We all know it’s important to be physically active. Exercise helps us stay healthy, prepares us for our daily movements, and allows us to perform our best in our next competition. But having to find the time, motivation, and place to exercise can be discouraging; it’s easy to push it to the side and say it will happen tomorrow. Bellingham Training and Tennis Club has solutions for all your mental obstacles, so you’re excited to get that workout in today rather than putting it off until tomorrow.
Bellingham Training and Tennis Club is not your typical gym. It’s a club where a community of people gather to focus on health, fitness, and playing tennis — while also having a blast. To add to the community’s options, the team in Fairhaven has added classes that increase the ways people can get in and get fit.
“People are excited to get back into the gym and having fun with their friends in these types of class environments,” says Doug Robertson, co-owner and general manager of the club. “We have this demand from our members, and we think additional members will want to join and get into it. There’s really some pent-up demand to get back into the gym and enjoy group classes.”
Robertson, who has been the general manager since the beginning of the year — taking over from his wife and co-owner, Robin Robertson, so she could focus on teaching classes and her healthy knees program — felt now was the time to expand their offerings. While you’ll still see familiar faces around the gym and have the opportunity to take your favorite classes, BTTC has added both new trainers and classes. Like always, the trainers have an educational background in fitness and certificates in personal training. The new classes are ride power, ride energy, and HIIT 45.
“Robin’s built up our cycle training format over 20 years, which we’re going to keep,” Robertson says. “We’re adding a Ride Power and a Ride Energy class.” The Ride Power is a 60-minute class focused on both medium- and high-cadence training to increase the cyclist’s power, which is done through heart rate monitor and watt equivalent on the bicycle. The other cycle class is Ride Energy, a 45-minute session. “And that’s come on in, turn up the music, have fun, and get out as much energy as you can in 45 minutes.”
The HIIT class being added is a high-intensity interval training class. This session creates a social environment where people exercise together quickly, moving between different stations and working out in bursts. While the point is to provide a great workout to help the community’s fitness level, it’s also about getting in there and having a good time, which is in line with what the club is all about. It’s all about having an environment where people want to be, where people can gather and get fit at the same time.
“It’s not the ’80s with Jane Fonda leggings, but it is back to come back and have fun at the Club. It’s going to be a great place to get fit and have fun,” Robertson says. “Don’t sit at home alone on your Peloton; come into the gym — it’s a full body workout and a full social workout.”
These new classes, along BTTC’s existing classes like TRX, body conditioning, cardio tennis, performance, and slow flow yoga, are designed to work with an individual’s overall fitness goals. Classes and individual personal training are there not just to help with that specific exercise but to build on a person’s overall level of fitness and performance level. The variation of classes allows for people of all ages and abilities to get in and improve where they feel necessary, often using one type of exercise to improve another.
There are a variety of ways to get involved with the club and new classes. You can register for fitness classes online at www.bttc.fit, by using their app, or call 360.733.5050. The club is open daily for classes, tennis, and open gym time and is located at 800 McKenzie Avenue in Fairhaven.