Bellingham Athletic Club


Fitness Programs

We realize that each member is unique. Therefore, we offer a variety of fitness, athletic, and therapeutic programs designed to address each person’s specific needs and goals.


Activtrax is a computer-generated resistance training program that provides you with an organized resistance training routine. Each workout will have your specific exercises with a prescription for the number of sets, repetitions, and the amount of resistance. All you need to do is record the reps and weight you did for each exercise either on the app or on your printout. With each workout you complete, the Activtrax program will adapt with you as you progress.

To get started we schedule you with a Trainer to learn more about you. During this initial session, the Trainer takes you through a short strength test, learns what your goals are, what your time commitment is, and what your workout preferences are. All this information is then inputted into the Activtrax program so that it can generate a structured workout plan for you. To access your workouts, you can either use the Activtrax app on your smart phone, or you can print it out from your home computer from the Activtrax website or use our Activtrax Kiosk.

All you need to do is record the reps and weight you did for each exercise either on the app or on your printout. With each workout you complete the Activtrax program will adapt with you as you progress. Varying resistance, volume, and exercises as well alerting you when you need to perform your strength test reassessment. The reassessments will monitor your progress and then make any appropriate changes to keep your workouts fresh and engaging. Click to Open Activtrax Website


Fitness Orientation/Consultation

When you join BAC, it’s important to us that each member gets acclimated to our facility. To assist you in this process we encourage members to schedule a Fitness Orientation/Consultation with one of our Personal Trainers. During this session one of our Training staff will review your medical history, discuss program options, and give you an overview of the equipment and facility choices available to you.

Fitness Assessments

A Fitness Assessment provides you with baseline information prior to participating in an exercise program as well as giving you a way to monitor your progress. Our training staff are able to assess your blood pressure, body circumferences, body composition, and body movement. Assessments can be scheduled with the training staff.

Personal Training

BAC has a professional staff of certified Personal Trainers who not only develop a customized program to meet your specific needs, but will also educate, guide you, and motivate you through the process. Trainers may be hired by the session or for a series of sessions. Please see our personal training program page for more information.

Youth Fitness

Children need opportunities to become fit, just like adults. Our Junior Orientation Program introduces children to the benefits of fitness. Children learn how to safely and effectively participate in strength, aerobic, flexibility, and court sports. Junior Orientations are age appropriately structured. Children aged 9-11 yrs. old are oriented in the usage of the cardio area and the courts, Children aged 12-13 yrs. old are oriented in the usage of the cardio and selectorized weight training areas and the courts, Children aged 14-15 yrs. old are oriented in the usage of the cardio, selectorized, and free weight areas and the courts.

From all types of media, we are all aware of the importance and benefits that we receive from a healthy active lifestyle. We also live in an era where time is a precious commodity. One where we must strike a balance between work, family, and ourselves. Compound that with trying to come up with a plan to stay active can be daunting. Selecting exercise that’s appropriate, time-effective, and meets your personal goals can be overwhelming. A Personal Trainer is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to make physical activity a regular part of their day. At BAC we have a group of highly skilled professionals that are dedicated to providing you with the education and motivation that you need to succeed. We have several programming options to choose from.

Personal Training Single Session

BAC trainers may be hired to design and implement a training session for you. We offer 30-, 45-, and 60-minute sessions. Hourly rates for trainers range from $60-$100/session.

Personal Training Multiple Sessions

Learning a new workout regiment can be a little overwhelming, putting our powers of memory and comprehension to the test. Hiring a trainer for more than one session ensures that you feel comfortable with your new routine before you try it solo. People discover that working with a trainer gives them the motivation to not only work a little harder but assures them that the exercises they are doing are efficient, safe, and get results. Multiple sessions may be purchased in groups of 3, 6, or 12.

Semi-private Personal Training Sessions

Often, working out with another person, be it a friend, significant other or a group of people can help keep you motivated and make the workout fun. For that reason, we offer Semi-private (2 people) and Group Training Sessions (3 or more). If this option appeals to you, please contact one of our Personal Training Staff.

Joining BAC and being oriented are the first two steps to making exercise a regular part of your life. Please consider using personal training to assist you with maintaining your level of enthusiasm and momentum. Physical Activity and exercise are lifelong pursuits, let us help you make it a part of your daily routine.

Strength Synergy - with Danaelle Mason

Welcome to our dynamic Four-Week Group Strength Training Program, designed to elevate your fitness journey through comprehensive, full-body workouts. Meeting twice a week, this program focuses on building strength, enhancing mobility, and ensuring sustainable progress with each session.


This program starts July 22, 2024 and will be every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00pm-7:00pm for four weeks.


