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The NO B.S. Book about How I Converted my gym into a fully Automated 24 Hour Fitness Center then How I Marketed my Gym successfully from 60 members to over 300 within 3 months

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

I’m so tired of people writing books about how to Start and Market fitness centers but they have never done it themselves. I have owned a gym for the past 10 years, and was in 2 businesses prior, one successful and one not, and I’m not afraid to tell you all about it in my book about how to start, or transform a gym, and market your fitness center from scratch.

I understand the saying “fake it til you make it” when it comes to portraying yourself as an expert until they actually become an expert. I didn’t have the money to follow someone who was faking it till they made it.

So I actually transformed my gym business from a failing gym into a 24 hour fully automated gym and started a marketing program that actually worked, and I tracked it to see just how much I was growing and with what worked and what didn’t.

I wrote this book in explicit detail on everything I did that failed and succeeded. Plain language is my hammer, experience is my nail, succeeding is the picture I hang on the wall beside the failures as proof of what has worked for my fitness center in this book.

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In my book “How to start a 24 Hour Fitness Center from scratch or Convert your gym into a 24 Hour Gym”, I give you a “CURRENT GYM OWNERS” view of how to actually start a gym from a gym owner, not someone who hasn’t had skin in the game. Get the book at http://how2ownagym.com

Will Herring, line backer for the Dallas Cowboys now, but former New Orleans Saints and former Seattle Seahawks player bought my book and then hired me to open his gym and do his marketing and he said he laughed all the way through the book because of the no nonsense way I wrote it. He said I didn’t have a very good grasp on grammar, but he said it was the information he wanted , not a great lesson in English. He didn’t know the half of it when it comes to me and spelling, and Microsoft word isn’t much better at catching my spelling mistakes.

For example:

I had a gym owner contact me one time about writing their marketing Ad’s and I replied to them in an email but my IPhone didn’t Capitalize their Name because I didn’t really care to make sure it was, I am a very busy person and that is not my top priority.

Anyway, they sent me another email and said their name starts with a capital letter. I said my answer to doing their marketing starts with “NO”. If you care so little about making your business that obviously you need to get some help, then I think you can over look some spelling and grammar mistakes.

I don’t care what people think about my style of writing, spelling, or how i just say what needs said. I only care about getting out what needs to be said in as plain a way as possible.

I’m not poetic about my writing, I take more of a 50 Shades of Grey approach to writing, just say it to where everyone with a 3rd grade education can understand it. My hobby is being a comedian so I also add a lot of humor to my writing, sometimes on accident. To get the book go to www.how2ownagym.com

I’d rather find a little crap in a bunch of nuggets. Here’s what i’m talking about.

I started a regular old fitness center 10 years ago, in a warehouse looking building 1.2 miles off a main road, and with no experience in the fitness but I did run two businesses prior to that, which taught me a great work ethic and business education for which I’m very glad for now.

I have made every mistake known to man about business, which you’ll discover in my book. I had fraud committed against me though when i tried to buy an existing gym to use their equipment to open my gym. by the way god does get those back for the wrong committed against one of his, the guy who committed fraud against me and suit me just got busted for $200,000 worth of steroids, guns, and liquid Viagra, which I’m not sure how they go together but I’m sure I can “come up” with something. see!

I have been sued and filed bankruptcy, not unlike some of the most successful people in our history like Abraham Lincoln, H.J. Heinz – Founder of the Heinz Ketchup Company, P.T. Barnum of Barnum Bailey Circus (probably one of the greatest marketing minds in history), Samuel Clements (Mark Twain), Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Ulysses S Grant, Thomas Jefferson, Larry King, Burt Reynolds, Etc…..

Now I’m not saying I’m in their class, but I’m in good class in that I did learn from my mistakes as they did. God made our brains with the ability to overcome and learn from set backs. I discuss many things I learned like bad marketing mistakes such as following what all the other gyms were doing, kind of like the churches do.

Most Church marketing so terrible. there are so many churches stagnate these days that if they’d listen to anyone but each other they’d be way better off. My church is included here. I tried to talk to the church leaders about marketing but they have the theory that “if you build it God will bless it”, tell that to all the Christian book stores and other churches that are out of business. it is after all a business isn’t it? don’t just produce a product, tell folks about it. that’s what I’ve done with my book and this website.

I give you useful information about my entire gym operation from scratch to now, and if anyone doesn’t want to pay $39 to learn my $200,000 worth of mistakes and come back and all my marketing that brought me back then God help them.

I got screwed like a French hooker on nickel night, and came back.

I know, you cant believe I just said that after talking about church, I told you I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, I think like that but I also believe in God, so that’s what you get with me.

