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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Ranked #481 last year
- Initial investment
$127K - $635K
- Units as of 2022
77 156.7% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a D1 Training franchise.
D1 Training began when Will Bartholomew started practicing with the Denver Broncos after four years of playing for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Reflecting upon how he came to be part of an NFL team, Bartholomew felt that athletes needed a platform to experience intense, focused training.
D1 Training was founded in 2001 and began franchising in 2015. D1 Training has grown to more than 40 locations across the United States, training over 100 draft picks and thousands of college athletes. D1 Training offers specialized scholastic athlete training alongside adult fitness and aims to bring training facilities to neighborhoods.
This franchise relishes helping athletes achieve their primary goal of realizing their full potential, both physically and psychologically. D1 Training seeks sports-passionate individuals who drive to better their communities through athleticism and fitness as core values.
Why You May Want to Start a D1 Training Franchise
A D1 Training franchisee is passionate about fitness and desires to help people achieve their best possible form. You must also have enough energy to tirelessly work for the growth of your training facility, where you'll be scheduling staff, designing workouts, handling marketing and customer care, and billing systems.
The franchise provides athletes with a place to fully train while recovering from injuries or developing stamina to optimize their performances. D1 Training considers each of their clients an athlete, despite age or reason for keeping fit. They provide services that standard gyms may not be able to handle, offering elite athletes the best instructors, workout programs, equipment, and community.
What Might Make a D1 Training Franchise a Good Choice?
To be part of the D1 Training franchise team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
Once startup costs are dealt with, running a facility may feature affordable overheads. This franchise offers franchisees exclusive territory rights and requires multiple employees for efficient operations. After the pre-opening training at D1 Training headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, you will have ongoing support in equipment purchasing, designing workouts, hiring, and vendor negotiations.
How To Open a D1 Training Franchise
Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the D1 Training franchising team questions.
If you are approved to franchise with the brand, you'll be invited to Franklin, Tennessee, to train, spend time with certified trainers, and learn the business. The franchisor will be on hand to offer guidance with pre-opening marketing, startup planning, and growing potential clients through networking.
About D1 Training
- Franchising Since
- 2015 (7 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
- # of Units
- 77 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a D1 Training franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $127,450 - $634,868
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- 10% off franchise fee or area development fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- In-House Financing
- D1 Training offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee
- Third Party Financing
- D1 Training has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 30 hours
- Classroom Training
- 25 hours
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresField OperationsSite Selection
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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