The cost is $280 for members and $310 for nonmembers for the four-week program.


Sign up by calling 360.676.1800 or stop by the front desk.

Class Highlights:

- Full-Body Strength Training: Engage in varied, effective workouts that target all major muscle groups using dumbbells. Each week brings a fresh set of exercises to keep your body challenged and engaged.

- Mobility Work: Improve your flexibility and joint health with integrated mobility exercises. These are crucial for enhancing performance and preventing injuries.

- Progressions and Regressions: Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned athlete, my detailed instructions for exercise modifications ensure that you can safely and effectively progress at your own pace.

Why Resistance Training?

Resistance training is the cornerstone of a balanced fitness routine. It not only builds muscle and increases strength but also:

- Boosts Metabolism: Helps in burning calories more efficiently, even at rest.

- Improves Bone Density: Strengthens bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

- Enhances Joint Function: Supports joint stability and reduces the risk of injury.

- Promotes Mental Health: Releases endorphins, reducing stress and improving mood.

- Supports Functional Fitness: Prepares your body for everyday activities, making daily tasks easier and reducing the risk of injury.

Join us and experience the transformative power of strength training in a supportive group setting. Let's build a stronger, healthier you together!

Equipment Spotlight – Hammer Strength Iso-Lateral Plate Load

by BAC Staff on March 28, 2024

Located in our upstairs Fitness Area is our 5-piece plate loaded upper body Hammer Strength Circuit. Shoulder Press, Chest Press, DY Row, Row and Pulldown. What’s unique about these pieces are that they what Hammer Strength calls their “Iso-Lateral” pieces.

What that means is the movement arms are independent of each other forcing you to work both arms equally. Each piece’s movement arms can be used in tandem or one at a time giving you a variety of different workout options.

Each piece is plate loaded so you select the amount of weight you wish to lift and slide the plates on each post of the movement arms. Make sure to load both sides equally.

The seats on all the units are adjustable to fit the size of the user. If you have any questions on any of the Hammer Strength pieces, please ask one of the BAC Personal Training Staff. They would be happy to assist you!

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Equipment Spotlight – Nautilus Gravitron Pull-up Dip

by BAC Staff on March 7, 2024

Pull-ups and Dips have been Strength Training exercise staples for generations. Unfortunately for those of us that do not possess the requisite upper body strength to lift our body weight up it’s a near impossible task. Our Nautilus Gravitron Pull-up Dip machine is different than a standard pull-up or dip station in that its resistance plates provide the user with assistance rather than resistance.

As you move the pin down the stack and increase the weight you systematically reduce the amount of body weight you need to lift to complete a pull-up or dip. The weight stack offsets your body weight and provides you with as much assistance as you need, not resistance. This allows you to build up your upper body strength gradually with the end goal at some point to be able to lift your own body weight.

To use the Gravitron simply set the desired assistance weight you need, climb the steps to the top steps, grasp the dip handles or the pull-up handles, place one knee on the knee pad followed by the 2nd knee.  Your body weight will slowly lower the pad allowing you to do either do a dip or pull-up. The dip handles are tapered from wide opening down to a narrow opening to accommodate your shoulder width whereas the pull-up handle offer a variety of hand placements and widths you can use.

On completion of your set of pull-ups or dips slowly bring the knee platform down so that you can step down with one foot onto one of the steps then slowly begin lowering the weight stack down until it rests back on the weight stack then remove your other knee from the knee pad. Hold on to the dip handles and descend down the steps back to the ground.

A feature for those users that wish to perform the exercise with their body weight without assistance you can do that by removing the weight pin then pushing the knee pad down toward the floor and then inserting the weight pin into the hole on the bottom of the frame. This will hold the platform down out of the way so that the user can do body weight pull-ups and/or dips.

The Gravitron can be a nice addition to your normal workout routine. Give it a try and see what you think. If you like more information on how to operate the Gravitron please feel free to talk to one of the BAC Personal Training staff, they would be happy to assist you.

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Equipment Spotlight – Matrix Rotary Hip Machine

by BAC Staff on January 5, 2024

If you are looking for a way to strengthen your hips through multiple ranges of motion the Matrix Rotary Hip Machine is your one-stop option! From the standing position, the Rotary Hip Machine allows users to strengthen each hip in Abduction (outer thigh/hip), Adduction (inner thigh), Flexion (frontal hip (hip flexors), and Extension (posterior hip (glute) and posterior thigh (hamstrings).  

