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How I Started The UK's Fastest Growing Company: My Gymshark Story | Ben Francis

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Gymshark has been my entire life since I started it as a teenager. After being awarded the UK's fastest growing company by the Fastrack 100 in the Times newspaper, I've decided to document my journey as the Gymshark owner & CEO. My first video is a brief explanation of how Gymshark started, and the work we had to put in to get it to where it is today. If anyone has any questions or anything they want to see in any future videos, please comment below! Ps. Although I am a founder and am telling this story, there is a huge team of incredible people who have contributed, and continue to contribute to Gymshark every day. I hope to be able to show you more of what the team and I do in my future videos! I hope you enjoy :) Follow me on social media: http://instagram.com/benfrancis https://twitter.com/benfrancis1992
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Ben Francis (1 year ago)
Gymshark has been my entire life since I started it as a teenager. After being awarded the UK's fastest growing company by the Fastrack 100 in the Times newspaper, I've decided to document my journey as the Gymshark CEO. My first video is a brief explanation of how Gymshark started, and the work we had to put in to get it to where it is today. If anyone has any questions or anything they want to see in any future videos, please comment below! Ps. Although I am a founder and am telling this story, there is a huge team of incredible people who have contributed, and continue to contribute to Gymshark every day. I hope to be able to show you more of what the team and I do in my future videos! I hope you enjoy :)
Hispanic! at the Disco (1 month ago)
Ben Francis What a shame you went from legitimately good gym gear to shit-tier faggy 'streetwear' that is poorly made and lazily designed. Also you look like you have never worked out a day in your life.
steve p (1 month ago)
Ben Francis fantastic work sir 👏🏼
Anaïs Dek (1 month ago)
Ben Francis Dear Ben, i am struggling with a bussines in the name of my almost 2 year old son. Could you give my company a little push just by doing the same for me as the bodybuilders did for you? I admire your work and you motivate me to make this a killer company! Please let me send you the tracksuit 😍
Valerie San (2 months ago)
where did you get the material and clothes to start making your products?
MrKing70000 (6 months ago)
well done ben.
Maclan Shiron (7 hours ago)
thank you
Watermelon Paradise (1 day ago)
Very inspiring and educational! Thanks
Amelia Sutcliffe (5 days ago)
Amazing story!! Do you think university helped you in any way?x
Amelia Sutcliffe (5 days ago)
also where did you learn to make clothes?
Joel McKenzie (5 days ago)
Inspirational.
Jennifer S (6 days ago)
With that pricing I just don't understand why that can't make sure they're producing ethically! 50€ for plastic leggings from Chinese 24/7 factories, really?
Fitnesss Giks (8 days ago)
Mad respect, have one question tho , how to become one of ur athletes?
Arrad (8 days ago)
Really motivating, and well done Ben on all the hard work and success. Just want to correct and say that Gym Shark isn't really the first company at all to have influencers wear their products, Calvin Klein had a similar business model and for the past 20 years the "sexy" brand image built by CK is why many still covet CK underwear.
Imran Ahmad (9 days ago)
Hi Manager, I am a student at Dudley College. I want to do a work placement in the Information Technology department. Is it possible for you to give me an opportunity to do work with you? Can you please message me. It would be grateful if you offer me work placement in your company.
Imran Ahmad (9 days ago)
I want to become the GymShark member athlete. Can you help me how to get there?
3oHe1 (10 days ago)
older design and logos t shirt and stringers was so much better than new ones
Nilay Saha (11 days ago)
From where shall I buy the products so that I can design?
Deaf Is Cool (11 days ago)
We have started the build our brand but can’t seem to take it to the next level. What would you advice please ?
TeflonPimp (12 days ago)
i have a 32 dollar Gymshark t shirt and after a couple regular washes my logo fell off. If i buy the 42 dollar shirt would the logo fall off?
Alexandra Ludwig (12 days ago)
Oh my godness I love your gym clothes 😍😍😍😍😍you are a genius!!!!!!!
Shabana Nawaz (14 days ago)
Well done Ben! How did you manage to find manufacturers for clothing?
Myriam Kannou (15 days ago)
are u gonna do a gymshark store in tunisia ?
Pain Yahiko (16 days ago)
All thanks to jeff seid pomoting this brand
Lewis Luigi Cobos (20 days ago)
Gym shark nyc
Alan Hernandez (20 days ago)
Daymond Johns used "influencers" before there were internet "influencers"
J D (21 days ago)
Scooby!!!!! Fuck yea man this is crazy had no clue of this humble starting of gym shark.
