Do you want to start a gym business by buying Snap Fitness franchise? If YES, here is how much it cost to open a Snap Fitness franchise and their requirement.

The company began franchising in 2004, and is currently expanding globally. They have their corporate head office at 2411 Galpin Ct., #110 Chanhassen, MN 55317 and they can boast of having 1,395 franchise units spread across the United States and other parts of the world.

The company specializes in smaller fitness gyms than its big box competitors, such as Bally Total Fitness, with a “no frills” Business model that does not include pools, tennis courts, or locker rooms.

Snap Fitness operates through franchising. Most of its at least 1,500 locations are open 24/7, with many locations staffed during the day, and with personal training services available. The chain operates in 48 of the United States, plus Canada, Mexico, India, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and The Netherlands.

How Much It Cost to Open a Snap Fitness Franchise

Please note these 28 important franchise fees (from the initial franchise fee, to the royalty fee, to 26 other fees found in Items 5 and 6 of Snap Fitness’s 2018 FDD). All fees are imposed by, payable to, and collected by Snap Fitness unless otherwise noted. All fees are imposed uniformly and are nonrefundable upon payment.

As noted in the chart below, several fees paid to Snap Fitness are subject to adjustment over the ten-year agreement term based on increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Adjustments based on the CPI will be made no more than once per year.

  1. Initial Franchise Fee: $24,500 to $29,500

You will pay Snap Fitness an initial franchise fee when you sign a Franchise Agreement. If you are acquiring franchise rights for a single Club, the initial franchise fee is $29,500. If you are acquiring franchise rights for three Clubs according to Snap Fitness’s Market Accelerator Program, the total initial franchise fee for all three Clubs is $75,000.

  • If you are an existing franchisee acquiring your second or subsequent Club, you are eligible for a reduced initial franchise fee of $24,500.
  • The initial franchise fee is payable in full when the Franchise Agreement is signed, and is considered fully earned and nonrefundable upon payment.
  • Except for the differences described here, the initial franchise fee is uniform for all new franchisees.
  • Snap Fitness’s standard initial franchise fee was different in the past, and some of its existing franchisees have the right to develop additional Clubs under existing agreements and on different terms.
  • In addition, Snap Fitness has discounted the initial franchise fee in the past, and may discount it in the future in situations Snap Fitness deems appropriate.
  • Snap Fitness currently participates in the IFA’s VetFran program and offers a ,000 discount off the initial franchise fee for qualified Veterans. If you qualify for this program, the initial franchise fee for one Club is $24,500 and the total initial franchise fee for three Clubs under the Market Accelerator Program is $70,000.
  1. GO FAST™ Kit: $40,940 to $66,345

