Jazzercise Franchise????

...I was researching this franchise and came across a forum where several instructors were concerned about the costs of running a Jazzercise business. Some were saying that corporate offices were charging a hefty fee for the monthly electronic membership fees...some were saying that what they are making barely covers the expenses. Some said that at one conference for franchise instructors they were given mirros and then posted the following question to the attendees: If your center is not doing good this is the reason? And they were asked to look into the mirror....oh my God; that's
ridiculous. It was also mentioned that Jazzercise franchisee's are NOT allowed to post on forums such as this one...so I might never get an answer as to:

1. Do you run a successful Jazzercise center, or do you lease your space at recreational centers?
2. What was your initial investment to open your center?
3. How many members do you service?
4. How much do your charge per member?
5. How long did it take for you to see your profits?
6. Are you allow to have a center and also provide footwear, exercise clothing, etc.?
7. Do you get profits if any to sell Ryka footwear are your location?
8. Can you own a Jazzercise franchise center and not teach, and just run it with sub instructors?
9. How much are the sub instructors paid?
10. How long have you had your Jazzercise franchise?

Why do you need a franchise to do this?

Well?

Is the brand name really that valuable?

on February 19th, 2009

Look at how long Jazzercise

Look at how long Jazzercise has been around as a franchise, now you tell me if its valueable or not???

Posted by Guest on December 28th, 2009

Jazzercise franchise

It has been around for 40+ years, but it is best not to look at this as a business that will necessarily be profitable for you. Be very careful before you put your money and time into this franchise.
Be there - done that.

Posted by Guest on August 3rd, 2010

Jazzercise franchise

Oops! I meant to say, "Been there - done that." Although some franchisees, especially those in larger cities, have been successful, there is a tremendous drop-out rate of people who aren't able to make this franchise work. And it has nothing to do with whether or not they are following the "business plan." The reason the franchise keeps on going is due to the never-ending recruitment of new franchisees - a very active part of the marketing strategy. And franchise owners are expected to conduct this recruitment on a continuing basis. There is much more to owning this francise than meets the eye upon first glance. If you do decide upon the franchise, you would do better to be an associate or substitute instructor, rather than a class owner. Even at that, I would say that you should not necessarily look at this as a money-making venture.

Posted by Guest on August 3rd, 2010

I agree with this comment.

I agree with this comment. If you've never been a Jazzercise instructor then don't jump into owning classes/center owner. Pay the money to become an instructor ($1000), buy a microphone (average $300), buy insurance and sub fees (appx $240) and then teach as a sub for a full year, at least. Make sure you love Jazzercise enough to teach it before you own it.

Posted by Guest on August 25th, 2010

I hate their music.

Always Cheap Loud 80' Pop or country music. Worst part? You have to pay for this.

Being a Jazzercise instructor is not like working at restaurant. At restaurant, you will make money from day one. Jazzercise? You have to pay lots of money to them to be an instructor. Then, how much do you make? $8-22 an hour, basically minimum wage. Actually, it's not even minimum considering the money you invest.

Please realize one thing: Aerobic with Boom box is not trend any more. Meditation, Yoga, Pilates are trend. You won't be able to see anyone under 30 in this business.

on December 29th, 2011

That is funny. Have you ever

That is funny. Have you ever even been to a Jazzercise class? I guess you haven't, because we certainly don't use any 80s music, or a boom box, nor have we ever used a boom box. It is music you hear on the radio, the hits of today, mixed with country and jazz. Our artists include Katy Perry, David Guetta, Michael Buble, Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO, Jason Mraz, just to name a few. Go and actually take a class before you spew off things that aren't true!

Posted by Guest on March 29th, 2012

I didn't know the artists

I didn't know the artists names. All I found was their musics are loud and tasteless.

This is one rude franchise not concerning neighbor businesses.

