Local gyms offer a variety of ways to shape up in 2010

Published on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 by Tara Nelson

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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 will also offer a Tai Chi class for arthritis beginning in February. Regular Tai Chi practice is on Mondays at 9:30 and stretch class is 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 2 p.m. on Saturday. Membership is available to all Whatcom County residents.

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. 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 www.corekineticspilates.com.

8115 Birch Bay Square #133,
Birch Bay,
For women only, Curves offers a patented formula of strength training and 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 $53 with 30 days free.

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. With a minimum of three people, individuals can request classes such as yoga, cardio training, weight training, kick boxing and Zumba. Personal training, special weight management and senior programs are also available.
For more information, visit www.everydayfitnessinc.com.

Northwest Parks & 
Recreation District 2:
656-6416. 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.

To register, call or visit www.nwparkandrec.org.

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 supported deep relaxation classes. Class sizes are limited. For a schedule, call 332-8169.

Whatcom Fitness:
250 G Street,
Blaine, 332-8167.
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, pilates, kick boxing, tai chi, flexibility and strength training, nutrition, mat conditioning, and cardio training. Personal training and non-expiring punch cards are also available.

Whatcom Fitness is open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Their website is www.whatcompt.com.