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Invest in your retirement by owning your own fitness franchise

Posted By Marilynh / June 20, 2017 / 2 Comments

Are you retired?
Are you passionate about running or walking?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own fitness franchise?
Now’s the time to find out…
Take a look at a day in the life of RWFL Manager



Run/Walk for Life:  A day in the life of a Manager


Tired of the same old routine? Drag yourself out of bed in the morning, get dressed in collar and tie, endless meetings, office politics, deadlines and come month-end look at your salary cheque in disbelief…could these few rand really be reward for slave labour?

Well, it may not be necessary; there are a hundred Run/Walk for Life managers out there having fun, improving the quality of their member’s lives, coaching people to tackle challenges like the Comrades marathon while being rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

So, what exactly does a Run/Walk For Life manager do?   Let’s take a journey with a manager, as he sets about his task. This manager owns his own Run/Walk For Life franchise which operates from the local high school on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening at 17h30. 

Dressed in his smart Run/Walk for Life / ASICS kit and running shoes, he arrives at the venue at 16h45 and sets about erecting the colourful banners, tables, clipboards, water container etc in preparation for the evenings exercise session.

As he finishes this. a prospective new member arrives enquiring about the Run/Walk for Life programme. After hearing about our members’ success stories with increased fitness levels and fantastic weight loss results, the member is keen to join up, and after hearing that as Discovery Vitality member she receives a massive price discount, the deal is done.

The manager then guides the new member through the Application form process and then screens her for her risk for Coronary Heart disease.

After her payment has been processed, the member is given a Welcome Pack, a payment receipt and then she is shown where to report for the start of the exercise session.



Promptly at 17h30, the new member joins all the other members for a 10-minute pre-exercise Dynamic stretching session, before receiving a detailed Exercise Prescription from the manager.

This includes coaching on correct running and walking techniques, pulse and breathing rate monitoring, and how to record her exercise data on the branch tablet.

She is also shown the range of awards that she may be awarded on the programme that include Medals, Certificates, Distance Shields and Distance Peaks. The member is amazed.  She thought she was joining a running and walking group and little else.  This level of service is totally unexpected.

She is then introduced to the branch staff members that include the Public Relations Officer, Field Secretary and Road Leaders.  Wow!  Are these guys organized or what? 

While all this has been happening, the manager has been giving some members a Weight Loss guidance talk, enrolled some on the eatforlife web based eating program, overseen by registered dieticians, selling a wide range of merchandise, and assessing members with Sports Injuries.

Having attended to these administrative tasks, the manager then sets off to the field to monitor and coach all the beginner runners and walkers. Ninety minutes later, the session is over, the manager greets all his members, packs his equipment away, goes to his bank to deposit the money from the ten membership transactions concluded on the evening and he is still in time to catch the 8 o clock news on television.  How about that  for job satisfaction!


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  • Manfred Fichtl
    July 30, 2017 at 6:20 am

    good day,

    kindly forward your terms and conditions to become a franchisee of Run Walk for Life.
    I am 75 years of age and a keen visitor of our local gym and have been for the last 23 years plus and can see combining my enthusiasm with a profitable activity.

    Bets regards
    Manfred Fichtl

    • Marilynh
      July 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Dear Manfred

      Thank you for your interest. Your name, email address and this message has been sent on to RWFL direct for response.

      Warm regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

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