Frequently Asked Questions

What type of ongoing support do I get as a Special Strong Franchise Owner?

  • Networking with other successful franchise owners
  • Technology Support
  • Business and strategy planning 
  • Local market development
  • Online training and instructional videos
  • Reoccurring phone calls
  • Virtual meetings

How do I become a passive owner?

Initially, we do not support passive ownership. In our level 1 concept, the owner should always continue doing marketing, networking, and hiring.  We encourage our owners to train no more than 20 hours a week in order to dedicate time to building and scaling their business.

As you grow, it may be possible to become a passive owner with our level 2 concept, which would allow you to hire someone to oversee and manage the business. 

Why should I join the Special Strong team?

Often, people want to join our team because they find out that we are the most affordable fitness franchise in the world that doesn't require a brick and mortar gym.  That's certainly a great reason to join, but it shouldn't be your deciding factor.  You should join the Special Strong team because your values line up with ours, and you want a rewarding career where you truly get to make a difference every single day.

How can I get more information on becoming a Special Strong franchise owner?

You can request more information here.

Do I need to own a gym?

Our level 1 concept does not require you to own your own gym.  You can train clients in-home and/or at existing gyms that meet our standards. Our level 2 concept does include owning your own adapted fitness facility.

If I am outside of the United States, can I still own a Special Strong?

Yes.  We do domestic and international franchising.

What are the requirements to become a Special Strong Franchise Owner?

Please visit our own a Special Strong franchise page to learn more about the requirements of becoming a Special Strong franchise owner.

How much experience do I need?

Our franchise is designed for anyone who has a passion for fitness and individuals with disabilities.  Through our Special Strong University program, our franchisees will receive over 90 hours of training that consists of both in-person training and on the job training.

What's the difference between the level 1 and level 2 concept?

Our level 1 concept is our entry-level concept with lower overhead that allows owners to train clients in-home and rent out space at existing facilities.  Our level 2 concept is the build-out of our adaptive brick and mortar gym model with specialized equipment. 

Can I start with a level 2 concept?

No.  All owners must start with the level 1 concept and have acceptable performance in order to be awarded a level 2 concept.

Is financing available?

Yes, financing is available through a third party.  SBA Express Loans, personal loans, or lines of credit are all common financing methods.

Do I have to be a personal trainer to own a Special Strong?

If you are training clients, you must be a current NCCA accredited personal trainer to ensure the safety and highest quality of services to our clients.  If you are not an NCCA accredited personal trainer, we can help you become one through one of our approved partners. 

What equipment do I need to train clients?

Most gyms already have all the equipment you need.  Our level 2 concept includes specialized equipment for individuals with mental, physical, and cognitive challenges.

Will I be assigned a specific territory?

Yes, each franchise owner will have their own protected territory based on population and a mileage radius.  Each protected territory has at least 100,000 people.