If your dream is to start a fitness center or personal training studio, I recommend taking a few days to read my book and learn from my over $200,000 of mistakes and 10 years of gains from those set backs. To get the book go to www.how2ownagym.com

Two of the most important things i’ve learned in my 10 years as a gym owner is “Employee Management” and “Time Management”, I learned how to control both of these from two of the most important books a business owner could ever read, and MUST read. Both are by Dan Kennedy, both are in his NO B.S. series which I recommend getting every book in that series if your in business. The books are titled “No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs”, and the other is “No B.S. Ruthless Management of People and Profits”. Get these today if you don’t have them, read them and then reread them. I have reorganized my business, Life, and my family and employees lives with these two books.

I breakdown a few of the most important things that I incorporated into owning a fitness center and managing a gym in my book. Like Gym cleanliness, which I consider one of the top must for a gym, if you go into a really nice restaurant and the restroom is filthy or there’s dust an inch on the ceiling fans, the place all the sudden loses 2 stars in your mind no matter how good everything else is.

I have a system for cleaning and making sure everything stays clean, and if its not, there’s gonna be more hell to pay than a tooth fairy in a town full of meth addicts.

You’ll also learn how to compete with big box gyms like Planet Fitness, which isn’t easy to do when they only charge $10 a month and I charge $45 a month

Removing Troublesome Members: I have had to remove 3 members from my gym in the past year also because they were idiots, and I’ll tell you about how to avoid these stupid people if you have the  same signals I had. I know as a business owner you’re suppose to be like “the customer is always right”, or “I cant afford to lose a member”, or in my case a few, because their friends left too. They returned later and admit they were wrong to have friends like that. to start with. get the book at www.how2ownagym.com

I lost long term members that didn’t want to say anything because of these idiots and the sooner you get them the hell out, the better.  There’s no politically correct way to tell someone you don’t like them or that they stink. PEOPLE DON’T CHANGE, I REPEAT, PEOPLE DON’T CHANGE, they hide it better sometimes. God is the only change for the better people make. If someone beats their wife, they always have anger issues and it will come out sooner or later, if they cheat, they will always cheat in a given circumstance. I know its not a popular view because we’re suppose to give our fellow man the benefit of the doubt, I have a business to run and a life to be successful in, I don’t have time to waste doing anything except praying for them, if God cant change them, I damn sure can’t. Get rid of troublesome members and employees at the first sign of issues you know are bad, NOT HEARSAY, CONFIRM IT FIRST, then act immediately.

I know I’ve went long on this but it can’t be understated. Be slow to hire and fast to fire!!! To get the book go to www.how2ownagym.com

If your ready to get assaulted like a drag queen at a tractor pull, then buy the book and learn from my failures and then my successes at owning a 24 hour gym.

If your on the fence about paying $29 for a book, then do what I did and learn the hard way by losing a few hundred thousand dollars because you’re too cheap to buy a book that spells it out in detail.

You’ll also learn my most successful marketing techniques and the ones that didn’t work, from radio ads to postcards to email campaigns

When you buy my book at www.how2ownagym.com you also get a FREE 15 minute consult with me on the phone about any questions you have.

 

contact Shannon at shannoncook902@gmail.com

Audio Interview “How to open a 24 hour automated gym with door access and gym software system combo”, with maker of Firebug Software Gym door access and EZclub Gym software all in one, Roger Rabbi founder, interviewed by Fitness Marketer, author, and gym consultant Shannon Cook

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

New Podcast interview includes everything about the 24 hour fitness center access system, EZclub gym software, and exactly how I used this system to transform my gym from 50 members to over 300 in less than 3 months 

 If you own a gym or are thinking of starting a gym, here’s the interview you must listen to below

This system that personally used daily in my gym is the one I also write about in my book “How to start a 24 hour gym from scratch”, to get that book go to www.how2ownagym.com

I own this system in my own gym, and with it i saved thousands of dollars on the gym software alone.

Roger Rabbi is the founder of Firebug Software System, a door access, gym software, and security camera system all in one.

Even if you aren’t planning on opening a 24 hour gym, you can use this system for the gym software alone and every gym needs a security camera system.

I wouldn’t dream of opening another gym without an automated system, I try to automate everything from my email system to the lighting in my gym, because i got tired of having to cover for employees not showing up or being sick, now i just have one person working at my gym for 6 hours a day to clean the gym and sign up new members.

I used to have 4 employees and now only have one, saving me over $3,000 a month in labor alone.

My gym membership tripled in only 3 months with the combination of the 24 hour system and the marketing i teach that i actually do in my own gym.

Download it Or Listen live By clicking HERE

Please rate the podcast in ITUNES if you like it.

