While much of the love athletes are giving to franchises falls into the food sector, fitness also pulls rank.
Bryan Scott, a former NFL linebacker and NFL Player of the Year who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2003, first heard of a franchising opportunity with Title Boxing Club during a networking event in 2013, the year he retired.
Riding the growth of niche fitness studios—in franchising, the health-and-fitness category saw the most new brands debut last year, according to FRANdata—Scott owns five units in and around Atlanta (only two are yet open). Scott spends much of his time teaching classes and running the day-to-day operations, according to John Rotche, president of Title Boxing and CEO of its parent company, the franchise development firm Franworth.
Rotche said that Title Boxing Club has seen 26 consecutive quarters of double-digit sales growth system-wide. The franchise has about 150 locations open across the U.S.; 450 are in development.