June Employee of the Month

Congratulations, Izy, on being nominated for June’s employee of the month! Izy was hired just last year. She started out in the maintenance department and quickly moved to Kids Club. She is also very involved in our youth programs, such as Friday Night Out and birthday parties. Izy recently started working at the front desk where she has quickly grown to be a very important and reliable part of our staff!

Izy is a northwest local! She has lived here her whole life and graduated from Meridian High school in 2018. Her favorite sport is volleyball–she has played for 8 years including one at WCC. Izy is currently attending Whatcom Community College, where she hopes to finish up her prerequisites and then transfer to Bellingham Technical College for the Dental Hygiene Program.

When Izy isn’t at school or working she likes to visit Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Georgia with her family. You can also find Izy enjoying anything outdoors. She enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.

The thing that Izy enjoys most about working at BAC is all the kids she works with and watching them grow up! Izy has proven to be reliable, mature and just a great employee to have on our staff! Thank you, Izy, for all the hard work you do and for caring about our young members!

Jump In!

by Mike Locke, Fitness Director

1. Reduce overuse injuries. The repetitive stress of intense, specialized training contributes to overuse injuries. Depending on water depth, aquatic training can reduce impact up to 85%, resulting in less stress and reducing the likelihood of injury.

2. Supplement land training. Many land moves can be mimicked in water, and clients can practice movement patterns without worrying about impact. Shallow water is beneficial for vertical jump training, transitional depths are good for racquet sports training, and deep water is valuable for long-distance training.

3. Add variety or overcome training plateaus. Water provides resistance in multiple planes of movement, allowing for new types of overload. Working in a different environment reduces boredom and adds fresh challenges.

4. Increase muscle strength. Cardiovascular and muscle endurance training can occur concurrently in the water. Correct training techniques and equipment make it possible to build strength.

5. Supplement speed and sports training. Coaches can teach sport-specific moves in the water. Aquatic training improves core muscle recruitment to stabilize the body against the water’s forces.

6. Facilitate post-workout recovery. The hydrostatic pressure from immersion increases circulation, reduces swelling, and enhances recovery. Water training provides a comfortable environment for active-rest workouts.

Swim Lessons

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day! We’ve been busy around the pool, and we’re excited to gear up for summer! We’ve switched over to our 3-week Summer Sessions, so this round will let out right around the same time school does. After school lets out, you’ll see a change in availability! Since morning lessons are more popular in the summer, we are aiming to offer a greater variety at that time.

We also want to encourage everyone to take advantage of our family swim passes! Non-members are eligible to receive a family swim pass that allows you to come play at BAC and practice your students’ skills outside of class! Family Swim runs on Mon/Wed/Fri afternoons (3:30-5) and evenings (7-8:30) and on the weekends from 3-5 and 6-8:30. With the weather getting warmer, it might be nice to splash around in the water anyways! There will be a Special, ‘School’s Out’ themed family swim on Saturday, June 15th  from 3-5PM.  We’ll play games and have the opportunity to navigate an obstacle course where students can test their agility in the water, so join us for this fun themed family swim.

June 4 – 20th (3 weeks/6 Lessons)

Call (360) 676-1800 to sign up!

Press here for current Swim Lessons Schedule details and pricing.

Press here to go to the Aquatic Page.

Summer Schedule at BAC

As we roll into the summer, and hopefully some beautiful weather, our staff has been busy assembling a summer class schedule that makes sense as members cut back on club visits during the summer months and club usage trends downward. There are many reasons for this: Children being out of school, travel and outdoor activities; not only for our members but our instructors as well. In an effort to make efficient use of our resources, we are modifying hours and class schedules for the summer months. Changes to look for:

Downtown Hours:
Monday through Friday – 5:00am-9:00pm
Saturday – 7:00am-7:00pm
Sunday – 7:00am-2:00pm (beginning June 23. Closed on June 16.)
Holiday hours – 7:00am-2:00pm, with no group exercise classes.

Downtown Programming:
Regular Summer class reduction in the lower attended group exercise classes.

Cordata Club hours:
Monday through Friday – 5:30am-10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 7:00am-9:00pm
Holiday Hours – 7:00am-7:00pm, no land or water group exercise.
Monday through Saturday – Kids Club open 8:30am-12:00pm

Cordata Programming:
Summer will bring added swim lesson participants and children in the club. Look for additional programming and camps for kids; including our Active Achievers camp running July 8th-12th from 9:00am to 4:30pm. We have loads of activities lined up for this fun-filled week. We also will be running a Racquetball Camp designed by our excellent head pro Wanda Collins, August 5th-9th for beginner through advanced players.

Kids Club will be running special programming all summer long to keep BAC kids active and engaged. Check out the summer schedule posted down in Kids Club, and it will be available online when we have fleshed out all the details.

