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4/4/2014 9:23:53 PM - Anthony
Hey Mark thank you for helping young people like myself with our questions about the fitness industry. I asked you a question awhile ago and it really helped me out. I'm hoping to open up my own gym in the future. I like to train athletes helping them getting them better at their sport but I also want it to be a powerlifting hardcore gym where me and other power lifters can train. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?


If you own a gym, you can train whenever you feel like it. You can make the atmosphere what ever you want from it. Just keep this in mind, when you and your hardcore powerlifting buddies are training, you aren't making a dime.

Most of your time will be spend on things other that training athletes and training yourself. Most of your time will be spend on the business and marketing end of things.

I don't think anyone ever opened up a gym and said they want to train little kids, old ladies, and be a friendly, nice, average gym.

Every facility owner's dream is to train a mixture of NFL players, figure contestants, and hardcore lifters. No one says they want to have a day filled with 11 year old soccer players and senior citizens. But, that is who is going to pay your bills.

There are some gyms that have developed this balance. I would pose this same question to JL Holdsworth or CJ Murphy. They have developed their culture at their places and would provide a little more insight.

Best of luck and let me know if you need anything else.

Hardcore powerlifters and soccer moms,
Mark Watts

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