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

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, 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