The Rotary Hip is adjustable to fit people of different heights and leg lengths. Users are able to adjust the movement carriage up and down so that the red axis aligns with the axis point of your hip joint, the movement pad can be adjusted up and down to fit the users lower leg length, and the movement arm may be rotated to the appropriate range of motion for each movement (Abduction, Adduction, Flexion, and Extension). The yellow-colored handles let users know where the adjustments can be made. The weight stack ranges from 10 lbs. to 295 lbs. in 15 lb. increments. 

For basic instruction the user can view diagrams of how to perform the four movements. These diagrams are located on either side of the weight stack. For more specific information on how to utilize the Rotary hip, use your mobile phone to scan the QR code located on the right side of the machine. It will direct you to an instructional video on how to utilize the machine safely and effectively.  

If you have more questions regarding the Rotary Hip Machine, feel free to contact one of BAC’s Personal Training Staff. We would be happy to assist you.

Categories: Equipment, Fitness

Equipment Spotlight – Matrix Leg Press

by BAC Staff on May 25, 2023

One of our newest pieces the Matrix Leg Press is one of BAC’s most versatile pieces of equipment.

It provides a variety of adjustments with which each user can use to accommodate their size as well as the type of workout they wish to perform.

All the adjustments are highlighted in yellow and there is a menu of all the available adjustments listed above the weight stack.

The Matrix Leg Press features a large foot platform with marked quadrants so that the user may align their feet. It’s seat is adjustable from 180 degrees (flat) to 80 degrees (upright) with adjustable shoulder pads.

To adjust the platform use the yellow handle and knob to the right of the platform. It allows the user to adjust the platform closer or further away depending on the users leg length.

The weight stack resistance ranges from 15 to 305 lbs in 10 lb increments. For smaller increments the 2 lb steel add-on weights maybe be inserted above the weight stack. There are 4 (2 lb) add-on weights located to the left of the weight stack.

The Matrix Leg Press offers a variety of advanced options as well. If you would like to learn more about them or if you would like more instruction on how to use it properly please contact one of BAC’s Training Staff. We would be happy to assist you.

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Equipment Spotlight – Hammer Strength Smith Machine

by BAC Staff on May 2, 2023

Smith Machine features:

  • 35-lb. rotating Olympic bar.
  • Bar travels on angled guide rods (see figure 3)
  • Bar has rotating safety hooks on each side of the bar that rotate into evenly spaced hooks the entire height of the machine on both sides. (Figure 4 and 5)
  • Uprights spaced evenly a part to allow a bench to be rolled into place for a variety of exercises.

Smith Machine usage:

  • Enter the Smith Machine from the back (Figure 2) so that upright hooks are facing you. This allows you to see the hooks and safely rotate the bar out of
    them and safely rotate them back in securely.
  • Keeping the safety hooks in front of you also allows you to follow the angle of the machine, which is the most efficient for your body.
  • If you have questions, please ask. We would be happy to help.
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Mike Locke
Mike Locke
Director of Fitness and Sports Performance

As a trainer, Mike’s greatest satisfaction is derived from helping you meet “Life’s” many challenges and succeeding. Beginning in the Fitness Industry in 1981 and a BAC employee since 1985 Mike has garnered over four decades worth of experience in Fitness, Rehabilitation, and Sports Performance. His clientele range from individuals new to exercise to older adults, from post-therapy patients to athletes elementary age through high school as well as collegiate to professional.

“An athlete resides within each one of us,” states Mike. “No matter our age or gender, we compete each and every day in the biggest race of all…the Human Race”.

He is the recipient of the Northwest Athletic Club Association (NACA) Fitness Director of the Year Award in 1992 and the National Volunteer Service Citation from the Arthritis Foundation 2000.

When not coaching and training athletes and clients, Mike enjoys golf, walking, weight training, watching sports, reading, music, movies, and working around his property. But most importantly spending time with his wife, their dog, and their two adult children.

“With deeper understanding comes greater benefit.”
Coach Locke 2009

Western Washington University (B.A. Exercise Science and M.Ed. Exercise Physiology) and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), Circular Strength Training (Head Coach), SPARQ (Coach), and the American Kettlebell Club (AKC Coach), and AmPRO Racquetball Instructor.
Danaelle Mason
Personal Trainer

Danaelle Mason is a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer and wellness coach, bringing her expertise to the Bellingham Athletic Club. With a passion for fitness, health, and wellness, Danaelle is dedicated to sharing her knowledge to help others achieve their goals. Beyond the gym, she enjoys the outdoors, indulging in activities like swimming, hiking, and paddle boarding. Committed to personal growth, Danaelle actively works on her own fitness goals, ensuring a holistic approach to inspire and guide her clients toward success in their fitness journey. Let Danaelle be your partner in achieving and surpassing your fitness goals.