Shannon Cook is a fitness marketing consultant and gym building consultant, You can reach me at shannoncook902@gmail.com

To learn every detail of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com 

How to Start and/or Build a 24 hour Fully Automated Fitness Center, Gym, or Health Club from scratch, including quality exercise equipment, tanning beds, gym software, 24 hour access system, security system, and office equipment, just like I did

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

How to Start and/or Build a 24 hour Fully Automated Fitness Center, Gym, or Health Club from scratch, including quality exercise equipment, tanning beds, gym software, 24 hour access system, security system, and office equipment, just like I did

Learn from Shannon Cook, a current gym owner, former general contractor, commercial building landlord, and Fitness Marketing Consultant, how to go from your IDEA to the Grand Opening of your Fitness Center.

Also, how to convert an existing gym into a 24 hour fitness center by installing a 24 hour automated door access system, 911 system, and security cameras, and if that’s not enough, the gym door access system comes with a gym and fitness center management software system

 I’m so positive you will know everything about how to start a gym form scratch after reading this book, that i’m giving you 182.5 days, that’s 6 months to try it, and if you don’t like it, return it for a full refund

Why listen to me?

Because I did everything wrong before I did anything right. Fortunately I stuck with it and found some very successful businessmen to guide me, then innovated by turning my gym into a 24 hour fully automated gym, then spent over $15,000 to learn marketing the old fashioned way.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

First off, I’ll teach you how I took my gym from 50 members to over 300 in less than 3 months and exactly what I did and still do to make my little back woods gym one of the best known in my town.

Then you’ll learn;

HOW TO:

  • Research and Decide what kind of gym you want to open, from a 24 hour automated fitness center like the very popular 24 hour fitness and snap fitness, to a women’s only gym     
  • Incorporating or LLC?
  • Partnerships 
  • Franchise
  • Buy an Existing Club
  • Business Plan and Executive Summary
  •  Writing the Plan  
  •  Funding your Start up                                            
  •  Accounting for every dollar, for success             
  •  Naming your Gym   
  •  Becoming a Spy                                                     
  •  Location, Location, Location   
  •  Electrical
  •  Lighting 
  •  Air Conditioner and Heat Electrical needs           
  • Cable or Satellite hook up                                     
  • Phone service                                                         
  • Negotiating the Lease                                             
  • Choosing signage for Marketing your Gym          
  • Painting the interior of your gym                           
  • Insurance
  • Plans Drawn up for the building                            
  • The Build out                                                           
  • Getting the Permit for the Build out                       
  • Mirrors
  • Gym Equipment                                                      
  • Parts for gym equipment                                        
  • Flooring
  • Pro Shop Vendors                                                    
  • Office Equipment                                                      
  • Security System                                                        
  • Automated Door Access System                            
  • Gym Management Software                                      
  • Energy Efficiency in your building                          
  • Motion Switches for Lighting                                   
  • Ceiling Fans                                                               
  • Sound Systems and Cardio Theaters                     
  • Electronic Funds Transfer, (EFT) Bank Draft           
  • Accepting Credit Cards                                             
  • Childcare   
  • Waivers
  • Hiring Employees                                                      
  • Hiring Personal Trainers                                           
  • WIFI for members to use                                          
  • Lockers for your locker room                                  
  • Press Release Writing                                               
  • Marketing Checklist                                                  
  • Email Marketing                                                          
  • Website for your gym                                                
  • Google Adwords campaign creation and management                                                       
  • How to run a Grand Opening                                                   
  • Mailing List Companies                                             
  • Social Networking

If you want to know all the wrong things I did, here they are;

  • When I opened I picked the wrong location
  •  used the wrong subcontractors
  •  bought exercise equipment from the wrong people and also bought the wrong equipment
  •  finished my concrete floor with too little sealer
  •  painted some rooms the wrong colors for the right psychological effect (which you’ll learn)
  • Made the tanning bed rooms too small
  • Offered childcare when I wasn’t set up for it correctly
  • Hired the wrong employees
  • Hired the wrong personal trainers
  • Installed the wrong size air conditioner
  • Signed contracts for phone lines that I could have negotiated for a lot less
  • Used the wrong lighting
  • Got sued for $190,000 because of a contract that really didn’t exist (here’s where I made the biggest mistake in believing lady justice is blind, really justice has one eye open, and she’s looking for $$$ not justice), so learn what not to do.

I then turned my business around completely and figured out on my own what no one else would tell me, and I don’t blame them, after all, they learned the way I did.

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Shannon Cook is a marketing consultant to the fitness industry. contact Shannon for questions at shannoncook902@gmail.com