Starting and managing your own fitness business can be an incredibly challenging endeavour. This is especially if you are doing it without help. Many would-be successful personal trainers fail purely as they are overwhelmed by their expectations of running a fitness business. There is a lot to consider. But don’t let that put you off! By knowing which areas of your business to pay constant attention to, with a little zeal you’ll make a success of your fitness business yet!
So, to help you along here are a few crucial areas that you should always keep an eye on if you want your fitness, coaching or personal training business to flourish.
The facility for your fitness business
Your facility should be the cornerstone of your fitness business. It is where you will conduct classes, meet with clients and administer your affairs. To this end, there are a few things to consider:
- Are you willing to rent a location or do you need the freedom of owning it?
- Do you need an indoor location, an outdoor one, or both?
- How easily can the fitness facility be equipped with what you need?
- Is it ideally located in terms of your target market?
The answers to these questions may well change as your fitness business transforms and grows. So when you consider the facility, be sure to keep your future plans in mind.
The availability, quality and diversity of the equipment you use will play a huge part in the functionality and reputation of your business. Because of this, it is essential to partner with a supplier who you can rely on to give you exactly what you need, whenever you need it.
Your fitness equipment should also be carefully maintained to reduce the risk of accidents or the need for replacements.While diversity is important, take care not to waste funds on things you are not planning on using. So be sure to only invest in equipment that is appropriate for the programmes you offer.
Specialists in the fitness equipment field have this to add:
“Once you know how much room your gym has for fitness equipment, you need to consider what kinds of equipment you are looking to provide in your gym. IHRSA research shows that, of total possible space for gym equipment in fitness-only gyms, the following amounts of space tend to be split up between strength, cardio, and group exercise: about 47% strength equipment, 33% cardio machines, and 20% group exercise.
“If you’re franchising, it’s likely that your gym company will give you specific rules on how much room you need to devote to cardio machines, strength training equipment (including both free weights and machines), and functional training or group exercise.”
You need to spend a lot of time and effort designing interesting, effective and appropriate workout programmes that will keep your current clients coming back. This is while attracting new ones. Obviously, safety is always a concern so you should carefully consider both the needs and abilities of your target audience. (Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Personal Training Certification will teach you all that you need to know about health and safety in a gym environment. To find out more about this course, follow this link.) Despite what you may have heard, when it comes to personal training, planning and administration is 70% of the work.
You could have the best facilities, equipment and programmes in the universe, but if nobody has ever heard about you, nobody will come. Any entrepreneurship course will tell you that marketing and selling is the single most important part of running a business. You’ll want to spend a lot of time, effort and money on reaching your target market.
If you are not all too marketing savvy, it would be well worth the time and money to outsource your efforts. However, even with the help of an agency, you should be as hands-on with advertising as you can possibly be. Contact Trifocus Fitness Academy today For more details on enrolling in an entrepreneurship course that is designed around running your own successful fitness business, contact Trifocus Fitness Academy or visit our website for further information.