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  • Before opening, you will purchase the GO FAST kit from Snap Fitness or its affiliate which includes the Club branding design fee, marketing and promotional materials, wall graphics, personal training supplies and free weights, an initial inventory of access cards, certain fixtures including cabinets, cubbies, and flooring.
  • The current purchase price for the standard GO FAST kit is $40,940, plus shipping and taxes (if applicable), and is payable in full before the Club opens or may be financed through Snap Fitness’s preferred vendor. If you choose to add items to the GO FAST kit (for example, tanning or additional weights or cubbies), the purchase price may be higher and will generally range from $40,940 to $66,345.
  • In 2017, the amounts paid by franchisees opening new Snap Fitness clubs for the GO FAST kit ranged from $16,231 to $40,863 (plus tax).
  • The GO FAST kit price is payable in full in advance and is nonrefundable upon payment.
  1. In Club Technology Package: $25,000 to $38,495
  • You will pay Snap Security for the in club technology package (“In Club Technology Package”) before your Club opens or you may finance the In Club Technology Package through Snap Fitness’s preferred vendor.
  • The standard in club technology package includes door access components, panic system, camera and surveillance equipment, televisions, MyZone, FitnessOnDemand, and related items.
  • The price for the standard in club technology package ranges from $15,300 to $28,900, which includes installation.
  • In 2017, the payments for these products and services ranged from $3,634 to $42,195 (plus tax). The amount you pay will depend on the square footage of the club, the number of doors, and whether you purchase certain optional components (such as TVs) from Snap Security or another vendor that meets Snap Fitness’s specifications.
  1. Snap Asset Protection Plan: $250 to $800
  • Snap Fitness has established an insurance plan for the benefit of its franchisees called the Snap Asset Protection Plan (SAPP). You must have insurance from the date you sign your lease. The insurance premium is collected by Snap Fitness as the billing administrator and forwarded to the insurance providers.
  • Snap Fitness estimates the amount you pay for this insurance prior to opening will be $250 to $800.
  1. Continuing Fee: $549 per month
  • Due Date:
  • Subject to increase by an amount not to exceed the increase in Consumer Price Index.
  1. National Marketing Fee: $150 per month
  • Due Date:
  • Subject to increase by an amount not to exceed the increase in the Consumer Price Index.
  1. Local Marketing Fund or Cooperative Advertising Contribution: $200 per month
  • Each local advertising cooperative may elect to increase the monthly contribution if approved by a two-thirds majority of the members and the minimum contribution is subject to adjustment by an amount not to exceed the increase in the CPI. The Spokane, WA cooperative increased the contribution to $250 per month.
  • Clubs owned by Snap Fitness and its affiliates are also members of their respective local Cooperative and each company-owned club has the same voting rights as the franchised locations within the Cooperative. If the company-owned clubs comprise the majority of a given Cooperative, the maximum and minimum fees for that Cooperative will be consistent with the range stated here (subject to adjustment for increases in the CPI).
  1. Member Service Fees: currently, one-time $1 online services fee for each new member
  • The current member service fees are for the exercise and nutrition tools available to your members through their personal webpage at mysnapfitness.com. These services are free to members.
  • As technology and member demands change, Snap Fitness anticipates providing different or additional services available to members. Some of these services may include different or additional member service fees and you agree to participate in Snap Fitness’s future member service initiatives and pay the applicable fees.
  1. Website Fee: $40 per month
  • Subject to increase by an amount not to exceed the increase in the Consumer Price Index.
  1. Membership Processing Fees and Cost: one-time fee of $5.75 for each new membership agreement; continuing $0.60 fee per month membership maintenance fee for each membership enrolled at your Club
  • Due Date: One-time fees – at enrollment by electronic funds transfer. Ongoing maintenance fee for each membership enrolled at your Club, transferred every 5th day of the month for which the fee is due.
  • Subject to increase by an amount not to exceed the increase in the Consumer Price Index.
  • All door access/membership cards and/or member ID cards are in a numeral sequence and must be purchased through Snap Fitness.
  1. Door Access Cards: then-current price (currently $5)
  • Due Date: As incurred.
  • You must purchase any additional door access cards from Snap Fitness, its affiliate, or its designated supplier.
  1. Technology Fee, including Fitware: $185 per month
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  • You pay Snap Fitness’s affiliate the then-current monthly license fee for the club management and billing software and associated technology.
  1. FitnessOnDemand: $199.95 per month
  • FitnessOnDemand is an automated group fitness class system. You will pay Wholesale Fitness Supply d/b/a Fitness On Demand the then-current monthly fee for access to the programmed classes.
  • You may also add additional content options for additional fees.
  1. MyZone: $150 per month
  • MyZone is a heart rate monitor system. You will pay Wholesale Fitness Supply d/b/a Fitness On Demand the then-current monthly license fee.
  1. Reimbursement Processing Fee: $35 per month
  • Snap Fitness administers certain reimbursements of membership dues for insurance companies, affinity groups, and national accounts.
  • The current reimbursement processing fee is payable for any month that the reimbursements of membership dues for a Club from these accounts is $35 or more.
  • The member engager is a tool to assist you with engaging your members and includes automated e-mails, templates, and more.
  1. Convention: then-current fee (currently, $129 per club or attendee)
  • All franchisees are required to attend the annual convention.
  1. Decline Recovery Service: $1.00 per decline
  • Due Date: As incurred.
  1. Online Acquisition Fee: $15 per online enrollment
  • Due Date: As incurred.
  1. Audits: cost of audit, plus interest
  • Due Date: Immediately upon receipt of bill.
  • You pay for cost of audit only if it shows an understatement of Memberships or revenue by 2% or more.
  1. Transfer Fee: $5,000 if transferee is an existing Snap Fitness franchisee. If the transferee is new to the system, the transfer fee is equal to the then-current Initial Franchise Fee.
  • Due Date: Upon application for consent to transfer.
  • Payable when you transfer your franchise.
  1. Costs and Attorneys’ Fees: will vary under circumstances
  • Due Date: As incurred.
  • Payable only if your noncompliance with the Franchise Agreement causes Snap Fitness to incur legal expenses.
  1. Insurance: $250 to $400 monthly
  • Due Date: As incurred.
  1. Interest: 18% per annum
  • Due Date: Upon demand.
  • Payable only if you fail to pay amounts owed to Snap Fitness when due.
  1. Indemnification: will vary under the circumstances
  • Due Date: As incurred.
  • You must reimburse Snap Fitness if it is held liable for claims arising out of your franchise operations.
  1. Supplier Review Fee: Snap Fitness’s costs and expenses, which are currently expected to range between $1,000 and $3,000, although costs could exceed those amounts depending on the product
  • Due Date: As incurred.
  1. Modernization and Maintenance Costs: Snap Fitness’s then-current design fee (currently $500) and if applicable, its reasonable costs and expenses which will vary
  • Due Date: Upon demand.
  • You must maintain the Club according to Snap Fitness’s system standards and modernize the Club after five years.
  • In connection with your modernization, you will pay a $500 design fee.
  • In addition, if you fail to maintain or modernize your club according to its standards, Snap Fitness may complete these for you and you must pay it its reasonable costs.
  1. Additional Assistance or Training: currently, $250 per day, plus travel costs
  • Due Date: Immediately upon notice from Snap Fitness.
  • Snap Fitness may require you to receive additional training or assistance if you are not meeting its standards.
  • You are responsible for the cost of that training or assistance at the then-current rate.
  1. Securities Offering Costs: will vary under the circumstances

