Meet Lynnette Reilly

Lynette RiellyLynnette has been in the fitness industry since 2002 and with the BAC since 2007 as both a personal trainer and an Aerobics instructor. She has, in her own words, “a passion for learning more and more about the human body, how it functions and how to strengthen and improve a person’s fitness.” It is this passion that has driven her to become the definition of a well-rounded trainer. She has been an ACE certified personal trainer for the past 3 years and has certifications in ATP group fitness, Kettlebell training, Pilates Barrel, and is currently working on her CST certification. With her unique mix of knowledge, she has the capability to work with everyone from mountain climbers, to moms on the go, to teens getting in shape for sports.

Her own fitness goals reached well beyond the walls of the BAC and have much more to do with being an inspirational mother and role model. It is true that she has competed in many local sporting events such as the Haggen to Haggen Run and the Lake Padden Triathalon, but the achievements of her family rank much higher in her book. Lynette is a proud mother of 4 young girls and works with their soccer teams helping them learn how to move and work their bodies effectively for their sport. She also wants to help her parents grow stronger as they grow older. In the end, she wants to help them reach their own personal goals and learn to love to live a healthy lifestyle. It is this selfless and caring demeanor and that not only makes her a great mother but a great trainer as well.

Swim Lessons

Summer Swim Lesson sessions:

June 5-28, 2018 (8 lessons)
July 3-20, 2018 (6 lessons)
July 24-August 9, 2018 (6 lessons)
August 14-30, 2018 (6 lessons)
September 11-27, 2018 (6 lessons)

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 10am–12pm, 3:30pm–5:00pm, & 6:00pm-8:00pm

We offer adult groups lessons from 7:30pm-8:00pm 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 current Swim Lessons details and pricing.

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Quadrupled Hip Extension Over a Bench

Glute activation and strengthening is being shown to be extremely important to lower back health and stability. For many of us, a normal day includes an inordinate amount of time in the seated position, from commuting to and from work, sitting at our desks, to sitting at the computer to watching TV. As with any underutilized muscle, the glutes will lose strength and stability due to non-use. Research now suggests that a loss of strength to the glutes can contribute to lower back issues and /or pain.

To counteract this trend it is important to include glute activation exercises to your exercise regiment. A very effective exercise for glute activation is the “quadrupled hip extension” on a bench.

To perform the exercise, kneel down on the floor and lay your torso over a bench. Slide forward until your hip bones touch the edge of the bench. While performing the exercise your goal is to maintain hip contact with the bench the entire time. This will keep your lumbar spine and pelvis in alignment during the exercise. Bend the leg you are going to work at the knee so that the hamstring is in a shortened position. This places a greater demand on the glutes to extend the hip. Lift the thigh toward the ceiling while contracting the glutes. Maintain hip contact during the entire motion. Lift the thigh as high as you can without losing contact with the bench, hold and squeeze for five seconds, then lower. Perform 5-8 reps, then repeat on opposite leg. As you become stronger you can place a dumbbell behind the knee to provide more resistance. If you have questions on how to perform this exercise correctly, please contact one of our Personal Training Staff.
Mike Locke
Fitness Director

Your Health Beyond the Gym

May is one of the busiest health observance months I know about. Here are some of the awareness programs that can have an effect on all of us. Most of this information comes from Welcoa, the Wellness Council of America. These are a few of all of the important health awareness events for May. Visit Welcoa for more.

May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week. If you missed the celebration, its never too late to thank your nurse!

ALS Awareness Month, The ALS Association
Better Sleep Month, Better Sleep Council
Bike Month, The Communications League of American Bicyclists
Healthy Vision Month
High Blood Pressure Education Month, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Lupus Awareness Month, Lupus Foundation of America
Mental Health Month, Mental Health America –
Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, The American Academy of Dermatology
Stroke Month, American Stroke Association

Regular health, vision and dental check-ups are important. Don’t forget to get yours!

Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design

Meet Susan Deschenes

Susan Deschenes - Bellingham Athletic ClubSusan 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.

Dave Mauro’s Book Signing

BAC’s own Dave Mauro will be doing a book signing, May 21st at the downtown location at 5:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this. “I Highly recommend his book. Great read.” Mike Locke

Dave will have ample quantities of his book “Altitude Journals” available for purchase and signing. Cost is $27.

“When David Mauro was in his forties, his life hit rock bottom. With nothing to lose, he left everything he knew behind and set out on an epic international adventure. For the next seven years, Dave trudged across glaciers and frozen wastelands and through dense, dangerous forests. He communed with penguins and elephants, kept company with cannibals and gunrunners, and spoke with the dead. And though he’d never been a climber, he ended up joining history’s courageous few when he ascended into the clouds to stand at the summit of Mt. Everest.

Drawn from Dave’s personal diaries, The “Altitude Journals” is the poignant, inspiring, and endlessly exciting true story of a remarkable midlife crisis. It is an unforgettable tale of one man who went to amazing extremes to repair a shattered life–and how he regained the powers to love and forgive, and to believe in himself once again.”


Holiday Hours

Memorial Day is almost here! We will run our usual holiday hours on Monday, May 28th.

The Cordata location will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Kits Club will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
There will be no water aerobics of group exercise classes.

The downtown location will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
There will be no water aerobics of group exercise classes.

Also, Friday, May 18th, is the Junior Ski to Sea Parade so the DOWNTOWN club will close at 6:00 p.m.

Meet Leslie McKee

Leslie McKee - Bellingham Athletic ClubLeslie 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!

Racquetball Skills Clinic

Monday, May 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm is the next racquetball skill clinic. This clinic will focus on serves–learn them all, use them all! Using a variety of serves is your easiest way to have an advantage in the game.

Preregistration required for all clinics at the Cordata desk.

BAC members $15
Non-members $25

Spring Group Exercise Schedule

Spring has sprung, and summer weather will be here before you know it! Now is the time to get into the club so you’re ready to keep up with the kids that will be home from school. Get ready for the transition from jeans to shorts, from indoor courts to water sports!
Our Spring schedule began May 1st! Are we offering the following changes and additions to our schedule to keep you on track? and wanting to come back!

At the Cordata club:

Dance Bootcamp with Tina from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
PiYo with Melissa from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. (and the
last Saturday of every month).

Dance Your ABS off!!! with Patti from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

At the Downtown club:

Cardio-Flex with Susan from 5:30 – 6:30 a.m.

STEP! with Patti from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

PiYo with Melissa from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Please take a look at our website for class descriptions and full Group Exercise schedules at both clubs. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to e-mail Jeri at