How to Open a Gym

Written by pamela gardapee
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To open a gym you need to have the proper licenses and equipment. Gyms that offer memberships often have many members to sustain the business. The gym can consist of many different types of equipment and rooms for different indoor sports. There are many other factors involved, but this guide will help you to learn the basics of how to open a gym.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Gym equipment
  • Large building
  • Licenses
  • Membership forms

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  1. 1

    Obtain a large building that needs little to no work. The gym needs to have a good level floor. If the gym will have indoor sports, more rooms might be needed. The building should be large enough so that the gym equipment fits comfortable and is not bunched together.

  2. 2

    Obtain the license to operate the gym. Most communities will require an operation license. If you will be charging money for joining the gym or entering the gym, you will need a Federal Identification Number and a state ID number.

  3. 3

    Buy the equipment that will be available to gym members. This might include treadmills, rolling machines and other exercise equipment. Have enough equipment so that any number of people can use the gym at the same time.

  4. 4

    Obtain adequate insurance to cover the building and the business from lawsuits if someone would get injured. The insurance is required even if you have members sign a form stating you are not liable for injury.

  5. 5

    Set up a membership program. This will be for monthly or yearly members. Obtain a legal form from a lawyer that members will sign stating you are not liable for any injury. The forms will need to be signed by anyone using the gym equipment or the building. Membership fees should be set up and daily fees should be decided.

Tips and warnings

  • Make scheduled hours for operation that fits the needs of the members.
  • Showers or dressing rooms are a good idea in a gym.
  • No one should be allowed to use the gym without signing the release from injury form.

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