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Gym Brings Mixed Martial Arts Expertise To Fairfield

First Selectman Michael Tetreau cuts the ribbon on Fit Club along with the Fairfield gym's owners and staff earlier this month.
First Selectman Michael Tetreau cuts the ribbon on Fit Club along with the Fairfield gym's owners and staff earlier this month. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield families now have another option for getting in shape.

Mixed Martial Arts expert Joe Oppedisano, a former trainer and co-owner of East Coast United on Post Road, moved his business to the Sportsplex on Mill Plain Road last month and rebranded it as Fit Club. The restructured gym reopened in December, and First Selectman Michael Tetreau cut the ribbon on the business earlier this month.

The gym offers classes for all age groups in various Mixed Martial Arts styles. Fit Club focuses on many disciplines, including boxing and Muay-Thai fighting. Oppedisano’s specialty is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which uses holds and take-downs similar to judo or wrestling.

Oppedisano has won many regional and national competitions in the discipline, including multiple gold medals at North American Grappling Association events and Pan-American Jiu Jitsu competitions. He said he is “committed to increasing the prominence of Jiu-Jitsu in Fairfield.”

The gym also offers classes in Ultimate Fitness, combining cardio and weight training. The trainers promise the program will provide a “shock to every muscle in your body.”

Since it now shares a complex with other fitness-based businesses at the Sportsplex, Fit Club’s owners hope that families will take advantage of the location as well. For example, mothers can take the Ultimate Fitness classes while their kids play in the Field House next door. Or they can go nearby Fairfield Hot Yoga during their kids’ jiu-jitsu classes.

“[The owners] have built a gym around families. My three children all wrestle Jiu Jitsu. They are more confident, stronger and more respectful under the watchful eye of Joe and Gabriella,” Fairfield mother Danielle said in a testimonial on the gym’s web site.

Fit Club is located at 85 Mill Plain Road in Fairfield. For more information on fees and a schedule of classes, visit the Fit Club website.

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