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.

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve, December 24th

Both clubs close at 12:00 p.m.

Christmas Day, December 25th

Both clubs closed

New Year’s Eve, December 31st

Both clubs close at 2:00 p.m.

New Year’s Eve, December 31st

Cordata 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Downtown 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kids Club 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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!

Making Your Home Safe for The Holidays

The Holidays are always a special time for friends and family getting together. However, they are also an excellent time for accidents in the home to happen. Taking family members to the ER has become something of a family tradition.

Take precautions and keep the opportunities for accidents to a minimum. Important things to remember are; be vigilant, a chair is not a ladder, and flameless candles are very attractive. Here are more tips ~

The Kitchen

  • Use a timer when cooking, fires can start from burning foods
  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended
  • Keep oven mitts, towels and aprons away from heat sources
  • Consider making a 3 ft. kid and pet free zone to prevent accidental burns
  • If you’ve got young children visiting, consider placemats in place of tablecloths that might get yanked, breaking china or worse, tipping over lit candles
  • Provide a highchair for young visitors, and make sure that it is properly secure

The Tree

Fresh trees

  • Check for brown needles, a dry tree can be a fire hazards
  • Check for spiders and other pests before bringing the tree indoors
  • Secure the tree to prevent it tipping over

Artificial trees

  • Make sure it is fire resistant and lead free. This article shows you what to look for
  • Keep away from the fireplace and candles
  • If an artificial tree comes with lights installed, look for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal of approval to indicate that the proper wiring was used.


  • Keep glass ball and other breakable ornaments on higher branches, away from a child’s reach
  • Before using, check lights for frayed cord and damaged sockets
  • Indoor lights stay indoors
  • Use a step ladder, not a chair, to get to the high spots
  • One and Done extension cords – don’t plug two extension cords together
  • Keep the tree skirt close to the tree to avoid tripping opportunities or skip it all together
  • Make sure that furniture is well spaced out to reduce tripping accidents

Wrapping Paper and Packages

  • Pick up clutter, wrapping paper can hide tripping hazards
  • Packaging popcorn and plastic can be choking hazards
  • Don’t put wrapping paper in the fireplace, sudden fire flashes can be dangerous
  • Small toys and lithium batteries can be choking hazards, make sure they are out of small children’s reach
  • Use the right tool for the job when opening presents, and putting together new gifts

Other Rooms

  • Small rugs can cause tripping, best to avoid all together, but if you must, use grip tape
  • Add slip resistant treads or decals to the tub and shower floors for overnight guests
  • Provide plenty of lighting. Night lights are helpful. This light is has two charging ports
  • Check to make sure you have anti-scald fixtures on faucet, 120° is the hottest the water should be
  • Keep doors closed to keep children out
  • Add handrails in halls or grab bars in the bathroom to help older visitors

Be Prepared

  • Check that smoke alarms are working and fire extinguishers are fresh
  • A complete first aid kit is easily accessed
  • Keep a few flashlights with fresh batteries available
  • Keep front walks and entries clear of tripping hazards or ice
  • Make sure that your house numbers can be seen easily from the street in case the Fire     Department needs to find you (as if the billowing smoke isn’t enough)

Making your home safe for visitors isn’t difficult. It just takes a little planning ahead, and paying attention to the possible trouble spots.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design

Equalizer Dip

Take two Equalizers and place them side by side. Stand in between the Equalizers then bend down and grasp the foam portion of each handle. Place both feet outside the Equalizers just on the other side of the front feet. Knees are bent and the arms should be straight. Lower your body down between the equalizers
by bending the elbows. Make sure not to lower yourself down any further than 90 degrees of your upper arm. Extend your arms lifting your body back up then repeat. In this position you may if needed use your legs to assist you.

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!

Beginners Racquetball Clinic

Want to learn how to play racquetball? Join club pro Wanda Collins for a Beginners Clinic will take place on Monday, Dec 4 from 6:15pm – 7:00pm.

Free members
$15 non members

Leg Strength Supports | Aging in Place

A key component of staying in your home is based on your overall fitness and health. The daily chores of laundry, groceries and vacuuming require strength and balance. Gardening, washing cars and mowing the lawn take endurance. The better fit you are, the more likely you’ll be able to continue to do the things you love for a long time.

It Starts With the Legs

Healthy legs are what keeps you mobile. The stronger your legs are, the easier it is to do just about everything. Healthy leg muscles makes it easier to do cardio work, from walking to working out on the elliptical machine. Leg strengthening exercises help to build endurance. Strengthening and improving endurance will help you have a healthier heart and overall fitness.

Good balance is essential to safety. Falls are the leading cause of injury for the 65 + group in the USA. Developing your core muscles help improve balance. Increasing your fitness, particularly leg strength and balance, will help prevent falls.

Leg Strength and Brain Health

Studies at the Kings College London have found that leg muscle strength is a significant indicator of a healthy brain. This 10 year study of twins found that the twin who had stronger legs had less age related brain changes than the other. Good fitness promotes mental well being and increases your ability to be independant.

How to Build Leg Muscles

Lunges and squats are some of the most efficient exercises to build leg muscles. Here are some more ideas;
Hip extension
Knee Extensions
Calf raises
Ankle circles
*Check with your doctor before you start any sort of fitness routine

Leg Strength and Overall Health

We all know that physical fitness is essential to a healthy life. Exercise can keep the heart stay healthy, keeps many diseases at bay and is essential to overall well-being. Strength training is important for every part of your body, and the first place to start is with the legs.

Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design

New Pickleball Schedule

We have reserved additional time for pickleball on Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. So if you haven’t tried this very popular sport, now’s your chance.

Pickleball time is offered 6 days a week in the Cordata gym.
Monday – Friday: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sun: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Come join in the fun. Doubles only. Open to members only. No charge.
Contact Wanda Collins

Swim Lessons

Next Swim Lesson sessions:

January 9 – February 1, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
February 6 – March 1, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
March 6 – 29, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
April 10 – May 3, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
May 8 – 31, 2018 (4 weeks/8 lessons)
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 10am–12pm, 3:30pm–5:30pm, & 5:30pm-7:30pm

We offer adult groups lessons from 7:00pm-7:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as private
lessons to meet your personal fitness goals.

Call (360) 676-1800 to sign up!

Press here for Fall 2017 Swim Lessons details and pricing.

Press here for Winter/Spring 2018 Swim Lessons details and pricing.

Press here to go to the Aquatic Page.