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How to start your own gym

Fitness and health is an industry that has also converted into a massive global trend. With more and more people determined to stay fit and in good shape while maintaining their health at optimum levels. Opening a gym can be a great idea for an entrepreneurial venture. That said, you also have to keep a few factors in mind when you think about opening your own gym. For one thing, it is not something that will come easy or cheap and therefore you need to make sure that you take all the right steps to ensure that you are investing your hard earned money in the right way. So here is a brief but comprehensive guide from us to help you be a success at turning your passion for fitness into a career.

Think about the location of the gym

Location will most likely be a key factor within your business plan, since location is often critical to a gym’s survival. First and foremost, you’ll want to do a bit of market research about your anticipated client base. Figure out what key demographics will account for the bulk of your foot traffic, and figure out where a high concentration of those individuals can be found. Accessibility and convenience are important to most gym members. Try and find somewhere readily accessible by car, foot and public transport.

Meanwhile, you’ll need to be thinking about rent. Unless you have acquired some major financing, chances are you’ll need to rent space. This will vary from location to location, and has got to be factored into your initial operating expenses. You must also ensure that you’ve got written permission from your landlord or the building’s owners to make alterations or conduct building work. After all, you may need to alter the property layout in line with regulatory guidelines.

Get certified

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

The NCFE Certificate in Personal Training Level 3 allows you to obtain valuable skills in one of the fastest growing professions while at the same time making a real difference to your current or future clients health, wellbeing and confidence. This qualification will give you access to the Register of Access Professionals upon completing it. If you are already qualified in NCFE Level  2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing, you could take the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training to Personal Trainer Status. This allows you to change your membership status on the REPs to Personal Trainer.

The NCFE Certificate in Fitness Instructing Level 3 course will teach you to focus on supporting clients, principles of exercise, anatomy and physiology for exercise and applying the principles of nutrition to physical activity. Getting certified in this course will make you a recognised candidate, marketable in the fitness instructing sector, and open the door to gaining exciting employment opportunities in multiple roles.

Once you successfully complete the course in Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, you will gain an accredited qualification. You can use this certification to demonstrate your expertise in the fitness industry. You have a career pathway in sports, public services, and the travel sectors. Learners who complete this course can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. You could benefit from increased opportunities in the fitness industry.

  • As a Fitness Instructor, you could earn £13,000 to £20,000 per year.
  • Freelance Instructor can earn up to £20 per hour.

 Duties of a Fitness Instructor;

  • Fitness assessments, introduction sessions, and consultations for clients.
  • Demonstrating activities for clients.
  • Showing how to use exercise machines and free weights properly.
  • Ensuring clients are exercising safely and effectively.

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

The course in NCFE Fitness Training Level 2 will give you the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to gain an effective understanding of fitness instructions in the context of fitness-based exercises, water-based exercises, and music based exercises for adults as well as physical activity for children. This qualification will give you access to the Register of Access Professionals upon completing it. You can gain employment in the fitness industry, and the opportunity to enhance your status within the sector. The course will equip you with a fundamental understanding of set principles and values in the industry, team-building skills, reflective learning, positive attitude, self-discipline and the ability to explore various elements of fitness training.

The NCFE Fitness Training Level 2 course will teach you to focus on fitness instructing, planning sessions, working with groups and clients in specific locations. Getting certified in this course will make you a recognised candidate, marketable in the fitness instructing sector, and open the door to gaining exciting employment opportunities in multiple roles.

Once you successfully complete the course in Level 2 NCFE Fitness Training, you will gain an accredited qualification. You can use this certification to demonstrate your expertise in the fitness industry. You have a career pathway in sports, public services, and the travel sectors. Learners who complete this course can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. You could benefit from increased opportunities in the fitness industry. As a Fitness Instructor, you could earn £13,000 to £20,000 per year Freelance Instructor can earn up to £20 per hour.

Duties of a Fitness Instructor;

  • Fitness assessments, introduction sessions and consultations for clients
  • Demonstrating activities for clients
  • Showing how to use exercise machines and free weights properly

Ensuring clients are exercising safely and effectively

Get your gear sorted

You’ll definitely need to purchase basic free weight equipment for serious lifters. That includes bench presses, squat racks, dead lift mats, dumbbells and racks for curls and dips. You’ll also want to have cardio equipment like bikes, rowing machines and treadmills. For reference, you can track down a decent treadmill as well. But depending on your startup size, you may want to buy multiple machines. Isolation equipment like leg press, tricep extension and chest fly machines are also popular gym staples.

Don’t forget to think about classes, either. If you plan on leading (or hiring someone else to lead) Zumba or yoga classes, you’ll need studio space and communal equipment for these classes. It all adds up very quickly, but it’s all essential in order to ensure you have the equipment your members will expect.

So now that you know some of the fundamentals that you need to look into when starting your own gym, why not join Global Edulink to get your certifications and start on your venture? For more information contact [email protected]

February 7, 2020

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