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Combat Zone Fitness begins new journey
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Combat Zone Fitness owners Adan Escriba and Efrain Fernandez are preparing for the grand opening of their gyms new 6,000 square foot facility. - photo by Photo Contributed

Type of business: Fitness gym


Hours: By appointment


Location: 2390 N. Walnut Road


Contact information: 209-250-2370


Specialty: Individually-tailored workouts


History of business:


At age 19, Adan Escriba was tired of being unemployed and decided to turn his passion for fitness into a gym, now known as Combat Zone Fitness. Years later, Escriba is now 23 years old, attending college and has built his business from what was once a 1,400 square foot gym into a massive 6,000 square foot fitness enthusiast’s paradise.


Currently in the United States Marine Corp Reserves, Escriba’s training styles incorporates the approach and intensity of military style training coupled with the knowledge he gained as a personal trainer. Formerly the general manager for the Ceres, Turlock, Atwater, and Merced locations of Custom Built Personal Training, a subset of In Shape fitness clubs, Escriba has been honing his skills in the fitness industry for years.


Along with business partner Efrain Fernandez, he has turned those skills into a unique way for Turlockers to get in shape through Combat Zone Fitness’ brand new facility, which is preparing for its grand opening.


“We have a new approach and a new philosophy,” said Escriba, who described Combat Zone Fitness as an exclusive personal training facility.


“Every day we are in a constant battle with ourselves,” said Escribe. “The gym is the combat zone where you’re working to become a better version of yourself. We provide a battlefield where all of your struggles are put on hold.”


Combat Zone Fitness is currently home to five personal trainers who excel in different types of physical workouts, from kickboxing to bodybuilding. Eventually, Escriba hopes to have up to ten trainers on staff. Those interested in getting fit can contact Escriba at Combat Zone Fitness, who will put them into contact with the trainer best equipped to help them meet their goals.


“Our goal is to have trainers training people throughout the day,” said Escriba.


Each trainer and their client individually decide when they would like to complete their workouts at the facility, he said.


“Like a barbershop, we rent out the space and they conduct the business.”


Combat Zone Fitness is different from other gyms in the area in that each trainer decides how much their workouts will cost, meaning that prices vary. In addition to intense workout regimes, the gym also offers physical therapy and nutrition coaching. Healthy meals can be found at the gym, too, thanks to cuisine prepared by Valley Meal Prep.


“We want to have a little bit of everything so we can help anyone who wants guidance,” said Escriba.

Combat Zone Fitness will hold their grand opening from 12 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 14, and at the event will be a DJ as well as competitive contests for those looking to prove their strength. A male bench press competition, female squat challenge and a co-ed pull-up contest will all take place at the event.

“Life throws us obstacles and we learn to overcome them through physical and mental strength,” said Escriba. “With our guidance, you are never alone on your journey.”