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Paralympic cyclist and gold medallist Karen Darke OBE has cut the ribbon on the UK’s first fit20 studio at Fox Valley in north Sheffield.

The Fox Valley studio also houses the UK headquarters of fit20 – the company has exciting plans to grow the fitness brand which started six years ago in the Netherlands.

Karen officially opened the new studio on Wednesday at the start of an open afternoon aimed at showcasing the new fitness concept - originally from Halifax she took gold in the women's time trial at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Based on a wealth of research and experience, fit20 offer unique 20 minute work-outs aimed at people who find the gym can be too time consuming, impersonal or just too much hassle.

The work outs consist of slow and controlled high intensity training in a precision cooled studio- which means no sweat and no need to change into gym clothes making it the perfect work out to fit into a busy schedule or a working day.

Sessions are taken 1-2-1 with a fully trained Personal Trainer using the latest technology to track results and progress.

The innovative Dutch concept was brought to the UK by husband and wife team Niri and Catherine Patel from Holmfirth. The UK Franchise company’s Fox Valley studio is also a training facility for franchisees from across the UK and is managed by Master Trainer Deborah Sparks-Kerss.

Niri said: “We are delighted to have opened our new studio and our UK headquarters here at Fox Valley. There is nothing else like it in the UK. We are very proud to be part of the regeneration of this part of Sheffield and to be investing in the area and recruiting locally.

“Karen is a truly inspirational woman and it made our opening day all the more special to have her cutting the ribbon here at fit20, and to see that gold medal once again which never fails to impress and remind us all of what can be achieved.”

fit20 can be found on the first floor of Harry Brearley House at Fox Valley in the company’s brand new purpose built offices and fitness suite just above Timbuktu and Martyn Kemp Opticians.

Annabel Plumtree, Centre Manager at Fox Valley, said: “The new studio looks fantastic and we’d like to wish the whole fit20 team the very best in their new business here at Fox Valley.”

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