New fitness center aims to muscle up at San Jose shopping center

SAN JOSE — A new fitness center has opened its doors at a San Jose shopping center, an endeavor that offers a welcome counterpoint to the grim coronavirus-linked business shutdowns of the last two years.

UFC Fit has begun operations at Westfield Oakridge mall. The new merchant could enhance the wide-ranging makeover of the South San Jose retail hub.

“We’re ecstatic to be a part of the San Jose community and to offer our dynamic mix of premium fitness experiences under one roof to local fitness enthusiasts,” said Adam Sedlack, chief executive officer of UFC Gym, which operates the new UFC Fit outlet.

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

Exercise equipment inside UFC Fit gym at Westfield Oakridge shopping center, 5540 Winfield Blvd. in San Jose.(Westfield Oakridge, UFC Fit)
Exercise equipment inside UFC Fit gym at Westfield Oakridge shopping center, 5540 Winfield Blvd. in San Jose. (Westfield Oakridge, UFC Fit)

The new center occupies about 40,000 square feet at the site of an old Sears department store.

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