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Tracy Stapp Herold
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This story appears in the December 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Every December, we at Entrepreneur like to make our predictions for what will be the hottest franchise categories in the year ahead. How do we decide? For one thing, we consider the data that we’ve collected over the past year. We look at the types of businesses that are just beginning to franchise in large numbers, like poke restaurants and DIY studios. We also take note of existing franchises that are experiencing a lot of growth even in more established industries, like childcare and fitness. And, to be honest, we also rely a bit on our gut. After 40-plus years of covering the franchise industry, we think we’ve developed a pretty good sense of how to tell what’s trending. So whether you’re interested in getting in on the ground floor of the next big thing or investing in a franchise industry that’s already proven itself and looks to continue going strong, consider this list of the hottest franchise categories for 2019.

As you read through it, keep in mind that it is not intended as an endorsement of any particular company. No matter what franchise you’re considering, trending or not, it’s vital that you do your homework before you invest. Read the franchise disclosure document, consult with an attorney and an accountant, and talk to as many existing and former franchisees as you can to find out if the opportunity is right for you.

Fitness

Fitness is one of the biggest franchise industries, and one that continues to grow year after year, with no sign of slowing. From big-box gyms to boutique studios, there’s something for everyone—including kids, who have a large number of sports and fitness franchises aimed at them.

AKT Franchise

Fitness studios
STARTUP COST
$346.1K-$487K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
3/0

Alkalign Studios

Group fitness classes, streaming fitness classes, nutrition coaching
STARTUP COST
$173.3K-$521K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
2/2

Amazing Athletes

Educational sports programs
STARTUP COST
$30.4K-$43.9K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
100/0

Anytime Fitness

Fitness centers
STARTUP COST
$107.5K-$722.8K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
4,043/38

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools

Swimming lessons
STARTUP COST
$496.9K-$1M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
90/1

Atlas Fitness

24-hour fitness centers
STARTUP COST
$184.2K-$707.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

Baby Boot Camp

Prenatal and postpartum fitness and nutrition
STARTUP COST
$6.1K-$13.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
84/1

The Barre Code

Barre fitness classes
STARTUP COST
$222.5K-$466K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
31/6

barre.d studio

Barre fitness studios
STARTUP COST
$104.5K-$240.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

Bear Paddle Swim School

Child swimming lessons
STARTUP COST
$1.5M-$2.1M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/10

Blink Fitness

Health and fitness centers
STARTUP COST
$636.8K-$2.1M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
1/69

Body Therapeutix

Outdoor fitness centers
STARTUP COST
$44.1K-$90.7K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

British Swim School USA

Swimming lessons for ages 3 months and older
STARTUP COST
$92.9K-$239.4K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
63/0

Burn Boot Camp

Women’s fitness centers
STARTUP COST
$142.3K-$349.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
151/3

The Camp Transformation Center

Fitness/weight-loss services
STARTUP COST
$167K-$326.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
80/13

CKO Kickboxing

Kickboxing fitness classes
STARTUP COST
$112.99K-$378.4K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
81/0

Club Pilates Franchise

Reformer Pilates classes
STARTUP COST
$220.3K-$310.7K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
367/0

Core Capacity Transformations

Fitness and nutrition programs, dietary supplements
STARTUP COST
$162.96K-$274.3K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/8

Core Progression Elite Personal Training

Personal and group training, wellness services
STARTUP COST
$152.99K-$508.6K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/2

Crunch Franchise

Fitness centers
STARTUP COST
$304.5K-$1.98M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
213/26

CycleBar

Indoor cycling classes
STARTUP COST
$284.4K-$497.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
150/0

D-BAT Academies

Indoor baseball and softball training, batting cages, merchandise
STARTUP COST
$397K-$698.98K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
59/0

D1 Sports Franchise

Athletic training
STARTUP COST
$221.5K-$492.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
25/2

Eat the Frog Fitness

Fitness studios
STARTUP COST
$429K-$636.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
1/3

The Exercise Coach

Personal training
STARTUP COST
$113.1K-$297.7K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
43/2

F45 Training

Fitness studios
STARTUP COST
$220K-$299K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
611/2

Fit Body Boot Camp

Indoor fitness boot camps
STARTUP COST
$46.4K-$90K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
489/2

Fit4Mom

Prenatal and postpartum fitness and wellness programs
STARTUP COST
$6.2K-$24.3K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
297/1

Fitness Together

Personal training
STARTUP COST
$147K-$192.4K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
143/0

Fit36

Group fitness training
STARTUP COST
$173.9K-$266.7K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
13/0

Fun Bus Fitness Fun on Wheels

Mobile children’s fitness and entertainment
STARTUP COST
$140.5K-$171.8K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
24/0

Get In Shape For Women

Small-group personal training for women
STARTUP COST
$71.4K-$172.7K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
39/4

Goldfish Swim School Franchising

Infant and child swimming lessons
STARTUP COST
$1.3M-$3M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
69/1

Gold’s Gym

Health and fitness centers
STARTUP COST
$2.2M-$5M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
553/150

GolfU

Children’s golf training
STARTUP COST
$130.1K-$185.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

GymGuyz

Mobile personal training
STARTUP COST
$56.1K-$121.7K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
162/4

Hardcore Fitness Boot Camp

Group training
STARTUP COST
$225.3K-$354.3K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/10

Hard Exercise Works

Boot camp fitness programs
STARTUP COST
$136.3K-$466.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
18/1

