Recreation Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 10
Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

Initial Investment: $63K - $418K

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# 61
Snap Fitness Inc.

Snap Fitness Inc.

Initial Investment: $110K - $286K

# 80
Jazzercise Inc.

Jazzercise Inc.

Initial Investment: $4K - $76K

# 95
Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness

Initial Investment: $728K - $3.8M

# 123
Gold's Gym

Gold's Gym

Initial Investment: $1M - $4M

# 168
Pure Barre

Pure Barre

Initial Investment: $152K - $275K

# 190
9Round-30 min Kickbox Fitness

9Round-30 min Kickbox Fitness

Initial Investment: $58K - $93K

# 194
Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Initial Investment: $32K - $39K

# 201
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 213
HappyFeet Legends Int'l.

HappyFeet Legends Int'l.

Initial Investment: $23K - $29K

# 224
Fleet Feet Sports

Fleet Feet Sports

Initial Investment: $180K - $338K

# 226
UFC Gym

UFC Gym

Initial Investment: $390K - $891K

# 234
Pro Image Sports

Pro Image Sports

Initial Investment: $156K - $537K

# 242
Retro Fitness

Retro Fitness

Initial Investment: $781K - $1.6M

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# 255
Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness

Initial Investment: $438K - $772K

# 256
Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Initial Investment: $95K - $180K

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# 276
i9 Sports

i9 Sports

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 283
Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club

Initial Investment: $144K - $179K

# 292
American Poolplayers Association

American Poolplayers Association

Initial Investment: $17K - $20K

# 308
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.7M

# 313
Crunch Franchising LLC

Crunch Franchising LLC

Initial Investment: $305K - $1.4M

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# 327
Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports

Initial Investment: $242K - $393K

# 329
Brickhouse Cardio Club

Brickhouse Cardio Club

Initial Investment: $22K - $39K

# 333
GameTruck Licensing LLC

GameTruck Licensing LLC

Initial Investment: $121K - $303K

# 343
Amazing Athletes

Amazing Athletes

Initial Investment: $34K - $56K

# 379
Little Gym, The

Little Gym, The

Initial Investment: $146K - $366K

# 388
iLoveKickboxing.com

iLoveKickboxing.com

Initial Investment: $120K - $309K

# 400
CKO Kickboxing

CKO Kickboxing

Initial Investment: $108K - $364K

# 403
Goldfish Swim School Franchising LLC

Goldfish Swim School Franchising LLC

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $1.9M

# 424
Destination Athlete LLC

Destination Athlete LLC

Initial Investment: $34K - $139K

# 425
Exercise Coach, The

Exercise Coach, The

Initial Investment: $107K - $246K

# 428
D-BAT Academies Inc.

D-BAT Academies Inc.

Initial Investment: $310K - $607K

# 439
Parisi Speed School

Parisi Speed School

Initial Investment: $10K - $172K

# 449
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

# 455
Pro Martial Arts Franchise Corp.

Pro Martial Arts Franchise Corp.

Initial Investment: $143K - $200K

# 469
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts

Initial Investment: $87K - $184K

NR
Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Initial Investment: $5K - $10K

NR
Baby Power/Forever Kids

Baby Power/Forever Kids

Initial Investment: $88K - $111K

NR
Beeline Bikes

Beeline Bikes

Initial Investment: $78K - $133K

NR
Bounce! Trampoline Sports Franchise

Bounce! Trampoline Sports Franchise

Initial Investment: $926K - $1.5M

NR
Burn Boot Camp

Burn Boot Camp

Initial Investment: $58K - $102K

NR
Charter Fitness

Charter Fitness

Initial Investment: $578K - $1.2M

NR
Club Pilates

Club Pilates

Initial Investment: $161K - $245K

NR
Cyclebar

Cyclebar

Initial Investment: $256K - $599K

NR
Dodgeball2You

Dodgeball2You

Initial Investment: $37K - $72K

NR
Elite Sports Enterprises Inc.

Elite Sports Enterprises Inc.

Initial Investment: $155K - $220K

NR
Endurance House

Endurance House

Initial Investment: $447K - $631K

NR
EnVie Fitness

EnVie Fitness

Initial Investment: $85K - $293K

NR
Epic Hybrid Training

Epic Hybrid Training

Initial Investment: $63K - $115K

NR
Escape Zone, The

Escape Zone, The

Initial Investment: $48K - $90K

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