Health and Fitness Executive Manny Butera

Mr. Butera is the Former Chief Operation Officer of World Gym International and largest World Gym owner in the world. He is also the individual who developed the very successful concept that is known as World Gym Express.
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Sept. 6, 2012 - PRLog -- Manny Butera is the founder and CEO of Total Fitness Systems LLC, a full service management company that manages 91 fitness centers in 27 states, and the Chief Manager of Fitness Express LLC, a Tennessee-based holding company that owns five World Gym Express facilities. Butera is also the co-author of 'The Official Handbook for Health Club Sales' and the Director of 'The World Gym Work Experience' for World Gym International.

Entrepreneur: How did you get started in the industry?

Butera: After retiring from playing professional hockey due to a knee injury, I rehabbed my knee at a gym that I eventually began to personal train in. It was an easy leap into fitness as a full-time career.

Entrepreneur: What do your clubs do best? And what makes them so successful?

Butera: We have an incredible sales force. We train twice daily and we have a systematic prospecting approach to attract new members via corporate and individual sales.

Entrepreneur: Are you active in any charitable activities?

Butera: Yes, we started 'Keeping Kids Fit 4 Life.' We help clinically obese children between the ages of 8 and 13 by providing them with a free membership, a complete nutrition program and a free personal trainer each time they come to the gym.

Entrepreneur: Tell us more about your business and the 'Express Club' concept.

Butera: Express Clubs are 'The Fastest Growing Trend In the Fitness Industry'!

When we decided to expand our operations from offering only management services to actually owning clubs, we reviewed all types of clubs. Women-only, multi-purpose, small clubs, big clubs, etc. At the end of the day, we chose the express model health club. These facilities are the fastest growing trend in the fitness industry, typically aimed at men and women between the ages of 25-55 who are focused on getting fit, staying fit, and/or improving physical appearance.

Our clubs are coed, between 5,000 and 9,000 square feet, and include copious amounts of progressive resistance and cardiovascular equipment, complemented with free weights, personal training, tanning, 24-hour access and nutritional guidance. These facilities are operated under strict budgetary guidelines. Total Fitness Systems conducted an independent survey and reached these results: less then 10 percent of your total membership base utilize or participate in group exercise, use the pool, play basketball, play racquetball or utilize child care. All of the above amenities are very costly to club owners and the expense must be passed on to members. Therefore, we've strategically gone after the remaining 90 percent of the available membership population who do not use the above referenced services and allow them to purchase a membership for a much smaller investment. Most importantly, it allows us to operate a more efficient, streamlined business.

Express clubs are also less risk, less intimidating and provide a quicker return on investment.
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