Moving on to pastures new should work out well for Judy and her gym
PART of a building in Derby which was once home to Fitness First gym is again being used for pumping iron and working out.
Stripes Health and Fitness Club has moved from its Stores Road premises to St Thomas House in Mansfield Road.
The part of the building that Stripes has moved into was formerly occupied by Fitness First, which closed in August after 15 years.
Following its departure, neighbouring business Tioga took on the extra space to become the sole occupier of St Thomas House.
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Tioga, which makes electronic products, has experienced rapid growth in recent years and it decided to expand to meet its long-term plans.
But in the meantime, part of the building has been handed over to Stripes, which employs six people.
Owner and director Judy Sturgis, who founded Stripes in 2003, said the move to St Thomas House was because it was bigger and in a more prominent position.
She said: "In our old location, people had difficulty finding us, as we were slightly out of the way.
"But our new home is in a much better location and is in a beautiful listed building.
"It gets a lot more footfall and is visible to passing traffic and pedestrians."
Mrs Sturgis said the business was already benefiting from its new location, with former Fitness First members joining Stripes.
Mrs Sturgis said: "Everyone is pleasantly surprised at the wonderful renovations and how great the new facilities are."
The Stripes gym includes a cardiovascular room, which is kitted out with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
It also has studios for cycling, aerobics and other classes.
The premises features a "resistance room", which is fitted out with weights.
Stripes also has four treatment rooms manned by on-site therapists, who provide a range of beauty treatments including massage, aromatherapy, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing.
The gym even provides hypnotherapy classes to improve mental well-being.
Mrs Sturgis, who is a fully-qualified hypnotherapist, said: "We look at the whole person, not just the body, and try to achieve physical changes not just through exercise and nutritional advice but by achieving a state of mental well-being and balance in both body, mind and spirit."
Stripes' new base also has its own hair salon, lounge and cafe.
Warwick Adams, managing director of Tioga, said: "Tioga is delighted to welcome Stripes Health and Fitness Club into the space on the top floor of what used to be the Fitness First gym, which Tioga acquired in September when they moved out.
"Having an exciting, vibrant and fully equipped gym and spa facility on site for Tioga staff to use at any time will hopefully give them the opportunity and motivation to keep fit and healthy.
"Judy and her team will certainly endeavour to look after the well-being of members and all our staff that wish to use the facility."