A Fitness Related Business Idea

After thinking about the health clubs and their drawbacks, I came up with a business idea that I believe would solve the dilemma that I and many others may have. It’s the perfect business for the fitness oriented person who wants to help others help themselves.

My idea involves a private gym which affords the luxury of space, equipment usage, and individual workouts.

What does it entail? Renting out a private gym for a client’s workout. The user would need to make an appointment, thereby having the luxury of an individualized workout without all the clutter of mass-produced gyms. And, no, I’m not talking about having a personal trainer with one all the time. (Nothing against personal trainers intended.)

The business owner would be able to purchase exercise equipment and get a tax write off for it. There also would be tax write-offs for home usage (if needed). Or, if space is rented out, there’s a tax benefit for that.

One always hears about home businesses and the benefits they entail. Why not a private gym? Any room with a separate entrance from the rest of the house would be a great location for this.

The space could be rented out per hour or per month, depending. The only drawback I can see is the fact the owner would have to have a main interest in helping others gain fitness and not make major greenbacks in return. “Charge a reasonable rate” would be part of the mission statement. Perhaps a non-profit designation could be obtained.

I’m picturing a physical therapy type room but without all the doctors’ approvals and health insurance hoopla. Just a couple pieces of heavy equipment (I.e. Treadmill, exercise bike, leg extender, shoulder/arm), exercise balls, and mats. And, there needs to be room to move around in. Nothing fancy. Just plain and simple. No stereo system is required. Nor are any televisions with headsets. (Every time I see those in a professional gym I think to myself “get real”.) If the individual wants to bring their own private headset with music (it used to be called a Walkman…yes, I’m dating myself. Now, I think I-pod is the term) – that’s fine.

If anything like this exists now, I’d be the first to jump at it. I just don’t know of any now. How exciting to get a good workout while using professional equipment without all the inconveniences of a sardine-packed gym.

Thank you for listening to my fitness related business idea. I hope you enjoyed it.  It would be great for those done with physical therapy but not wanting to go to a ‘pro’ gym.

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