Regular summer adjustments to the Group Exercise schedule due to lower attended group exercise classes. Look for many of these classes to come back in the Fall when everyone gets back to their regular schedule.

Cathy Buckley


Pilates class is designed to work your powerhouse muscles – abs, lower back, thighs, and buttocks. The discipline emphasizes correct form to help develop strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, & good posture. Designed for all levels, this class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cordata and Wednesdays at our downtown location.

Gentle Yoga

Our Gentle Yoga class is a gentle approach to learning the yoga postures using props and careful alignment/adjustments for each student. We welcome all who are healthy and injury free. Gentle Yoga is offered Mondays at 9:30 am or 4:15 pm at our downtown location or check out our Group Exercise Schedule for other Yoga classes.

Meet Tiffany Morton

Tiffany Morton has been working as a personal trainer at the Bellingham Athletic Club since 1998. During that time she has started several programs that you will still see at the club today such as Weights for Women, Biggest Winner, and Dino Muscles. She managed Kids Club for several years and is still passionate about working with children and helping them lead an active and nutritious life. She has also worked with and directed several clients and small groups through the journey of weight loss.

Tiffany graduated from Western Washington University in 1998 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Shortly after, she got her CSCS certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Since then she has attended local and international fitness conventions. She is also a certified trainer in Gravity (GTS), American Kettlebell Club (AKC), and circular strength training (CTS). She has an in-depth understanding of the Omega Wave System. Tiffany knows that people change as well as our knowledge of the body and credits the BAC in helping her constantly stay updated with the most current knowledge of training the body. She has also learned a lot just from working with so many different clients.

“I enjoy working with clients of all ages and fitness levels, my job is to challenge each person to find their own greatest potential.” Tiffany loves her job and loves being active herself. Some of her favorite activities include snowboarding, running, yoga, “playing” with kettlebells and clubbells, and, of course, spending time with her family.

“Being active will always be an important part of my life, it has helped me to endure sickness as well as childbirth- I understand it’s importance and am lucky enough to enjoy it.”

Muscle-Strengthening for Active Aging

Need some ideas for muscle-strengthening?

  • Strengthening exercises using exercise bands, weight machines, or hand-
    held weights.
  • Body-weight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, planks, squats, lunges)
  • Digging, lifting, and carrying as part of gardening
  • Carrying groceries
  • Some Yoga postures
  • Some forms of Tai Chi

*US Dept. of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2nd edition

Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba brings new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. It combines the South American Zumba rhythm and dance steps with a pool party! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles. If you like to dance and have fun, come join us! Wednesdays @ 10:30.

Freestyle and Backstroke Drills

Many of us use swimming as a supplement to our dry-land workouts. We hop in the pool to stretch out and work a little of that lactic acid out of our systems. Swim a few laps, call it good and go about our day. But did you realize that you can get a lot more out of your workout?

Swimming is a complex sport and one that most people think of as a ‘high-dedication’ sport. In order to improve, you must be in the pool 2+ hours a day. And to improve your speed and endurance at the point of a competitive swimmer, yes, that kind of effort is necessary. But it’s totally possible to improve your stroke technique and physical fitness without putting in that massive amount of work. Swimming should be fun!

That’s where Drills come in. Drills are a way to hone a specific skill in a stroke – you can do drills to improve kicking, breathing, body positioning, any number of factors that contribute to your efficiency in the water. A drill is simply a way to modify your stroke to focus on these skills, then see how they affect your stroke!

Try out a few of these Drills, and add them to your repertoire!


• Zipper Drill: Pretend that there is a zipper running from your hip to your shoulder. As you are doing your pull and bringing your hand out of the water, use your thumb to ‘zip up’ the zipper. The intent of this drill is to correct arm positioning during a freestyle stroke! Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBWEwihZeg4

• Clenched Fist Drill: This is a simple one. Just do regular freestyle, with a closed fist instead of an open palm! You’ll notice that it is harder to pull effectively. This drill is to teach you how to correctly pull water when you cannot rely on your ‘paddling’ hands. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwBk_8UDCgQ


• 6-Kick Switch: To perform this drill, do one stroke. When you bring your hand above your head, instead of pulling underneath your body, rotate to the side and hold your positioning for 6 kicks. Then complete your pull and repeat with the other arm. Alternate this pattern, making sure to ‘over-rotate’. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTCrC9frLQs

• Kickboard Positioning: This drill uses a kickboard to improve your body positioning and balance in the water. Hold our kickboard at hip-height, then do a stroke with one arm, the other holding the kickboard in place. Switch hands, and repeat. Then bring your kickboard above your head, and repeat again. In a third, optional position, hold the kickboard out of the water, pointed at the ceiling, and repeat again. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn9SP2ucA8Y