Hi-Five Sports Franchising

Youth sports programs
STARTUP COST
$20.9K-$49.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
8/4

iLoveKickboxing.com

Kickboxing fitness classes
STARTUP COST
$214.9K-$559.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
259/5

i9 Sports

Youth sports leagues, camps, and clinics
STARTUP COST
$36.5K-$69.9K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
136/1

Jabz Franchising

Boxing studios for women
STARTUP COST
$99.2K-$194.4K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
12/3

Jazzercise

Group fitness classes, conventions, apparel, and accessories
STARTUP COST
$2.4K-$17.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
8,930/2

Just You Fitness

Personal training
STARTUP COST
$28K-$41.4K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
4/1

Kidokinetics

Mobile children’s physical education programs
STARTUP COST
$42.9K-$57K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
5/10

Kidz On The Go

Mobile children’s fitness programs
STARTUP COST
$100K-$125K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
2/2

Kinderdance International

Children’s dance, gymnastics, fitness, and yoga programs
STARTUP COST
$17.95K-$46.1K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
148/2

Last Real Gym

Gyms
STARTUP COST
$487.6K-$965.4K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

Legacy Fit

Group interval training classes
STARTUP COST
$217.7K-$391.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
3/1

Legends Boxing

Boxing fitnes programs
STARTUP COST
$276.9K-$472.1K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
2/1

The Little Gym International

Child-development/fitness programs
STARTUP COST
$181.5K-$428.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
403/0

The Max Challenge

10-week fitness and nutrition programs
STARTUP COST
$146.9K-$295.6K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
61/1

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness

Boxing fitness studios
STARTUP COST
$199.9K-$566.3K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

Middle School Matchup

Middle-school baseball tournaments
STARTUP COST
$41K-$137.7K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/0

Moms on the Run

Fitness programs for women
STARTUP COST
$5.6K-$13.98K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
35/9

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs
STARTUP COST
$36.8K-$244.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
604/0

9Round

Kickboxing fitness circuit-training programs
STARTUP COST
$91.6K-$133.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
708/7

NZone Sports of America

Sports leagues and programs for ages 2 to 15
STARTUP COST
$41.1K-$63.1K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
49/1

One Sports Nation/Fun Size Sports

Youth sports leagues/children’s sports enrichment
STARTUP COST
$16.4K-$94.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
24/1

Orangetheory Fitness

Group personal training
STARTUP COST
$563.5K-$999.1K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
977/23

Overtime Franchise

Youth sports programs
STARTUP COST
$59.9K-$68.6K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
12/2

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

Yoga and fitness classes
STARTUP COST
$245K-$390K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
47/0

Parisi Speed School

Youth sports performance training
STARTUP COST
$28.8K-$57K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
98/0

PickUp USA Fitness

Basketball-focused fitness clubs
STARTUP COST
$337.3K-$794.1K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
5/0

Planet Fitness

Fitness clubs
STARTUP COST
$969.6K-$4.2M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
1,540/68

Pure Barre

Barre fitness classes and apparel
STARTUP COST
$178.4K-$370K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
486/13

Pure Physique

Fitness and wellness centers
STARTUP COST
$125.1K-$184.9K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

Real Life Ninja Academy

Obstacle-course training
STARTUP COST
$117.8K-$232.9K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

RedLine Athletics Franchising

Youth athletic training centers
STARTUP COST
$218.3K-$337.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
17/1

Retro Fitness

Health clubs
STARTUP COST
$944K-$1.6M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
146/0

Row House Franchise

Indoor rowing classes
STARTUP COST
$231.6K-$333.8K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
3/1

SafeSplash Swim School/SwimLab Swim School

Child and adult swimming lessons, parties, summer camps
STARTUP COST
$39.5K-$1.6M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
125/16

Shred415

Fitness studios
STARTUP COST
$440.3K-$959.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/9

Skyhawks Sports & Supertots Sports Academy

Sports camps and programs
STARTUP COST
$26.3K-$65.8K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
91/63

Snap Fitness

24-hour fitness centers
STARTUP COST
$149.8K-$462.8K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
1,351/44

Soccer Shots Franchising

Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8
STARTUP COST
$41K-$53.95K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
200/9

StretchLab Franchise

Stretching classes and related therapy services
STARTUP COST
$153.1K-$223.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
3/1

Sudore Wellness

Group interval training
STARTUP COST
$355.6K-$745K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

Tapout Fitness

Fitness and martial arts
STARTUP COST
$93.8K-$566.5K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
14/0

TGA Premier Junior Golf

Youth golf programs
STARTUP COST
$21.5K-$62.8K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
52/2

TGA Premier Sports

Youth sports programs
STARTUP COST
$29.8K-$68.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
13/1

TGA Premier Youth Tennis

Youth tennis programs
STARTUP COST
$21.5K-$62.8K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
44/1

30 Minute Hit

Kickboxing circuit-training programs for women
STARTUP COST
$97.9K-$147K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
49/0

Title Boxing Club

Boxing and kickboxing fitness classes, personal training, apparel
STARTUP COST
$162.8K-$478.9K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
168/3

Tough Mudder Bootcamp

High intensity interval training studios
STARTUP COST
$297K-$521.4K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
2/0

Tutu School

Children’s ballet schools
STARTUP COST
$73.7K-$135.2K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
27/3

UFC Gym

Fitness, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA classes
STARTUP COST
$151K-$4.2M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
116/17

Warrior Factory

Obstacle-course training programs for children and adults
STARTUP COST
$685.5K-$1.1M
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
0/1

Workout Anytime 24/7

24-hour health clubs
STARTUP COST
$555.5K-$996.4K
TOTAL UNITS
( Franchised / Company-Owned )
156/1

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