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OutFit Training Is Building a Unique Outdoor Fitness Community

OutFit Training Is Building a Unique Outdoor Fitness Community

The Randy Hetrick-founded outdoor group fitness franchise is quickly building up a loyal and dedicated member base, as people embrace working out in the elements with like-minded individuals

OutFit Training knows the benefits of taking the road less traveled, in a figurative and literal sense. Offering individuals affordable, outdoor workout experiences rather than a packed basement with bad WiFi, fluorescent lighting and that ubiquitous rubber smell, the brand’s world-class gyms on wheels are changing the way we conceptualize fitness. 

With its fleet of customized fitness vans, OutFit pulls up to lots, parks or even your front door with TRX equipment, expert trainers and energy-pumping music to offer a one-of-a-kind outdoor workout experience. Users are connected to trainers and vans, and directed to training ground locations via the company’s mobile app. There, users can also book, pay, and check in to the workout experience of their choosing with just a few clicks.

“To my knowledge, there’s nobody doing what we’re doing in the outdoor environment,” said OutFit Founder and CEO Randy Hetrick, who also founded TRX Training. “You’re out in the elements, you get the sun on your face, the wind in your hair. We train in scenic, public places that are outdoors and inspiring.”

Building Culture & Community

With such a niche product, a tight-knit community has started to surround OutFit. Brought together by shared goals, Hetrick noticed a sense of camaraderie among members. The endorphin boost that comes with being outside only makes the kinship that much stronger. 

“There’s something about being outdoors, in the elements and with your tribe,” Hetrick said. “We have a very strong community at OutFit. You’re meeting up outdoors with a bunch of people that you know and like. You all have a common purpose to take care of yourselves out there, and the elements add something to that experience for sure. It’s a little bit burly. You all get out there and get after it.”

Randy Hetrick (credit: OutFit Training)

That sense of community persists after workouts as well. Members even take it into their own hands to set up social events, which further strengthens the OutFit community. While an OutFit workout session is what initially brings members together, the activities they conduct together aren’t all built around workouts.  Member gatherings spring up around philanthropic causes and social events, too.

“Since members tend to live in the hyperlocal areas near the parks and parking lots where we deliver our services, you see many of the same friends at your regular workouts,” said Hetrick. “It’s funny, we’ve had a ton of member-organized socials, where they’ll get together and do a beach cleanup or something else fun. We have relationships with restaurants, where we’ll go and we’ll do a class outside, then go inside and have food and drinks.”

Serving Those Who Serve Us

OutFit’s community is also strengthened by the inclusion of active-duty municipal First Responders and their immediate family members, who get free memberships. OutFit also offers discounts for active duty and veteran members of the Armed Forces.

“Police, fire, EMT, we take care of them,” said Hetrick. “It brings together the First Responders with the members of the community they serve. That adds a cool element to what we do. It’s an opportunity to step up and take care of the people that take care of us.”

Those discounts also extend to OutFit’s franchising program, which is a new point of concentration for the company in 2024. Spouses of active duty military members, military veterans, and active or veteran first responders are offered a 25% discount off the company’s initial franchise fee.

Being a former Navy SEAL, Hetrick understands how many individuals in those communities have the right attitude, talent, and drive to be successful entrepreneurs, but may need a helping hand on the business side of things. OutFit provides that to its franchisees.

“You have these great, motivated, talented folks that just don’t enter the business world with a lot of capital or experience,” said Hetrick. “They have great professional experience and leadership, but may lack formal business experience. That argues for a franchise structure where you’re getting a ‘business in a box.'”

“You’re also getting a partner in the franchisor who can help you learn the ropes,” he added. “A lot of the answers are already there. You just need to execute the play in the way that brings your own flavor and personality.”

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OutFit’s community is poised to grow even further in the coming years given the company’s low cost of entry and flexible business model. OutFit’s mobile training vans enable multiple revenue streams (ie. large group classes, at-home personal training, and corporate wellness services) and also allow great flexibility in choosing locations, rather than being tied to a single physical location.

“Mobility offers you great flexibility and also buys you the room to make some mistakes that aren’t fatal,” said Hetrick. “If one location doesn’t work as well as you expected, you just drive down the road half a mile and go to another location. With brick and mortar, that’s not an option.” 

credit: OutFit Training

The vans also allow OutFit to branch out and attract new members by providing several different types of services around the community. Franchisees could host a large group fitness class early in the morning at the park, then drive to a grade school parking lot to train a small private group of moms or dads after drop off, before heading to a client’s house for a 1:1 personal training session.

After lunch, you might head to the nearby high school to train an athletic team and then hand off the van to another coach to head back to the park for the evening large group classes.

On the financial side of the equation, the vans simply eliminate a large percentage of the initial costs that come with starting a new business. And the low overhead model also allows franchisees to see profit far earlier than they likely would in leasing a traditional brick-and-mortar gym location. Those cost-savings trickle down to members in affordable membership rates.

“When you don’t have brick and mortar, that reduces an entire layer of fixed expenses,” said Hetrick. “Generally one of the challenging things about the brick environment is that you’re personally guaranteeing a five to seven-year lease. The beauty of the OutFit model is that it’s such a low cost of entry and the operating expenses are so low, the business can reach monthly profitability quite quickly, with a small  number of members.”

Those savings from the top allow OutFit to offer what Hetrick believes is the most affordable boutique fitness membership on the market. Members get outdoor inspiration, expertly led classes, a sense of community, and convenient nearby locations, all for just $99 per month for unlimited classes.  

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