Posted by Guest on April 25th, 2012

Not funny at all

I was a Jazzercuse student for years and years and loved it when I was in my 20's and 30's. I'm in my 50's now and tried to return to class a few years ago, While I never saw a boom box, I did not care for the music, it's obviously Shanna's taste and contains far too much hip hop. After being gone for so long, I found the classes to be like a cult, and the instructor was definitely into herself and basically taught to her friends instead of to the group, Jazzercise promotes itself as being a safe workout, but I never saw much injury prevention being demonstrated. Several women dropped out due to foot problems and I found all the jumping, pounding and lateral movement to be hard on my feet and knees. I tried to return to class a few more times because I remembered all the fun I used to have back in the day, but it just wasn't there any more. I was also lifting weights at the time and traininig hard at the gym, and there were also instructor put downs in regard to people who had gym memberships. I found that laughable because my gym membership was less expensive than a month of Jazzercise, and I had access to so much more. I would expect an instructor to be in denial in regard to any notion that the Jazzercise program may be flawed, but believe it or not there are people who don't like it, and I am speaking the truth.

Posted by Guest on May 15th, 2012

I completely agree with this

I completely agree with this comment. The lack of success of this franchise has nothing to do with following the business model. That is what Jazzercise wants the center owners to think. There are very few successful franchises out there. The only way to make money at this is to have classes in a free church and nobody in this day and age wants to sign up for that anymore. The centers have NOT been successful. Jazzercise completely uses the instructors, especially the subs to make a fortune off of their sweat, literally.
Jazzercise preys upon women who love to work out, but who do not necessarily have much business sense or background. Jazzercise is only supportive of instructors and center owners until there is a problem, and then they will not contact you or help you resolve any problem, they will just tell you that you are not following their "business plan" correctly, or that you are not teaching WOW classes. They offer no support to a struggling center. They are focused on their image only and will not help out a franchise if it is having problems.

Posted by Guest on December 31st, 2010

Jazzercise franchise

I am in the process of pursuing a Jazzercise Instructor franchise. I am meeting with a gal in our area who has been in the Jazzercise business for 21 years. In March, she will be opening her 3rd Jazzercise class at one of our local fitness centers and is seeking instructors. In June, I will be retiring after 34 wonderful years as a Speech/Language therapist in the schools. I will not be depending on Jazzercise for full time income but am concerned about some of the comments on this site. As a retiree, I certainly do not want to lose money on this venture. Were you an instructor? Were there many instructors in your area?.I have attended Jazzercise classes in the past and really enjoyed them. I have actually taught aerobics in the past as an independent contractor. Thanks in advance for your reply

Posted by Guest on February 5th, 2011

jazzercise franchise

I was a franchisee for 4 years. I had to eventually quit due to a few health problems, but probably would have quit anyway. I LOVE jazzercise and always wanted to be an instructor, but the cliquish-ness mentioned by others is true, for the most part. I didn't "own" classes, rather floated for several class owners. I eventually gravitated to only one class owner who is great, but after having to miss so much teaching due to two different surgeries, i was no longer really wanted, and corporate requires an instructor to teach at least four times per month. I know the owners barely break even, and as a floater, it's impossible to make a profit. The requirements by corporate are ridiculous. Instructors own NOTHING. Have to buy only Jazzercise outfits, which are crazy expensive, buy your own music, though several instructors figured a way to chip in to buy, copy and share the music. You need to buy a new mic every two to three years at $300+ and so on. the time it requires just to prepare to teach is crazy. You have to invest at least 2-4 hours per week just to practice and learn one set for a class, then teach for an hour and get about $12. Then there are the other ridiculous fees: sub fees, insurance, you name it. The only ones making money here are Judy and Shanna. And quite frankly, Judy is a joke. To watch her do her routines is laughable. The woman doesn't even follow the safety tips we were supposed to teach. She's essentially become an unspoken joke among ALL instructors, but GOD FORBID one should ever make even the slightest negative comment about her to others. You will be blackballed. Tried to return to Jazzercise as a student, but it was too hard. comments and looks and obvious bias toward my new weight gain, scrutiny about how I moved, that I was trying to show up the instructor...sorry, I learned how to do it the CORRECT way. If only corporate could see what the instructors do when they aren't watching! They cheat like crazy, use the routines and songs they WANT to use, and make fun of corporate constantly. There are a few instructors who subscribe to the cult mentality and hang on Judy's every word, but for the most part, instructors are bitter. All in all, a great dance/exercise program, but a very poor business plan.

