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Ridgway Pilates – RACC March 2023 Member of the Month

Ridgway Pilates is being recognized as March 2023 Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month. The Member of the Month program is an ongoing effort by the Chamber to provide the community and visitors with information about businesses and organizations in the area and promote patronage of our local resources and small, independent companies.

Visit Ridgway Pilates at 565 Sherman Street Unit 10, Ridgway, CO 81432. To learn more about Ridgway Pilates, go online to or call 970-628-5744. For information about Medical, Health & Wellness in Ridgway, go to

How did Ridgway Pilates come about?

Ridgway Pilates was established in 2017 under the guidance of Erica Young, Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor. In addition to being a former elementary school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Science Education, Erica taught dance and yoga before dedicating herself to the study of Pilates. She enjoys working with clients of all body types and abilities to create personalized movement programs blending Classical and Contemporary Pilates with Movement Science research to help clients reach their movement potential in and out of the studio.

What is the science behind Pilates?

Pilates is rooted in the principles of proper alignment, movement, and breath, and its benefits have been supported by research in the field of exercise science. Pilates exercises are designed to target the deep muscles of the core, as well as the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms. These exercises are typically performed using bodyweight and specialized equipment. It is medically recommended for individuals with low back pain, as it can improve muscle endurance and stability in the lumbar spine. 

What is the difference between Pilates, yoga and barre? 

Pilates is a system of exercise that was developed in the early twentieth century by Joseph Pilates, a movement pioneer and inventor. It involves a series of controlled movements that target the deep muscles of the core, as well as the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms. The focus is on whole body physical conditioning, proper alignment, and movement patterns. Joseph Pilates first called his method Contrology; he referred to it as ‘the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit’. We practice Pilates exercises with total attention and control to allow the body and mind to unite bringing forth the most gain possible from each exercise. 

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates offers a range of benefits for both the body and mind, making it a great form of exercise for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Specifically, it can improve core strength, range of motion, athletic performance, posture, and comfort in the low back. To see these benefits, it's recommended to practice Pilates regularly. Practicing 2-3 times per week can help you maintain and improve your strength, flexibility, and overall fitness. Ridgway Pilates offers classes for all levels in a variety of formats including privates, duets, and trios. Ridgway Pilates uses state-of-the-art Pilates equipment and is dedicated to helping you reach your personal goals.

How did you find your love for Pilates?

Since my first class is 2010, the practice has brought me physical and mental benefits, as well as the joy of a supportive community of fellow practitioners. With a dance background, a Master’s Degree in Science Education and, and over 20 years of professional education experience, pursuing a rigorous Comprehensive Pilates certification was a natural fit. However, a ski accident and the following recovery truly motivated me to dedicate myself the art of science of the Pilates Method. 

What are your favorite Pilates exercises? 

You can’t go wrong with the fundamental exercises such as The Hundred, Single Leg Circles, Roll Up, Teaser and the Swan Dive. Please feel free to reach out to me for more information regarding the fundamental exercises. 

What is March MATness?

Join Ridgway Pilates for a series of four free classes highlighting Mr. Pilates’ original 34 mat exercises in order.  Classes are held on Wednesdays from 5:15pm-6:15pm on March 1, 8, 15 and 29.  We will practice all the way from The Hundred to the Push Up and every exercise in between.