With 160 locations opened and 1,000 additional locations currently in development globally, UFC GYM, the first major brand extension of UFC, has announced a partnership with Western Pennsylvania real estate developer and management company Piatt Companies (formerly Millcraft Investments) to develop a new 40,000-square-foot UFC GYM Pittsburgh facility. The multi-million-dollar club will be located at 236 Fifth Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh and will be the third UFC GYM location in the state and first in Western Pennsylvania to provide functional fitness, MMA-inspired conditioning classes and access to world-class facilities.
IT Services & Consulting company New Evolution Ventures (NeV) is the creator of the UFC Gym, and they have years of experience in developing technologies for many of the world’s most successful fitness brands in locations spanning from New York to Mexico City.
“This is an exciting time for us at UFC GYM as we partner with Piatt Companies to introduce UFC GYM to the Pittsburgh community,” said UFC GYM Chief Executive Officer Adam Sedlack. “We’re thrilled to offer our luxury fitness center, signature programming and TRAIN DIFFERENT mentality to the fitness enthusiasts we’ll soon be welcoming in to our premier facility.”
UFC GYM’s TRAIN DIFFERENT mentality provides members with fitness experience and programming that secures results for all ages and training levels.
As part of the partnership, Piatt Companies will introduce former Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Shazier as the UFC GYM Pittsburgh ambassador. Shazier, a 2014 Steelers first-round draft pick and two-time Pro Bowl linebacker, sustained a life-altering spinal cord injury in 2017. Through rehabilitation, he fought the odds of his injury by walking then jogging then running again within months. He retired from the NFL in 2020 and now runs the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation to raise resources for people who have had spinal cord injuries to know they have a support system that is fighting with them.
“We are excited to be opening UFC GYM in Downtown Pittsburgh and partnering with Ryan as our ambassador,” said Lucas Piatt, CEO of Piatt Companies. “His story inspired our entire city and he shared his journey with us. Everyone faces struggles and we’re all fighting for something. The UFC GYM in Market Square will be the first of its kind here and we hope to expand with three additional locations throughout the region where people can come to fight their fight and be supported through programming for everyone and world-class amenities.”
Piatt Companies is a leader in the investment, management, operations and growth of diverse businesses in Western Pennsylvania. The family-run company brings ideas to life by delivering world-class projects for the Pittsburgh community. Built on a tradition of vision and excellence, Piatt Companies is committed to creating new, interesting, people-centered placemaking experiences for the region.
Making the benefits of world-class MMA athlete training programs available to all, regardless of age or athletic ability, UFC GYM Pittsburgh will offer guests state-of-the-art amenities, including a weight room with free weights and Olympic lift platforms, cardio and functional equipment, functional training area with indoor turf, mat room, bag rack, full-service locker room and more. To further support a healthy lifestyle, the location will feature an Arm Bar Cafe and Recovery area, providing pre-and post-workout treatments, including cryotherapy, Normatec, and more. Validated parking will be available for gym-goers.
Members will have access to a one-stop shop for any and all fitness needs, including a schedule of studio-quality group fitness classes such as cycle, yoga, TRX and Piyo; signature UFC GYM programming such as Circuit Breaker and Muscle Makeover; and MMA-inspired group fitness classes such as Boxing and Kickboxing Conditioning. Youth programming for kids ages six and older will be offered to support fitness for the whole family.
UFC GYM is currently allowing prospective members to reserve exclusive founding member rates with dues delayed until the gym opens. They are also welcoming interested candidates for franchising in markets that are key to them such as California, Texas, New York, Florida, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.