Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Pablo Gonzales, owner of Climb At Rio, located in Laredo, TX, USA.

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

We are Laredo, Texas’ one and only indoor rock climbing and fitness gym. We are the only climbing gym that offers Top Rope, Lead, and Bouldering in South Texas. We are right in the middle of Monterrey, Mexico, and San Antonio/Austin. The perfect place to come and learn a new and exciting skill. We also offer truly unconventional options for fitness. We workout with ancient weapons like steel maces and steel clubs. It is a workout that will get you the results that you want and in a totally different way.

Tell us about yourself

We have been climbing since 2016 and thought that it would be the perfect activity to bring to Laredo. We are a family-owned business with deep roots in Laredo.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

We have helped so many people through some tough times. Whether it was helping clients attain physical changes for their own well-being or helping people work past stress through physical activity. We have also held events to support several local charities like the Laredo Regional Food Bank, the Sacred Heart Children’s Home, and several others.

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

Finding time to do everything that needs to get done for the gym.

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

  1. Find like-minded people to be around, whether online or in person. Having support will go a long way.
  2. Enjoy what you are doing. Even when things are hard, you should know that you like it.
  3. Read as much as you can and research. The more you know, the better.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

We would love for people to come in and try out this exhilarating hobby. It may just be the next thing you need in your life.

Where can people find you and your business?


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