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General Legal Principles

Documents For Established Gym Owners

We’ve talked about all levels of gym owners, from those who just got the idea…
Corporate Set Up

Start Up Documents

When you are starting a gym, there are a lot of things you need to…
Employee Issues

Tax Designation For Staff

We are not accountants. We aren’t even tax attorneys. For questions beyond the information we…
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What is Liability?

Most people have at least a vague sense of liability. It isn’t an inherently legal…
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How to Fire Your Partner

Business partnerships, much like marriages, do not always work out. Sometimes, when they don’t work…
General Legal Principles

What is a Surety Bond?

Lots of states require a surety bond and almost nobody knows what it is. So,…
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Reduce Liability Through Programming

Regardless of the type of gym you are running, you are telling your clients to…
Liability

Is Your Programming a Liability?

What is “Programming?” Simple, your workouts. What you tell your members to do every day.…
General Legal Principles

Every Agreement can be a Big Deal

Attorneys live in the world of ”what-if.” Unfortunately, it is the nature of the business.…
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Refusing to Sign a Waiver

Every so often we receive a call by a gym owner asking us if they…
Liability

Waiver Language is Too Scary

Has this happen to you? A new prospective client walks into your gym, sits down…
Liability

Is Your Business Actually Insured?

If you are running a business, you need insurance. This applies whether you are running…
Liability

24 Hour Access, Good or Bad?

At the time I am writing this article, I’ve owned my gym, Industrial Athletics, for…
Corporate Set Up

Use Your LLC

Do you have an LLC or Corporation (Inc)? If not, stop reading and go file…
Commercial Leases

Noise Restrictions in Leases

Most commercial landlords own multiple properties. Some of these properties can even be divided up…
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3 Types of Commercial Leases

If you are looking to open a brick or mortar business, or move your business…
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Laws About Membership Contracts

Almost every state we’ve reviewed has some version of a Health Club Act. Regardless of…
Commercial Leases

6 Ways To Get Out Of A Personal Guarantee

We’ve talked about Personal Guarantees before. We see them most often attached to the end…
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Avoid Paid-in-Full (PIF) Contracts

Paid-in-Full, or PIF, contracts are memberships that are paid up front. Gyms do this by…
Membership Issues

3 Elements of a Good Membership Contract

If you are taking automatic payments from your members, you need a written contract authorizing…
Membership Issues

4 Ways to Negotiate a Personal Guarantee

A Personal Guarantee is a way for a landlord to make sure you can’t get…
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Using Definitive Language in Contracts

During the first year of law school, the importance of language is drilled into every…
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Commercial Lease Requiring Insurance Benefits

Are you staff members employees or independent contractors? Did you know that your commercial lease…
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What Are Personal Guarantees

Personal Guarantees can apply to almost any long term installment-type legal contract. In this article,…
Commercial Leases

Saving You From A Costly Lease

We often joke at Gym Lawyers PLLC that we are always doom and gloom. We…
Commercial Leases

Approximate Square Footage in Leases

If you are a gym owner, do us a favor and go pull out your…
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Why You Need An AED

Do you need any AED? It is a simple question with a simple answer. Yes!…
Corporate Set Up

4 Factors to Consider When Buying A Gym

If you are considering buying a gym, there are a ton of factors you need…
General Legal Principles

6 Common Issues for Established Gym

At Gym Lawyers PLLC, we work hard to prevent issues from arising. For new gym…
Membership Issues

5 Essentials for Membership Contracts

If you are providing a service in exchange for value, you have formed a legally…
Membership Issues

Get The Contract Signed

When we opened our gym, Industrial Athletics, in 2013, membership contracts weren’t really a thing.…
Corporate Set Up

#1 Reason You Need an Operating Agreement

The Operating Agreement is the legal document that explains the structure of your LLC.  At…
Employee Issues

Can I Trade Services for Membership?

Those who have started a microgym and grown in from scratch are probably familiar with…
Commercial Leases

#1 Issue with Buying and Selling

So, you want to buy or sell a micro gym. Congratulations. Regardless of which side…
Corporate Set Up

Stock Purchase vs Asset Purchase

Buying and selling is alive and well in the micro gym business arena. Many of…
Corporate Set Up

What Is An Asset Purchase Agreement?

When you own a business, the business has assets. This is true even if you…
Corporate Set Up

Single Member Operating Agreement – Do You Need One?

Recently, we drafted a post about why you need a Limited Liability Company. In short,…
Corporate Set Up

File Your LLC NOW!!!

When you are starting a business, there is a large list of things you need…
Corporate Set Up

How to Protect Your Money

We get to talk to a lot of gym owners and other businesses in the…
Corporate Set Up

You Never Want a Sole Proprietorship

When you are starting a business, you have to limit your upfront expenses. However, you…
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3 Things You Need When Starting a Business

When we opened our gym in 2013, owning a micro gym was still more of…
Commercial Leases

What Are CAM Fees?

https://youtu.be/X7gfg5DrRyw We want to help you understand an often misunderstood area of commercial leases.  Have…
Corporate Set Up

What is a Fictitious Name

When a business entity, or individual, uses any name other than its proper name, it…
Employee Issues

You Can’t Hire An Independent Contractor

https://youtu.be/-3No0HEj2M4 Generally speaking, it is most advantageous for a small business owner to pay a…
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Do Waivers Work?

What is the first thing any wise gym owner should do when someone new walks…
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Incident Reports

https://youtu.be/edkE-gQjRSw If you own a gym, yoga studio, or other type of fitness facility, you…
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Employee vs Independent Contractor

How to determine whether someone working for you is an employee or an independent contractor? …
Employee Issues

Are Your Trainers Certified?

Are your trainers certified to train people? Do they have trainers certificates? Is it necessary…
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Does Your Landlord Know Your Business?

https://youtu.be/6c9921FAHHk As few years ago, before Gym Lawyers was a business, I had a general…
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Do I Have To Pay For It – Part 2

https://youtu.be/4WG62G5v-DQ This is our second post in our series on “Do I Have to Pay…
Commercial LeasesLiability

Does My Landlord Need Insurance?

You need insurance. That should be a no brainer. In a society that loves to…
Commercial Leases

Do I Have To Pay For It – Part 1

https://youtu.be/vRyxpxkzTJc When everything in your business is running smoothly, no one questions anything. However, as…
Corporate Set Up

How to Form a Business

So, you want to open a gym or fitness facility? That’s fantastic news and we…
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What is Gym Lawyers PLLC?

To answer the title question as easily as possible, we are a virtual law firm…