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Rank no. 393 –  The Little Gym – US

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Products & Services: Children’s development/fitness program

Number of Locations: 270

Total Investment: $157.5K – 294K

Founded: 1976

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.

Franchise Units

YEAR U.S. CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMPANY OWNED
2013 201 10 59 0
2012 202 18 44 0
2011 219 20 39 2
2010 241 13 49 2
2009 261 14 37 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $157,500 – $294,000
Franchise Fee: $49,500 – $69,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS

Net Worth: $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $75,000

OPERATIONS

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).

FINANCING TYPE IN-HOUSE THIRD PARTY
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks. At franchisee’s location: 5 days. Existing franchise location : 1 week.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: National & local PR support, online marketing

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #393 (2013), #326 (2012), #283 (2011), #141 (2010), #126 (2009),
America’s Top Global: #113 (2010), #98 (2009),

The Little Gym International is a franchiser of infant and child oriented fitness gyms, following the guidelines set out by USA Gymnastics. It was founded in 1976,[1] by educator Robin Wes.

Today The Little Gym International, Inc. is headquartered in ScottsdaleArizona. It was incorporated in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. It currently operates over 300franchises in 29 countries throughout the world.[2] 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.