Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Mike Strauss, Owner of 1Fitness, located in Stuart, FL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We are a full-service 24hr gym; we also do group training 5 classes a day, and I have 6 personal trainers. Clients are anyone from 18-75 and family-oriented people.

Tell us about yourself

I almost died from a clogged artery in my heart changed my life to cleaner eating, cleaner living. I started working out in this gym and figured why not own the place and introduce people to the clean life and clean living. Here I am 9 yrs later, going strong have a great relationship with all my clients. I love offering a way to change your life and watching people change their lives, and now I get to work out for free.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Buying a gym that was going under a real crud hole, no business structure, a place where the clients would run the show, not the owner with 50 clients, and now we are over 300 and growing, getting ready to open a 2nd location, totally family run and loving it.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

If you wake up every morning looking forward to going in every day, there is nothing hard about it, but money is hard in the beginning keeping up with the changes in the industry.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Set your mind to it, and don't give up the first time things get tuff. Find a business you love; then it's not a job. Put your head down and grind. Don't listen to all the negative nancy's out there and make it work.

Where can people find you and your business?


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