May Members of the Month

Our May Members of the Month are Nic and Natasha Ruff. They have been an exceptional part of the BAC community for about 4 years. Natasha tends to do her workouts with an emphasis on building cardio strength and Nic likes to focus his training on lifting and building core strength, however, he does like to change it up every now and then to work on cardio, too.

Nic is from Leavenworth, and Natasha is from Sedro-Wolley, but they met right here in Bellingham. In their free time, they really enjoy going to concerts. Despite having somewhat different tastes in music, Nic liking alternative rock and Natasha being more into country, they both still have a great time seeing any type of live music.

When we asked Nic to talk to us for this little write-up, he said that their mentality with exercise is that the world is better when we help other people, and in order to help other people we have to first start by helping ourselves to be the best we can, mentally and physically. That is what makes Nic and Natasha such a great part of the BAC, and why we have chosen them as May’s members of the month.

April Member of the Month

Our April Member of the Month is Chelsea Rodriguez, along with her kiddo, Aislin. Chelsea and Ailsin moved to Bellingham from Portland in 2015. They joined BAC in  2016, and they both enjoy various activities around the club. Aislin participates in our  Junior Racquetball program, takes swimming lessons, and loves her Junior Orientation privileges. Chelsea enjoys weight lifting and getting her heart rate up with some personal training.

Chelsea grew up in Spokane, WA, so she’s a Northwesterner at heart. She spent 8 years serving in the United States Navy and now works in security at a medical facility in Skagit County.

Chelsea is getting married in June, so their family is about to grow a little larger! Chelsea and her fiance enjoy exploring all of the trails around the Northwest and are avid hikers. In fact, Chelsea is training with one of our excellent training staff, Alexa, for a backpacking trip up to Mount Baker this summer!

Outside of the gym, Chelsea indulges in several crafting hobbies, including crochet, knitting, Brazilian Embroidery, and Japanese Braiding. Thanks Chelsea and Aislin, for being such active and inspiring members!

March Member of the Month

Congratulations to our Member of the month for March – Yanina De Brites! Yanina moved to Bellingham from Venezuela 10 years ago. She joined BAC in 2009, and is celebrating 10 years with us in November! Yanina loves the community and feels very blessed to live in a city where she has made such great friends. 

When looking for a place to work out, the most important factor was finding a safe place to leave her 3 boys. They love coming to the Kids Club at BAC and are involved in several programs there. Yanina also enjoys attending a variety of Group Exercise classes, where she’s made lots of friends. Her husband also works out at the club, so the whole family is able to come in stay active and fit together.

Yanina’s life revolves around her three boys. They keep her very busy, so being able to take an hour in her day for a class (and knowing her boys are having fun) makes such a difference. When they aren’t working out together, she and her four boys enjoy going on bike rides and hiking, or any physical activity they can do as a family!

Yanina: we at BAC love your family, and the instructors are always happy to see you in the studio. Thank you for being such a dedicated member.