Posted by Guest on July 30th, 2012

You are right on...Jazzercise franchise is a joke!

You are RIGHT ON! After taking jazzercise for 3 months I was approached by every instructor I took class with to become a Jazzercise instructor. I am a AFAA certified aerobic instructor, have taught dance for over 15 years, was a high school and college cheerleader...you get the picture I was qualified to teach. : ) When I signed up and was asked to pay my fees, the district manager said it will be $2,000 dollars. I very nicely said, I think the contract says $1,000 if I pay before July 1, 2012...checked the contract and I was right...it was only $1,000. Well, it was clear this district mgr ( a relative of the owner ) did not like being corrected. I worked on my audition routines..and they were flawless. I participated in two pre-audition workshops where i was told by all 3 leaders that i looked great and would make an amazing instructor. I got to the Carlsbad audition and we were told, no matter what you do don't stop. There were 10 women auditioning and 2 of them stopped in the middle of BOTH their routines! I felt so sorry knowing they would fail. I got up to do my 2 routines, smiled, performed them flawlessly, talked about low impact options, muscle groups..while performing routines. The other girls clapped when I was done! When I was called in to get my results I was told I was "not ready" by the woman running the audition. I was flabbergasted as were the other women! The 'judge" looked like a zombie delivering the news. Could not give me ONE example of anything done wrong..she could not it was flawless. Oh and the other 2 who should have failed because they stopped? Passed right through! So i called this district mgr and told her this was insane and I wanted to audition elsewhere. This time Vegas. Same EXACT thing happened...told how amazing I was by EVERYONE..sailed through audition only to be told by a woman who acted very odd. She delivered the news like a robot...I was "not ready" and when I said what are you talking about?? She referred me to the district manager. By now the light bulb went on. I made the district manager mad by questioning the fees and she was going to make sure I was blacklisted by the organization! This was confirmed to me by a friend at their corporate office. So here is my advice; unless you want to be a part of an organization that is run like a dysfunctional sorority, don't get involved. They set forth strict rules for YOU to follow, yet they don't! Do what I'm going to do, become a certified Zumba instructor and open up shop 2 doors down from a jazzercise location! It is MUCH better and way more popular...none of the ridiculous rules or women who conduct business on an emotional level rather than business level!

Posted by Jazzercise4getit on November 14th, 2012

Jazzercise franchise

I am in the process of pursuing a Jazzercise Instructor franchise. I am meeting with a gal in our area who has been in the Jazzercise business for 21 years. In March, she will be opening her 3rd Jazzercise class at one of our local fitness centers and is seeking instructors. In June, I will be retiring after 34 wonderful years as a Speech/Language therapist in the schools. I will not be depending on Jazzercise for full time income but am concerned about some of the comments on this site. As a retiree, I certainly do not want to lose money on this venture. Were you an instructor? Were there many instructors in your area?.I have attended Jazzercise classes in the past and really enjoyed them. I have actually taught aerobics in the past as an independent contractor. Thanks in advance for your reply

Posted by Guest on February 5th, 2011

Jazzercise and income!

hello!
I am a veteran 22 year instructor and also a public school teacher. I own 17 classes per week and teach anywhere from 6 to 12 of them. Thank goodness some are low impact. I DO make money and pay my associates more than what has been quoted here.
: )

Posted by Guest on March 28th, 2012

This is correct. Do not have

This is correct. Do not have this franchise with 20% royalty each month. You won't make money forever.

Posted by Guest on June 30th, 2011

I don't think people will

I don't think people will understand what 20% fee means.

Basically, you pay tax roughly 10%. I saw some business people moved for few % lower tax.

Plus, you pay 20% fee (royalty each month). Normal franchise fee is 5-10% maximum or lower.

