Contours Express vs SportsXpress Franchise Comparison

Below is an in-depth analysis and side-by-side comparison of Contours Express vs SportsXpress including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options.

Start-Up Costs and Fees

 
Contours Express Franchise
SportsXpress Franchise
Investment $35,000 - $50,000 $15,000 - And Up
Franchise Fee $12,500 $15,000
Royalty Fee $395/mo. 10% which includes a 2% towards training fund
Advertising Fee - -
Year Founded 1998 -
Year Franchised 1998 -
Term Of Agreement 10 years -
Term Of Agreement 10 years -
Renewal Fee - -


Business Experience Requirements

 
Contours Express Franchise
SportsXpress Franchise
Experience - * Passion for sports * Strong people skills * Small financial investment

Financing Options

 
Contours Express Franchise
SportsXpress Franchise
  In-House/3rd Party In-House/3rd Party
Franchise Fees No/No -/-
Start-up Costs No/No -/-
Equipment No/Yes -/-
Inventory No/No -/-
Receivables No/No -/-
Payroll No/No -/-

Training & Support

 
Contours Express Franchise
SportsXpress Franchise
Training - -
Support Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet

# Protected Territory # 5 days of Training at Contours Express University # 3-Day Training at your gym # Adjustable Weight Stack Equipment # 16 Stations - 4 extra stations optional # Butt-n-Gut cd # Preferred Vendor Discounts # Unlimited Ongoing Training # Advertising and Marketing Advice # 24/7 Online Marketing Materials Library # Personal Gym Website # Prepared PowerPoint Marketing Presentations # Nutritional Counseling Program - C.O.R.E. # Site Selection Assistance

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Marketing Ad slicks -
Operations 50% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 2

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (50% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

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Expansion Plans

 
Contours Express Franchise
SportsXpress Franchise
US Expansion - Yes
Canada Expansion No Yes
International Expansion Yes -

Start-Up Costs and Fees Mobile

Investment
Contours Express Franchise
$35,000 - $50,000
SportsXpress Franchise
$15,000 - And Up
Franchise Fee
Contours Express Franchise
$12,500
SportsXpress Franchise
$15,000
Royalty Fee
Contours Express Franchise
$395/mo.
SportsXpress Franchise
10% which includes a 2% towards training fund
Advertising Fee
Contours Express Franchise
-
SportsXpress Franchise
-
Year Founded
Contours Express Franchise
1998
SportsXpress Franchise
-
Year Franchised
Contours Express Franchise
1998
SportsXpress Franchise
-
Term Of Agreement
Contours Express Franchise
10 years
SportsXpress Franchise
-
Renewal Fee
Contours Express Franchise
-
SportsXpress Franchise
-


Business Experience Requirements

Experience
Contours Express Franchise
-
SportsXpress Franchise
* Passion for sports * Strong people skills * Small financial investment

Financing Options

  In-House/3rd Party
Franchise Fees
Contours Express Franchise
No/No
SportsXpress Franchise
-/-
Start-up Costs
Contours Express Franchise
No/No
SportsXpress Franchise
-/-
Equipment
Contours Express Franchise
No/Yes
SportsXpress Franchise
-/-
Inventory
Contours Express Franchise
No/No
SportsXpress Franchise
-/-
Receivables
Contours Express Franchise
No/No
SportsXpress Franchise
-/-
Payroll
Contours Express Franchise
No/No
SportsXpress Franchise
-/-

Training & Support

Training
Contours Express Franchise
-
SportsXpress Franchise
-
Support
Contours Express Franchise
Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet

# Protected Territory # 5 days of Training at Contours Express University # 3-Day Training at your gym # Adjustable Weight Stack Equipment # 16 Stations - 4 extra stations optional # Butt-n-Gut cd # Preferred Vendor Discounts # Unlimited Ongoing Training # Advertising and Marketing Advice # 24/7 Online Marketing Materials Library # Personal Gym Website # Prepared PowerPoint Marketing Presentations # Nutritional Counseling Program - C.O.R.E. # Site Selection Assistance

SportsXpress Franchise
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Marketing
Contours Express Franchise
Ad slicks
SportsXpress Franchise
-
Operations
Contours Express Franchise
50% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 2

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (50% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

SportsXpress Franchise
-

Expansion Plans

US Expansion
Contours Express Franchise
-
SportsXpress Franchise
Yes
Canada Expansion
Contours Express Franchise
No
SportsXpress Franchise
Yes
International Expansion
Contours Express Franchise
Yes
SportsXpress Franchise
-

Company Overviews

About Contours Express

After operating coed clubs, working as consultants and working in other areas of the fitness industry, Daren Carter, Mike Widener and Charlie Woodward joined forces to create a fitness center just for women. In 1998, the partners founded Contours Express, a women-only center catering to towns with populations too small to support a full-scale, coed gym.

Contours Express members follow a 29-minute cue tape that keeps them moving through aerobic stations and strength training machines. A fitness trainer (the franchisee or an employee) works with the members during their workouts, providing motivation and other services.

Clubs, which are usually located in strip centers, are about 1,200 square feet in size and can accommodate up to 20 members at a time.

About SportsXpress

SportsXpress is a grassroots, multi-media publishing platform dedicated exclusively to the community sports lifestyle! We’re all about the athletes, their teams, coaches, families, volunteers and fans. We publish real life stories and include all ages and skill levels.

Our business plan was derived from the evident lack of coverage of local organized sports. Through discussions with numerous groups and associations we also discovered those involved in local sports view it as more of a "lifestyle" - an important part of their identity. Later, we discovered the local sports scene is one of the largest lifestyle segments in any community and across the country.

In the spring of 2008 we launched a test model and have been developing the playbook ever since.

We are excited to invite you to be a part of this distinct lifestyle - one that we call a “hidden economy”, and look forward to working with you on developing your winning game plan.