, as you grow, within 3-4 years of opening it may be possible to passively own the business. The Owners’ responsibilities include marketing, hiring coaches and networking. This is a project management business. The ability to be a good networker is a key component to our business model.
Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Led by skilled personal trainers, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training and free weights, burning an average of 900 calories including after-burn. Orangetheory Fitness has become one of the world’s top fitness franchises, with more than 200 open studios in 28 states, and more than 600 franchise licenses awarded in and outside of the United States.
Michael Grondahl opened the first Planet Fitness in 1992, with a reduced membership to compete against better-known brands and a focus on occasional and first-time gym users. In the last year, the Planet Fitness franchise has grown by 146 locations in the U.S., making it one of the fastest-growing fitness franchises. With its focus on creating an easy-going and judgment-free environment, Planet Fitness continues to get more and more clients and franchisees.
Founded in 2012, EnVie Fitness for Women is a breakthrough concept in the women’s fitness industry, offering an exceptional experience tailor-made to meet today’s female needs and interests. EnVie Fitness studios offer everything ladies want including the latest cardio and toning equipment, group and personal training, and personalized, friendly service without the hassle and expensive cost of a big box gym. The EnVie Fitness model really sets itself apart in the use of custom built and fully integrated software combined with security and surveillance technology. The integration of these systems allows owners to operate safe and secure gyms with greatly reduced staffing needs.
When it comes to choosing a franchise, experience can make all the difference. With more than 40 company-owned and operated locations in the Midwest, Charter Fitness has it. At Charter Fitness, they will help you utilize their strengths to reach your business goals. Additionally, their franchises provide four sources of revenue including membership fees, annual fees, personal training and vending. They’re also poised for growth due to the large amount of Greenspace available to the Charter Fitness brand.
Retro Fitness is a high-value, investor friendly fitness model with strong-unit economics and streamline operations that is on track to grow to 300 locations by 2016. A strategic membership price point of $19.99 per month and state of the art equipment attracts new and experienced exercisers of all ages while ancillary offerings like Retro Blends Smoothie Bar, personal training, child care, group fitness, pro shop and tanning create multiple revenue streams maximizing bottom line returns. Retro Fitness is well positioned for today’s economy and to dominate the low cost segment by offering a high-quality and value-add product in contrast to its competitive set. Each facility has 60-75 pieces of cardio equipment with personal LCD TV screens, a Retro Movie Theater, three different types of circuit training equipment and free weights. Combine that with the fact that every gym is designed to maximize the square footage so that owners are not paying for space and utilities that go unused and you have a one of a kind business opportunity.
YogaFit is the largest yoga fitness education school in the world with more than 200,000 instructors trained on six continents specifically designed for presentation in health clubs, fitness facilities or other group exercise locations. YogaFit Studios is the top choice for entrepreneurs looking to offer a high-quality yoga experience in their community while investing in a growing industry. What sets YogaFit Studios apart from other franchise options? It’s the level of detail they put into every step of our process. They know that opening and running your own business is a big life and career decision.
Originally created in 1983, the My Gym Enterprises program was so well-received that the founders decided to proceed on a course of expansion. Their program is the most innovative in the children’s educational fitness industry, a field that has experienced rapid growth with My Gym at the forefront. MGE’s goal is to always remain at the cutting edge. Their more than thirty years of success has reinforced our belief that franchising is the ideal method by which My Gyms can be spread throughout the world.
9Round fitness franchises are breaking the mold in the fitness industry. They are dedicated to keeping the business model simple and the cost of entry low, and their goal is to let people experience the “American Dream” of business ownership with a proven business model and plan of action. As the saying goes, “You’re in business for-yourself but not by-yourself.” With a proven business model, a network of dedicated support staff, and hundreds of other franchise owners, 9Round owners always have somewhere to turn for support and guidance.
Fitness Revolution is on the cutting edge of health and fitness because of its built-in education program that utilizes the cooperative knowledge of its franchise owners who must be certified fitness professionals. Their franchisees work together to pool their various technical, management and coaching skills to contribute to the most robust knowledge resource library in the fitness industry.
TITLE Boxing Club began in 2008 as a solid team and transformed into an award-winning franchise with the goal of making your ownership experience a great one. They are one of the fastest-growing franchises on the market (#9 on Entrepreneur Magazine Top New Franchise 2014) with over 400 franchises sold nationwide. As a franchise owner, you’ll create an environment where customer service reigns supreme, managers and trainers are motivated to perform, and you can use your business acumen to grow your investment.
CycleBar was founded in 2004 by Bill Pryor and his sister Alex Klemmer with a three-pronged approach to success: great instructors, great music and a great environment. The franchise operates on a pay-per-class model, so CycleBar has eliminated many of the common overhead costs often associated with other gym franchises, including hiring a membership sales team, tracking monthly membership dues and limiting studio hours to scheduled class times only. CycleBar, the first and only premier indoor cycling franchise, has only been franchising for six months, but since that time has seen tremendous growth. More than 100 studios are in the works for markets across the country with a goal of having them open by Dec. 31, 2016.
Snap Fitness is the fast, convenient and affordable workout alternative to traditional health clubs. Snap Fitness Centers are accessible 24 hours a day and offer the sale of memberships that allow access to exercise equipment, including cardio, strength and selected equipment. With 2,000 locations open or in development in 18 countries and 1.5 million members worldwide, Snap Fitness franchises are the top choice for entrepreneurs to bring a high-quality workout experience to their communities.
Led by Lisa Druxman, a recognized expert in the field of fitness and health for moms, FIT4MOM is the largest fitness program for moms as well as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the nation. FIT4MOM is the fitness franchise that offers Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides and Body Back. With three different franchise models, they make it easy for you to start a business that works for your lifestyle. Their Franchise Support Team and Educators recognize that in your life, motherhood comes first. FIT4MOM franchise owners benefit from in-person training opportunities as well as online options to give you the resources you need to fit your lifestyle and business goals. With online support, shared file systems, forums to connect, and mobile business solutions, your FIT4MOM business is flexible and mobile beyond compare. You also have access to email marketing systems to create professional looking newsletters and communication to your customers.
Koko Fit Club
At Koko FitClub, their innovation is driven by a mission to simplify the way the world gets, and stays, healthy. Koko invented the patented Koko Smartraining System, the first ever fully automated and integrated exercise and nutrition solution that’s already helped change the lives of nearly 100,000 “KokoNuts” nationwide.