J.W. Tumbles Franchise

Children's gymnastics program

Fewer than half of American children get the exercise they need for good health, and only about one-third of elementary and secondary schools offer daily physical education classes. Jeff and Melissa Woods opened the first J.W. Tumbles in Solano Beach, California, in 1985, hoping to remedy this situation. The company opened its first franchise operation in Tucson, Arizona.

J.W. Tumbles is a skill- and confidence-building program that promotes self-esteem and physical health in children aged 4 months to 9 years. Each class in its 'Fun'damentals program delivers challenging, noncompetitive activities. The program focuses on improving motor skills, spatial awareness, manipulative skills, coordination, balance, agility, flexibility, rhythm, strength, social awareness and sportsmanship. Franchisees can teach the program at their locations or use a van to take the fitness programs to schools. The company also offers summer and winter camps.

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How much does it cost to open a J.W. Tumbles Franchise?

The investment required to open a J.W. Tumbles Franchise is between $155,150-$225,900. There is an initial franchise fee of $42,900 which grants you the license to run a business under the J.W. Tumbles name.

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When did the first J.W. Tumbles open? 1985
When did J.W. Tumbles start Franchising? 1993

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2005 14 0 2 0
2004 8 0 1 1
2003 7 0 1 1
2002 7 0 0 1
2001 7 0 0 0

United States: Nationwide

International: Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Western Europe,

Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No No
Startup Costs No No
Equipment No No
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No


In addition to the mandatory initial franchise training, we also offer optional training by request. An annual meeting as well as business training is also available.

Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet

Co-op advertising, Ad slicks

International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 30% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills

  • Your income potential as a J.W. Tumbles Franchise entrepreneur depends vastly on many factors. As an entrepreneur, the goals to achieve are related to expanding sales while lowering your operation costs and increasing the quality of your products and or services. Each month your operating costs can include royalty fees, mortgage / rent, supplies for products, staffing, utilities, bookwork, stationary and other items. From one month to the next, you may find your costs fluctuate, but your up-front costs are, for the most part, fixed and they will cover most of the initial setup of equipment, signage and renovations.

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    J.W. Tumbles

    J.W. Tumbles

    J.W. Tumbles, A Learning Playground
    1302 Waugh Drive, # 192
    Houston, TX


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