Meet Crystal Cartner

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.

Meet Seth Kotzman

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!

Meet Sean Locke

Growing up an athlete in the Ferndale area, Sean lettered in Football and Baseball during his career at Ferndale High School. After High School Sean continued his baseball career in college playing for the Skagit Valley College Cardinals, Western Washington Vikings as well as the Bellingham Bells in 2014. Sean received his bachelors of science from WWU in Kinesiology focusing in the area of sports psychology, in which he often references in his coaching, training, and physical therapy. Sean has volunteered as assistant football coach at Bellingham High School, been a Physical Therapy Aide at Performance Physical Therapy, and an associate at Fairhaven Runners. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and by RMAX International (TACFIT Instructor). Currently Sean is enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Whatcom Community College, where he working towards growing his skills in rehabilitation exercise and performance training. Sean enjoys weight training, trail running, paddle boarding, mountain biking, coaching, playing guitar and spending time with his family, friends and dog Koda.

Meet Alexa Thompson

Alexa Thompson is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Kinesiology Department and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Alexa is a former Varsity Crew member with WWU’s Women’s Varsity Crew team. In her final season, Alexa’s Varsity 4 boat finished third in the nation in NCAA Division II Nationals. She and her teammates also successfully defended their third consecutive title as of “Best in the West” for a Varsity 4. So if you have any questions about how to get the most out of our Concept II rowing machine workout Alexa would be happy to give you a lesson. As you can imagine Alexa has logged a significant amount of training miles during her tenure with WWU.

Alexa has also been an assistant select soccer coach for the FC Rangers program here in Whatcom County and former High School Soccer player. Besides training at BAC Alexa also teaches Physical Education in the Kinesiology Dept. at WWU. As her rowing career has ended Alexa now fills her athletic time with hiking, running, and weight training. She also tries to get home to Edmonds to see her dog Libby, a black lab/whippet mix, and also spend a little time with her parents.

Welcome Susan Toy, Personal Trainer

BAC would like to welcome a new member to our Personal Training Team, Suzanne Toy!  Suzanne is a native Southern Californian with a lifelong passion for fitness. For the past 12 years Suzanne has been personal training in the Pasadena and Orange County areas.  Prior to her personal training career Suzanne taught kindergarten for 10+ years. She enjoys educating people, giving direction and boosting confidence while getting results in the gym. Suzanne enjoys teaching boot camps, TRX, Kettlebells and spin classes. Outside of the gym Suzanne enjoys cooking, hiking, trail runs and water activities. She is excited to live in the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend Curt.

Meet Ryan Harris

Ryan started working for BAC this past August. He was the first guy hired for front desk in about a year. Ryan grew up in Bellingham and both his parents are regulars at the Cordata club so he is  no stranger to BAC. He is a senior at WWU, studying Environmental Science.  He hopes to work outside, preferably in a state or national park. Ryan has proven himself a fun, reliable and responsible employee on our staff, always willing to go above and beyond with a smile on his face. He enjoys working at BAC because he “gets to help people be healthier, happier and achieve their goals”. Stop by the front desk and say hello. Thanks Ryan for everything you do!

Meet Dakota Bernsten

Dakota started working for BAC 1 year ago. She initially got hired in aquatics as a swim instructor and lifeguard. She now also works in kids club and at the front desk. Dakota is an active employee in our group exercise classes, her favorites are Heather’s Insanity and Jeremy’s Bootcamp. When she isn’t at the gym, Dakota spends her days at school at WWU, she’s a communication major. When asked about her favorite part of working at BAC, she said, “My favorite thing about BAC is all the awesome friends I’ve gotten to make.” Thank you Dakota for always being upbeat and having a smile on your face!