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 and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Alexa is a former Varsity Crew member with WWU’s Women’s Varsity Crew team. In her final season, 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. So if you have any questions about how to get the most out of our Concept II rowing machine workout 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 has also been an assistant select soccer coach for the FC Rangers program here in Whatcom County and former High School Soccer player. Besides training at BAC Alexa also teaches Physical Education in the Kinesiology Dept. at WWU. 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.

Cindy Olavarri MA ACSM
Personal Trainer

Cindy graduated from the University of California with a B.A. in Physical Education, a Secondary Teaching Credential, and a M.A in Exercise Physiology. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Instructor and Advanced Personal Trainer. Cindy had a very active childhood, fishing, backpacking, and playing baseball and basketball with her brothers. She ran track and cross country in high school and at the University of California. She was also a member of the first women’s crew team at U.C. Berkeley.

After college, Cindy competed in bicycle racing and was a member of the U.S. National Cycling Team. She competed in four World Cycling Championships and won the silver medal in the pursuit in the 1983 World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. She also won three U.S. National Championship titles.

Cindy has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years in a variety of capacities. She has been a personal trainer, fitness director, physical therapy aid, and college cross country coach. Cindy loves working one on one with clients of all ages helping them navigate the challenges of life with a healthy, active lifestyle.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, weightlifting, walking her dogs Lucy and Che, and working in her yard.

American College of Sports Medicine, Advanced Personal Trainer
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

I am Lynnette Reilly and have a passion for personal training, health and wellness. I am excited to inspire and motivate you to reach whatever fitness goals you are looking to achieve. I want to enable you to move more freely through mobility, stability, strength, and flexibility.

As a youth I was on many different athletic teams, but truly began my own fitness journey after the birth of my three daughters. I felt empowered as a woman and realized how much my body was physically capable of. I found great enjoyment and a feeling of success as I began to lift weights, grow my strength, and be able to both push and pull my own body weight. Watching my own body physically change and being able to perform physical tasks with more ease was such a great feeling of achievement. Fitness has provided a sense of great accomplishment and I love helping others find that same connection with strength. It has also been an amazing outlet in giving me the energy and endurance I have needed in my daily life. I have since completed multiple races and events such as the Spartan, the Tough Mudder and the Warrior Dash. I continue to strive toward becoming a more fit individual each year.

I love to make the gym everyone’s playground. As a Functional Movement Specialist, I take my clients through a series of assessments. This allows me to prescribe the exercises that will help you move more efficiently doing the things you love the most. Whether your goals involve weight loss, strengthening, endurance or pain management. I can find the solution to meet your need. No matter what age or gender, no matter what weaknesses or inhibitions you have, I can help. Let’s begin this journey together.

ACE Certified Trainer 14 years; Pilates Mat 1and 2, Barrel and Apparatus Certified; KB Certified; FMS Certified; Circular Strength Training 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
Sean White
Personal Trainer

Sean White, moved to Bellingham from Elburn, Illinois to attend WWU. For those of you not familiar with Elburn it is a suburb west of Chicago. Sean attended DePaul University for two years prior to transferring to WWU where in 2017 he obtained his BS in Kinesiology. He will be attending graduate school this fall and will be a graduate assistant in the Kinesiology Dept. at WWU. Sean is a certified personal trainer, CSCS, through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 

An avid hockey player and snowboarder from a young age, Sean also enjoys playing golf and is a car enthusiast who loves working on his car. Being from the Chicago area he is a diehard Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs fan. Sean tries to take in Cubs games at Wrigley field when he is home during the season.

Howard, Sean’s 3 ½-year-old retriever/hound mix, keeps him company and on the go with his boundless energy.

After his post-graduate studies are over Sean hopes to see how he can meld the physical therapy and strength coach fields into a career path.  Sean working with members of all ages and abilities.

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.