Small Town Boy Lifts His Way to the Bank

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SBA Funding Helps House Thriving Gym

Benjamin Loehrer began weight training on his own at age 12. The strength and fitness lifestyle meshed well with the farm life in South Dakota where he grew up. At 15, he entered his first power lifting competition and loved it. At 17, he competed in his first bodybuilding meet. The competitions fostered his love of training hard and competing. 

After graduating from high school Loehrer moved to Minneapolis to pursue bodybuilding full time. On his first day he walked into Los Campeones Gym and describes it as one of the best days of his life. He went from training alone in a barn to training in a fully equipped gym with like-minded people. From there he became a competitor and personal trainer.

By 2010, Los Campeones Gym had become poorly managed and was on the verge of closing. Loehrer purchased it with partners and became a business owner at age 20. By 2013, the business was doing well and Benjamin bought out his partners. In 2014, the membership had grown so much that a second location was needed. Los Campeones currently has two locations in Minneapolis; one is in the Seward neighborhood and another in Whittier/Uptown. 

Los Campeones Gym employs 43 people. This includes 30 personal trainers, as well as one full time and 12 part time employees. The membership is over 1,000 people.

Loehrer used the SBA 7a) guaranty, SBA Express and SBA 504 Loan Programs to purchase the business, equipment and two buildings. His bankers, Jon Dolphin and Jeff Vranicar with 21st Century Bank, took the time to understand and believe in Loehrer and his business model.

The passion Benjamin Loehrer has for running his business is infectious, as evidenced by the attitudes and morale of the employees and members. As the business continues to grow, SBA products and services will continue to support Loehrer, his family, his employees and his community.

Company Name: 
Los Campeones Gym
Location: 
Minneapolis