UFC Gym, the first major brand extension of global sports brand UFC, recently announced that its two first United Kingdom franchise businesses in Nottingham and Woking will open in April 2019.
These new fitness locations enter the Republic of Ireland and the UK via a partnership with TD Lifestyle plc., which has agreed to open more than 100 locations across the territory. Michael Bisping, a former UFC middleweight champion, says the gyms are a great way for families and individuals to work out and get in shape. According to Bisping, the gyms offer a variety of training programs to accommodate all ages, and the brand is excited to bring its unique style of fitness to the UK and Ireland.
Since its debut in 2009, the gym brand has opened over 150 franchise business locations across more than 25 global markets, including the US, India, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. Its programming was developed via exclusive access to the regimens used by UFC athletes.
UK Brand Ambassador and former UFC welterweight Dan Hardy noted that Nottingham has a history of combat sports, and the recent shift toward lifestyle, health and fitness make the gym's debut there important.
The location in Woking is going to be a CLASS-style gym, which is the newest concept in studio fitness and focuses on a class-centric and result-based format.
TD Lifestyle Director Joe Long said that they are thrilled to bring a new boutique fitness franchise into the UK. The CLASS format has been a success in the US, and the Woking location will offer boxing and H.I.I.T classes, along with top-of-the-line equipment, a high-spec recovery area and other facilities.
Franchise Opportunities are Now Available
UFC Gym offers a full range of services, including group classes, private coaching, personal and group dynamic training, youth programming and more. This rapidly-expanding brand currently has 150 locations open and another 500 in development, with franchise opportunities still open in many markets. The initial total investment varies by format, but the general range is $295,057 to $4,912,007.