Recently Retired U.S. Marine Begins Next Chapter by Opening The Camp Transformation Center in Ontario Ranch
November 22, 2021 // Franchising.com // ONTARIO RANCH, Calif. - The corporate team of The Camp Transformation Center, a fitness franchise, is thrilled to welcome members to its newest location in Southern California. The Camp Ontario Ranch is franchise owner Andrew Cruz’s third gym, as the recently retired U.S. Marine shifts his focus from public service as a military recruiter to entrepreneurship.
“As a recruiter in the military, my job was to guide young men and women through the process, from paperwork and planning to mental and physical evaluations and then through boot camp,” says Andrew. “That work was fulfilling because I knew I was playing a role in changing people’s lives. That’s where The Camp is similar to me. You support and cheer on the ones that see it through and enjoy a transformation. It’s rewarding to play a role in their journey.”
Home of the free “20-Pound Weight Loss Challenge,” The Camp Transformation Center’s flagship program consists of group training with dynamic interval workouts, nutrition and supplement plans, highly qualified trainers, and a ton of positive emotional support. The Camp is a community of people who treat fellow members like family.
Prior to retiring this summer, Andrew began his business career in tandem with his military service for several years. He ran an ATM business in local barbershops and a photo booth rental company. Having experienced the challenges of managing businesses independently, franchising appealed to him. He learned about The Camp from Co-Founder Sam Bakhtiar. The two became early-morning workout buddies in 2018.
“Franchising removes the guesswork of what to do and how to do it; you’re not reinventing the wheel,” Andrew says. “For me, it was that relationship with The Camp’s team and the great business model that ultimately encouraged me to sign franchise agreements. I have an opportunity to continue impacting people’s lives, and there’s broad appeal at our gyms. From former athletes to people who have never stepped foot in a gym, we have a welcoming space for everyone.”
Founded by Alejandra Font in 2010, The Camp Transformation Center was born out of the realization that despite universal knowledge of how to lose weight - eat healthier and work out regularly - millions of people still struggle to get results. During an era of skyrocketing obesity, The Camp created a proven system to help this massively underserved audience achieve their goals.
“Andrew is a highly motivated and experienced businessman who loves helping others achieve their goals; he is a model franchisee,” says Alejandra Font, Co-Founder of The Camp Transformation Center. “We are excited to welcome members to his new gym in Ontario Ranch, and we look forward to providing ongoing support to Andrew as we continue to grow and expand this franchise together.”
In addition to The Camp Ontario Ranch, Andrew owns The Camp Anaheim and The Camp Laguna Hills, which were originally corporate-owned before the company began franchising.
SOURCE The Camp Transformation Center
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