New fitness center aims to build muscle at San Jose Mall

SAN JOSE — A new fitness center has opened in a San Jose mall, a venture that provides a welcome counterpoint to the grim coronavirus-related business closures of the past two years.

UFC Fit began operations at the Westfield Oakridge Mall. The new retailer could enhance the large-scale transformation of the South San Jose mall.

“We are thrilled to be part of the San Jose community and to bring our dynamic mix of premium fitness experiences under one roof to local fitness enthusiasts,” said Adam Sedlack, General Manager of UFC Gym. , which operates the new UFC Fit release.

UFC Fit began operations at Westfield Oakridge in late June and was scheduled to have a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday.

Exercise equipment inside the UFC Fit Gym at Westfield Oakridge Mall, 5540 Winfield Blvd. in San Jose.

The new center occupies approximately 40,000 square feet on the site of a former Sears department store.

The $7 million facility includes a group fitness studio, weight room with free weights and Olympic lifting platforms, cardio and strength-training equipment, personal training, bag room, a gym store and advanced fitness technology, according to UFC Gym.

Classes include cycling, HIIT and Zumba. UFC Fit also offers group fitness classes such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, and kickboxing conditioning that draw inspiration from mixed martial arts.

Crippling business closures ordered by state and local government agencies to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus have hit many industries, including the fitness sector.

Fitness merchants have attempted to restore previous businesses or launch businesses at new locations as restrictions are eased.

Interior of the UFC Fit Gym at Westfield Oakridge Mall, 5540 Winfield Blvd.  in San Jose.925 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.  (Westfield Oakridge, UFC Fit)
Interior of the UFC Fit Gym at Westfield Oakridge Mall, 5540 Winfield Blvd. in San Jose.

“We are excited to introduce our innovative fitness model and world-class fitness experience to the community,” said Sedlack.

Edwin S. Wolfe