Posted by Guest on June 30th, 2011

Basically, this franchise

Basically, this franchise won't sustain longer.

People move to Yoga and Pilates nowadays, not aerobics.

Open Yoga place yourself without going through franchise.

Posted by Guest on June 30th, 2011

I completely agree with you!!

I completely agree with you!!

Posted by Visitor on April 18th, 2013

Successful Franchisee

I'm not familiar with any stipulation about posting on boards such as this, so I will try to reply with a few points to your questions having been a Jazzercise Franchisee since 2003.

- The fees for EFT charged to the franchisee are extremely competitive and reasonable.

- Monthly fees can range from state to state, but the average is about $31/mo.

- Reselling of footwear & clothing is permitted, but the franchisee is responsible for any additional permits/licenses needed locally for this. There is no incentive from Jazzercise Inc to sell these items, therefore it's done as a convenience to customers rather than a sales gimmick like some other franchise operations.

- The new Business Only Franchise created a couple of years ago does allow one to be a Jazzercise Franchisee without needing to become an Instructor. Details on this can be found at jazzercise.com.

- Many of your other questions are very subjective to each individual case and owner, so I can't answer those and feel I've given you the whole picture. One thing I can say is those who say "you don't make any money" or words to that effect, in my opinion are simply not following the business model and/or are only looking short-term. I.E. Wanting to sign the agreement and make a great profit the next week. Anything worthwhile in life takes time and elbow-grease, so those people, and i've met quite a few, are not willing to work for the rewards.

Lastly, I want to comment about the recent Franchisee Meeting with the mirrors. It is true, each of us were given a small pocket mirror, so that each time we feel the urge to point a finger elsewhere (so is the American way), we first look at ourselves as owners before quickly saying "oh it's the economy" or "it's because of (blank)." Many times, WE are the reason that things are going well or not well, but rarely do people want to take accountability for their own successes or demise. The mirror bit I thought was a very creative way to get the point across. I still have mine right under my computer monitor :)

It's a great franchise with low start-up costs that I would recommend to anyone that is looking to make a change in others' lives and getting paid to do it at the same time. I haven't looked back and it's been 6 great years.

Hope this helps.

Posted by Guest on March 13th, 2009

Jazzercise

Thanks for your comments on this franchise. I have been thinking about a franchise for some time and am looking at Jazzercise as a possiblity once I move to a new state for full-time income. I realize there is alot of work to be had. I appreciate your honesty.

Posted by Nicole on June 12th, 2009

reply to: By Guest 2009-03-13 12:26

Honest feedback is important, but I do prefer your positive (and honest!) comments to the negative ones of others. I agree that the start-up costs are low, and a lot of your success depends on whether you can reach out to people and give them what they want, which are a few simple things: a healthy lifestyle, a great place to socialize every week and a sense of of belonging in a friendly, safe and comfortable environment. That's what I love about jazzercise, and that's what I hope to deliver one day. :)

Posted by Guest on January 17th, 2011

Successful franchisee

The jazzercise "business model" is based on fantasy accounting. The 20% rent, 20% associate pay, 10 to 15% advertising budget, 20% franchisee fee is a fallacy. The numbers simply don't add up as the model does not take into account the equipment, the insurance, the music, the cost of the promotions and all the little goodies we have to give customers, Case on point way back when when jazzercise opened their first corporate center in Irvine in 1988 they were charging instructors 38% rent to teach there. I know I was one of the instructors there. Obviously jazzercise was not applying its own model....... Regardless it is a fun occupation but certainly not one that anyone can live of.

on July 19th, 2014

Jazzercise

I have been a Jazzercise instructor 14 years and have also worked as an aerobic instructor for various fitness centers, YMCAs, etc.... and here's the thing: You don't make any money.

The rate an instructor is paid hasn't changed much, if at all, in 20 years. ($15-$20) Every year my account tells me that either I've broken even (Yeah!) OR like last year........"you spent $350 to teach".........it's time to retire.

