The Ridge Fit­ness

The Ridge Fit­ness of­fi­cially open and pieces of lo­cal air­force train­ing his­tory re­main

The Goderich Signal-Star - - FRONT PAGE - KATH­LEEN SMITH

In one of the orig­i­nal build­ings from the Port Al­bert Air Base from the 1940s, The Ridge Fit­ness is in one of the build­ings for nav­i­ga­tional school for pi­lots.

The gym has re­cently opened but it went through ren­o­va­tions three months prior but own­ers Jen Mor­ris and Scott Ho­man managed to keep pieces of the build­ings’ his­tory as main as­pects to the fit­ness stu­dio.

Co-owner Scott Ho­man’s grand­fa­ther Thomas Sandy dis­man­tled many of the build­ings on the base, but had de­cided to take one par­tic­u­lar build­ing down and moved it to their fam­ily prop­erty, putting it back up in orig­i­nal form.

“Much of the build­ing is all the orig­i­nal ma­te­ri­als - win­dows, doors, etcetera. In the build­ing, we found some of the parts to the ”Syn­thetic Trainer“, which was used to train the pi­lots in air­craft sim­u­la­tion,” ex­plains Scott.

“As soon as Jen saw the base of the syn­thetic trainer, she knew she had to make it into a chan­de­lier. Its the first thing you see when you come into the gym.”

Ac­cord­ing to Scott, his fa­ther Keith had also sal­vaged some old doors from the ac­tual house known as “The Ridge”, which are hung in the en­trance.

The cathe­dral ceil­ings re­main in­tact and fir beams, all wood from Bri­tish Columbia, which were brought to the area in the late 1930s when the Air­base was orig­i­nally built, are show­cased on the ceil­ing.

“The whole process took roughly five to six months to achieve what my wife Jen and I con­sider our ‘per­fect train­ing’ place. It truly is a beau­ti­ful space, in our opin­ion, and we are very proud of how it turned out - re­ally ex­ceed­ing our ex­pec­ta­tions,” Scott adds.

In­volved in the Health and Fit­ness busi­ness for over 10 years, and co-own­ing Cross­Fit Al­ti­tude in Burling­ton, Jen and Scott had a lot of ideas of what they wanted in that space for clients.

The Ridge Fit­ness’ fo­cus is small group train­ing, which is more in­ti­mate than most ex­ist­ing gyms, where they are able to in­crease the level and qual­ity of coach­ing to clients.

“We are not a Cross­Fit af­fil­i­ate, but we are both cer­ti­fied Cross­Fit coaches ( level 2) and we em­ploy many of the meth­ods of Cross­Fit train­ing, while also in­cor­po­rat­ing other types of train­ing to suit our clients needs in the best way pos­si­ble,” says Scott.

“Jen’s coach­ing cre­den­tials are ex­cep­tional and she has very ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence coach­ing all lev­els of ath­letes and trainees.”

Jen has not only coached olympic lift­ing, power lift­ing, gym­nas­tics and Cross­Fit, but has also com­peted in each.

The Ridge Fit­ness is cur­rently of­fer­ing a lim­ited num­ber of classes un­til Feb. 4 when the gym will of­fi­cially start run­ning all classes.

Class times are 9 am, 12 noon and 5 pm, Mon­day through Fri­day, and 9 am on Satur­day and 10 am on Sun­day. Th­ese classes are for peo­ple that have al­ready been do­ing Cross­Fit (Func­tional Fit­ness Train­ing) or re­lated ex­er­cises (like olympic weightlift­ing).

Scott and Jen ex­plain that for begin­ners ( any level or age over 18) who want to try, The Ridge Fit­ness of­fers nine classes that are spe­cific to take clients through all the move­ments, pro­cess­ing in a safe way with an em­pha­sis on build­ing a strong core and foun­da­tion to avoid in­jury and pro­mote health.

In ad­di­tion to the fit­ness stu­dio, The Ridge Fit­ness also of­fers a 23- foot climb­ing wall near the en­trance. Ac­cord­ing to Scott, climb­ing uses some of the same things pro­moted in classes, such as core and strength.

Those who are in­ter­ested can sign up for one year, six month, three month or monthly mem­ber­ships. Prices vary depend­ing on the level of com­mit­ment and type of mem­ber­ship.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to come and talk to us about an op­tion that will fit their bud­gets and meet their goals,” adds Scott.

TheRidge Fit­ness’ mis­sion and pas­sion is to help peo­ple trans- formtheir lives and health us­ing func­tional fit­ness, goal set­ting and nutri­tion to have the high­est qual­ity of life.

“We will work with any­one who is mo­ti­vated and se­ri­ous about this, will­ing to show up and put in the ef­fort and time needed to ac­com­plish this,” says Scott.

The Ridge Fit­ness is lo­cated at 81343 Mill Road. For in­for­ma­tion or in­quiries on mem­ber­ship or classes, con­tact Jen and Scott via email, theridg­e­fit­ or call 519525-8207.


The orig­i­nal air force base.

The gym af­ter ren­o­va­tions.


Jen Mor­ris (left) and Scott Ho­man marked the of­fi­cial open­ing of their gym, The Ridge Fit­ness on Mill Road, by host­ing an open house last week.

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