If you’re on the fence about building a fitness business or starting your own gym, we’re here to say: go for it!
Why not? When you’re passionate about health and fitness, and eager to make an impact on other people’s lives, it only makes sense to earn a living while doing it.
Lucky for you, the fitness industry is at an all-time high, with no reason to believe it’s going out of style anytime soon. That’s because there are always going to be people who want to eat better, look better, feel better, and be better. So, in no time at all, your small business could result in a ton of profit. In this post, you will find several business ideas to get you started.
1. Become a Physical Therapist or Nutritionist
Do you have to go to school before you open a business? No. If you’re ready to get started right now, you will be happy to know there are plenty of fitness careers that only require certifications.
However, if you are good at hitting the books, it’s never a bad idea to earn a bachelor’s degree or doctoral degree, in any health-related field. It would open the doors to many more fitness career possibilities like physical therapy, or nutrition.
With physical therapy, you can coach patients on how to manage or prevent injuries, like athletes. Or if you’re more interested in what goes into the body, you could become a nutritionist and help with meal plans, weight loss, and eating healthy. After all, only a small percentage of results comes from the actual working out. The rest of a client’s results depend on what type of fuel they are loading up on and if they are eating healthy or not.
What’s especially great about both of these professions is that they can find work anywhere. If you want to be a physical therapist or nutritionist in someone else’s gym, cool. If you want to be a physical therapist or nutritionist in your own gym, equally cool. You could start out anywhere and branch out to your own place of business as your experience grows.
2. Become a Personal Trainer
Personal training is another flexible career. Meaning, you have options of where you want to work also. The possibilities are endless. You could work at a gym, make house calls, set up pop-up events someplace and eventually take clients with you when you open your own space.
Because let’s face it, it’s tough to go at weight loss alone. It’s nice to have someone who can assist and encourage you in achieving your personal goals and help you stay the course. So from a client perspective, once you’ve found a personal trainer you’re comfortable with, you’re willing to follow them to the ends of the earth. Whatever it takes. That’s why personal training will always be a market with high potential.
3. Open a Specialty Gym
When opening a gym, you could make it a free for all, where anyone is welcome to come do their thing on the equipment. That’s always fun! But, if you are particularly skilled or knowledgeable in a certain fitness area you enjoy, hone in on it and transform it into your small business. Like CrossFit, powerlifting, yoga or dance.
4. Yoga Studio
People head to their yoga mats daily for many reasons. Not only does it improve overall flexibility and physical fitness, but it’s also a way to destress and clear the mind. And the better news is, this health trend isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. So, if you love yoga and want to help others work toward finding their own spiritual grounding, take steps toward getting your yoga license and becoming a yoga fitness instructor.
5. Dance Studio
Consider becoming a dance fitness instructor. Much like yoga, dance is here to stay. People can’t resist the urge to get up and move their bodies in a dance studio. Unlike running, dancing is the one kind of cardio that can do no wrong and there are many types to choose from. There’s Zumba, jazzercise, salsa, hip hop, ballroom dancing, and pole dancing.
Now that you have some business ideas to get you on your way to starting your own gym, think about your next steps, like creating a business plan and investing in gym management software. For more fitness industry tips, visit our blog often.