7 Signs You're Ready to Open Your Own Gym
Are you made to open and own your own gym? Find out here.
A fitness business owner wants to build an empire – they are the ones with drive, dedication and determination to provide and deliver a service that goes above and beyond.
So, how do you fit the profile?
1. You're interested in more than just your workout
Being a successful business manager means being wholeheartedly passionate, not just about the aesthetics of a business, but the entire industry. If you find yourself interested in creating, delivering, promoting and maintaining an entire fitness service (workouts and all), then it’s likely you have what it takes to be a successful Gym Owner.
2. You want to become a leader a leader in the fitness community
For you, being part of a fitness community isn’t enough. You desire to become a Fitness Leader – someone who goes beyond a daily routine of working out and eating right.
To become a Gym Owner, you need to have a burning desire to head a team of like-minded individuals who are dedicated to delivering the best results. If you know the direction you want to go, ensure you know how to effectively lead and manage a team to make a positive impact in the fitness community.
3. You know what you want in a gym
You love your local gym – but if you had the chance to change it, what would you do? Gym Owners have a clear idea in mind for the kind of products and services they want to deliver – it’s this clear vision that will be drawn upon for inspiration and progression in business development.
If you know what you want, and want to be the one to deliver it – what are you waiting for?
4. You are willing to put in 100% – and then some more
It takes more than just a few minutes of thought as you pound your kms out on the treadmill – running a fitness business is a full-on commitment.
Just like a good workout, you need to give 100%. You need to prepare yourself for longer hours, hard decisions and unexpected occurrences – this is your business, and it’s likely you’ll come across situations that need your immediate attention. You need to be the one in the driver’s seat.
If you’re willing to invest your time, money and effort into a business and industry that you’re passionate about, rest assured, you’ll get the results you want.
5. You make fitness a priority – and know more than just how to lift
As a Gym Owner, it’s a good idea to practice what you preach – which is why so many fitness business owners also have fitness qualifications. This not only adds to your credibility as a fitness provider but is a good projection of the personal values you hold as a business owner and personal trainer.
By studying a qualification like the Complete Personal Trainer, you not only become fully qualified to plan and deliver tailored exercise programs but are taught components of management for your own personal training business. The more you know, the more you can use to bring in (and retain) clients.
6. You are open to new ideas
If you value the advice and words of others and would prefer to build upon an idea rather than knock it down, you have an essential personality trait that will allow you to thrive as a business owner.
As important as it is to develop and achieve your ideas when running a business, you need to make sure you’re open to hearing what other people have to say, whether they are a business owner, a fellow fitness enthusiast, or even the client of a PT. You can never have enough information.
7. You know how you’d make your gym different - You have a gym business plan in mind
What do successful businesses all have in common? They were the first to deliver a product like no other. This is why having your fitness business plan is so important.
If you’re serious about becoming a Gym Owner, carve your niche by undertaking some market research – in other words, ask around. Everyone wants different things in a gym, and as much as your business should reflect you, it should also serve to fill the gap in the industry and provide services that other facilities may not.