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Special Strong Affiliate

Become a Special Strong Affiliate

We’re opening up possibilities for people who can’t afford a gym but want to start their own niche business.

Universal concept that works with existing clubs

We tested our model with over 30 different clubs with a 100% success rate.

Build a team and own your own territory

Hire other trainers and put them through our online certification program to work in your protected 30-mile radius territory.

Make Your Own Schedule

Build the lifestyle you want. You control your own schedule and can choose to the hours you want to work.

We Have a Healthy Culture

We put God first. Our culture is defined by our STRONG values: Selflessness, Transparency, Relationship Focused, Ownership, No Judgement, God's Company

Making a Difference Serving a Growing Niche Audience

The special needs industry is constantly growing, which means success for our franchisees. It also gives us a meaningful purpose to change the lives in our communities for the better.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html 1

1 in 6 children

in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities (such as speech and language impairments) to serious developmental disabilities (such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism). 1

1 in 59 children

has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. 1

119.4% increase

in prevalence of autism in U.S. children from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). 1

We Give You the Blueprint to Get Started

After testing our model in several markets, we know how to help our affiliates win. You set the bar for what “winning” means to you, and we’ll help you get there.

Low-Cost Investment

Special Strong offers very affordable annual affiliate fees with no monthly recurring fees, unlike other industries.

Simple Process

Through our virtual learning platform, we teach you everything you need to know to be a prosperous Special Strong owner.

Proven Track Record

Within the first year of testing in the DFW Market, Special Strong generated $150,000 in revenue

360 Support

In addition to our online training, we offer virtual coaching to ensure your success.

Our Affiliates Are Changing Lives Every Day

After testing our model in several markets, we know how to help our franchisees win. You set the bar for what “winning” means to you, and we’ll help you get there.

Get Started with a Low-Cost Investment

$250,000 - $500,000

Average gym startup cost


Special Strong annual affiliate fee

Your Success Is Our Success

Negotiation Support

We teach you how to negotiate with other gyms to get the best possible rental rates.

Zero Royalty Fees

Keep 100% of your revenue in your pocket as your profits grow.

Low Overhead Costs

No equipment purchases necessary.

Marketing Support

We’ll teach you our proven marketing techniques and how to optimize your digital presence.

Affiliate FAQs

Experience working with audiences of all sizes. A relevant, powerful message

How does a Special Strong club create revenue?

Since Special Strong does not operate with membership dues, all revenue comes from personal training and boot camps. Each client is required to commit pay via ACH or credit/debit card.

How long does a client stay with Special Strong?

On average, clients tend to stay with our services longer than traditional services. Clients stay with us for a minimum of six months and an average of 12 months.

What can I expect to make from my business?

Income from each Special Strong varies based on many variables including market size, demographics, efforts made by owners, competency, and economic factors. We can put you in touch with many different Special Strong owners, and you can discuss their revenue and income with them.

How much training will I receive?

As much as you need! Initially, we have a mandatory two-week onboarding process that consists of one week of virtual training and one week of hands-on training in Texas. Once the two-week training is complete, we provide daily or weekly assistance via the phone, onsite visits, email communications, and various publications. Assistance is available for as long as you need it. There is no additional cost for this valuable training and assistance.

Do I get an operations manual?

When you become a Special Strong owner you will be granted access to our online operations manual. This is a web-based program that is regularly updated with new information. It contains topics designed to help you launch and operate your own Special Strong.

How many hours will I work in my Special Strong club each week?

That decision is completely up to you. Some owners maintain full-time jobs and watch over the operation of their club with occasional check-ups. Other owners operate their Special Strong club as a full-time job. Depending on your circumstances, it can work either way.

How much are the affilaite fees?

In comparison to other industries, the fees for Special Strong are considerably lower.  As of 2020, our annual affiliate fee is $5,000 USD.

Who are the biggest competitors for Special Strong?

Special Strong does not have many competitors, in the sense of other businesses offering a similar service. However, there are other companies who target the same demographic we do, such as behavior therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and more.

Do I get an exclusive territory with my Special Strong territory?

Yes. You will be granted an exclusive territory. Your Sales Consultant can discuss with you how Special Strong implements its territory development.

What kind of overhead costs do I have?

Outside of our low affiliate fees, the only overhead costs you have are advertising, facility rental fees, and software programs that you’ll need to manage your business and advertising. On average, the overhead for software is less than $200/month. Advertising costs are determined by how fast you want to grow varies on a monthly basis. We help you negotiate the lowest possible rate when it comes to renting out space at a facility.

I’m already a trainer and I want to add this to my gym. Is this something I can do?

Yes! Adding our affiliate model to your gym is a great way to boost revenue and add a specialty service offering to what you already do.

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