It's fun to teach but doesn't make any business sense.

Posted by Guest on June 24th, 2009

It's too bad Jazzercise doesn't make money

I've always loved Jazzercise.  When I have been a member of  big clubs I always signed up for the classes.  I use to make the 6:00 a.m. class.  More fun than the equipment. 

on June 24th, 2009

It's true, instructors do not

It's true, instructors do not make much money - but you need to also calculate in that you are not paying to take classes or paying for a gym membership. So if you love teaching, performing, laughing, entertaining and motivating - then become a Jazzercise instructor and get paid to work out and have fun doing it.

Posted by Guest on August 25th, 2010

I don't understand this

I don't understand this comment.

There is no way you can make money out of Jazzercise.

Posted by Guest on June 30th, 2011

So your paying to work...

So your paying to work...

Posted by Leslie on November 2nd, 2011

Jazzercise, Inc. was founded

Posted by franklin19185 on September 1st, 2009

Unfortunately, too much of

Unfortunately, too much of these posts is true. I actually became and instructor twice. The first time, in 1982 BEFORE there were franchise fees. It was costly even then with all the equipment and other stuff that we needed to purchase. Still, I actually made a living at it. I quit because as the aerobics industry became more popular, the competition became stiffer and it became more difficult to sustain a living. The next time it cost me $600 for the francise fee. I became a sub and after working as a long-term sub for someone, she never paid me. I got back-logged with franchise fees and had to quit before I was terminated. As a sub, you still have to pay about $50 just to stay on the books. So, if you don't work one month, you're out $50. And you STILL need to pay for music, videos, etc. Loved the program, but hated the business.

Posted by Guest on August 13th, 2010

what do you mean "you have to

what do you mean "you have to pay $50 bucks to stay on the books?" That can't be right??

Posted by Guest on August 25th, 2010

It's correct.

You have to pay $50.00 minimum a month.

Posted by Guest10 on February 21st, 2012

$50 to stay on the books and $500

And you have to pay $500 a month to stay on the books if you are a noninstructor owner. Go figure.

Posted by Guest on March 22nd, 2012

That's $6,000 a year.

That's $6,000 a year.

Posted by Guest on April 28th, 2012

This information is

This information is incorrect. You need to check your facts. I am a very successful owner/instructor and this is absurd.

Posted by Guest on September 21st, 2012

Worst franchise

Jazzercise is the WORST franchise, there is no money to be made in this industry. I, too, taught for several years and have not been paid more than $7 per class to teach for the last 3 years. Jazzercise has consistently increased their fees and restrictions on instructors. In order to teach, you must attend at least one district meeting per year, ours was 6 hours away and always on a Sunday. They dictate what you get paid - tell the center owners only to pay instructors 20% of total income - split between all instructors even though they make you be an independent contractor and pay for expensive liability insurance and sub fees. You have to buy your own music 5 times a year. When you have a problem with getting paid very little, they tell you that you have a bad attitude and that you must not be teaching classes to the best of your ability. They want you to constantly try to get other women to buy into their franchise, and ostracize you if you refuse to do that. Our center owner has filed for bankruptcy 3 times due to this franchise, and the previous center owner I taught for filed for bankruptcy as well. Jazzercise, Inc does not care about this as they take their 20% of income via eft off the top. 20% CFF is one of the highest fees of any franchise.

Posted by Guest on December 31st, 2010

Happy Franchisee

To answer the question about the value of the franchise and why not do this on your own, Jazzercise provides every instructor with 25-30 new routines every 10 weeks with a professionally-made DVD. All the music is chosen and awesome, and we get printed notes on line.

I have been a sub and am now an owner. It's good advice to be a sub first. I make more money as an owner, but I also spend more time on the business side of things (advertising, promotions, etc.) which I enjoy. It's all about what you love. If you love the program and business, you will love it like I do.

I do have a full-time job other than being a Jazz owner, and it's true that to make enough money to live on, you need to be quite large, even with 2 or 3 Jazzercise centers (and there are owners out there doing that). I would LOVE to be one of those owners someday!