Danaelle is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Krystal Gillette
Personal Trainer

Krystal began at BAC in 2018 as a Fitness Intern. After completing her internship, she found that she enjoyed the atmosphere and the interaction with the people so much she decided to stay. Krystal has over 20 years of experience with strength and conditioning due to her time as an internationally ranked artistic roller-skater. Krystal’s precision dance team competed as part of Team USA from 2004-2008.

Krystal’s experience as a competitive athlete and a 6-year veteran of the US Air Force gave her an appreciation and love for movement of all kinds. It was this appreciation that lead her to coaching and training. Her specialties include individual and group personal training, injury prevention, and roller-skating instruction and coaching.

“Fitness is not a race, states Krystal, it’s a journey that you should enjoy”.

When not at BAC working with clients Krystal time is filled with her own training, skating with the Roller Betties Roller Derby League, coaching skating, reading, doing various art projects, and participating in outdoor adventures with her husband Nick and their dog Tater.

BS Movement Studies Western Washington University 2019
ACE Personal Trainer 2017
US Amateur Roller-Skating Elite Artistic Coach 2021
Society of Roller-Skating Teachers of America 2021
Association of Amateur Roller-Skating Coach 2021
Lesley Jones
Personal Trainer

Lesley is both an experienced Personal trainer and Fitness/Pilates Instructor. Her philosophy is helping clients to achieve healthy living through balancing work and family. Lesley firmly believes that making time for Fitness is essential for healthy living. She has also run weight loss clinics teaching clients the importance of sound nutrition and exercise. Lesley works with a wide variety of people of all ages and fitness levels. In her spare time, Lesley spends time with her sons, Luke and Matthew. Lesley also loves to run, bike, read, garden, and work on additional Fitness related certifications.

Rich Nodarse
Rich Nodarse
Certified Personal Trainer

Rich is thrilled to be a personal trainer at BAC. He started working Front Desk in December 2021, and nine months later he became a certified personal trainer for the club. A fitness enthusiast for over a decade, Rich competed in cross country and track & field at the high school level, then served in the military for 5 years, and is now a collegiate athlete. He is currently majoring in psychology with a minor in sport psychology at Western Washington University. He plans on acquiring a master’s degree in sport & performance psychology following graduation.

Rich is a varsity collegiate rower on the WWU Men’s Crew team. Last year, Rich and four other teammates beat 25+ collegiate rowing clubs to win gold at the national championship in Oakridge, Tennessee. As a competitive rower, Rich trains religiously in cardiovascular conditioning, strength development, and power. He wants to share his appreciation and expertise in physical training with anyone interested in improving their physical fitness and overall well-being.

As a personal trainer, Rich strives to apply his knowledge of physical development, sport psychology, and kinesiology to help achieve the goals of his clients. He works with a wide range of clientele, from adults with little to zero exercise experience to long-time athletes. He also enjoys working with adolescents. Rich has been a middle-school Track & Field and Cross Country Coach for Bellingham Public Schools for three sport seasons. No matter what your fitness background may be, Rich will be excited to meet with you to discuss a program that best suits your needs and experience.

When not in school, doing homework, or working, Rich will usually be hanging out with friends, cooking, exercising, or reading. Although he loves reading many different genres of books, these days he primarily reads books related to psychology, science, or coaching to further his career development. He also finds a lot of joy being in the outdoors and seeing new places. Occasionally you’ll find him watching a good T.V. show or movie.

Rich is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Tiffany Morton
Personal Trainer

Tiffany Morton has been working as a personal trainer at the Bellingham Athletic Club since 1998. During that time she has started several programs that you will still see at the club today such as Weights for Women, Biggest Winner, and Dino Muscles. She managed Kids Club for several years and is still passionate about working with children and helping them lead an active and nutritious life. She has also worked with and directed several clients and small groups through the journey of weight loss.

Tiffany graduated from Western Washington University in 1998 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Shortly after, she got her CSCS certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Since then she has attended local and international fitness conventions. She is also a certified trainer in Gravity (GTS), American Kettlebell club (AKC), and circular strength training (CTS). She has an in-depth understanding of the Omega Wave System. Tiffany knows that people change as well as our knowledge of the body and credits the BAC in helping her constantly stay updated with the most current knowledge of training the body. She has also learned a lot just from working with so many different clients.

“I enjoy working with clients of all ages and fitness levels, my job is to challenge each person to find their own greatest potential.” Tiffany loves her job and loves being active herself. Some of her favorite activities include snowboarding, running, yoga, “playing” with kettlebells and clubbells, and, of course, spending time with her family.

“Being active will always be and important part of my life, it has helped me to endure sickness as well as childbirth- I understand it’s importance and am lucky enough to enjoy it.”