Choosing a franchisor can be overwhelming. Are you prepared to take this next step? Are you setting yourself up for success in the long run or are you cutting corners to make it easier for you now?
“A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool that helps a business owner identify his/her strengths and weaknesses, as well as any opportunities and threats that may exist in a specific business situation.”
When choosing a franchisor, it is important to remember that you are essentially making one of the most important decisions of your life and your career. This decision should be made after careful due diligence and consideration, and only with the utmost confidence that you are making the right decision for you and your future.
One of the most challenging things in life is feeling yourself slipping into a rut and simultaneously not being able to do much about it. You may feel like you need to change your habits or routine in order to negate the change you feel happening right before your eyes.
One of the most common things that we hear from people who are interested in opening their own F45 Training studios is that they are afraid to fail.
If we’ve learned anything over the past few decades, it’s that things will always go in and out of style. Remember those M.C. Hammer pants that were widely popular in the 80’s? Yep—they made a comeback not too long ago. Mom jeans? They’re back with a vengeance.
If you are a personal trainer, you likely know about the everyday grind of trying to make a name for yourself in the business. Personal trainers are some of the most hardworking individuals, as they constantly hustle to make sure their clients are satisfied and that they are doing everything they can to change lives every day.
Corporate social responsibility is best defined as actions within an organization that ‘aim to contribute to societal goals of a philanthropic, activist, or charitable nature by engaging in or supporting volunteering or ethically-oriented practices.’
Ahh, Sunday. A day that has traditionally been spent hanging out with friends or family, making plans for the week, or getting the house in order before the workweek.
Education vs. experience: an age-old debate that has been going on for years. Some people side with education, stating that the things they have learned in school cannot be taught in the real world, while others are on team experience because according to them, there’s nothing quite like learning on your feet.
November 2nd, 2020 was the day the doors to Studio 217 opened, an F45 Training studio conveniently located on the second floor of the Charles J. Ping Recreation Center at Ohio University Well-Being & Recreation.
F45 Training is proud to announce that we have been ranked #8 on Entrepreneur’s 2021 list of Fastest-Growing Franchises!
One of the most important aspects of life in general is building and cultivating relationships with the people around you. Outside of business, healthy relationships can truly make or break the way you are perceived by others, your general attitude, and the trajectory of your days.
We’re always striving to be better versions of ourselves. Whether it’s as a significant other, friend, family member, or business partner, we want to be the best we can be.
As we emerge on the other side of this pandemic that has swept the world since March 2020, people will start to shake off the dust from their old habits and get back into life as they once knew it. People will see long-lost friends and family, travel and even get back into investing or pursuing the career of their dreams.
How many times have you heard the saying “Do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life”? It seems like one of those cheesy old sayings that most people roll their eyes at, because who can possibly feel like they aren’t working when that’s what we do for a minimum of 9 hours a day? It seems crazy to think that there are people out there who are enjoying their jobs so much, it doesn’t feel like work, right?!
According to Forbes, “Pride and ego, especially if you compare yourself to your peers, can get in the way of greatness because you may not be at the same level, and you shouldn't be. Your move is slow burning but ultimately will produce fire. - Martin Ekechukwu, WHTWRKS Inc.”
As the owner of a fitness business, it is up to you to ensure that you are meeting the needs of your customers and clients. You may choose to hire individuals who specialize in selling memberships to people who need them, or you may choose to take that into your own hands. Either way, it’s important to remember that you are not just selling a product—you are selling an investment in your customers' health and wellbeing.
So, you’re interested in becoming a business owner, but don’t quite know if you have what it takes. Or perhaps you already are a business owner and you’re looking to brush up on your skills to ensure you’re doing everything you can to be successful.
As an entrepreneur, you likely are always looking for ways to improve your productivity and chances of success. It’s only natural to want to do everything possible to ensure that you are being the best version of yourself possible, especially when your business & livelihood depend on it.
It's a given that things in life are ever-changing. Hardly anything, if anything, stays the same, and change is an inevitable part of life. Much like everything else that happens in life, change can be hard and uncomfortable for some people.
When clients or customers come into your fitness studio, there are two main places that leave a first impression on them.
Setting goals is an important part of being a successful business owner. A list of attainable goals can be the driving force in motivation for entrepreneurs to go above and beyond when it comes to their business. But what makes a goal worthwhile and how do you know when you’re setting the right goals? While it’s ultimately up to you what you put on your list of goals, we have a few tricks that may help you set realistic, attainable goals for your business.
Our motto here at F45 is ‘Team Training, Life Changing.’ We take this motto very seriously, as it is the foundation of our whole company. This is more than just a saying—it gives our day-to-day work purpose and fuels our fire to strive to be the best in the business.
"In order to get ripped, you have to lift weights—and lift heavy." This statement has been ingrained in a lot of people's minds as the only way to get shredded and build muscles that everyone will be envious of.
All F45 franchise owners have their own stories to tell. Our F45 family has a diverse group of people that come from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Today, we are pleased to feature Gavin McConnon, a multi-studio owner in Ireland.
Quality control: noun, a system of maintaining standards in manufactured products by testing a sample of the output against the specification.
The fitness industry is no stranger to 'buzzwords,' or phrases that seem to turn into trends. Some trends stick around for a few months, but then disappear into the background as quickly as they appeared. Other buzzwords, however, withstand the test of time and end up being a long-term, popular sector of the business rather than a temporary craze.
F45 Training has jumped up 27 spots on Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 List, securing the #41 ranking. This comes on the heels of a year that pushed the fitness industry in ways that were unheard of up until recently.
