Fight Fit Combat Fitness: Linda Slack

Franchisee Slack, who's launching her fourth musical martial arts class, tells us why having a motivational fitness role with flexible hours enticed her to join the business

Name: Linda Slack
Company name: Fight Fit Combat Fitness
Location: Selby, North Yorkshire
Date launched: 25 August 2014
Staff numbers: 1

Tell us what your franchise business does

Fight Fit Combat Fitness offers friendly and fun one-hour martial arts to music workouts aimed at men and women of all ages and fitness levels. The brand’s exhilarating classes are perfect for weight loss, toning and general fitness as the whole body is given a workout. A combination of kicks, punches, jabs and hooks are choreographed into easy to follow routines set to motivating and energetic music tracks.

What’s the business model?

Fight Fit Combat Fitness attracts people who don’t really want to join a gym but do want to get in shape and improve their fitness levels. Classes cost £5 and operate on a pay-as-you-go basis, although class concession cards are also available. Classes are promoted via social media, roadside banners, posters, local press and radio advertising.

Why did you decide it was the right one for you?

I first started going to my local Fight Fit Combat Fitness class over two years ago and as soon as I discovered the company was branching out into franchising I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Joining the Fight Fit Combat Fitness Franchise was the perfect opportunity for me as I have an intense passion for fitness and love to share my energy and enthusiasm with others, helping them reach their goals. Plus, I can work hours that suits my family and lifestyle.

How popular is the franchise already and how long has it existed?

Established in 2012 but launched as a franchise operation in May 2014, Fight Fit Combat Fitness started in a small village near York and now has over 500 weekly class members in York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. I am a Fight Fit Combat Fitness franchisee in the Selby area of North Yorkshire and currently run three classes in my territory with a fourth launching in November.

My plan is to concentrate on building up the evening classes before I branch out into daytime classes as well. Since I started my business in August, word has spread quickly – I am now known in the area as Fight Fit Lins!

What were you doing before buying the franchise?

I’m a level three qualified play worker for early years’ education and, from 2007 until 2014, I worked at an out-of-school club. I was deputy manager for a period of time but resigned before taking up the Fight Fit Combat Fitness franchise.

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