Gym Owners Share Your Story
- 10-03-2007, 08:36 PM
Gym Owners Share Your Story
Any gym owning entrepreneurs out there? If you dont mind, share your story.
-when did you open your gym
-is it yours or a franchise
-how old were you
-stumbling blocks along the way
-summary of the process involved
Just thought I'd throw this one out there. Please feel free to add in anything that I didn't list, That was just for some ideas. I'm curious as to what it takes these days to get your own private gym of the ground so to speak.
- 10-03-2007, 10:09 PM
- 10-03-2007, 11:49 PM
This is interesting, I might jump on this band wagon. BTW, I always thought it would be cool if I could go to a gym where they had paid spotters and hot chicks walking around the floor giving massages and protein drinks.
10-04-2007, 09:32 AM
10-04-2007, 10:45 AM
This sounds like a good idea on paper, but I don't believe it to pan out well in reality.
At my gym 95% of the individuals do not work out correctly, probably don't follow a decent diet, and probably just go there to say 'that they workout.' Furthermore, it is just a glorified gym with really expensive equipment and tons of it, where rich people who are not serious about fitness and gold digging bunnies go.
I've been to a couple of other gyms where there are more serious individuals, but I consistantly notice that there is usually 80-85% who are not.
Paid spotters/girls who hand out protein drinks would be great and a purely hardcore powerlifting/bodybuilding gym this would be excellent. The reality is that bodybuilding/powerlifting is a small community and the IFBB prize money is a good example of just how small it is.
Unfortunately there is not a large enough market/demand out there to create such a gym catering to the 5-15% of real dedicated bodybuilders/powerlifters out there.
Not trying to be a dlck or anything, just stating reality and the potential to make profit would not make this a good venture.
10-04-2007, 10:53 AM
You are absolutely right. I've been to big named gyms and a lot of the people there just "socially" workout. I've also been to dungeons where there are buckets next to power and squat racks. The latter obviously being the most desirable (for a lot of us), but most, if not all of them I've been to, have closed down due to few lifters in the area, thus meaning no money for upkeep.
Where it sounds like a cool idea (which don't get me wrong, it would be) you'd be better off opening up a bar.
10-04-2007, 11:03 AM
Yeah a bar is a sure money gainer. Or an alcohol store.
Resturants, supplement stores, gyms, all that crap and you are taking a gamble that your probably gonna lose on.
10-04-2007, 11:07 AM
My girlfriend's friend is majoring in exercise fitness. She wants to open up a gym designed specifically for pregnant women for exercising. There are several incredibly stupid notions with this idea:
1. How many women who are pregnant really feel like pushing themselves while they are pregnant ? You have a tremendous obesity problem in the US as it is, being pregnant will not help it.
2. Women are pregnant for 9 months. If you open a gym specifically for this, good luck hustling for new cliente all the time.
3. This falls within the 'gym' idea. It is just 'tarded.
It is a good thing that she is hot, b/c she still has a chance to be a hoe and marry some rich dude.
If she really wanted to make some $$$ she'd open up her own naughty website instead. It caters to losers who are willing to spend the cash to watch from their computer. Girls at strip clubs make good cash. Website internet girls probably even make more due to the anonymity the internet offers, not to mention convience. That'll make money for sure.
I don't want to tell her that she is basically wasting a lot of money trying to get a degree for a 'tarded career idea, but I feel guilty not saying it.
10-04-2007, 11:19 AM
10-04-2007, 11:40 AM
10-04-2007, 11:45 AM
10-04-2007, 12:18 PM
membership=money is correct. There are many successful gyms out there, yeah that's correct too.
My comment was towards the whole paid spotters/women handing out protein drinks.
I also state that most gyms you go to about 80-90% of the individuals are not too serious about fitness/nutrition/etc.
If owning/starting up a gym is your thing go ahead by all means, but that is a venture I'd never think about getting into. There are other surefire profitable ventures out there besides a gym, and yes, it is all about the money in the end.
10-04-2007, 12:20 PM
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