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Health Club Owners and Managers

Tips for Entry

Become familiar with fitness by joining a sports team, visiting a fitness club, or coaching a team.

Earn certification as a fitness trainer or group fitness instructor; experience working at a gym as a trainer or instructor will give you firsthand knowledge of gym management and customer relations.

Join a student business group, such as Junior Achievement ( to learn about financial planning, entrepreneurship, and running a business.

Contact local gyms or fitness studios to inquire if they offer work-study programs for students. Some yoga studios, for example, allow students to take classes for free in exchange for a few hours of work managing customers and cleaning the facilities.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers comprehensive information about starting and funding a business at

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