The 10 Hottest Industries in Franchising

Fitness

Jazzercise Inc.
Fitness franchises are still going strong. Thanks to the nation's constant battle with the bulge, 11 fitness companies ranked in this year's Franchise 500(R). And cost is still king: The top three franchises, Jazzercise, Anytime Fitness and Snap Fitness, each can be started for less than $100,000. Carlsbad, Calif.-based Jazzercise tops the list for the 18th time thanks to startup costs as low as $2,980--making it the most affordable franchise in the fitness industry by far, and one of the most affordable in the Franchise 500(R) overall.

Fast facts
Jazzercise has ranked No. 1 in the Fitness Programs category of the Franchise 500(R) 18 times.

The company ranked No. 4 on both the Top Low-Cost and Top Homebased Franchise lists.

Jazzercise has its own fitness clothing line, Jazzertogs.

But cost isn't the only consideration when it comes to choosing a franchise--or a fitness routine. Jazzercise's continued dominance, along with the presence of two boxing franchises (CKO Kickboxing and LA Boxing) in the ranking, shows that consumers (and franchisees) are craving more variety in their workouts as well. Though Jazzercise has been franchising for almost 30 years now, founder Judi Sheppard Missett keeps the concept fresh by choreographing new routines to the latest popular tunes every 10 weeks.

Jazzercise Inc.
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 17
Dance fitness classes
(760)476-1750
Cost: $2.98K-75.5K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,009/2

Anytime Fitness
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 18
Fitness center
(800)704-5004
Cost: $44.1K-300.1K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,358/13

Snap Fitness Inc.
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 33
24-hour fitness center
(877)474-5422
Cost: $79.4K-195.8K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,056/25

Gold's Gym
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 72
Gym & fitness center
(214)574-4653
Cost: $531.1K-3.9M
Total franchises/co.-owned: 655/63

Planet Fitness
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 81
Fitness club
(603)750-0001
Cost: $530.1K-1.4M
Total franchises/co.-owned: 336/17

Retro Fitness LLC
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 236
Health club
(732)431-0062
Cost: $641.8K-1.5M
Total franchises/co.-owned: 60/0

Personal Training Institute
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 337
Nutritional counseling & personal training
(516)342-9064
Cost: $112.1K-221.5K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 24/0

Get In Shape For Women
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 401
Small group personal training for women
(781)444-1913
Cost: $26.96K-178.9K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 58/1

CKO Kickboxing
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 428
Kickboxing fitness classes
(201)963-7774
Cost: $97.9K-306.9K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 13/7

Fitness Together
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 447
Personal fitness training
(877)663-0880
Cost: $140.5K-253.9K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 336/0

LA Boxing Franchise Corp.
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: 498
Fitness, boxing & kickboxing classes
(866)522-6946
Cost: $174.95K-196.2K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 120/0

Curves
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: NR
Women's fitness & weight-loss center
(800)848-1096
Cost: $31.8K-39.1K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,119/0

Ellipse Fitness
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: NR
Fitness & weight-loss center
(920)882-9450
Cost: $88.8K-201.1K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 6/1

Koko FitClub LLC
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: NR
Health club/fitness studio
(877)565-6348
Cost: $97.5K-208.4K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 17/1

My Personal Trainer
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: NR
Personal training, nutritional programs
(330)491-9999
Cost: $49.9K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1/4

Slim & Fit Franchise LLC
2011 Franchise 500(R) ranking: NR
Weight loss & fitness programs
(440)352-4300
Cost: $56.1K-132.5K
Total franchises/co.-owned: 9/1

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Tracy Stapp Herold is the special projects editor at Entrepreneur magazine. She works on franchise and business opportunity stories and listings, including the annual Franchise 500.

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This article was originally published in the March 2011 print edition of Entrepreneur's StartUps with the headline: Buy In While They're Hot.

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