Call to Action Network (24 days ago)
Impressive! Inspiring! The only way to succeed in business is to be in business, it's as simple as that.
Tin Filipović (24 days ago)
What was that screen printer machine you used exactly?
Nathan Wilde (25 days ago)
Awesome work dude!
soundxcrash (26 days ago)
can you go in to detail on how u began making womens leggings i see that in the beginning you created mens apparel yourself but i feel womens leggings are a bit more complex in terms of making your self and finding the material did you get a manufacture to make them for you or did you hand make these yourself as well. if you had another person to create them under your label can you explain how do you go about finding or looking for a good manufacture in terms of fiting your style.
Pedro DVC (29 days ago)
You're a beast my man! You deserve everything good coming to you!
Hardest Gainer (29 days ago)
What about having older guys represent your company?
Lara Parks (30 days ago)
hey im looking at making AUS activewear if you see this comment and are interested in talking a bit i would be super excited my business email is [email protected]
K (1 month ago)
That guy that left.... I wonder what happened him or why he would leave a business growing that fast.....
NoYezz (1 month ago)
jeeeez :) lucky bastard hahaha, you deserve it, god, nice!
Ash Edelman (1 month ago)
Massive fan mate and a big inspiration in starting a business!
MGallear9 (1 month ago)
What a Don
FitWithoutGuilt (1 month ago)
This is definitely what I want to do too. I might be 16, but I know that I can accomplish huge things. I had a tuff past, where I almost lost my life pre to an eating disorder I had, but I never gave up and I've built my own little family where I can inspire others like they inspire me. Age is not the limit it is just the mindset people have. Thank you for this video, it gave me an even bigger push to fight and reach my dreams
Thomas T. (1 month ago)
i feel kinda special i order the custom made t shirts BACK THEN..wow...
Ley Tse (1 month ago)
Respect.
Bineet Kumar Dash (1 month ago)
Plz supply gymshark product in Indai also,it'll be great
Josh Flowers (1 month ago)
Thanks for being an inspiration for all of us. I am starting a brand and wtching videos like yours gives me motivation and also answers questions for me in my quest for a successful brand. Thanks again
D3NNI5HITA (1 month ago)
Omg this is so inspiring for me at this moment in life because I don't know if I wanna continue going to college. But I see you prospering with your company it inspires me more to go with my gut and go all in and focus on my dream. Thanks for making this video and showing all of us that everything is possible and everyone starts somewhere. And with hard work and by putting out heart ❤️ to it it will be possible. Love your Brand Ben and all the colors. I would be so blessed if you chose me as a Gymshark Athlete now that I started my channel. My Insta handle is @Greenbeautyandfit my name is Dennise and I look forward to buying more athletic clothing from my fav brand.
Serena Castillo (1 month ago)
Yes I love gymshark!
Crewneck and Shorts (1 month ago)
Funny thing, when I started working out like 3 years ago I was honestly intimidated by the bigger guys at the dumbbell area and (before I even knew about gym shark) I'd call the big guys there gym sharks...
Nicolay Høgenæs (1 month ago)
Good video !
Justice Tamaalii (1 month ago)
This guy is a legend bruh!!!!
The SWOLLinger's (1 month ago)
Your Mum must be so PROUD!! I hope our son is as motivated as you are! 💪🏼
Drum Broker (1 month ago)
Congrats mane!
Mujtaba Ramis Awan (1 month ago)
Being honest this is the best fitness brand I have seen "" great work Respect for your dedication and hard work " Always was thinking who owns the brand 👍👍👍👍 Respect
Viktor Olaku (1 month ago)
Great vid and story. A truly inspirational piece!!
SabinaAlexia (1 month ago)
so inspiring!!
greveeen (1 month ago)
Respect, youre an absolute legend for this.
old pump (1 month ago)
So genius 😍
Kennedï (1 month ago)
What a genius. Very inspiring
Julio J (1 month ago)
Fuark this why I love this company been here since y’all first started
SLVNG MAJOR (1 month ago)
9:52 ''OFFICAL GYMSHARK MERCHANDISE'' :D mistakes play a crucial role in developing a product and at the end of the day it's a part of the story 👏👏👏
Victoriously Vickie (1 month ago)
Speaking this into existence now — I will be a Gymshark Athlete 🙌🏾 I love your Story, this is absolutely inspiring! Your resilience is amazing 😊
Janet mcvaaazzzy (1 month ago)
Where do you get your tags and hang tags from?
