The Healthy Inspirations system was initially developed in the USA in 2001 to fill the gap between the fitness and diet industries with a fully integrated program. Since 2006 it has operated in Australia and New Zealand completely independently to enable it to steer a course that best suits the local lifestyle and trading conditions.
The first centre opened in Queensland in 2001. A team of technical experts, including three leading Australian dietitians advised on the program to suit local tastes and foods commonly available in all major Australian and New Zealand supermarkets.
Most fitness franchises only offer a fitness facility and, at best, some pass out a standard one-size-fits all diet. Many of their members want weight loss but very few achieve it with exercise alone. There are more and more studies coming out that make it clear that exercise (without a well-formulated diet and diet support) fails to bring about weight loss in overweight women. Healthy Inspirations centres are weight loss centres that offer proven Australian weight loss programs that include exercise as one of its key ingredients.
Healthy Inspirations is a weight loss franchise that includes a supervised resistance exercise program done in the centre. The whole program is integrated and under one roof.
Healthy Inspirations is the only commercial weight loss program based upon individual carbohydrate tolerance. The systemised step-by-step coaching process helps each member learn their body's individual carbohydrate tolerance and what that means in portion sizes of foods that they like. This way they lose weight WITHOUT hunger and learn how to maintain their weight loss in a healthy sustainable way.
All members are female, ranging from teenagers to women in their eighties, wanting to lose weight and learn how to manage their weight. Most members are aged between 35 and 65 and come from mid socio-economic backgrounds. Most members have already tried multiple popular diets (including meal replacement shakes), and gyms without success.
The irony is that while there are more overweight men than women, women are far more willing to enrol in a weight loss program and pay for a solution. Plus overweight women are more comfortable in a non-intimidating, female-only environment. Although it is certainly not the case in every family, many women are responsible for the planning, shopping and cooking of meals, placing them in the best position to influence the health and eating habits of the entire family. While Healthy Inspirations helps women, these women are then able to better help their families.
There are some fixed and some variable costs to open a centre:
Yes. We clearly define the territory boundaries for each centre to ensure that there is an adequate population for the centre. Ideally each centre should have a population of at least 15,000 people.
The royalty is fixed at $289 Aus. per week (subject to CPI increases). The weekly royalty gives you access to the intellectual property, on-going support and a comprehensive marketing program that each franchisee can tailor to their local market. The on-line training and communications platform is just $24.95 per week and covers all team members and the franchisee.
The franchisor creates the marketing campaigns and resources for all franchisees, but each franchisee controls and pays for their own local media mix, so they can respond to their competitive market situation and local media opportunities. The franchisor also provides a suite of low-cost community-outreach marketing tools for the franchisee to implement locally.
In the beginning, the staff comprise of the franchisee, another full time person and 1 to 4 part time women.
There are five training delivery processes:
The franchisee and their team have access to unlimited phone support, monthly marketing strategies, online franchisee networking forum, online training, online business benchmarking (small cost), webinars, and franchisee conferences.
Every franchisee provides key (financial and non-financial) performance numbers each week. Each week, franchisees receive a comprehensive report showing every franchisee's key numbers and details of what the leading franchisees did that week to achieve those results. This keeps every franchisee well informed in a timely basis.
Yes, this can increase member value and decrease staff and owner hours.
No. The strength of the integrated weight loss program is that it provides what the customer wants (results) and provides the franchisee with multiple revenue streams from:
This means that the business does not need large volumes of members in order to have a viable business.
Our focus is helping members lose weight without hunger. All our meal plans are based upon fresh whole foods available in any supermarket. However we have learnt that between-meal protein supplementation can help members in a number of ways:
The protein snack products sold are all specially created and approved by our dietitian to support the member's weight loss journey - with specific products at specific stages. The franchisees buy them in bulk and sell them to members in bulk. This is good for the franchisee's business and makes the products very affordable for the member. As they are specialist products, they are not available in local health food stores or supermarkets - just exclusively from Healthy Inspirations. They can also be used as healthy snacks for the member's family.
Yes, you can have weight loss clients anywhere in the world, but not clients that live in another franchisee's territory. (Read more here>>)
Some franchisees operate 'satellite' coaching-only locations in nearby medical centres one day per week. This can be extended (subject to condition) to medical centres outside the territory. (Read more here>>)
Yes, to an approved purchaser. This is subject to a transfer fee, that is described in the franchise and transfer agreements. The approved purchaser does not have to pay a new franchise fee.
This is possible, but only after successfully running one centre for a full year, and subject to franchisor approval.
Each new centre has its own protected territory and is covered by a seperate franchise agreement, so it becomes a saleable business entity for the franchisee.
The franchise term is 5 years and there are two 5 year options. There is no renewal fee payable. If the lease of the premises is different (say 3 + 3 + 3), then it is possible to request the franchise agreement to be in alignment with the property lease.
Yes. We provide a list of existing and past franchisees with their contact details. The only request we make is that you contact them in advance to set a convenient time to talk to them, as they are running their businesses. Please do not just drop in or mystery shop them, as they will be your future allies in business, so it is good to start the relationship on a professional footing.
Complete our enquiry form or call the Healthy Inspirations Australian and New Zealand support office on 07 3177 0842 (Australia) or +61 7 3177 0842 (New Zealand), or call the Managing Director, Jamie Hayes direct on 0418 281 126.
*Disclaimer: As each person is different, individual results cannot be guaranteed.