Due Date:  Upon demand.

  • If you engage in a private offering of securities, Snap Fitness must review the prospectus or other offering documents and you will pay its costs and expenses (including attorney’s fees) for that review.
  • If you’re ready to join one of the fastest growing industries in the world, fill out the form and a team member will be in contact with you within the next 48 hours. In the meantime, check out some of our available locations for your Snap Fitness gym!

Steps 0n How to Get Snap Fitness Franchise

If you are cool with the requirements and finance involved in acquiring this franchise, then you need to follow these steps;

  • Fill the application at the website for opening a center. You need to include your name, address, city and state. You will need a phone number and email address. Then choose the amount of capital you will have to invest.
  • Wait for the email that confirms that your application was received and is being reviewed. This email will tell you if you will be approved for the location. It will also go into more specifics regarding the financing. You will be asked to schedule a time for an associate to call you and talk more.
  • Ensure to have your financial papers ready when you have your phone conversation. This is when you will find out if you have enough money to open the center or if you will need financing. If you need help with financing, you can apply for an SBA prequalified loan.
  • Note that approval is expected to be quick once you meet the requirements. You should already have a building with all the hookups. After you are approved, the organization will start sending fixtures and merchandise to your building.
  • You will then be mandated to attend a workshop at the headquarters before the opening of your center.

In conclusion;

In order to be successful with your application, you need to look at the availability of Snap Fitness franchises and see if there are available markets in your location of interest.

Please note that as with any franchise, the profit potential isn’t guaranteed. The weight of a franchise’s income stream is dependent almost as much on the franchise owner as on the brand itself, which is why franchisors are careful not to make any financial promises.

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