Starting a Gym

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Gyms provide people with access to a range of exercise and fitness equipment and organised classes in activities such as aerobics, Zumba and spinning. Some also provide personal training services, sports massage and similar treatments, and access to a sauna and steam room. Typical exercise equipment provided by a gym includes cross- and elliptical trainers, treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes, free weights and Swiss balls.

The fitness and exercise industry is not statutorily regulated in the UK (subject to exceptions for adventure activity providers). However, gym proprietors can demonstrate that their business meets standards covering staff training and qualifications, facility and equipment maintenance, health and safety, and customer service by becoming a member of a professional body such as ukactive. Individual instructors can also demonstrate professional competence by joining the Register of Exercise Professionals or the National Register of Personal Trainers.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a gym. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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