Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chris Vranes, Owner of CFW Health & Fitness, located in Waterloo, ON, Canada.

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

CFW is a progressively balanced fitness lifestyle program delivered in a positive and inclusive environment and designed to create the healthiest version of you! Our customers come from all health and fitness backgrounds. They are coachable, positive, and good humans who are looking for their best self routines.

Tell us about yourself

I left a professional career as an engineer to pursue my passion - health and fitness. I have studied movement mechanics, neuroscience, behavioural change, and more to gain the knowledge necessary to help people create their perfect days and routines that ultimately lead to their perfect lives of health and fulfillment.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

As I approach my 15th year in business, I am very proud of the thousands of lives that our club has changed for the better over the years. I am also very proud to say I have built a world-class management team that is well on their way to making a fantastic living for themselves by also following their passion in this industry.

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

Time management and balance. It is super easy to work way too much when we do what we love. I have burnt out many times over, and it's a hard lesson to overcome.

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

  1. Get healthy first - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  2. Find a mentor/coach to help you on your path.
  3. Take care of yourself by creating non-negotiable self-care routines.

Where can people find you and your business?


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