Meet Maddie Gwinn!

Meet Maddie Gwinn! Maddie originates from St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to Blaine in her junior year of high school. She attended Eastern Washington University in 2013 and studied Vocal Performance. Outside of the club her favorite things are hiking, singing, hanging out with family, and gaming. In March of 2018, she was hired as a part of the Maintenance and Aquatics staff. Over the last 2 years, she worked in different departments and became an integral part of the BAC. Maddie is now serving as our Member Services Director, Front Desk Supervisor, and Accounts Receivable.

BAC 2 School!

We are trying to step up and help those parents who are struggling to manage school-age children and the remote learning that is taking place across the county.  We are calling our program BAC 2 School.  It will include supervised homework, class sessions, recess, and PE.  We hope to start this program Wednesday, September 9th.  We are hoping to be very nimble in responding to kids’ and parents’ needs.

Here are the logistics of the BAC 2 School program:

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm

Pricing for Full Day:

Member: $40
Sibling: $35

Non-Member: $50
Sibling: $45

Pay by the hour (2-hour minimum stay):

Member: $8 per hour
2 hours: $16
3 hours: $24
4 hours: $32
5+ hours: $40

Non-Member: $10 per hour
2 hours: $20
3 hours: $30
4 hours: $40
5+ hours: $50

*Child has to be on Family or Single Parent membership to qualify for member pricing*

Mask Policy:
Kids will be required to wear their masks any time they are walking around the facility and cannot social distance. They will not be required to wear their masks while sitting down at their desk, exercising, or eating.

Food Policy:
Kids will bring their own lunch and snacks.

Water Aerobics classes

We’re welcoming back even more of our Water Aerobics classes! We have more availability and are looking forward to having you back in our pool.

-Class Schedule-
Monday evenings at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm
Friday mornings at 8:30 am, 9:30 am, and 10:30 am

You may sign up for a class three days in advance and it’s a super easy sign up! Just call or talk to the front desk to schedule. 360-676-1800.

Group Supervised Learning

Exciting news! We are going to offer group supervised learning for school-aged children. Our plan is for 4-hour blocks: including recess, homework facilitation, Zoom class-work supervision, and PE. We know parents are struggling to help their children be successful in the “virtual learning” environment while trying to work and take care of their daily tasks. We can be flexible, so let us know what you need. We will set up socially distant classrooms; have an instructor for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 students, grouped by grade and Zoom class times. We have WiFi available, plus all classroom supplies that might be required. We are working on a fee structure and lining up instructors.

If you are interested, please contact us ASAP so we can set everything up. We are thrilled to be able to offer an option for our member parents and kids!

Note: Employees must wear masks at all times. The kids will only wear masks if they cannot social distance and when they walk through the club. Masks will not be required if they are sitting at a table doing schoolwork or Zooming. They will not be required to wear masks during exercise or while they eat.

BAC is still awaiting the move to Phase 3 for Whatcom County. The COVID numbers have been coming down so we are hopeful that will happen soon. Traffic in the club has been steady and improving, we have not had a problem with crowding in either facility. Reminder: Water aerobics and group ex classes are available in person and online, call to enroll. We so appreciate all the members who are using the club, we love seeing everyone!

Thanks so much for your support. Cathy

Mandatory Masks

We have had some members worried about the non-wearing of masks during vigorous exercise. One of the suggestions was to have mask mandatory times at the club; so we are going to try this at the Downtown club. Monday through Friday from 10 am – Noon masks will be required the entire time you are in the club. We’ll see how this goes. For those who are immune-compromised or in a high-risk group, this will provide some added assurance. As always your feedback is much appreciated.

Otherwise, keep in mind our policy as of June 26th: Governor Inslee has mandated masks be worn in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. We are a private club, and we are checking temperatures and health status before every member’s club use. Please wear masks while moving about the club, with the exception of during intense exercise. Be sure to use the placards during cardio machine use to enforce social distancing, feel free to block out as many machines as necessary to ensure adequate space for your exercise session.

Member Update

Dear Members,

There have been concerns with the Governor’s statements yesterday, that there has been a change to our status as far as the guidance under Phase 2 for operations here at the club.  Not to worry, we are in full compliance with the guidelines with how we reopened and continue to operate both clubs, continuing to screen each member and staff as they enter the facility and limiting access.  But we have had some members worried about the non-wearing of masks during vigorous exercise.  One of the suggestions was to have mask mandatory times at the club; so we are going to try this at the Downtown club- Monday through Friday from 10 am-Noon, masks will be required the entire time you are in the club.  We’ll see how this goes, for those who are immune-compromised or in a high-risk group this will provide some added assurance.  As always your feedback is much appreciated.

More Water Exercise Classes

We are adding some more Aqua fitness classes available with 3-day advanced reservations starting Monday, August 3rd.  Jill will be teaching Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 pm and Fridays 8:30 am and 9:30 am.  This will double our capacity for the very popular classes.  Thank you, Jill! 

