Bellingham Athletic Club

Is Your Exercise Program Balanced?

In life, we are constantly trying to look for balance in our lives: work, home/family, play/recreation etc. Shouldn’t we look for balance in our exercise program as well?

As with anything in our life, balance creates an environment of success, enjoyment, contentment, and happiness. Exercise is no exception! A balanced exercise program challenges us physically and mentally, relieves stress, helps us recover, and enhances our overall health.

What does a balanced exercise program look like? Some of the components of a balanced program should include aerobic/cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength/power, tissue flexibility and mobility, joint mobility, movement and coordination, breathing, and balance. Fortunately here at BAC, we have a number of options in which to choose and craft a balanced exercise program that you can enjoy.

If you are someone who likes to exercise with a group of people there are a variety of options for you. For aerobic/cardiovascular training we have Aqua Aerobics, Aqua Zumba, Bootcamp, TBC, Insanity, HIIT, Step, Cardio Dance, Zumba, and Revolution. For muscular strength/power/movement training: Power Pump, Bootcamp, TBC, HIIT, Strong, Strong and Stable, Aqua Aerobics, and Pilates. And for tissue flexibility/balance/breath training: Yoga, and Strong and Stretch.

Typically, aerobic/cardiovascular training should be done 3-5 times/week, strength/power/movement 2-3 times/week, balance/tissue flexibility-mobility every day with one training session devoted to it 1 time/week at least.

One of the benefits of a lot of our classes is that they incorporate many of these components into each class session but as you can see we also offer classes that address specific areas. If you are curious about how to balance your exercise program Jeri Winterburn, BAC Group Exercise Director, Mike Locke, Director of Fitness, and our Group Exercise and Personal Training Staff are here to help.