Fitness and recreational sports centers have the NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code of 713940. The NAICS definition of a fitness and recreational sports centers are establishments primarily engaged in operating fitness and recreational sports facilities featuring exercise and other active physical fitness conditioning or recreational sports activities, such as swimming, skating, or racquet sports.
Some of the types of businesses that are operated as a sports center are:
Aerobic Dance and Exercise Centers
Athletic Club Facilities, Physical Fitness
Body Building Studios, Physical Fitness
Dance Centers, Aerobic
Fitness Spas Without Accommodations
Handball Club Facilities
Health Club Facilities, Physical Fitness
Health Spas Without Accommodations, Physical Fitness
Health Studios, Physical Fitness
Ice Skating Rinks
Physical Fitness Centers
Physical Fitness Facilities
Physical Fitness Studios
Racquetball Club Facilities
Recreational Sports Club Facilities
Rinks, Ice or Roller Skating
Roller Skating Rinks
Spas Without Accommodations, Fitness
Sports Club Facilities, Physical Fitness
Squash Club Facilities
Strength Development Centers
Tennis Club Facilities
Weight Training Centers
Sports centers provide fitness facilities and training. Not only do the owners need to have a basic knowledge of physiology and technique, but they also need to know how to people and facilities.
Start-up costs can range from $50,000 to over $1,000,000, depending upon how you structure your business and how much equipment you are going to need. Most centers function in rented space which may or may not need remodelling. It is also purchase a franchise for many of these businesses. The upside of buying a franchise is that you will receive a lot of help in design and operation. The downside is that the franchise will be a high initial investment and there will most likely be restrictions on what you can do in your center.
The primary requirements to run this business are being physically fit yourself, knowledge of equipment and technique, and CPR training. A number of Professional Resources offer certification, which can offer an additional credibility to your business. Many states have relatively strict licensing requirements for such centers so be certain to check what your state requirements are in the licensing link below.
In addition to setting up a place to exercise, an exercise plan, and professional marketing materials about your business (business cards, flyers), you need to make certain you are covered by appropriate liability insurance and develop a health disclaimer that each client should sign. The health disclaimer should cover basic health conditions, physician and emergency information, and a waiver of liability should an accident occur.
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