Advice on opening a studio
I'm in the process of opening a cardio studio (Cycle | Group X | Yoga). Would appreciate advice from other studio owners. What makes your studio a success? What you would do differently? Best Sources for equipment? Flooring? That type of thing. Thanks
I recommend, that you have a clear idea of it should look like and how the cycle people co-exist with the Yoga (noise etc.)
One example is temperature. My preferred temperature for yoga is 74 degrees. If you plan to offer any form of 'hot' yoga it will need to be higher. If your room is colder some yoga enthusiasts will be turned off. If you are sharing the room with group ex and the classes are back to back the yoga temp. will be way too hot for the cardio classes.
There was a question a while back as to what you would have in your studio assuming you could have whatever you wanted. (http://www.ideafit.com/answers/what-would-the-ultimate-fitness-facility-... ) I did not reread my answer, but I do remember spending some time on it, so it might be helpful to you.
So far so good! We offer PT and group ex and formats are SPINNING, TRX, Kettlebell as well as other functional fitness tools. It's only one large room so scheduling was key- so far so good!
The lease was only 2 years and if all goes well we will need to expand at the end of it.
Dreams do come true. :)
1. Business Plan
2. Execute the plan
4. Hire sales people
5. Make sure you have some type of business software or metric of record keeping so you can keep track of your member information. That way you can use that knowledge to improve retention, acquisition and decrease attrition. If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me. Ill be happy to answer any of your questions.