Bellingham Athletic Club

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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:


When you sign-up for the Activtrax program, you take a short strength test, list your goals, the time you have devoted to your workout and some other pertinent information.  Once we input your information in the computer it will print out a workout for you each time you come to the club.  You simply pick-up your workout, fill in your repetitions and turn it in.  The seat settings are listed for you with the different weights used.  The program will adapt with you and progress, as you become fitter.  The program changes your workout so that you train in different ways, which is great for keeping your body adapting to different styles.  This is a great program to get you on track and keep you challenged. Click to Open Activtrax Website


Fitness Assessments

One of our certified personal training staff will measure body composition through a series of tests and measurements including: blood pressure, body circumferences, and bioimpedence to measure body fat.

Personal Training

We offer a certified professional staff of trainers who can customize a program to meet your special needs and also educate you and motivate you to meet your goals. Trainers can be hired by the session or a series of sessions. See our personal training program page for more information

Youth Fitness

Children need opportunities to become fit, just like adults! Our Fit Kids program introduces children to the benefits of fitness. Children learn how to safely and effectively participate in strength, aerobic, and flexibility training activities.

Now more than ever our physical health has become a priority. We all are aware of the benefits we can reap from maintaining a healthy active lifestyle but we also live in an era, where time is a precious commodity. Selecting exercises that are appropriate, time-effective, and meet your personal goals can be a challenge. A Personal Trainer is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to make physical activity a regular part of their day. At Bellingham Athletic Club we are proud to have a group of highly skilled professional people on our Personal Training Staff that are dedicated to providing you with the education and motivation that you need to succeed. Here at BAC we have a number of programming options:

Personal Training Single Session

BAC Personal Trainers may be hired by the hour to design and implement a training session just for you. Trainers charge on average $55-$65 per session.

Personal Training Multiple Sessions

Learning a new workout regimen can be a little overwhelming. Testing our powers of memory and comprehension. Hiring a Trainer for more than one session ensures that you feel comfortable with your new routine before you try it solo. People also 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. A 5% discount is given for purchasing 6 sessions or more and a 10% discount is given for purchasing 12 sessions or more.

Semi-private Personal Training Sessions

The success of your exercise routine can be directly linked to your consistency and enjoyment. Exercising with a friend or family member can add a level of accountability and fun to the exercise experience. For that reason we offer Semi-private Training Sessions where you and a friend or family member can train together under the guidance of one of our Training Staff. Trainers charge on average $25 to $35 per session. Contact our Personal Trainers for more information on pricing.

Joining BAC and participating in our Orientation program 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 realize your goals.

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.

Categories: Equipment, Fitness

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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Equipment Spotlight: Matrix Selectorized Low Row Machine

by BAC Staff on December 27, 2022

This Fall, BAC added to its Matrix Line of Selectorized Resistance Training Equipment by adding the Matrix Low Row.  It now gives a very nice additional option to our pulling movement equipment.  The Low Row offers a number of options. First,  it provides a wide-angled plate for stable foot placement. Second, a long-angled seat allowing the legs to drop out of the way so that the arms have an unrestricted range of motion when pulling, Third, the option to use a number of different handles, and Fourth a weight stack that ranges from a starting weight of 12 lbs. to a maximum weight of 312 lbs. in 12 lb. increments. We have been very pleased to add this to our resistance training equipment menu. Our hope is that you will as well! Please consider giving it a test drive. If you have any questions regarding how to operate the Low Row please let us know.

Matrix Selectorized Low Row Machine

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New Downstairs Dumbbell Area!

by BAC Staff on August 15, 2022

One of the features of BAC’s new Downstairs Weight Training Space is a new Dumbbell Area!

There you will find two Matrix Adjustable Dumbbell benches that will adjust from a flat to an upright position along with Urethane covered Hex Dumbbells in 2.5 lb increments from 5-35 lbs. Giving you smaller weight increments for steady progress for a variety of exercises. Take a peek on your next visit!

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Equipment Spotlight: Matrix Back Extension

by BAC Staff on August 2, 2022

Located in our new strength training area downstairs you will see our new Matrix Back Extension selectorized weight machine. What makes this piece unique is that it is very adjustable, so it can fit a multitude of users. The foot plate adjusts to fit leg length, the movement pad adjusts for your torso length, and the movement arm can be adjusted for different ranges of motion. Give it a try and see how well it works for you.

Matrix Back Extension

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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.
Bellingham Athletic Club
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 30 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.”