Now, Fletcher has expanded his business to include a whole new room full of Pilates equipment and stationary bicycles in the Old Schoolhouse’s basement level. He acquired the equipment from CoreSolutions, another Ridgway Pilates studio, which recently closed its doors.
The additional studio space and equipment have allowed Fletcher to expand his class menu (which now includes Pilates mat and equipment classes, spinning, strength and conditioning, Zumba, Boot Camp, Meditation and Philosophy, and Belly Dance), as well as his roster of instructors.
That roster now includes Marisa Haga, a professional dancer in her 20s who grew up in Ridgway and began doing Pilates while living in Seattle as a method to support her training in dance. Soon after graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle with a BFA in dance, she sought a certification in STOTT Pilates. She taught Pilates at several studios around Seattle, working up to 30 hours a week in the field, prior to moving back to Ridgway last summer.
“I don’t know that I would have taken on the expansion without Marisa,” Fletcher said.
Haga teaches group equipment classes in the new downstairs area, allowing Fletcher to continue to focus on what he loves to do most: private sessions and therapeutic instruction.
The new classroom downstairs will eventually also incorporate a massage studio, where certified massage therapist and soon-to-be-certified Pilates instructor Theresa Goge will offer “massage by the minute” to address the immediate needs of students as they arise in class.
Fletcher is thrilled to be able to offer this service onsite. “It’s taking movement to the next level,” he said.
Husband and wife team Erin and JB Britton, meanwhile, head up IMC’s department of spin, on the newly acquired fleet of stationary bicycles. The couple moved to Ridgway about a year-and-a-half ago from Golden. Both are avid cyclists. Erin, a certified spin instructor, also teaches a few yoga classes at Shantihi Hot Yoga studio down the street. (Her day-job is working as a business analyst for a software company.
“Spinning is a very good cardio workout and it’s good for building leg strength,” she said.
JB, whose passion is competitive mountain biking, views the stationary bicycle workout as a great way to stay in shape through the winter, for his fair-weather outdoor pursuits. His focus as a spinning instructor is to help fellow local cyclists train for upcoming competitive events, and he hopes to get a cycle-cross event going in the Ridgway area this fall.
Fletcher began his career in fitness training in 1998 after a six-year stint in advertising that left him short of inspiration.
“With back and hip issues that would periodically cripple me, I finally immersed myself into the study of Pilates and functional training in 2000 as a way to heal my own body and enhance my clients’ work,” he writes in his website bio. He became certified through STOTT Pilates in 2001.
“I take pride in constantly trying to deepen my knowledge of the function of the body and incorporating that into an ‘integrative’ plan for my clients and their bodies needs,” Fletcher said.
He seems to be on to something. Over the past five or so years since he first came to Ridgway, Fletcher’s center has grown in scope and reputation, attracting clients from Ouray County, Telluride, and Montrose, including many regular folks as well as a handful of high-profile extreme athletes.
The IMC is located in the Old Schoolhouse Building, 1075 Sherman St., in Ridgway. For more information call 596-8791 or visit IMCridgway.com