How to open a gym business

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How to open a gym business
Starting a gym business can help people to get in shape (gym image by Mat Hayward from

Opening a gym business requires the owner to be in possession of exercise machines and the appropriate license by which to operate a gym business. Weight loss is a topic that is constantly on the mind of many people, and opening a gym business is one method in which those with a desire to help others can help people achieve their health and wellness goals. However, it is not as simple as just having an idea to start a gym and opening the gym the very next day.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Locate an appropriate structure in which to house your gymnasium. Look for a building which contains a floor that is level. Make sure that the gym has enough rooms in which to place exercise equipment, a sauna, and a playroom for children.

  2. 2

    Acquire the necessary licensure. Contact your state department of business to determine which license you will need to operate a gym in your specific location. Keep in mind that you can establish your business online by using a service such as so that you can collect membership fees in the name of the gym business that you select.

  3. 3

    Purchase gym equipment. Buy machines such as exercise bikes, rowing machines, weight machines, free weights, and punching bags for those with an affinity for boxing or martial arts. Ensure that you have the correct amount of equipment so that you will not have people waiting too long to use each type of equipment.

  4. 4

    Get the proper insurance. Having insurance to insure the actual structure and business entity is essential due to the litigious society in which we live. Remember that it is necessary to obtain insurance even if people who join your gym place sign a membership contract releasing the gym business from liability.

  5. 5

    Decide on the price of gym membership fees. Conduct a survey via phone of all the gyms in your local area. Determine that you will charge the members of your gym a lower price than your competitors so that you can gain a competitive advantage and earn the business of new members.

Tips and warnings

  • • Consult an attorney to help you draft the necessary documents to protect and structure your gym business.
  • • Be sure to have each gym member sign a form releasing you from liability in the event that they are injured while at your gym.

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