UFC Gym, Santa Ana, California, has announced plans to open its first signature gym in Florida.
The 30,000-square-foot facility in Kendall, Florida, will be located on 107th Avenue and will feature a 24-foot Octagon, strength training and cardio machines, battle ropes, agility ladders, a bag room, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio and other functional training equipment. The gym is set to open this summer. Potential customers will be able to visit a preview center adjacent to the new facility, according to a media release. A virtual video tour of the Kendall gym can be seen at the bottom of this page.
“We’re thrilled to open our first signature gym in the state of Florida,” Adam Sedlack, president, UFC Gym, said in a statement. “This location will raise the bar and become a premiere fitness destination for South Floridians."
UFC Gym's signature gyms are corporate owned and may contain more amenities compared to its small box gyms, which are franchise owned. The signature gyms range from 30,000 to 47,000 square feet and the small box gyms range from 7,000 to 15,000 square feet. Signature gyms are 24-hour facilities while the small box gyms vary in hours of operation.
The Kendall location will expand UFC Gym's footprint in Florida to five locations. The other Florida gyms are in Clearwater, Winter Springs, Davie and Marina Mile. The Kendall gym is one of 50 new gyms the brand is planning to open in the coming year. UFC owners Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta partnered with New Evolution Ventures to form UFC Gym in 2009, and the brand has since grown to more than 135 locations in the United States, Australia and Canada. Much of that growth was through the 2013 acquisition of LA Boxing, which had 81 locations at that time. Those clubs were converted to the UFC Gym brand.
UFC Gym also announced a partnership with UFC bantamweight contender Urijah Faber to open a new 10,000-square-foot gym in Rocklin, California. Faber partnered with fitness industry veteran Mark Polli and New Evolution Ventures co-founder Mark Mastrov, who founded 24 Hour Fitness in 1983 before leaving the company in 2008, to open the Rocklin gym this spring, according to a media release.
“We are so excited to partner with an athlete like Urijah Faber,” Polli said in a statement. “Even though Urijah has become an international UFC star, he has not lost his humble roots, and he wanted to make sure his first UFC Gym was located in the area where he grew up.”
UFC Gym opened its largest facility in La Mirada, California, earlier this month. The 47,000-square-foot facility is open 24 hours each day as a signature gym for the brand and features a 30-foot Octagon. The La Mirada location joined Corona, South Corona, Rosemead and Torrance as signature locations in Southern California.
In November 2015, UFC Gym opened its first Canadian facility in Mississauga, Ontario. The gym near Toronto is 10,100 square feet and features a 24-foot Octagon in addition to other amenities consistent with the brand.
In January, UFC Gym made the Entrepreneur 2016 Franchise 500 list, ranking No. 226
Virtual Tour: UFC GYM Planned For Kendall, Florida