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2020 Franchise Forecast

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Franchising can be a great opportunity for a fitness professional to own their own business or expand their portfolio. The industry is currently ripe with opportunities, ranging from big-box clubs to niche concepts. Here, use our 2020 Franchise Forecast for a list of established and up-and-coming franchise opportunities available in the industry. 


Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is a specialized fitness franchise that brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full-body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself. Today, there are nearly 800 9Round locations open and operating throughout 42 states. For more information, please visit 9round.com.

The Details

  • Year founded: 2008
  • Number of locations: 796 across 20 countries 
  • Net-worth requirement: $150,000
  • Liquid cash requirement: $30,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: The greater of 6% net sales or $800/month

Contact: 623.322.8769 — ff.mathews@9round.com — 9round.com/fitness-franchises

Anytime Fitness

For 12 consecutive years, Anytime Fitness has been the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with more than 4,800 gyms now serving 4 million members in 35 countries on all seven continents. All franchised gyms are individually owned and operated. Join one gym and use them all. 

The Details

  • Year founded: 2002
  • Number of locations: 4,800
  • Initial investment: $114,950-$677,800
  • Net-worth requirement: $300,000
  • Liquid cash requirement: $100,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $42,500
  • Ongoing royalty fee: $699/month

Contact: 800.704.5004 — anytimefitnessfranchise.com — info@anytimefitness.com

Blink Fitness

Blink is challenging conventional fitness stereotypes through its revolutionary philosophy of Mood Above Muscle — celebrating how exercise makes you feel versus how it makes you look. Blink is the first gym to showcase body diversity and engage people who have been disenfranchised by the clichéd advertising images that feature unrealistic and unattainable bodies. Blink Fitness — a premium and affordable fitness brand — celebrates the positive feelings exercise elicits, along with the physical benefits. Blink has 140 locations open or in development throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts and Texas. 

The Details

  • Year founded: 2011
  • Number of locations: 100
  • Initial investment: $606,800-$2,119,288
  • Net-worth requirement: $2,000,000
  • Liquid cash requirement: $500,000 for first gym, $300,000 per each additional gym
  • Initial franchise fee: $10,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 5%

Contact: franchiseinfo@blinkfitness.com — blinkfranchising.com

Crunch Fitness

Crunch is one of the most recognized brands in fitness, supported by its iconic logo, vibrant club design, overall personality and progressive marketing. Its turnkey model combines value pricing with the weights, machines and cardio consumers seek, plus Crunch’s proprietary personal training, unparalleled group fitness and innovative HIIT group training.

The Details

  • Year founded: 1989
  • Number of locations: 300-plus
  • Initial investment: $304,500-$2,129,500
  • Net-worth requirement: $2 million minimum combined net worth of all partners
  • Liquid cash requirement: $400,000 minimum combined liquid assets of all partners
  • Initial franchise fee: $25,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 5% of monthly gross sales
  • Brand marketing fund contribution: 2% of monthly gross sales

Contact: john@crunchfranchise.com — crunch.com/franchise

Delta Life Fitness

Delta Life Fitness is the only boutique fitness franchise that serves women, conducts 30-minute workouts and provides childcare to its patrons. It is also listed on the SBA Franchise Registry and has SBA loans available for qualified candidates. 

The Details

  • Year founded: 2009
  • Number of locations: 68
  • Initial investment: $245,400-$454,350
  • Net-worth requirement: $150,000
  • Liquid cash requirement: $85,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $49,500
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 6%

Contact: 409.651.0010 — deltalifefranchising.com — josh@deltalifefitness.com

Gold’s Gym 

Gold’s Gym has been the world’s trusted fitness authority since 1965. From its beginnings as a small gym in Venice, California, Gold’s Gym has grown into a global icon with 700-plus locations serving 3 million people across six continents each day. Featuring personalized transformation plans, state-of-the-art equipment, certified personal trainers and a supportive environment, Gold’s Gym delivers a dynamic fitness experience.

The Details

  • Year founded: 1965
  • Number of locations: 700-plus across 29 countries
  • Net-worth requirement: $1 million
  • Liquid cash requirement: $400,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $40,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 5%

Contact: 214.296.5860 x 25860 — jbgraves@goldsgym.comfranchising.goldsgym.com

Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness has transformed into one of the world’s top fitness franchises. The brand’s ongoing success has reinforced its position as a leader in the franchise fitness segment, with the company on track to reach a goal of operating 2,500 studios and serving 2.5 million members worldwide within the next five years. 

The Details

  • Year founded: 2010
  • Number of locations: 1,300-plus in 50 states and 22 countries
  • Initial investment: $563,529-$999,121
  • Net-worth requirement: $500,000
  • Liquid cash requirement: $150,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $54,950-$59,950
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 8% 

Contact: mmettler@orangetheoryfitness.com — otffranchise.com

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. by number of members and locations. Its mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which it calls the Judgement Free Zone.

The Details

  • Year founded: 1992
  • Number of locations: 1,646
  • Initial investment: $1,084,600-$4,178,000
  • Net-worth requirement: $3 million
  • Liquid cash requirement: $1.5 million *some stipulations apply
  • Initial franchise fee: $20,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 7%

Contact: franchising@planetfitness.com — planetfitness.com


UFC GYM is a community for all levels and ages to experience the benefits of fitness, revolutionizing the world to “Train Different.” With locations around the world, the brand continues to grow its presence with the best coaches and classes in the industry. With UFC GYM CORE, Signature and the new CLASS UFC GYM model, UFC GYM has options to fit all types of fitness-minded franchisees.

The Details

  • Year founded: 2009
  • Number of locations: 875 open or under development
  • Initial investment: Item 7 in FDD
  • Net-worth requirement: $250,000-$1,500,000
  • Liquid cash requirement: $100,000-$500,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $30,000-$50,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 4-6%

Contact: monica.perales@ufcgym.com — ufcgymfranchise.com


Atlanta-based WORKOUT ANYTIME is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week fitness concept. Founded by fitness veterans John Quattrocchi and Steve Strickland, the company was formed to provide members with first-class fitness facilities at a value price, while delivering a profitable and affordable business model to franchisees. 

The Details

  • Year founded: 1999
  • Number of locations: 165
  • Initial investment: $562,850-$1,008,550
  • Net-worth requirement: $500,000
  • Liquid cash requirement: $175,000
  • Initial franchise fee: $35,000
  • Ongoing royalty fee: 4%-plus

Contact: terri.haroff@workoutanytime.com — workoutanytimefranchise.com

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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