Inclement Weather Policy

For the safety and well-being of all those concerned, our weather policy is as follows:

When the Bellingham Public Schools are closed due to weather, BAC will be open with a skeleton staff, but there will be no classes or appointments.

When the Bellingham Public Schools are delayed, BAC will be open, but there will be no A.M. classes or appointments.

In the event of extreme weather, we may find it necessary to close the club. Please check the website, social media, call in, or listen to your local radio station for information. This is a very rare occurrence but is sometimes necessary for the safety of our members and employees.

During the Bellingham Public School weekends training days and Holiday break: December 21st-January 5th, you will need to go to our website to get the updates.  In general, we start checking the weather at about 4:00 am and make the call by 4:30 am.  We make every effort to get staff in to open the clubs on time, but please be patient.  Brian Porter and Cathy Buckley usually are making the rounds picking staff up and transporting them into the clubs.  The purpose of our policy is to not put staff in danger and to keep unnecessary cars off the roads until the snowplows and sanders can make the rounds.  Thanks for your patience during weather events.

Holiday Hours

Christmas and New Years’ days are on Wednesday this year, so please consult the schedule below as well as the signs in the clubs and postings on the website should you wonder about the hours of the clubs.

December 8th: Holiday party. Both clubs close at 5pm.

Christmas Eve: Both clubs close at 2pm.

Christmas: Both clubs closed.

Day after Christmas: Cordata 7-7, Downtown 7-2.  No classes.

New Year’s Eve: Both clubs close at 5 pm.

New Year’s Day: Cordata 7-7, Downtown 7-2. No classes.

Day after New Years: Regular schedule.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

Our annual Toys for Tots toy drive begins Monday, December 2nd.  You will notice the bins in the lobbies of both clubs.  Our members have always been generous in the past and this year will be no exception.  As a reward for your generosity, we are giving you the opportunity to take advantage of 2019 club dues rates if you pre-pay for the year.  We are looking forward to seeing all the great toys you bring in.

Caring and Sharing with the Troops

This year we will be supporting the Troops with a club-wide collection of items for assembling care packages.  In conjunction with the VFW of Lynden, we will be assembling boxes of food, personal items, books/balls, and cards.  Please see the lists posted around the club.  The Kids Club is organizing this with the kids writing cards and messages for the troops.  We are very excited to add this effort to our Holiday Giving Campaign.   The same benefit applies to your donations: bring in a bundle of items for the Sharing and Caring for the Troops boxes and take advantage of 2019 pricing when you pre-pay for 2020!

“Find Your Reason”

Carly Miller - Bellingham Athletic ClubAt BAC we are focusing our efforts on helping members and non-members alike to “Find Your Reason” to keep up a rigorous exercise program.  Finding your reason can be a short-range goal such as completing a walking or running a race, or a longer-term motivation to stay fit and be sure you are here in good shape for your family.  Be sure to post your reason in a prominent place, (on your fridge or mirror),  share it with friends and family, so they can help you stay the course during the dreary winter months; when all we really want to do is curl up in front of the fire.

If you feel so inclined, share your “reason” for staying fit with us.  We will be posting our members’ reasons on the bulletin boards at each club. They may be anonymous or not. It’s up to you.  They can be pictures, poems, or drawings.  Turn in “your reason” to Carly in membership and receive a free gift.  We want to help you remember why you are here 3-4 times a week.  We want to encourage you to “go that extra mile” when your own energies are flagging.  When you keep your inspiration right in front of you it is easier to make it happen.

New and Exciting Classes!

Our Group Exercise schedule is always updated with the seasons – and our Fall changes went into effect on the first of October. With the change of seasons come some new and exciting classes you might not be aware of.

At the Cordata club, we have added a Tuesday night PiYo class at 5:30 p.m. with Melissa.  The definition of this class is a mix of Pilates, which focuses on muscle and core building, and yoga, which focuses on strength and flexibility.  This is a TOTAL body workout and is designed to strengthen small muscles (triceps, shoulders, biceps, calves) and large muscles (hamstrings, back, and chest).  But don’t let the name fool you!  Here are 4 things you need to know about this class:

You’ll sweat A LOT!  – This class is like going out for a run, without putting too much pressure on your body.  It’s great for people who have struggled with injuries and are looking for a low impact workout – where sweat is included!

You’ll get a good STRETCH! – PiYo is fast-paced, and you will get a perfect total-body stretch while raising your heart rate.

You’ll gain ENDURANCE – This workout focuses on cardio and muscle building including squats, lunges with pulsing and a lot of core sculpting.  You will step out of class feeling strong and sweaty!

It’s FUN! – Most members have said that they enjoy the fast pace and music in this class.

If you are looking for a great workout that gets it all done in under an hour – give it a try!

We’ve also added another Retrofit class on Wednesday mornings in the gym with our new instructor Andrea, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

At our DOWNTOWN club, we have added another Strong & Stable class with Lesley on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

And KATE’S BACK! She will be teaching Power Hour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:30 a.m.  After taking the summer months off, the early morning crew is thrilled to have her back to get their days started right!

We have Cindy teaching a Thursday Power Pump class at 12:00 for all of you that want to squeeze in a lunchtime workout.

So mark your calendars and attend some new classes this month.  Most of these classes were added due to high requests from our members.  Please remember: these classes are “Group” exercise so if they aren’t well attended we will look into other options, with the possibility of canceling them from our schedule.

I always love to hear your ideas and feedback – so please don’t hesitate to email me anytime at groupex@bellinghamathleticclub.com. ~Jeri