Ways to Cope With Stress

by Mike Locke, Fitness Director

No one really could have imagined what we all have been experiencing with the COVID-19 virus over the last 8-weeks. During this time of being at home, many of us are working from home, and others are teaching their children from home. It’s been a stressful time for us all. Hopefully, you have found some positive ways to cope with the stress associated with everything that is happening.

  • If you are not, the CDC has a few recommendations to help you.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Virtually communicate with your loved ones and friends.

The CDC has a number of other resources that you may take advantage of covering a host of different topics. You can access them by going on their website.

The staff at BAC looks forward to having you back at the clubs real soon. In the meantime, please let us know if we can assist you in any way! We would be happy to help. Stay safe and we will see you soon!

Club Update

BAC Members

 What interesting and challenging times for us. I want to thank all of you for your kind emails and phone calls.  I thought it important to reach out to you regarding our plans.  We are cleaning and preparing for opening the club back up as soon as the Governor lifts the ban.  Also, I want to remind you to support your friends and neighbors as much as you can afford, by buying locally.  Consider purchasing Gift Certificates, and Gift Cards; maybe do some Christmas shopping– that way you will have your holiday shopping done ahead of time.  Pick those local restaurants and shops that you love, and support them in this way. 

Remember to stay positive, practice the advised hygiene and social distancing, watch a couple of good movies, get outside and exercise.  Check out our website and Facebook pages as we are developing virtual classes that we hope to roll out for our members over the next week, as well as workouts from our excellent staff. 

Enjoy those you live with, stay in touch with those who are not close, take some time to unwind, read some good books and have faith that we will all make it through this together.  Our staff is taking this time to create some new and innovative classes and programming.  Looking forward to seeing everyone back in the club! 

Stay tough, stay healthy, upbeat and moving as much as possible!



Mandatory Club Closure


As per Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamation mandating an immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. The new order goes into effect at midnight March 16th and will remain in place through March 31st. Please make sure that we have a current email (send to MemberServices@bellinghamathleticclub.com), as that will be our primary way to communicate with you.

Be sure to check our website and Facebook pages for updates. These are challenging times, but we will prevail, we are children and grandchildren of the Greatest Generation– who survived World Wars, the Spanish Influenza, and the Great Depression. We are tough and resilient. Stay tuned for online workouts and videos from our trainers to help you stay fit and healthy.

Remain positive and meet all these challenges with a good attitude. It will help you make it through the weeks ahead. Nothing is insurmountable; we just have to figure it out. I would implore you to not ask small businesses for refunds, as the fixed operating costs (rent, taxes, power, etc.) are, well. . .fixed and need to be paid whether the doors are open or closed. If we expect our local businesses (our friends and neighbors) to be able to survive and be available to us when this is past, we need to give them some breathing room to make it.

Please see the announcement from the Governor below:

Statewide closure of entertainment, leisure and non-essential services

Inslee also included entertainment, leisure and non-essential services in today’s emergency proclamation.

The ban includes, but is not limited to,

Bowling alleys,
Gyms and fitness centers,
Non-tribal card rooms,
Art galleries,
Tattoo parlors,
Barbers, hair salons and nail salons.
Statewide ban on gatherings of 50 or larger

Inslee also announced a further executive order expanding on orders from last week. Last Friday, Inslee expanded the ban on events larger than 250 beyond the Puget Sound region to the entire state. Today, he announced the ban will decrease in size to prohibit all events of 50 or larger statewide.

Additionally, all gatherings with under 50 participants are prohibited unless criteria from the CDC for public health and social distancing are met.

“I am proud of how Washingtonians have stepped up and worked together,” Inslee said. “I know we still have long days ahead, but I know that together we will prevail and be a stronger state as a result. We will get through this together and life will return to normal, but the steps we are taking now will help us get back to normal sooner.

