Personal Trainers

Mike Locke
Fitness Director, Director of 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 three 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 from elementary age through high school and 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 weight training, racquetball, golf, watching football and baseball, reading fiction and non-fiction books, music, movies, working around his property, and most importantly spending time with his wife and their two kids.

“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), A.C.E. Personal Trainer, AmPRO
Alexa Thompson
Personal Trainer

Alexa Thompson is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Kinesiology Department. This past spring Alexa completed her final season as member of WWU’s Women’s Varsity Crew team. 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 boats this past spring. So if you have any questions about how to get the most out of our Concept II rowing machines 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 is also an assistant select soccer coach for the FC Rangers program here in Whatcom County and former High School Soccer player. 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.

Alexa is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is excited to be at BAC and looks forward to helping people set and achieve their goals!

Crystal Cartner
Personal Trainer

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.

Doug Salmon
Personal Trainer

Doug is a graduate of Cal State Northridge with a B.A. in Physical Education. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Physical Education from the University of Tennessee. Doug is a certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Before coming to BAC Doug worked as the Head Strength Coach at Utah State University for 6 years and at Southern Illinois University for 9 years. Doug enjoys working one on one with clients assisting them in reaching their goals as well as helping athletes of all ages develop and refine their athletic ability. Outside BAC Doug is an avid runner and weight trainer.

B.A. in Physical Education
Lesley Jones-Steinmetz
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 jmportance 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 husband Oly chasing after their 2 sons, Luke and Matthew. Lesley also loves to run, bike, read, garden, and work on additional Fitness related certifications.

Lynnette Reilly
Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor

Lynnette 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 yeras 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.

A.C.E. certified
Megan Vetsch
Personal Trainer

Originally from the Seattle area, Megan moved to Bellingham in 2013. She attended Whatcom Community College where she received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Megan is very passionate about educating children on the importance of fitness and nutrition. She currently teaches for the Head Start program as well as teaches a Physical Education class for home schooled children at Bellingham Athletic club. Her ultimate goal is to run her own group fitness studio for children.

Megan is a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is also exploring additional certifications in the areas of Nutrition and Health Coaching. She is trained in the Culinary Arts with an emphasis in Clean Eating.

Among a variety of clients, Megan’s main desire is to work with people who are new to exercise and looking to change their life through fitness and nutrition. She wants to help women get over the fear of strength training, and learn to sustain healthy habits to better their lives all around. Her main area of interest when it comes to fitness is in weight management. She has a very holistic approach, and believes that true health comes from not only fitness, but what is put into the body and mental/emotional self-care. Her future goal is to work with clients on improving fitness, eating habits, and work-family balance.

ACE
Mikayla Douglas
Personal Trainer

Mikayla Douglas graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Kinesiology. She is an ACE certified Personal Trainer as well as a certified Spin and Group Ex instructor.

Mikayla’s love for fitness began at a young At Puyallup High School she was a hurdler all four years as well as her freshman year at WWU. Mikayla has a passion for indoor cycling, high-intensity interval training, cardiovascular exercise, Olympic lifting, and competitive sports.

As a trainer, Mikayla’s goal is to find fun and effective ways to get clients moving. Philosophically Mikayla feels that fitness is for every BODY. She knows that everyone can find the right type of exercise and she would love to be the person to help you discover what that is. Exercise should be fun and uplifting, after all it is one of the best ways to relieve stress! She believes that fitness is absolutely necessary to live a happy and healthy life.

Outside of training Mikayla loves to spend her time reading, hiking, and playing with her puppy and two cats.

A.C.E. certified
Sean Locke
Fitness, Personal Training

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.

BS CSCS TACFIT
Seth Kotzman
Personal Trainer

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 planning his return to school to become a chiropractor. 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! BAC welcomes Seth to our Personal Training team!

Tiffany Morton
Express Programs Director/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.”

B.A.