Ever thut of starting a commercial gym?

Xfit

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I am just wonder what it takes to start one? and have anyone planning to?

As I am planning to start one small commercial gym..
 

luXy

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I guess it would really be quite a risky thing to do, given that Singapore is pretty saturated with gyms already.

But who knows? If u can find a prime spot, it may be successful..

U may also want to differentiate your gym by having a food bar or smth.. Selling health food, muscle food, protein shakes etc etc.
 

clan_NEt

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I think it would take plenty of time and commitment. But u can give it a shot if u are willing to take the risk :)
 

clan_NEt

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Private gyms have much more freedom than public gyms.

Eg clubfitt doesnt allow any dip belts.
 

Xfit

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I guess it would really be quite a risky thing to do, given that Singapore is pretty saturated with gyms already.

But who knows? If u can find a prime spot, it may be successful..

U may also want to differentiate your gym by having a food bar or smth.. Selling health food, muscle food, protein shakes etc etc.
Jessica! u nail it man. Thats my idea too! I found a prime spot(will share more when i get it) with a low rental, and selling protein shakes to boost the business income.

However, im thinking of not manning the gym with a gym assistant, to allow the gym to be open for 24hrs. Allowing them to visit the gym at OTOT. Using security cameras and electronic entry system.

This bring up one issue, is gym assistant necessary?
 

luXy

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If there is no assistant to man the gym, who will be there to account for problems? Eg someone injures himself while working out alone (since it's gonna be 24/7)
 

thecakeisalie

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I believe private gyms are not meant to have gym instructors. Like any condo gym, they are usually quite small and everyone is responsible for themselves.
 

PWiD

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I haven't read any of the above posts (oops), but if you're intending to start one, count me in :) But I hope your commercial gym doesn't ban old school lifting ): Me no love whiny old instructors!

E.G. : West gym at west coast recreational centre. now THAT's a real gym i'd like, as much as we know that it won't earn as much because it's kinda ulu. Another gym i know of and was interested in was Coach Jon's Genesis facility, where functional strength is the name of their game!

Edit : Just so you know, gyms in Singapore don't earn a lot. In fact, some of them even face deficit problems, except the power players like Cali and Fitness First.
 

xzibit

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Maybe u can import quality bodybuilding/fitness bookslike Starting Strength and sell them in the gym. The Market for such books may not be large and major bookstores do not really stocks quality indepth bodybuilding stuff.
 

Xfit

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Maybe u can import quality bodybuilding/fitness bookslike Starting Strength and sell them in the gym. The Market for such books may not be large and major bookstores do not really stocks quality indepth bodybuilding stuff.
Hmmm... i believe its bad.. as you say demand is not there.. i might end up with many copies of them.. And but with the internet, online shopping for books and magazine is very easy and might be even cheaper.
 

PWiD

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The fact is that Singapore's sports industry in itself is young and very much undeveloped. Unlike most western nations and states where fitness/weightlifting has become so much so an essential part of life as compared to us doing it for leisurely/short-term purposes. The cultural differences have made it so that it's difficult for anyone in Singapore to appreciate the simple things like Starting Strength. I mean, which youngster actually walks into a book shop and spends money to buy stuff like that when they could spend it when they're out with their friends?
 

Xfit

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Adding on to that, is the rise of technology, for instance, this forum. information can be found online and its always available..
 

PWiD

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Yeah that's extremely true. Other than their absolute physical value and timeless knowledge, books have become seemingly obsolete when all a dude needs to do is google search what he wants to know. Only problem is, most people are too lazy to do that. lol.
 

Xfit

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can we do a poll here.. Really need all your opinion. =)

Do you think a gym assistance is important? without it will you still use their facility?

And who uses the gym after 12?
 

sinful

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Sry can you explain more whats that for? hahahah I really have no idea what it is.

I think he is referring to something like a "wooden platform" used for deadlifts. Those that are installed to protect your gym flooring.

Speaking about deadlifts, I would like to add that chalk should be allowed in a private gym :)
 

msnangersme

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u need to have standard sized weights! 5,10,15kg weights shd follow the standard 20kg size.

tis provide gd height for people doing lighter deadlifts.. or for warm up sets.