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?
the challenge I see is that many group classes use some equipment. That’s easy for an instructor if it’s just bands but anything larger presents a problem. Even classes usually thought of as no equipment such as yoga and Pilates need a few things. Some of those, the students will bring themselves (such as mats) but an instructor would need to carry an awful lot of stuff. Classes with balls would be all but out of the picture.
And if you provide storage space, you’d run into the problem of guarding it.
My thoughts …..