In this episode of the Gym Owners Growth Zone podcast, our host Andres Escobar meets with Kyle Henning, Managing Partner at Keepbooked and Owner of an Anytime Fitness franchise. They talk about Kyle’s unexpected journey to gym ownership and how his career is continuing to progress.
- At the age of 18, Kyle had an accident that broke his back and paralyzed his legs. He has been in a wheelchair ever since.
- While attending university to go to medical school, he started going to a gym and got a part-time job there.
- Not one to shy away from a challenge, he bought his own gym and sought to make it a place where gym members and team members alike would be treated with respect and dignity.
Gaining Marketing Experience
- At a conference, he met Jeff O’Mara and they began collaborating on fitness-related projects.
- From Jeff, Kyle learned how to be a networker, go-getter, and, very importantly, he saw that Jeff isn’t afraid to fail.
- Once their business was ready, they hired the right people to join the team.
Selling His Clubs
- Selling a club meant he had to pay a lot of money in taxes. There are some things you can do to strategize if you’re selling – check with your CPA!
- On the positive side, there is some financial gain. He recommends investing in some kind of passive income.
- While he no longer sells memberships for a living, he still gets to use his business to help people.
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