Posted by Guest on October 18th, 2010

I do not think owning more

I do not think owning more locations brings more money. It's more overheads including more rents.

Posted by Guest on April 28th, 2012

Franchising Consultant

I think this is a great idea that can really flourish if you approach it with the right amount of passion and experience. Like a few members stated above me, this is a huge commitment that requires the right amount of experience to make your franchise flourish.

If you feel like this is a worthy commitment, I really recommend pursuing the assistance of a franchising consultant group. They'll be able to help you make sure that you're making all the right steps on the road to success for your business, plus provide you with the connections you need to franchising lawyers and the like.

I recommend Upside Group. Their experienced staff will be able to help you out indefinitely. Check them out at <a href="http://www.upsidegroup.biz">UpsideGroup.biz</a&gt;.

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Posted by Bioliorie on January 30th, 2011

Owning a Jazzercise Franchise

"Owning" is really the wrong term to use for this franchise. You will never be in control as you would if it were really your own business. In fact, over the past few years this franchise has become micro-managed to the point of absurdity. There is very little you can do in regard to making your own decisions about how to run "your" business. The initial start-up fees are around $2000. If you are an associate or sub, you will get paid $10-$15 for each class that you teach for a class owner - if in fact you can get hired by a class owner to teach in the first place. And you have to teach at least 4 classes per month according to the latest rules, so if no one hires you you're in a real bind. If you become a class owner, you have additional fees - 20% of the gross of each and every class per month, with a minimum fee of $50/month. There are also bank fees to pay every month on each student who signs up for EFT. You'll have to find a place to rent, buy equipment such as weights, tubes, balls, mats, etc., a sound system that meets corporation guidelines, and if you choose to have a center - paint it the colors prescribed by the corporation, and follow other rules pertaining to the decor. And don't forget about the music license fees and liability insurance fees which are due every year. (Associates also have to pay a sub fee and liability insurance fees every year). There are numerous promotions throughout the year in which you will be expected to participate, since they are supposedly designed to bring in more students. However, the main purpose really seems to be the money they bring in for the corporation, from the promotional items they sell to the instructors at inflated prices.Then there are expenses for clothing, shoes, equipment, music, and numerous other incidentals. There are district meetings during the year which usually involve travel and hotel expenses, that you will be expected to attend at your own expense. There is no health insurance unless you pay for it yourself, no paid vacations, etc. So unless you have another source of income, don't count on this franchise to help boost your family income. In fact, it can drain you dry!

Posted by Guest on July 31st, 2011

Your comments on Jazzercise franchisee ownership

Wow!! You nailed it on the head!! I wish I would have read your post 20 years ago! Jazzercise has proven to be locally very snarky and soroity'esque in it's dealings with franchisees whom choose to not go to the semi-annual "conferences" at the franchisee's complete expense. So that we could be talked into how to give corporate more income and pay ourselves less!
Once I resigned, I called the corporate "marketing" manager to express my issues with her and was promptly dismissed, with her saying, "Well if your class owner wants to pay the associate instructors $6.30 a class, and you and your fellow instructors accepted it, too bad"!!!!
Wow! My focus was always on the students and teaching an amazing Jazzercise class. It took a lot for me to walk away from this pyramid business concept, but I was not willing to have to put my family and myself in bankruptcy (Which has happened to fellow franchise class owners throughout the nation) to support a good concept that got greedy.

Posted by Leslie on November 2nd, 2011

Jazzercise fees increasing

Soon it will cost $2000 to buy a Jazzercise franchise, and class owners will have to pay 20% of the gross of each class (or a minimum of $250/mo.) back to the corporation. If you're thinking about earning a living or even a decent return on your investment, think twice about owning this franchise. There are also additional annual costs, such as liability insurance and music license fees, etc.

Posted by Guest on January 20th, 2012

Jazzercise vs. Zumba and R.I.P.P.E.D.

