Starting Strength Gym Ownership
Starting Strength Gyms: The Concept
Starting Strength Gyms is changing that. When your aunt is advised by her GP that she needs to get stronger, there is now a place for her to accomplish that goal. When your brother decides that it's time to get back in shape, that "shape" doesn't have to be thin and lean, instead it can be big and strong - which will do more to improve his life than just making him look better.
The gyms accomplish this by providing every member with coaching from an experienced, educated, intelligent coach that's a subject matter expert on the topic of applying the Starting Strength model to anyone. Every member of the gym gets guidance on which exercises to perform, how to perform them, when, with what weight, how many reps, and how many sets - all specific to the trainee's current level of training advancement.
The result? Every member that shows up for training gets measurably stronger. There is no other fitness franchise in the United States that can say the same.
Starting Strength is in Demand
Number of hits in 2020 to startingstrength.com
21 FRANCHISE GYMS
Purchased to date
70 U.S. CITIES
With 5,000+ hits to the website annually
Strength training books sold
Current Gym Locations
Starting Strength Austin
Opened April 15, 2019
Starting Strength Dallas
Opened July 1, 2019
Starting Strength Houston
Opened August 19, 2019
Starting Strength Denver
Opened January 4, 2020
Upcoming Gym Locations
Starting Strength Boston
Opening April 26, 2021
Starting Strength Boise
Opening May 24, 2021
Starting Strength Chicago
Starting Strength Cincinnati
Starting Strength Hillsboro
Starting Strength Katy
Starting Strength Los Angeles
Starting Strength Memphis
Starting Strength Oklahoma City
Opening May 3, 2021
Starting Strength Plano
Starting Strength San Antonio
Starting Strength Vancouver
Interested in coaching at a gym? Learn more here.
Support and Resources for Franchise Owners
“Everyone on the franchise team is dedicated to making my gym as successful as possible. Their level of support from technology, to marketing, to operations is top notch.” -Arthur Frontczak, Boston
"As a new business owner the support from the franchise team has been invaluable. They are there every step of the way.” -Brent Carter, Dallas
REAL ESTATE SELECTION
We combine web traffic data from startingstrength.com with local market data mapped to our target demographic to determine where potential trainees live and work in your city.
We have partners for equipment lending (not personally collateralized), personal lending, and SBA Express loans.
Our build-out guide is maniacally detailed to ensure that every gym adheres to strict standards of performance, quality, and aesthetics. Our build-out team will guide you, or your project manager, through the process.
CUSTOM EQUIPMENT AND FURNITURE
The barbells, power racks, platforms, plate trees, deadlift jacks, flat benches, barbell holders, and weightlifting belts were all designed by the creator of Starting Strength, Mark Rippetoe. Our gym furniture was custom designed for the gyms to match the wood and steel equipment.
HIRING AND DEVELOPING COACHES
Coaching jobs are posted on startingstrength.com. There is a backlog of coaches that want to coach at Starting Strength Gyms, including those that are willing to relocate.
Starting Strength offers coach development camps, weekend seminars, and an online coach prep course to help supplement your staff's education.
PRE-SALE AND GRAND OPENING
Geo-targeted ads are setup at startingstrength.com and on the Starting Strength forums to inform local Starting Strength fans that a gym is opening in their area. Prospective members see the ad, go to the website, and sign up with our custom pre-sale software.
Each trainee gets access to our digital logbook app that is custom designed for Starting Strength Gyms. The 65" flat screens in the gym's lobby display logbook data for each trainee in the current and upcoming group training session. The TVs also display gym-wide and franchise-wide PRs.
Our 100+ page gym operations manual, gymOS, is a detailed guide that helps franchise owners run every aspect of their business as effectively as possible, with the best software tools available for small business management.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a Starting Strength Coach to own a Starting Strength Gym?
No, but each Starting Strength Gym must employ at least one SSC. We strongly recommend that the gym owner is not the Head Coach. Owning and operating a gym is a 30+ hour per week job. The Head Coach position is also a 30+ hour a week job. It's best to split these responsibilities. Interested in becoming a coach? Fill out our form.
Can I open in a Starting Strength Gym in non-US market?
No, for the foreseeable future we will be focusing on US expansion.
Do I need to have experience in the gym business to open a gym?
No, but you must be experienced in business operations of some kind.
How much is the franchise fee and the royalty?
The franchise fee is $39,950 for a 7-10 platform gym, or $29,950 for a 4-6 platform gym. The royalty is 8% of gross revenue in addition to a 2% national ad fee that we use to promote the Starting Strength brand nationally.
Can I purchase a city or a region to develop?
Yes, we have Area Developer Agreements that offer protected territories and discounted franchise fees.
How long does it take to open a gym?
The time from Franchise Agreement execution to gym opening typically takes between six and nine months.
How do I inquire about opening a gym or purchasing a region?
Scroll to the bottom of the page and submit your information.
LEARN ABOUT OUR CUTURE
Read about our values to ensure that they align with your own.
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REVIEW OUR FDD
Read our Franchise Disclosure Document to fully understand the business
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