The best way to have a bright future is to learn from the past. 2020 taught the fitness industry a lot, but the biggest thing it taught us is that we are resilient. This industry has been knocked down before, but it’s how to look towards the future that sets us apart from other markets and sectors of business.
Ah—the end of a long work day as the owner of your own business. You may have enough time to cook dinner, visit with your family, or maybe you simply can only muster enough energy to shower and get yourself in bed at a decent hour. You do your best not to think about the tasks you have to do tomorrow or if you remembered to do everything on your to-do list today. You just want to relax and unwind.
A jarring and sobering statistic coming out of CNN Business: “Women ended 2020 with 5.4 million fewer jobs than they had in February, before the pandemic began. Meanwhile, men lost 4.4 million jobs over that same time period.” Moreover, in the month of December, women in the United States seemingly accounted for 156,000 jobs lost, whereas men actually gained 16,000 jobs throughout the month.
Most, if not all, people have experienced setting goals that they ultimately failed to follow through with in the end. Whether the particular goal focuses on training, nutrition, or self-care, it can be difficult to stick to and deflating to surrender to the idea of failure.
Clock in. Clock out. Repeat. After a while, the life of a business owner can seem monotonous. You may find yourself doing the same things every single day, seemingly to achieve the same results. You do what you can with the hours you are given in a day, but it just doesn’t seem like enough sometimes. Soon, you will ask yourself if you are being productive with your time and energy, or if you could improve in that area.
If you spend any significant time working in health and fitness, you start to notice certain themes and behaviors that tend to repeat themselves. For one, you know January is usually a time when fitness and health club memberships spike and people decide to finally start their fitness routine back up. Fast forward a few months, though, and many people's habits have fallen away as they get back into work and family routines.
As a business owner, it is often said that you should represent your brand and company on a daily basis. It’s likely been ingrained into you that you should be constantly spreading the word about your amazing products and the things you can offer your customers. While we believe that this approach can be useful in some ways, we feel there’s another approach that can bring a human aspect to your business—what you are offering your customers is more than a product; it’s a solution to a problem they want to solve.
There’s no doubt about it: being a manager is hard work. Being a great manager takes a lot of consistent practice, dedication, and energy that are ultimately put towards cultivating a great employee experience. Managers have to be bold, upbeat and authoritative in order to differentiate themselves from the rest.
The holiday season can be hectic and chaotic, to say the least. People often ditch their daily routines in order to ensure they have enough time to see family (virtually or safely in person), purchase gifts, and get prepared for whatever holiday celebration they have.
2020 has been one for the record books. Around the world, businesses were forced to pivot or be swept up in the chaos that was the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, it was out of their hands. For others, the choice they made to swiftly respond to the current situation allowed them to grow and push themselves, and their companies, to new boundaries.
When people are scouting out new gyms, they will often look at social media or websites to learn more about the facilities. Information that potential gym-goers seek out includes: what the environment feels like, what the gym offers, and how much their services cost.
UAB Collat School of Business stated it perfectly: some managers or leaders find it difficult to manage properly, without overexerting their powers or becoming overbearing. Oftentimes, managers forget that a large part of their job is to provide the tools and techniques their employees need in order to do their job effectively and efficiently. Rather than build up their employees' skills and motivate them to do well, they end up pushing them away because of overbearing tendencies that manifest through micromanagement, negative or toxic attitudes, and an unhealthy dread for work.
Did you know that experts believe the longer you sit throughout your workday, the less the productive you become? It’s true! The more stagnant you are, the more you will find yourself feeling tired, restless, distracted, and generally unmotivated to do your work. It’s not a matter of opinion, it’s science!
Is your job exhausting?
Do you clock out every day already dreading returning to work the next?
If you answered yes, you may be starting to think about quitting your job and finding something that is more suitable for you. Although that may be the right decision for you in the long run, it is one that will likely not be made lightly, as it is a huge life change. You may find yourself asking if you are doing the right thing or if you even have a legitimate reason to quit your job.
2020 has been quite the year for fitness studio owners. Their resiliency has been tested, their passion for helping others has been pushed to the limit, and they have had to rise above the unfathomable. Despite the challenges that this year has thrown at our industry, we have collectively come out on the other side of this predicament stronger than ever, and now the data shows that we have reason to believe the fitness industry will continue to thrive and prosper, long after this pandemic ends.
Thanksgiving: a day full of celebration, time spent with loved ones, and copious amounts of delicious food. Traditionally, people get together around a dinner table to share a meal and reflect on what they are thankful for. While we may not all be celebrating in person this year, we can still celebrate everything that we have in our lives and remember to give thanks for our health and happiness.
This year has been one for the books. We have been stretched to our limits, both as individuals and as members of a franchise community. Throughout 2020, we have been forced to adapt, grow and push ourselves farther and harder than we ever thought possible. However, through the chaos came beauty, which reminded us of why we are a part of this amazing community of franchisees.
College students are traditionally notorious for struggling to balance academics, social life, healthy habits, extracurriculars, and happiness. To their parents or guardians, priorities are simple: get good grades and obtain your degree! For students, however, it's more than that—it's establishing a social life, enjoying their newfound freedom, and keeping their sanity along the way.
One of the best parts of owning your own fitness studio is meeting the new faces that come through your doors on a daily basis. As Mindbody says, “everybody who comes through your studio’s front door is an opportunity.’ While this may be true, some people are simply looking to drop in for a one-time class, whereas others are seeking a long-term commitment to a studio they can frequent on a regular basis.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges a new gym-goer experiences is the type of exercise that he or she should be investing in. There are so many options available to consumers these days that it can be overwhelming and difficult to find what works for each individual.