 

i know several Jazzercise Franchise owners.  They do not break even, in fact they spend more than they make and they are "captured" instructors.  " Captured" means that they are not allowed to teach any other type of group exercise. Jazzercise is the only one in the industry that captures it's instructors.   It is true that the administration is sorority-ish and do not manage negative commentary to Jazzercise in an appropriate business manner.  Franchisee's who do not "tow the line" and stay quiet about complaints are ostracized, something that would not occur in a normal business environment.  There is very low tolerance for differences or diversity.  The lawsuits regarding discrimination based on body size (too large) clearly exemplifies this bias;  http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=126114&page=1.  There is no place for this kind of thinking in today's world.  This company was founded when there was no diversity and diversity was still outlawed in some states.   Jazzercise is generally an expensive hobby, not a business,  for most of it's Franchisee's.   

In comaparision, Zumba, has seen a phenomenal growth all over the world.  Zumba classes are typically full of students moving to a sexy latin beat for sixty minutes and caters to all levels of fitness.  There is no weight training.  A typical scenario is that a student pays $5.00 per class which makes it financially worthwhile for the instructor.  

A new arrival on the scene is R.I.P.P.E.D. an aerobic wellness program that caters to all levels of fitness;  http://www.RIPPEDusa.com/. You can become an instructor for $189.00 -$269.00, similar to Zumba,  versus a whopping $2,000.00  for Jazzercise.   R.I.P.P.E.D. involves music set the the intensity of the workout and low impact moves with light weights that make the 45 minute workout very effective.  Students are loving the music and the workout.

Posted by Guest10 on February 21st, 2012

Jazzercise

DON'T DO IT. I've been an associate/sub for almost a year, and it was the worst business decision I ever made! This franchise nickels and dimes you to death. You will make no money - in fact, you will lose money. Buyer beware!

Posted by Guest on March 20th, 2012

Buyer Beware

I am a former Jazzercise franchisee. I taught for 7 years, and resigned in October 2011. My resignation was due to medical issues, but I suspect I would have resigned within the next year anyway due to difficulties with the franchise.

Let me say, I LOVE the jazzercise workout -- it's fun, it's effective, and I truly loved it as both a student and as an instructor. BUT -- if you decide to pursue a franchise, crunch the numbers and really understand what you're signing up for. It truly is the rare instructor who can make a decent profit, and I don't know any who could support themselves on it.

Be aware that if you are a class owner, you will pay 20% of your monthly gross to Jazzercise Inc. That's a hefty amount. You will be responsible for your own advertising and marketing -- corporate does woefully little on either front, and there is no "advertising fund." Every franchisee is on their own. Advertising is expensive with very little ROI. You will need to build or purchase a stage, you'll need sound equipment, a microphone, music 5x's per year, you'll pay insurance and music royalties every year. If you want to provide equipment as a courtesy to your customers (mats, weights, resistance balls, xertubes, etc.) you'll shell out money for that as well. If you are able to recruit your own instructors, you'll be able to add classes, but you'll also have to pay the instructors. Most class owners in this economic climate are finding that adding classes to their schedule rarely brings in enough revenue to justify paying extra people to teach. And don't forget to figure in the rent you'll pay to a facility.

The cost of the franchise is increasing soon, as is the minimum monthly fee (in other words, if your monthly 20% does not equal $250, you'll pay them $250). Do the math -- for that $250 to equal 20% of your gross, you need to gross $1,250 per month. If your average monthly price to customers is $38 (that's an average of what most class owners charge on EFT), then you need approximately 33 regular customers on a monthly EFT draft. If you are starting brand new classes with no customers, it can take a long time to build up to that 33. Can you financially sustain and keep your classes open until you reach that number? Will your family finances survive paying Jazzercise $250 per month if your business doesn't earn that much? Also - the numbers I'm using above are "gross" numbers -- know that your "net" will automatically be less due to the bank and processing fees for collecting money via EFT.

I'm not saying "do it" or "don't do it" -- just saying that it is incumbent upon YOU to find out as much as you can about the financial commitment before you sign a franchise agreement. It's great if you love to dance and want to teach the program, but there's a whole 'nother side to the franchise that can leave you financially strapped (or worse) if you don't crunch your numbers and compare them against your own family finances.