”I ask everyone to take these steps to protect themselves, their families and their communities. Everyone needs to play their part. “

We at Bellingham Athletic Club appreciate your continued membership and look forward to serving you in April. Take all recommended precautions: social distancing, aggressive hand washing, and self-quarantine if you are ill.


Cathy Buckley and the entire BAC staff

KGMI Interviews Cathy Buckly

Joe Teehan of KGMI’s interviews Cathy Buckly about BAC’s response to the Coronavirus and wellness in our community.

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Coronavirus and BAC

All BAC Members:

Governor Inslee announced this afternoon the closure of all Public Schools in the state of Washington as of Tuesday March 17th. BAC leadership has come together to make a very difficult decision. We will be suspending all Group Classes until further notice. This includes all Group Exercise classes, Pool exercise classes and our Youth Swim lesson program. If fees are involved we will be issuing credits for the remaining sessions which will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. All one-on-one lessons or training sessions will need to be cleared with your instructor. The situation in Whatcom County is changing by the hour. Over the next few weeks, as the situation develops, we will have time to reassess when group classes will resume. This is certainly unprecedented, but, we believe it is the right decision to make under the circumstances. As of this writing, we are planning on keeping both of the clubs open, with Kids Club available.

However, as caring members of our Whatcom County community, we are committed to helping wherever and however we can in our community. There will be many needs and opportunities to come together to help our community in ways we cannot right now envision. As a club, we have the opportunity to provide a leadership role in helping us all get through this challenging time. Stay posted for some videos/blogs from instructors.

If you are healthy and able please support our local small businesses, we are all suffering due to a loss of business. If your job and finances allow it, you might think of purchasing gift certificates. Gift certificates give a little boost to the business, allowing them to meet payroll and pay bills. That value comes back to you as a benefit down the road when things return to normal.

I have unfailing faith in our ability to weather this storm, to help those in need, and come together as we move through these unprecedented times.

Take the necessary precautions to stay healthy, keep exercising and I hope to see you in the clubs.

Cathy Buckley and the Management Team

Coronavirus and BAC


I just thought I would reach out to you to let you know what we are doing here at BAC in response to the ongoing issue as regards the Coronavirus. We have implemented an aggressive program of disinfection, for all common surfaces.  We want everyone to be safe here at the club.  We are adhering to all CDC recommendations.  The Front Desk and Maintenance staff are hourly disinfecting door handles, cards, pens,  and Front Desk Surfaces.  The fitness staff is doing the same for the weight room and cardio areas.  The pool has its own built-in defense system due to the chlorine levels maintained in that area. Locker rooms are also under increased cleaning protocols.

We have an abundance of cleaning bottles and rags for your use.  Please take the extra precaution of wiping down any and all equipment before and after use.  (The before is for your protection, and the after is for those that follow.)  If you have underlying health issues that will be aggravated by getting sick, please be careful and perhaps stay away from group classes.  One of the best defenses against any disease is a healthy immune system, so eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep.  As always I welcome your comments and questions.

For more information about the disinfectant that we use at both clubs (it effectively kills the Human Coronavirus), please press here.


Cathy Buckley

February Member of the Month

Melissa Yuryevich joined BAC several years ago when she was new to the area and looking for a place to stay in shape.  We are grateful that she stuck with us for so long, and has brought such joy to both our employees and members—some who have become very close friends.

When she’s not working out, you can usually find Melissa in her kitchen whipping up some yummy recipes and baking goodies that she shares very liberally with all of us.  Believe us, she can COOK!

She is also an avid reader and a wonderful entertainer—willing to share her hospitality, food, and wonderful smile with anyone and everyone.

When she started at BAC she was a regular participant in the Monday and Wednesday night Boot camp classes.  But since then she has tried all of the Group classes—utilizing the variety of times they are offered, and most recently, began taking the Saturday Power Pump class!  Adding this class has challenged her and made her feel stronger every week.

Melissa, thank you for the positive attitude and smiles you share so willingly.  No matter what the day brings, we know you will bring your sunniest self to brighten our days.