Stefan Scheffler (1 month ago)
5:37 Da ist Alon 😀
Marc Crossfield (1 month ago)
Great video Ben, very inspirational story mate. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Azlete Gym (1 month ago)
bravoo
Kahnz (1 month ago)
With regret I am having some issues with your customer service team, contact me so we can amicably resolve my issue with your product. In my view great products but some way to go yet.
PC Gaming FTW (1 month ago)
The hallmark of every gym wanna be
Jr Nguyen (1 month ago)
What's one advice would you recommend is needed to be successful in fitness apparel?
Joe Short (1 month ago)
Always jealous of talentless youngsters that make millions from doing something anyone could do but I'm actually happy for this guy. Intelligent, hardworking and determined. Good on him 👍
P Bone (10 days ago)
if its so easy why dont you do it
My Archive (13 days ago)
Not everybody could do this.
THE BRAVADO SHOW (1 month ago)
LEGEND
M Julie Kaur (1 month ago)
Amazing! So inspirational as a new starter as a business owner. Well done you must be so proud!
Adam Hill (2 months ago)
Never heard of gymshark until now but just watching the video made me feel inspired. He proud of yourself for what you've achieved because it's not easy.
wow !
Genara Channel (2 months ago)
I love love gymsharks ❤️❤️🦈 best workout clothes
Penelope Dee (2 months ago)
Amazing story ! Massive well done 👍
Hugo Aceves (2 months ago)
Where did you get your material/fabric when you first started?
WisMiz (2 months ago)
Legend
Jack Sherbourne (2 months ago)
Fair play to the guy
Already Fit (2 months ago)
What a remarkable story and talented man! The swimsuit launch is going to sell out within minutes.
Harriet Carter (2 months ago)
Truely inspirational🙌
BlameKara (2 months ago)
Sounds like this kid was going to succeed in life no matter what damn
Tristian Green (2 months ago)
This is very inspiring since I actually want to start my clothing line with shirts through drop shipping since it's a low start up cost and low risk. Great to see where it got you.
navin kamrah (2 months ago)
Truly inspiring....loads achieved at a very young age . That's where being passionate about what we do matters. Best wishes
Blue (2 months ago)
Wow!!!
TheRealDeal fucku (2 months ago)
Amazing story
Dj Craig London (2 months ago)
Hey you are the kewlest CSO on any company, well done to you Ben and may you Sell Sell Sell .
zippyman818 (2 months ago)
Christian Guzman shows up at 4:35 You know, the *Alphalete* eponymous brand!
Jay Coronel (2 months ago)
LOLWUT!?! I literally imagined an elderly man or skinny guy the CEO of gymshark. wow congratz man broadened my view of life soo much. especially while at university !!
SACTICAL BAG (2 months ago)
What about GymWombat do you think they present to your empire and what do you intend to do to offset their tremendous explosion on the scene ?
Jeremiah Siwoniku (2 months ago)
How do u make an app
Becky's Reality (2 months ago)
Interesting video! Love the Gym Shark range!!
anqi wu (2 months ago)
Any marketing strategies targeting China?
Tej Talks (2 months ago)
Great story and incredible journey and growth, really found a big space in a big market!
Alex Djordjevic (2 months ago)
Really inspirational :)
Jhonny Ruizz (2 months ago)
Are you guys ever coming to Chicago? And any discount codes for shopping at gymshark?
Rebecca Stewart (2 months ago)
I literally had no ideal! This is totally inspirational! Absolutely awesome!
brittany bell (2 months ago)
I wanted to start my own business also I been sewing since I was 19 years old. I want to have a company now.
Dávid Prifer (2 months ago)
Love the customer service as well. It’s incredible
Yasmin M. (2 months ago)
Woooow, I wanna buy some stuff from the website just to support your hard work. Super inspirational x
pauly009 (2 months ago)
Thank you for your vulnerability in telling your story. Appreciate it!
Antonio Rodriguez (2 months ago)
This kid is smart, major props to you my friend
Beave (2 months ago)
Very inspirational man! :) Just started a drop shipping tech company but hope to hold our own stock as we grow in order to offer faster shipping times
chanbett (2 months ago)
Wooow I'm so happy to hear this story! Look how MASSIVE you guys are now! Best of luck! 💛
Thank you
Pramod kumar D (2 months ago)
I admire your efforts bro
TC_AESTHETICS (2 months ago)
This is such an inspiration!
Justin Reyes (2 months ago)
How did you decide on the fabric manufacturer?
LucyBullows BULL0002 (2 months ago)
when you moved on from handmade clothing yourself, what platform or company did you use to make your own new designs of clothing and get them made for mass production ?

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