We are often asked if experience in the fitness industry is a pre-requisite to owning a Shapes® Fitness Center. It is not. However, having a passion for fitness, health and wellness is strongly recommended.
Our training forms the foundation for you to prosper! We will ensure that you are prepared to be an owner and operator of a Shapes® franchise, regardless if you are running the operation on a day-to-day basis. And, we help you train your managers and staff so that the business runs smoothly even when you’re not there!
Initial Training. Our initial training program consists of approximately two weeks of classroom and on-site training at a company-owned location in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to yourself, you are invited to bring your location manager and up to two other staff members. This initial training program will include administration functions, operations, marketing concepts, customer service training, personnel training and other important aspects of running the day-to-day business.
Here is just a sampling of what your training will include:
- History of Shapes® Fitness Centers
- Real Estate, Construction and Design of Your Shapes® Location
- Membership Sales
- Personal Training
- Group Training
- POS System
- Controlling Labor
- Management Training
We understand that being away for two weeks can be very difficult, so we will provide you a flexible training schedule to accommodate you and your personnel.
Opening Training. Our support team will be at your location for an additional five days of training that will take place during the opening of your center. This training provides not only knowledge but hands-on guidance on how to engage in pre-sales, training staff, use the computer systems and manage customer issues.
Ongoing Training. After you open, we provide mandatory and optional training programs, meetings and an annual convention to keep you and your staff on the cutting edge of women’s fitness. We also help train and guide you on the best ongoing practices for marketing, customer relations, personnel development, operations, maintenance and support of your business. With the training we provide, you will have the skills and confidence to succeed!
Online Training. We have online training videos and other tools you and your staff can access to provide additional ongoing training. We never top thinking about how we can help you to be better!