Don’t forget our online and live group exercise schedule, we are working hard to respond to the suggestions of our membership, look for yoga with Michal to be added soon.

Some Good News

I wanted to share some positive news regarding the COVID19 virus.  Whatcom County through their drive-through testing sites released some interesting data: They tested just under 1900 Whatcom County residents, with only 1% of the tests coming back positive.  Only 1%!  That is encouraging; with the statewide number which has also continued its downward trend is sitting at about 5.4% now.   Also looking at data from the Washington Department of Health COVID 19 Dashboard gives us some more good news; as the number of cases has indeed gone up – the hospitalization rate is half of what it was in April, and the death rate continues to go down even as the number of cases increases.  I encourage everyone to go to the website and take a look at the epidemiological curves; it helps put things into perspective.  I can’t help but be heartened, what can I say; I’m a glass half full type of gal!

 Respectfully, Cathy

Online Class Schedule

The below schedule is subject to change as we continue to add more classes. Please note that all in-person classes require 3-day advance reservations.

Cordata

Monday

Cardio with Tina at 8:30 a.m. at BAC Group Ex Online classes Facebook Group only. Go to the link. First time around you need to ask to join this group.

TBC with Tina at 9:15 a.m. In-person only.

Power Hour with Heather at 5:30 p.m. In-person in the studio and at BAC Group Ex Online classes Facebook Group. Go to the link. First time around you need to ask to join this group.

Aqua Aerobics with Jill at 5:00 p.m.

Aqua Aerobics with Jill at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday

Zumba with Cindy at 9:00 a.m. In-person in only.

Bootcamp with Jeremy & Melissa at 5:30 p.m. at BAC BOOT CAMP (Jeremy And Melissa’s Class) Facebook Group only. Go to the link. First time around you need to ask to join this group.

Wednesday

Cardio with Tina at 8:30 a.m. at BAC Group Ex Online classes Facebook Group only. Go to the link. First time around you need to ask to join this group.

TBC with Tina at 9:15 a.m. In-person only.

Aqua Aerobics with Jill at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday

Zumba with Cindy at 9:00 a.m. at Zoom only. Note: You will need to install Zoom. Meeting ID: 226 610 3354 & Password: zumbacindy stay the same each week. 

Friday

Aqua Aerobics with Jill at 8:30 a.m.

Aqua Aerobics with Jill at 9:30 a.m.

Aqua Aerobics with Jill at 10:30 a.m.

Step & Pump with Cindy at 9:00 a.m. In-person in studio only.

Saturday

Power Pump with Heather at 9:00 a.m. In-person in studio and at BAC Group Ex Online classes Facebook Group. Go to the link. First time around you need to ask to join this group.

Downtown

Tuesday

Power Hour with Susan at 6:15 a.m. In-person in studio only.

Strong & Stable with Lesley at 8:30 a.m. In-person in studio and at Bellingham Athletic Club Facebook Page Note: You do not need to have a Facebook account to view. LIVE videos will be near the top of the Bellingham Athletic Facebook Page. Past videos can be viewed on our Facebook Page Video Tab (left sidebar) or on our website.

Thursday

Strong & Stable with Lesley at 8:30 a.m. In-person in studio and at Bellingham Athletic Club Facebook Page Note: You do not need to have a Facebook account to view. LIVE videos will be near the top of the Bellingham Athletic Facebook Page. Past videos can be viewed on our Facebook Page Video Tab (left sidebar) or on our website.

By choosing to participate in any online class/exercise, you hereby waive and release all rights and claims for any damage you have against Bellingham Athletic Club and all representatives for all injuries which may be suffered in connection with your participation.

Protein – The Master Building Block

Most people know protein as an important component for muscle growth, but it is necessary for much more than that. Protein is kind of like the master building block for the body and supports many vital functions including the immune system, digestion, blood sugar regulation, and more.
When choosing sources of animal protein, it’s important to opt for grass-fed and pasture-raised as often as possible. Why? Well, for one, animals raised in those environments have access to more complete and natural diets. Maybe you’ve noticed on egg cartons the words “vegetarian fed” or seen the difference in eggs produced by vegetarian vs grass-fed chickens. The vegetarian eggs are pale yellow and mild in flavor in comparison to the natural eggs which are vibrant orange and taste wonderful. Part of the reason for this is that chickens are omnivores and meant to consume bugs in addition to grasses, etc. Animals given a full spectrum of nutrients provide more nutrition to us!
Here are some of protein’s roles:
• increases satiety
• building blocks of enzymes, neurotransmitters, hormones, etc.
• building blocks of muscles, organs, skin, etc.

Appropriate sources of protein include:
• beans and legumes
• eggs from pasture-raised chickens
• nitrate-/nitrite-free meat from grass-fed or pasture-raised animals
• sprouted grains
• seeds like quinoa
• full-fat yogurt/cottage cheese