top low cost franchise

Anytime Fitness is recognized as a top-ranked, low cost franchise across all industries. Both our initial franchise fee and ongoing monthly fees are extremely affordable, lowering the barrier of entry for club ownership.

low initial investment

The following relates to Anytime Fitness franchising in North America. For information about franchising outside North America, visit our International Opportunities page.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of your Anytime Fitness center is between $84,700 and $417,900. This includes an initial franchise fee of $35,000 for a new franchisee. For an Anytime Fitness Express center, your initial investment should range from $62,900 to $279,300 for a new franchisee. This includes an initial franchise fee of $18,000. Based on your budget and cash flow, your upfront costs can be minimized by leasing equipment and spreading your build-out costs into your monthly lease (although this may increase your rent).

Our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) provides you with in-depth information regarding the costs and expenses you can plan to incur when developing an Anytime Fitness club. These are estimates based upon the actual experience of ourselves and our franchisees, but they can vary by area of the country. To receive the Anytime Fitness FDD, please submit an application. The completed form can be emailed to, or faxed to 651-438-5055.

controlling expenses

A key business strategy with Anytime Fitness is to keep your expenses low. Our compact facilities incorporate a simple—yet upscale—interior design, so you may not have to spend a lot on leasehold improvements. And, our franchise fees are much lower in comparison to other franchises, ours is a flat fee of $549 per month, not a percentage of sales.

Keep in mind that expenses will vary based on the economics of your area, but our streamlined operations process may help you shave costs. Our experienced lease negotiating team can also assist you in dealing with landlords, equipment representatives, and other industry vendors. Here's a list of the largest expenses typical clubs have and how we can help lower them:

monthly lease

Lease negotiations can be tenuous. Considering the different lease terms, like triple net leases, gross leases, and CAM charges, deciding on a lease option can be daunting if you lack experience in dealing with building owners. Our real estate experts can help you achieve the lowest possible rate and make sure the lease is structured with your best interests in mind. See also: Startup Support.

capital requirements

The following is an example of average upfront costs:

Type of
Anytime Fitness Express Method of Payment When Due To Whom Payment is Made
Initial Franchise / Development Fee $20,000 to $35,000
(Note 2)
$15,000 to $18,000
(Note 2)
Lump Sum When You Sign Your Franchise Agreement Us
Travel and Living Expenses While Training (Note 3) $1,500 to $2,800 $1,500 to $2,800 As Incurred Before and During Training Vendors (e.g. travel, hotel, restaurants)
Real Estate and Improvements $12,100 to $262,000
(Note 4)
$6,400 to $170,000
(Note 4)
As Incurred As Incurred Third Parties
Fitness Equipment $4,200 to $20,700
(Note 5)
$2,500 to $11,000 (Note 5) Lump Sum Before Issuing Order for the Equipment Us or Vendors
Tanning Equipment $0 to $1,400
(Note 5)
$0 to $700
(Note 5)
Lump Sum Before Issuing Order for the Equipment Vendors
Virtual Programming Kiosk $0 to $1,200 $0 Lump Sum Before Issuing Order for the Equipment Vendors
Security System $3,800 to $13,700
(Note 5)
$3,700 to $12,100
(Note 5)
Lump Sum Before Issuing Order for the Equipment Vendors
First Aid Equipment $1,000 to $1,600
(Note 6)
$1,000 to $1,600
(Note 6)
As Incurred As Incurred Vendors
Interior Signs (Note 7) $100 - $3,000 $100 - $3,000 Lump Sum Before Opening Us or Vendors
Outside Signs (Note 7) $100 to $8,500 $100 to $8,500 As Incurred Before Opening Us or Vendors
Miscellaneous Opening Costs (Note 8) $1,900 to $2,700 $1,400 to $2,100 As Incurred As Incurred Vendors
Pre-Sale / Grand Opening Advertising $8,000 to $13,000
(Note 9)
$8,000 to $13,000
(Note 9)
As Incurred Within 30 Days of Opening Vendors
Insurance (Note 10) $2,500 to $2,800 $2,200 to $2,400 Lump Sum Before Opening Vendors
Supplies and Furniture $4,000 to $6,000 $4,000 to $6,000 As Incurred Before Opening Vendors
Legal and Accounting Expenses $500 to $4,500 $500 to $4,500 As Incurred Before Opening Vendors
Additional Funds - 3 Months (Notes 11 and 12) $25,000 to $39,000 $16,500 to $23,600 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers, Utilities, etc.
Total: $84,700 to $417,900
(Note 13)
$62,900 to $279,300
(Note 13)

Notes are found in the Anytime Fitness Franchise Disclosure Document. To obtain a copy, contact a Franchise Sales Representative at (800) 704-5004.


Some costs will vary in relation to the physical size of the fitness center. A lower cost center is one that would require fewer leasehold improvements and fewer equipment expenditures. Moderate and higher cost fitness centers may require extensive interior renovations and additional equipment. The above figures do not include extensive exterior renovations.