Hi, I am looking to open a private training facility that is dedicated to independent trainers. I am doing research about independent trainers wants/needs/opinions. I basically want to get a feel for how much demand there is for my vision of a training facility.
The facility would be similar to strength and conditioning centers. I am still contemplating the size, but I would say around 1000 square feet. It would be equipped with racks (rogue yokes), barbells, iron, benches, rubber flooring, open space, Olympic dumbbells, various equipment for strength training, strongman, athletes, etc. It would be largely free-weight based. The payment structure I am contemplating is two separate monthly rates, a lower monthly rate for trainers training less than 15 sessions, and a higher monthly rate for 16+ sessions.
Onto the questions..
If you are currently renting space at a gym, what do you like, or dislike, about your current situation?
If you are a trainer searching for gym space to rent, what are you looking for in a training facility?
What do you believe is a fair price for rent, and do you like the idea of having two separate rates?
Would a gym with my equipment/setup be attractive and suit your needs? If not, what additions would you suggest? Keep in mind that the gym is more oriented for strength and conditioning.
Comments, criticisms, needs, advice, desires?
I recently started renting space at a gym.
I like that my clients don’t need a membership to train with me. This helps recruit new clients outside of the people who are already members because they don’t need to sign up for a membership on top of training.
I like that I am charged per session I train, rather than a flat monthly fee. I prefer this type of agreement because I don’t train a ton of clients at the gym (I do mostly in-home training) and this way I know I’m always making money from those sessions.
If there is one thing I dislike, it would be that the per session rate to train there is a bit higher than I was hoping for. It’s still worth it for me though because it has everything I was looking for exactly how I envisioned it.
I like the idea of having 2 separate rates so that you can appeal to trainers of different volume.
I think the equipment you presented would be great. In my opinion the biggest thing on your list is “open space.” That was one thing I was looking for when shopping around for a gym to train out of.
Hope this helps,