I would not call the fitness industry ‘inherently unpredictable’ but I have been in a situation where I received late final closing notice of a gym where I had been training all my clients. I had been aware that this was a possibility but knew that the owner was trying to negotiate better leasing terms.
In my case, the gym membership had been transferred by a large national chain, and they gave me initially permission to train my clients there as an independent contractor as I had been in the old facility.
About two months into that arrangement, a rather slick looking guy asked for an interview, told me that the gym would not longer allow independent contractors and gave me an “employment opportunity”. I had already smelled that rat and was at least prepared.
Fortunately for me, I was able to open a studio within weeks of that occurrence. I have to praise Bowflex who made one of their models available to me within days. And an even greater praise to my clients, all of which stayed with me as I transitioned the space into the studio that I have now.
It was really scary when it happened. In the long term, they did me a favor in kicking me in the right direction, and it was a story with a very happy ending.