Health & WellnessBlaine, Birch Bay offer variety of fitness options

Published on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Health & Wellness
Blaine, Birch Bay offer variety of fitness options

By Tara Nelson

If you’re like many Americans who have pledged to lose weight during the coming year, Blaine and Birch Bay offers a variety of fitness options to help you achieve your goals.

Blaine Senior Center
763 G Street
For individuals ages 50 and older, there’s no better deal than the Blaine Senior Center. With their $25 annual membership to the center, patrons are given free use of exercise equipment including aerobic equipment, treadmills, recumbent and stationary bikes, rowing machines and strength training equipment. Users, however, must complete a 10-week training course and obtain a doctor’s release form.
The center also offers a Tai Chi class on Mondays at 9:30 as well as a stretch class at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Blaine Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon. on Saturday. Membership is available to all Whatcom County.

Core Kinetics Pilates
4819 Alderson Road #103
Birch Bay
Core Kinetics Pilates studio is a satellite location of their Bellingham facility. The 1,000-square foot studio offers private Pilates training, small group training limited to five people and belly dancing with Ruby, a certified Pilates instructor and award-winning belly dancer. Their “Belly Fitness” class is offered at 6:30 every Tuesday. All classes are pay by session and range from $10 to $16 per class. Discounted punch cards are available.
Hours are by appointment only or by classes, which are offered five days a week.
For a complete schedule, visit

8115 Birch Bay Square #133
Birch Bay
For women only, Curves offers a patented formula of strength training and hydraulic weights for lower and upper body strength, combined with cardio exercises to get your heart rate up during the 30-minute routine.
Regular sign up fees are $149 plus tax with a monthly fee of $34. During the month of January, however, individuals can sign up for $80 with the first monthly fee waived.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 to 1 p.m. and then 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Closed Sunday.

Everyday Fitness
1733 H Street #850
Everyday Fitness offers universal and free weights as well as cardiovascular, resistance and strength training at both its Blaine and Ferndale locations. Additionally, they offer nutrition classes and various fitness training such as their four-week Resolution Boot Camp that begins January 19. Cost is $99 ($79 for members) and includes circuit training, cardio and strength drills, weigh-ins, individualized attention and coaching.
Other 2009 programs include their Zumba dance class, “Women On Weights” small group training that teaches strength training for women; the “Butts, Guts and Thighs” class, which comes a free Thigh Master; and their “Body Bugg” program, which attaches a device to an individual’s arm and tracks how many calories were burned throughout the day.
Personal training, special weight management and senior programs are also available.
For more information, visit

Sage Butterfly Studios
4880 Beachcomber Way #G04
Birch Bay
Maureen Kelly, long-time Myers Briggs consultant and yoga practitioner, opened this studio in August offering traditional Vinyasa yoga, belly dancing, qui gong, and Zumba, or fast-paced dance classes with intense Latin rhythms.
Class sizes are small to allow a more personalized approach and create a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that is accessible to all levels of experience.
Kelly also has scheduled a heart rhythm meditation Saturday, February 7 at 2 p.m. as well as a Myers Briggs communication classes.
Beginning belly dancing with Anysse Rayne starts Tuesday, January 13 at 7 p.m. until March. Class drop in fees are $12, $40 for four classes or $68 for eight classes. Unlimited monthly passes are also available. For a complete class schedule visit her website at

Northwest Parks &
Recreation District 2
The newly formed NWPRD2 offers recreational, art and fitness programs at various Blaine and Birch Bay locations.
Current classes include watercolor painting with local artist Nancy Grisby and belly dancing with Anysse Rayne. Rayne’s classes are scheduled from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, January 13 through March 3 at Sage Butterfly Studio at 4880 Beachcomber Way, unit G04. Cost is $50. To register, call or visit

Thistle Down Studios
Yoga instructor Sue Dunstone teaches Kriya/Iyengar yoga, a more traditional style of yoga that focuses on relaxation, balance, mindfulness and breathing.
She also offers occasional supported deep relaxation classes. Class sizes are limited. For a schedule, call 332-8169.

Whatcom Fitness
250 G Street
Whatcom Fitness offers a full selection of free weights and stationary exercise equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines recumbent bikes and stair climber machines.
Added bonuses are the aerobic rooms, supervised complimentary childcare and the extensive list of group membership classes ($5 for drop-ins) that includes yoga, low-impact aerobics, belly dancing, women’s and men’s flexibility and strength training, nutrition, mat conditioning, and cardio training. Personal training, drop-in and non-expiring punch cards are also available.
Three-month special membership for $75 and group fitness membership is $120, which includes gym equipment and classes. Visit
Whatcom Fitness is open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.