Fifteen years ago, the fitness industry was in a far different place. Actually, it felt like a completely different world! Zumba, juicing, low carb diets, and barefoot running were thought of as the peak of health and fitness. Thankfully, times have changed!
In 2003, Snap Fitness was founded with the idea to develop efficient, convenient and affordable gyms that appealed to everyone from rural areas of the country to major cities. But it wasn’t just about location. We focused on creating welcoming environments for gym-enthusiasts and complete beginners alike. This bold idea caught on and in 2004, Snap Fitness began spreading their fitness concept across the nation and eventually across the globe.
Today we have grown to over 2,000 clubs open or under a development schedule around the world and boast over one million members. As we look back upon these 15 years, we can’t help but get excited for our future. That’s because things are looking brighter than ever for our members and franchisees.
Like most of our current franchise owners, entrepreneurs and fitness enthusiasts alike are drawn to the Snap Fitness franchise as a way to fulfill their dream of running their own businesses, without starting from scratch. That’s where our team at Snap Fitness can help. We provide opportunities and guidance for those looking to become a part of the fitness industry. And right now, it’s never been a better time to join.
Franchise Development Director, Ryan Kalinowski explains why becoming a Snap Fitness Franchise Owner is an appealing prospect. “You have an established business with a history of membership and financial performance. Buyers know what they are getting and have an opportunity to improve, or continue on with, an existing business without the initial start-up costs associated with a new location.”
When you join the Snap Fitness team and run your own franchise, you experience the benefits of our brand recognition, creative and effective marketing materials, and an experienced support and sales team. After graduating from Snap University, you’re not venturing forth on your own. We want to see you grow and thrive as a new business owner, and we will help provide continued guidance in this ever-changing field.
“We partner with you from the beginning, starting with the sales team,” Kalinowski said. “Our goal is to find the right buyer for the right opportunity. I stay in constant contact to make sure they have timely information and responses to their questions, which are plentiful.”
There’s no doubt about it, the fitness industry is an incredibly competitive one to be in. It seems that every year a brand new fad pops up, grabs the world’s attention, then quickly disappears (when’s the last time you watched a Tae Bo DVD? What year did you sell your Thighmaster at a garage sale?). Snap Fitness has not only survived through the years, but has grown to become one of the most well-respected and trusted brands in the business.
In order to become successful, we’re continually evolving to stay ahead of industry trends, while also providing unique, innovative workouts to inspire our members and keep them coming back. Featuring wearable technology for smarter exercise habits, personal trainers to provide expertise and encouragement, and dynamic workouts like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), we challenge and engage everyone who walks through our doors. Our gym owners take pride in their member’s personal fitness evolution.
In addition to helping people feel their best physically, we’ve grown to support mental health and nutrition initiatives to help our members feel better in their everyday lives. It’s a business and wellness philosophy we feel passionately about.
What’s helped make us successful is that each Snap Fitness gym is composed of a group of people looking to improve their own lives and the lives of others. Through our members, personnel, and gym owners, we strive to create a welcoming environment where people can support each other, create friendships, and reach their fitness goals. For many, Snap Fitness isn’t just a gym. It’s a community.
While we take a look back to celebrate the past 15 years, we also look closely to the future. It’s an exciting time to be involved. Snap Fitness continues to grow throughout the globe, and we’re just getting started. We’re incredibly proud of our members, employees, and franchise owners who have supported and grown with us over the years. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s been a great ride.
If you’re interested in running your own Snap Fitness gym, contact our team and let’s get started. Join us and see first-hand what the next 15 years has to offer.