Posted by Guest on April 13th, 2012

Well put!!

Well put!!

Posted by Visitor on April 18th, 2013

Jazzercise Instructor

Wow!....Sure wish I had read this 5 months ago! Certified a little over a month and regretting it now for all of these reasons! It's financially unfeasible if you want to try and make any money! After paying the franchise fee you wouldn't think you'd have a minimum "fee" to teach...that $150 now an upcoming $250 next years makes it almost impossible to try and "grow" classes anywhere unless you have a very large bankroll...been in tears for days as the realization of this is sinking is when I was approached about teaching classes at a local gym and found out that I can't afford to teach...not due to the gym rental costs but due to the Jazzercise instructor fees! You really don't get the "full" picture until you've paid your franchise fee, become and instructor THEN you can get into the corporate website and reality sets in. I love the classes, I love teaching, but would I recommend anyone to become an instructor with the costs involved in this economy...not on your life. Wishing I could have the $2000 and taken a different path. Only perk is that I can exercise at 42 classes a week for free as long as I don't have to get a "real" job...which I will have to in order to pay for being a Jazzercise instructor!

Posted by Newbie in PA on June 4th, 2013

Former Instructor

I was a student for several years and a class owner for 10. I can tell you that it is very "cliquish". I went on maternity leave and my District Manager had a cow! He (bet you can guess who) made me get a doctor's excuse, etc. I infomred him that if I wsa an independent contractor I shouldn't need a doctor's excuse and the person who owned classes before me never taught from June to September. Needless to say I was blackballed! When I moved, I was refused a new contract (yes, you only own a geographical area) - after I paid for insurance, franchise fees, etc. I requested my money back and had to sue to get a refund!
The first 5 years I was an instructor I was part of the clique - I had 21 successful classes and made a $*&^load of money for corporate and they loved me - I could do no wrong. I recruited 17 yes 17 instructors - only 1 of which is still teaching. I got money for advertising, etc. I made money but never enough to quit my full-time job. Believe it or not, I think Jazzercise is most successful in small to mid communities with little or no competition. The most successful instructor I know teaches in a tri-town area that has a population of about 25,000.
As far as renting a church, many states have "cracked down" on a non-tax paying entity renting its facility to a for-profit business. Corporate makes it almost immpossible to teach at a gym or other facility and if you do teach another type of exercise - personal training, yoga, etc. you have to pay 10% royalties on that income as well. If you became an instructor prior to like 1990, you don't have to pay this amount.
Really talk with a variety of people before you jump into this - and remember, if you loose money for more than 5 years the IRS might consider this a "hobby" and not allow a loss more than the income you generated!

Posted by Guest on April 17th, 2012

Wow

Ive been an instructor for 3 years and I was a student 3 years before that. In the past 6 years I have seen a lot of changes, but the one thing that stays the same is that this is a program guaranteed to show physical results. Everyone always asks me what I do to stay so tone and I tell them Jazzercise. You don't get paid much and the evaluation process continues to get ridiculously harder, but if you love the workout, results, and the fun social reward of working out with great women (most working moms), then become an instructor. If that's too stressful, go back to being a student. I would love to own a center, but I live in a small area and unfortunately it's hard to compete with other programs and meet the minimum CFF. So, I choose to have fun being a instructor and not deal with the stress of being an owner. There are a lot of fees for liability and Jazzercise apparel, equipment, etc., but you can write those expenses and others off when you do your taxes. KEEP RECEIPTS! Also remember that people use these websites to vent negative experiences, trust me I know, my husband owns a restaurant. Very rarely will you ever see a positive post on a review website. I like teaching Jazzercise and I don't pay to workout, I don't make a ton of money as an instructor, but I enjoy the experience and the shape I'm in :) Do what makes you happy and healthy. What works for one, doesn't necessarily work for all.

Posted by It's not that bad on June 8th, 2012