I am considering opening a fitness facility that caters strictly to group exercise instructors. Rather than structuring the facility as a club, my thought is to rent professional exercise space and equipment to instructors on flat rate basis. I am thinking that this sort of arrangement could be advantageous to instructors as long as rental rates could be kept affordable. I am trying to run various issues out with this approach, but am curious whether this sort of studio-for-rent model is prevalent anywhere. I live in a very fitness conscious area and am not aware of any facilities using this sort of model. Is this something that has been tried and abandoned as unworkable already? What problems do you see with this sort of approach?
I think the session idea is great. It can be hard to share time equally and you do not want one person getting more time than another.
Also, consider giving some of the off peak time slots to training instructors to build their confidence. For example, a 1PM slot to someone who is training in Body Pump but needs a few more classes to feel confident. That way you are helping them and it shows you offering more classes.