Susan Deschenes has been certified as a Group Exercise Instructor and started teaching in 1993. She got her Personal Trainer Certification in 1995. Susan currently teaches Group Fitness Boot Camp classes at the Downtown club on Mondays and Wednesdays. She also teaches yoga, pilates, spin, bench, floor and senior fitness classes.
Leslie has been teaching yoga for nearly 18 years. Currently, she teaches Gentle Yoga at the Downtown club. Her goal is to provide therapeutic classes that target areas of deep stress and past injury. Classes include breath-work, poses, and meditation. When not teaching, Leslie enjoys playing a lot with my two young boys, practicing yoga, and enjoys walks in the woods. Leslie has two boys, ages 3 and 7, and the sweetest dog you’ve ever met. Her husband is pretty sweet too!
My name is Liza Elman. I started my yoga career in 2012 getting certified with a 200-hour teacher certification course. I was trained in an Ashtanga based studio. I have used yoga to help center myself as well as surround myself in a warm and welcoming community. I started teaching at BAC in November 2017 and my class is Thursday evenings at 6:40 pm. When I am not teaching yoga, I try to spend as much time outside as possible. I love to ski, hike, kayak, surf, visit the farmers market and cook! I hope to see you in my class!
Kate Stevenson has been a group fitness instructor at Bellingham Athletic Club since 2001, upon graduation with a B.S. in Fitness and Exercise Science from Western Washington University. She is a certified ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Polestar Pilates Instructor. Kate currently teaches a variety of group classes, including Power Pump, Whole Body Fitness, Strong, RIPPED, Mat Pilates and Pilates Fusion at BAC and in the Faculty/Staff Wellness Program at WWU. Kate has danced with Bellingham Repertory Dance for years and continues her passion for dance and performing with Kuntz and Company. You’ll find Kate running the trails in the wee morning hours and playing with her 2 awesome kids, Clyde and Hazel, and her sweet husband Trent, all around town!
Melissa Lemcke has been teaching at BAC for two years. Melissa keeps her fitness interesting and ever-changing. She’s a certified spin, boot camp and TRX instructor with a new addition to her arsenal with Beachbody’s PiYo. Currently, Melissa is teaching Pump & HIIT, Strong and Cycle. PiYo will be on the schedule for both clubs starting in mid-April.
This journey in fitness has been a wonderful and exciting experience which shows in her classes. Melissa prides herself on the variety of content and the modifications in difficulty in her classes. Her education is always ongoing to keep her current and fresh.
Outside the gym, Melissa stays active with friends and family through running, triathlons and various races. Melissa is married to fellow group fitness instructor Jeremy Lemcke. Her daughters keep her busy. Michaela is currently swimming on Bellingham Bay Swim Team and loves it! Zoey is a ball of fire and spunk and ready for kindergarten in the fall.
I have been teaching at BAC close to 5 years. I am certified as a Boot Camp Instructor under the START Fitness Program. I am also certified in Tac Fit and have an Indoor Cycling (Spinning) Certification. I currently teach Boot Camp on Mondays and Wednesdays at Cordata. I also teach indoor cycling on Tuesday mornings at the Downtown club.
Outside of the gym, I work a full-time job in technology sales. I love to spend time with family – wife Melissa (who also teaches at the club) and daughters. In my free time, I love to race triathlons, ride bikes, snow ski, run trails, paddle board, and hanging out with friends.
Celine teaches Zumba® Fitness classes at the Cordata location every Wednesday at 5:30 pm and Friday at 5:45 pm. She strongly believes that exercising can and should be fun and enjoyable and always strives to make every class a party. Her goal is to make her routines easy to follow so that everyone moves the whole time and gets a great cardio workout. She also shows modifications throughout the class for lower impact steps. Celine holds her Group Exercise Instructor Certification through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America. Only three rules apply in Celine’s Zumba® classes: Keep moving, have fun, and smile! In her personal life, she likes to spend time with her family: her husband Michael, with whom she moved from France 12 years ago, and their three children who are 9, 6 and a brand new baby. Help us welcome Celine back to her class tomorrow (after her maternity leave!)
Hi, My name is Leah Congdon and I have been teaching group fitness classes for over 3 years. I have an AFAA group fitness certification and currently teach a kickboxing/power class at BAC. I also enjoy running and hiking with my dog. When I’m not at the gym, I work at Opportunity Council as a Case Management Supervisor for Homeless Housing. I love reading, watching movies, and drinking wine with friends. And I’d love to see you try out one of my classes!
Originally from Tucson Arizona, Crystal has been active in sports her entire life from running cross country in high school to competing as a figure skater. Crystal’s real passion is snowboarding, which she has been an active participant since seventh grade and is now a professional snowboarder. Her love for sports and outdoor activities eventually led to a passion for helping people get in shape and improve their quality of life. For that reason Crystal became a personal trainer in 2014 and is certified by the NFPT. Since that time Crystal has actively helped her clients change their lives whether it be losing weight, improving their fitness level, or just improving their overall health. If you would like to make changes to your health, fitness, or performance Crystal would welcome the opportunity to assist you in any way.
Seth Kotzman grew up in Shawnee, Kansas before coming to Bellingham for school in 2011. While at WWU, Seth studied kinesiology and captained the school’s ultimate Frisbee club team for two years. Seth has played ultimate Frisbee at the highest levels for the pro-am team in Seattle and had the chance to compete in Italy at the World Championships in 2014 where they took a silver medal. Outside of working at BAC, Seth is a teaching assistant at Cedar Tree Montessori School, coaching the ultimate Frisbee team at WWU, and has been accepted into Chiropractic School in the fall of 2018. Seth currently holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA and USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach. In his free time you can typically find Seth playing cards with friend’s downtown, playing or watching any sport he can find, or searching the city for the best live music!