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9Round

9Round delivers total-body results in a quick and convenient 30-minute workout, centred around boxing, kickboxing and the latest functional training methods in a full-body circuit format.


Investment Amount:
£100,001 - £250,000
Industry Sector(s):
Fitness Franchises, Health & Beauty, Management Franchises, Premier Franchises, Sports Franchises, Women In Franchising



KNOCKOUT RETURNS

Boutique fitness franchise for savvy investors
- Prime territories available across the UK -

✓ Low investment: open three 9Round units to the cost of one big-brand gym
✓ Less employees = less HR headaches
✓ Operational breakeven around 2-4 months per unit, full payback typically at 24 months

One of the lowest investment levels in the gym sector, 9Round is a world class franchise with over 750 studio gyms operating globally and it’s set to deliver premium returns to UK investors, having proved the concept domestically.

Boost your wealth

9Round franchisees are knowledgeable investors, usually with a keen interest in health and fitness. Most have added 9Round as an additional income stream and continued their existing high-powered job, lucrative contract work or running their other business(es).

The gym sector is a popular segment of the health & fitness industry, and boutique studio style gyms are a niche posting the biggest growth; whereas the traditional machine-filled gyms are fighting each other on price.

Punching above the rest

Fitness for busy people
30-minute trainer-led full-body workouts that fit into daily life
Immersive atmosphere
Workout-connected sound and lighting create a truly immersive experience
New workouts every day
Global HQ push a new workout to your trainers every day, with video demos
Wearable tech and app
Members can measure results, trainers can drive activity
No fixed class times
Members simply arrive any time and start at one of the 9 workstations
Convenience for all 
Membership of one gym = access to all: workout near home, the office, or away
Engaged members
Typically, 60% female with average member retention of 11months= globally
Appealing training style
Intense kickboxing-themed workouts: no monotonous gym machines here!

A world-class franchisor

Lift Brands are a global player with a portfolio of franchised businesses within the health and fitness sector, including the likes of Snap Fitness. Globally this totals 6,000 units across 28 countries. This scale is only achievable through operating with absolute professionalism, ensuring everything is done to help franchisees succeed.

Rolling out the Snap Fitness brand provided valuable insights into the UK market, but our owners still chose to prove 9Round with six pilot units operating over several years prior to officially launching the franchise opportunity.

The UK team are based in South West London and provide support at every stage of your journey, from sourcing property to training your management team and promoting your units.

9Round vs traditional gyms

People are demanding more convenience and faster, more engaging workouts in a more pleasant and immersive environment. We believe our business model has many advantages over traditional gyms and franchises in other sectors.

✓ The right time to invest – boutique gyms are thriving
✓ Finding PROPERTY is generally easier and quicker with smaller 1,000-1,500sq. ft units
✓ 9Round trainers get to know members by name, unlike the big volume-member gyms
✓ Typical opening hours 7am – 9pm weekdays, weekends depend on location
✓ Monthly subscription income with returning members rather than passing trade

Owner Manager
One Gym
Starter pack

Invest from £80k +50% bank funding, subject to status

Great second income stream
EBITDA: circa £100K+ p/a (yrs 3-5)

Start your first gym
Work 2-3-hrs per day
Check-in on your trainers
Focus on marketing and sales

Option to add more gyms in the future

Owner Investor
THREE GYM
Starter pack

Invest from £250k +50% bank funding, subject to status

Multi-unit investment opportunity
EBITDA: circa £250K+ p/a (yrs 3-5)

18-month roll out plan
Employ your own management team
Full dashboard to oversee all your gyms
Typically visit each unit once per week

Option to add more gyms in the future

Next steps

Get in touch with Scott to discuss your aspirations and see if 9Round could be the right investment for you.

Following this call, the next step would then be to book in to come along for a chat in-person and meet the Lift Brands UK team in south-west London. This would also give you the opportunity to view our gym in Wandsworth and really understand the 9Round model in action.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Discovery Day

Businessmen seeking growth opt for 9Round

A fitness session helped Shakeel Jivraj decide to invest in the 9Round Fitness Franchise Opportunity.

Shakeel, his father Shafiq and brother Zahed are experienced, successful franchisees, having grown their family-owned pizza delivery franchise to 23 outlets in 13 years. Shakeel says: "We wanted to diversify our family business into the fitness sector because we are passionate about it – Zahed is a qualified personal trainer and I like working out."

Figures from 2018 showed that the number of UK gyms was growing - and the trend is for smaller studios specialising in high intensity interval training (HIIT) and boxing-based fitness. Shakeel says: "As 9Round offers kick-box-based 30-minute full-body HIIT workouts, we considered it a good potential investment."

The family did a trial workout at a 9Round club before investing. "We were impressed by the on-site trainer and manager. Head office supplies new workout routines to trainers daily, so we could see the attraction for gym users," says Shakeel.

The family also liked the fact that it's possible to open three sites for the price of opening one traditional gym (around £250,000). Breakeven is typically within three to four months and you can see a full ROI within two years. Finding sites is easier because at 1,000 to 1,500 sq ft, 9Round gyms are smaller than traditional gyms. 9Round is part of a US-based gym group Lift Brands, which operates multiple gym brands over 2,000 sites worldwide.

"We also found the 9Round UK leadership team very knowledgeable about the fitness industry and keen to help us get started," Shakeel says.

The family have invested in three 9Round gyms in the London area. "The first opens in February 2020 and we are expecting a two-year payback on each site," says Shakeel.

"We already have the skills to run a multi-site operation, an established back office and managers with people skills who can move between brands if required."

Matt Fowler, from the 9Round UK master franchise team, says: "9Round offers premium franchise opportunities for those who are actively involved in business investments, or simply have big business ideas. With the right investment ideas, and the right team working with you, we will do everything possible to ensure success."

Business analyst spots a good investment with 9Round

As a business analyst Pratik Patel knows how to spot a good investment, so when he and his wife wanted to set up their own business, they chose the 9Round Fitness Franchise Opportunity.

Pratik initially looked at joining a 9Round kick boxing gym as a member. "I soon realised that 9Round would make a good investment," he says.

Now Pratik, his wife (also from a business background), his best friend, and a business partner have together invested in five 9Round boutique gyms in and around London offering high intensity interval training (HIIT) and boxing-based fitness.

Three of the gyms are already open and two open soon. "9Round gyms are smaller than traditional gyms, so it's easier to find sites, and the investment required is lower, starting around £115,000 a club," says Pratik, from Erith, Kent.

"It's our first venture into business together and it's great fun. We have reduced the risk by investing in several sites, and the 9Round franchise head office team is exceptionally supportive. I come from a family that has always run its own businesses, but I knew little about the fitness sector or franchising, and 9Round has supported us all the way."

9Round is relatively new to the UK, but is part of US-based gym group Lift Brands, which operates multiple gym brands worldwide, with over 2,000 sites.

Pratik says: "It's great to get in at the beginning of 9Round's UK expansion. It's exciting to break new ground and you get direct interaction with the UK Office, who are always keen to help you make a success of your business.

"I have a good job in financial services so I could have just banked my savings, but I wanted the rewards of running my own business and could not let the 9Round opportunity pass by."

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