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Local franchise Body20 has embraced the fastest growing fitness movement globally – electro muscle stimulation (EMS). What is EMS exactly? It’s a completely new way to exercise. Thanks to the use of technology, exercise time can be cut down drastically, while providing unparalleled gains at the same time.

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Vital Stats

  • Player: Bertus Albertse
  • Franchise:
  • Established: 2014
  • Contact: +27 (0)87 808 3682
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“Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) gets you fit and healthy in a short amount of time and keeps your body in shape,” says Body20 founder and MD Bertus Albertse.

“This exclusive beauty and sports technology is made in Germany and pushes the effect of your workout to another level. Muscle structure gets strengthened, fat cells get burnt effectively and the joints are spared. Moreover, workouts are short. Impressive results can be seen with one or two 20-minute workouts a week.”

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In fact, the EMS proposition can seem too good to be true. For those used to spending hours in the gym, it can seem unrealistic to spend less than an hour in the gym every week, yet still see gains. Even Body20 founder Bertus Albertse was sceptical when he first came across the technology.

“I come from a fitness and bodybuilding background,” says Albertse. “I first heard about the technology while competing overseas, but I didn’t believe the hype. I didn’t think it could work.”

In 2012, however, Albertse came across the technology again. And this time he realised that it was set to change the fitness landscape. It impressed him so much that he decided to launch the Body20 franchise, powered by EMS technology from German company Miha Bodytec.

“In starting this franchise now, we’re early adopters of the technology, but I have no doubt that it will become commonplace. Every single person who tries it is blown away by it. You get a more effective workout, you invest less time and there’s far less chance of injury. It’s a very tempting proposition.”

Rolling out Body20


Body20 was registered in 2014, and has since already grown to more than 20 franchises, with another 10 currently in the pipeline.

“The success really has been phenomenal. It has taken off much quicker than we could reasonably have expected,” says Albertse.

According to him, it is the effectiveness of the EMS offering that has led to rapid franchise growth.

“Virtually every franchisee started off as a Body20 client,” says Albertse. “Because they personally had so much success with the system, they realised that there would be a market for what Body20 was offering.”

Until now, Body20 has been focused on setting up franchises in Cape Town and Pretoria, though the company is now throwing the net wider and looking to move into other parts of the country. Predictably, Johannesburg is a particular focus.

“We already have a couple of franchises in Johannesburg, but we definitely want to expand,” says Albertse.

Appeal of the franchise

“Body20 helps franchisees set up their own turn-key Body20 EMS studios to capture huge customer demand and also supplies systems and support to ensure ongoing success,” says Albertse.

“The advantages are low staffing requirements, fast break-evens and impressive returns. We’ve had franchisees who managed to break even in as little as two months.”

“The appeal of a stronger, fitter you in only 20 minutes per week attracts potential members, while the expertly designed layout of each club appeals to investors by utilising space and resources efficiently, so that owners are not paying for space and utilities that go unused,” continues Albertse.

Franchisee support


Body20 offers a great support structure by pairing skilled individuals with robust systems,” says Albertse.

“We, as the franchisor, offer centralised customer billing and collections through the latest electronic banking and debit recovery systems to ensure memberships are collected accurately. Reduced admin means franchisees can focus on sales growth and customer experience.

“At the same time, Body20 customer relationship management (CRM) software gives great customer service and improves the sales cycle. The CRM helps you manage your leads, opportunities and customers, ensuring maximum customer retention. The Body20 online Purchasing Portal also grants franchisees an opportunity to order equipment, training suits, consumables, and marketing material at discounted online prices.

Franchisee investment

“Once your application has been approved and the licence fee has been settled, the site-selection process will be underway,” says Albertse.

“When a suitable site has been approved and a lease signed, your Body20 development manager will co-ordinate your studio construction. Studio builds take two to three weeks to complete, and studio sizes can vary from 30m2 to 120m2, depending on licence type. Once operational, break-even should be reached within the first six to nine months, and 18 months is the norm for return on investment.”

Who is the franchise aimed at?

“Generally speaking, the franchise will appeal to people who are interested in health and fitness,” says Body20 MD Bertus Albertse.

“However, no formal fitness experience or qualification is necessary. Owners and employees of a Body20 franchise do not act as personal trainers to clients. The technology does all the work – it literally fulfils the role of a personal trainer.

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“Moreover, we provide loads of training and support as well, ensuring that franchisees can differentiate themselves in the very competitive health and fitness industry by being leaders in a totally new fitness concept – electro muscle stimulation (EMS).

Studio Options

Body 20 Express

  • Ideally Suited to an owner-operator
  • Single Device Studio
  • 120 Member Capacity
  • 30-60m2 premises

Body 20 Standard

  • Ideally suited to an owner-operator or skilled networker with multiple businesses
  • 2 Device Studio
  • 240 Member Capacity
  • 60-90m2 premises

Body20 Flagship

  • Ideally suited to an investor or skilled business owner
  • 2 – 4 Device Studio/Studios
  • Multi Studio Strategy
  • Network Growth Incentives
  • Marketing Leadership
  • Huge Membership Capacity
  • 90-120m2 Premises

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GG van Rooyen is the deputy editor for Entrepreneur Magazine South Africa. Follow him on Twitter.

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Please share some of the challenges Spur encounters as a franchisor?

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Name a few of the qualities you look for when selecting franchisees?

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Why is Spur a solid investment for entrepreneurs seeking to pursue franchising?

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Our customer scope is broad, so while our main brands are focused on the wider South African market, we also have niche brands. This track record reassures the franchisee and broader market about Spur Corporation’s credibility.

What kind of support can a franchisee expect when joining Spur?

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Marketing support enables franchisees to actively identify opportunities and get assistance in developing and implementing bespoke marketing plans for each restaurant. Most importantly, when a franchisee joins Spur Group he or she gets access to cutting-edge management know-how from an experienced team of people who are passionate about our business.

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Why is it important for successful franchises such as yours to have a strong banking partner and how does it benefit the franchisee?

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Muscle and Grill is a healthy fast food establishment based in South Africa. In the face of modern South Africa, lives spent on the go require a fuel to match their aspirations while maintaining a delicious, fast and fresh service.

As our lives swirl into life’s vast depths of opportunity, our bodies are often the product of poor health habits, while trying to keep on the move to achieve our goals. Muscle and Grill challenges this. We want to be able to support the South Africa of tomorrow by offering the food your body needs to keep reaching new heights – to keep pushing the boundaries of accomplishment with health food convenience.

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About us

It was once said that great ideas are born from ones’ frustrations. That is exactly how Muscle and Grill came about. Having no real on-the-go option to stay healthy, or having the time to prepare to be healthy, became a huge frustration for us. We struggled to find enough hours in the day to keep up with a busy lifestyle and still eat healthy while on the move. Our work came first and our lifestyles suffered.

The vision for Muscle and Grill is to make it possible to stay healthy on the go. We want healthy food to be easily accessible for all walks of life.

Our mission is to provide quality, healthy fast-food. The food we provide is delicious and will keep you coming back for more.



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Vital Stats

  • Player: Carlos Duarte
  • Franchise: Nando’s
  • Position: Franchisee
  • Visit:

What were you doing before becoming a franchisee?

I was in the audio visual technology field, as an employee. Then I joined Nando’s as an assistant manager in the Savoy and Rosettenville corporate stores. Franchising was my first experience of entrepreneurship.

Why did you decide to become a franchisee?

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What advice do you have for budding franchisees on seeking out a good franchise brand and banking partner for their business?

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