Courtesy of Mecka Fitness.

Mecka Fitness is making a pilgrimage to Smallman Street.

On Monday, the South Hills-based fitness center and CrossFit temple announced the coming of a new location in the Strip District.

“Since we opened our doors six years ago on Washington Road in the heart of Mt. Lebanon, we have received so many client requests to open an additional facility that would be more easily accessible to residents in other parts of the city,” said owner Kevin Beamon in an announcement about the new building.

“This project is something that has been in the works for several years. We have been building our team and aligning our resources for the past two years, and we are finally ready to move forward.”

Mecka‘s new Strip District outpost will allow the company to take advantage of the growing roster of new corporate offices and apartments that have flooded the neighborhood over the last several years.

Speaking to NEXTpittsburgh, Beamon said his company had originally made on offer on space in the Cork Factory Lofts on Railroad Street before settling on their current location.

With a growing community of new residents coming to the Strip, Beamon sees a need for amenities like grocery stores and gyms.

Rendering courtesy of Mecka Fitness.

Located at 2908 Smallman St., the new 10,000-square-foot gym will include spaces for many of the company’s most popular classes, including yoga, the high-intensity Bodylab and, of course, the CrossFit program.

In addition, the gym will offer a host of new perks and services such as a sauna, a smoothie bar and a retail section featuring clothing from Lululemon Athletica. NEXT architecture is collaborating on the design.

“We take pride in our ability to offer many, many boutique, high-intensity fitness modalities, from boot camp to yoga, together with other wellness services, under one roof,” Beamon said.

The new Mecka Fitness location will be ready to get sweaty in January 2020.

Bill O'Toole

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.