Fitness Franchise Opportunities

A fitness franchise could shape up to be the way for you to attain professional success. But just like losing weight, being a successful fitness franchisee doesn’t happen overnight.

The good news is that companies with a track record of success are letting franchise in on a (business) workout routine that creates lean, mean ventures. Gyms with franchise opportunities are as unique as the health clubs’ members and users, which range from first-time gym-goers to hardcore body builders.

Fitness franchises are contributing to a $25.3 billion health, gym and fitness club industry that is only expected to grow, according to IBISWorld, which researches the industry. Individuals and families are willing to invest in gyms, with an increase in memberships to more than 43.6 million, according to 2012 data from IBISWorld, and memberships are expected to hit 48.3 million in the next five years. Youth and baby boomer memberships are expected to fuel the growth.

Companies that have sculpted a profitable business include Anytime Fitness, which has 1,750 clubs in North America and is No. 6 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2013. Anytime Fitness’ 24-hour neighborhood gyms are popping up more often, attracting individuals seeking a convenient time and place to work out. Anytime Fitness’ online efforts, which allow people to track goals, plan meals and even get personal training assistance, also are paying off, according to Entrepreneur’s rankings.

But Anytime Fitness isn’t the only operation trying to bench press a profit. Jazzercise (No. 27 on Entrepreneur’s list), LA Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Curves and Bally Total Fitness remain popular fitness in U.S. cities and towns.

The mega gyms with all-inclusive settings are getting some strong competition from smaller-budget facilities with fewer amenities, according to ISIBWorld. Club such as Planet Fitness, Victory MMA and Fitness, and Retro Fitness, which are expanding through franchises and standing out with niches in the market. Boot camps, boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts clubs, and children’s gyms also are adding bulk to the opportunities for fitness franchisees.

Snap Fitness also is coming on strong, finding its spot at No. 35 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, giving fast-food chains, hair salons, and cleaning services a run for their money. Snap Fitness, which has more than 40 clubs open, also offers 24-7 access to the gyms, showing the appeal of fast and convenient workouts.

Also emerging are direct selling fitness-related opportunities, including the increasingly-popular Shakeology and Isagenix, which provide nutritional shakes and supplements to fuel weight loss and wellness.

Becoming a fitness franchisee can open the doors to helping health-conscious individuals stay fit and experiencing financial health on your own.