While my six clubs vary in size and markets, I believe they all showcase the Snap brand very proudly and they connect with our consumer base. The first ones were built on the friendly/convenience/affordability maxims. Now we’re working hard to move their club culture into a results-driven environment. The Kingwood club in Texas is located in a well-established, upper-class community. This brings a solid economic market and more competition. The Texas’ rural club has been very successful since it offers a top-line equipment, FOD, WOR, MyZone, etc. in a market that had no previous local options.
I'm proud of having a solid corporate background, I wasn’t sure those skills will translate into small business management. This is a simple yet very detailed-oriented business. But the best moments comes when you see your vision materialize in all aspects — people and financially. Some of my best decisions have been the managerial opportunities I have given to key people have helped them grow. My proudest moment will be when I get to profitable 12 clubs!
When Tony C. started looking for a job he knew he wanted it to combine his two passions, business and fitness. It wasn’t long after that he teamed up with Snap Fitness owner Kip E. and fell in love with his career.
“What Snap represents is a place that where good people care about fitness and each other,” Tony said. “I had a passion for fitness even more for owning my own business and Snap just made the most sense.”
Tony C. and Kip E. now own three Snap Fitness locations in the Columbus, Ohio area. With each new club opening they’ve seen more and more success.
“Corporates been great, they provide you with the tools and support necessary,” he said. “They do a great job at getting places set up and getting it all installed, just really getting the ball rolling.”
Tony believes that some of their success can be tied to the environment they’ve created in their gym. He says it starts with hiring good people.
“There are so many people that come in with bad experiences from other gyms,” he said. “We try to be more than just a gym and our workers do a great job at coming in and making sure they have a positive impact on our members.”
In the end Tony says the biggest reward from owning a Snap Fitness is seeing the clubs impact on people’s lives and health.