“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

Water Aerobic Update

Carrie Vike-Hillary, our beloved Wednesday instructor, is taking an extended leave of absence from teaching. Her life is now full—traveling and enjoying time with her family. I am delighted for her, but she will be hard to replace.

Cathy, Jeri and I are working diligently to interview and hire instructors that will be a good fit for everyone in Carrie’s absence. During this time of transition, I am asking for your usual patience, kindness, and grace with our new instructors. I know change can be difficult, but I am confident we can build a loyal, dedicated team again.

Here is the current schedule for September and October.

– Gayle will be subbing Monday, Sept. 23, Wednesday, Sept. 25, and Monday, Sept. 29

– Victoria will be teaching on Mondays in October. I will introduce her on Friday, October 4th.

– Toni will be teaching Wednesdays in October.

All for now. I will keep you updated as soon as I have news to share.

Jill Robertson

BAC Welcomes New Aquatics Director!

Lindsay WilliamsMy name is Lindsay Williams and I am the new Aquatics Director at BAC! I am a native of Whatcom County, growing up in Ferndale. I graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Communication. Some of you may be familiar with my mom, Jill Robertson, who has taught water aerobics at the club most of my life. I hear she is a staple around here, especially with her costumes.

I started working as a lifeguard in the summers at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club in 1997 when I was in high school. Eventually, I began teaching swim lessons and have grown to love helping children get over their fear of water and become competent swimmers. While working other jobs when I was newly married, I found ways to continue to teach lessons. In 2009, I became the Assistant Aquatics Director at the Country Club. Since then, every summer I trained their staff, organized over 2,000 swimmers into classes, and help run a hugely successful and popular swim lesson program.

My husband, Brett, and I are getting ready to celebrate 16 years of marriage this fall. We have 3 children: Jack is 10, Maelle is almost 7, and Carys is 3 1/2. We often wonder what we did for entertainment before we had kids as they are constantly making us laugh. We love playing games together, watching movies, going for walks (especially to Starbucks!), and just spending time together. We also enjoy rooting on our beloved Seahawks and were just able to attend our first UW football game as a family.

All three of our kids have been in and around the water their entire lives. Because of this, they are all-natural swimmers and very confident in the water. Our youngest actually passed the swim test this summer—swimming across the shallow end and back without touching the bottom. Our oldest has one of the most beautiful breaststrokes I have ever seen. And my sweet middle girl has made friends with every swimmer, instructor, and lifeguard at the pool. I really love being a mom and taking pride and joy in my children. Although, they do occasionally drive me crazy.

My biggest encouragement for families with young children is to expose them to water at an early age. Not only playing and splashing in the bath but also finding ways to get in a pool with them. It’s so much easier when they’re young and haven’t quite formed their own opinions. But, if you or your child haven’t spent much time around water, it is never too late to learn. I’ve had the opportunity to teach all ages of beginners, even adults, and it’s admirable and encouraging. I enjoy building trust with my students and pushing them to their full potential while being gentle and firm. There’s a lot of fun to be had in and around the water! I’m looking forward to building on my experiences here at BAC!

Meet Carly!

Carly Miller - Bellingham Athletic ClubCarly Miller originates from Vancouver, WA and at the early age of 18 she moved to Bellingham. In August of 2013, she was hired as a part of the Kids Club staff. Over the course of 3 years, she worked in different departments and became an integral part of the BAC. After a 3-year hiatus from the club, she is now back serving as our Member Services Director and Front Desk Supervisor.

Outside of the club, Carly stays active by running, hiking and boxing. Carly likes to explore what the Pacific Northwest has to offer, new restaurants and is always up to learn something new. A good book or TV show and spending time with friends round out her personal time.

Downtown Maintenance Closure

Please note, the Downtown Club will be closed September 27-29 for our annual maintenance and cleaning shutdown. We will reopen on Monday, September 30 at 5:00 AM. The Cordata Club will be open for your use:
Friday 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

BAC Downtown hours will transition off of the Summer schedule following the Downtown Shutdown.