Rank no. 393 – The Little Gym – US
Products & Services: Children’s development/fitness program
Number of Locations: 270
Total Investment: $157.5K – 294K
Began Franchising: 1992
About The Little Gym
After teaching grade school in public schools for years, Robin Wes used his physical education, psychology and motor development degrees to open The Little Gym in 1976. Although it started out focusing on physical education, the program has evolved to focus on children’s intellectual and social development as well.
Today Little Gym offers programs for various age levels, including Parent & Child, Developmental Gymnastics, Karate and Sports Skills Development. Franchises also hold birthday parties, summer camps, Creative Crafts Adventures and Parent’s Survival Nights.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Franchise Fee: $49,500 – $69,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $75,000
23.5% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 5 – 7. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Franchise Ranking History
Today The Little Gym International, Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was incorporated in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. It currently operates over 300franchises in 29 countries throughout the world. The Little Gym offers classes in Parent-Child, developmental gymnastics for both Pre-k and Grade school, Karate, Sports Skills Development, and Dance. Ages 4 months to 12 years. The Little Gym also offers birthday parties, camps, and Parents’ Survival Nights.
The Little Gym uses music that is both produced and performed by The Little Gym employees.
The Little Gym follows a philosophy in all of its classes referred to as “Three Dimensional Learning", they are: Get Moving, Brain Boost, and Citizen Kid.
Get Moving: Physical activities to burn that boundless energy, plus build flexibility and strength, develop balance and coordination, and encourage agility, rhythm and overall fitness to launch a lifetime of healthy habits.
Brain Boost: Designed to expand the mind and develop a love of learning, these exercises foster listening skills, sustained concentration and decision-making, prepare for or reinforce school lessons, and nurture problem-solving ability and creative expression.
Citizen Kid: These activities teach life skills like sharing, working in a group, listening and leadership—all skills that translate to a well-adjusted, well-rounded superkid.
Each The Little Gym program is broken into themed, multi-week Learning Units that lead to a natural progression of skills throughout the Core Season, into the Summer Session and from one year to the next.