Tennis Tip: Play hot with these warm ups

With the cold weather upon us it's a good time to start considering how we prepare for our tennis matches. 

First: before you hit the courts, do a little cardio. You can warm up on any number of our fitness cardio machines.

Next: make sure that you start with a short court rally (service line to service line). This light warm up will not only get some blood flowing but also give you a chance to start watching the ball early. 

Then: once you're warming up from the baseline, prepare early. This means standing sideways with your racquet back well before the ball bounces so you catch the ball out in front instead of close to your body. This will help prevent any tennis elbow and other cold-related injuries. 

Lastly: keep drinking water! Even if it's freezing out, your body still needs to stay hydrated to keep those muscles elastic. 

Happy Hitting!

 Tennis Pro Griffin Wood

Tennis Pro Griffin Wood

2018 Holiday Open Tournament Winners

 Congratulations to all our players in the 2018 BTTC Holiday Open Tournament! We had more than 100 matches. Players joined us from BC to Oregon. We even had a player’s family fly in from Arizona to watch! It was a great event. See below for the full list of winners, and some pictures of some of our champions and finalists!

Event                                        Champion(s)                                                     Finalist(s)


Men’s Open                             Oleksiy Arovin                                                  Prabh Sangha

Men’s 4.0                                Aaron Hendrickson                                           Mike Mietzner

Men’s 3.0                                Robert Lamoureux                                           Jim Freeman

Women’s 4.0                          Alexandra Lucas                                              Avery Zill

Women’s 3.0                           Paula Plumer                                                   Cheryl McCarthy


Mixed Open                            Josh Basha                                                       Rom Hirss

                                               Sarah Newman                                                 Kelly Nolan

Mixed 8.0                               Daniel Marty                                                   Jaret Hauge

                                               Ann Timmer                                                      Kelly Nolan

Mixed 7.0                               Berandine Salvatierra                                       Lydia Miller

                                               Bernard Salvatiera                                            Jonathan White

Men’s Open                            Oleksiy Arovin                                                  Shane Lynette

                                               Valentin Podgarnyy                                          Anuj Vimawala

Men’s 8.0                                Aaron Hendrickson                                           Bob McCarthy

                                                Dean Hendrickson                                            Chris Rink

Women’s 8.0                           Jani Kuiken                                                       Isla Hall

Nanette McGrath Sasha Lynettte

 Men's 4.0 Finalist Mike Mietzner and Champion Aaron Hendrickson

Men's 4.0 Finalist Mike Mietzner and Champion Aaron Hendrickson

 Women’s 4.0 Champion Alexandra Lucas and Finalist Avery Zill

Women’s 4.0 Champion Alexandra Lucas and Finalist Avery Zill

 Mixed Doubles Open Finalists Rom Hirss and  Kelly Nolan & Champions Josh Basha and Sarah Newman

Mixed Doubles Open Finalists Rom Hirss and Kelly Nolan & Champions Josh Basha and Sarah Newman

 Mixed 8.0 Champions Ann Timmer and Daniel Marty

Mixed 8.0 Champions Ann Timmer and Daniel Marty

 Women’s 8.0 Finalists Sasha Lynette and Isla Hall

Women’s 8.0 Finalists Sasha Lynette and Isla Hall

 Men’s 3.0 Champion Robert Lamoureux and Finalist Jim Freeman

Men’s 3.0 Champion Robert Lamoureux and Finalist Jim Freeman

 Women’s 3.0 Finalist Cheryl McCarthy and Mixed 7.0 Champion Bernadine Salvatierra

Women’s 3.0 Finalist Cheryl McCarthy and Mixed 7.0 Champion Bernadine Salvatierra

 Men’s Open Doubles Champions Oleksiy Arovin and Valentin Podgarnyy & Finalists Shane Lynette and Anuj Vimawala

Men’s Open Doubles Champions Oleksiy Arovin and Valentin Podgarnyy & Finalists Shane Lynette and Anuj Vimawala

 Mens 8.0 Champions (and father and son!) Aaron and Dean Hendrickson & Finalists Chris Rink and Bob McCarthy

Mens 8.0 Champions (and father and son!) Aaron and Dean Hendrickson & Finalists Chris Rink and Bob McCarthy

Welcoming our Newest Members: November

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Richard Berg

Else Sokol

Lee Webb

Robert Naillon

Nicole Brown

Paula Wallberg

Samantha Wallberg

Roxanne Orr

Lilou Terry

Cathy Belben

Sarah Anderson

Stacey Medcalf

Gene McNatt

Reed Bernhard

Lauren Gordon

Nathan Brown

Becky Spithill

Charles Lecocq

Neil Sharkey

Maggie Sharkey

Erik Altmann

Mishi Campoverde

Merill Bevan

Pam Clifford

Anne Welsh

Tracy Carpenter

Michael Reams

Katie Jorgensen

Ann Macdonald

Dan Stahly


Karin Hamm

Galen Hirss

Ralph Fiorito

Delight Newlight

Kerrie Hague

As of November 15th, Tennis Memberships are wait list only! Call the front desk to be added. Fitness Members get first priority on the wait list.

December Member of the Month: Victoria Lord!

 Victoria Lord with her amazing Body Con group training class community!

Victoria Lord with her amazing Body Con group training class community!

This month, we’re getting to know Fitness Member Victoria Lord, whose enthusiasm since joining has been inspiring - and contagious!

Victoria, where are you from?

I was raised in Pullman, WA. At 13, I went to a co-ed Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania. In the late 60s/early 70s, I was at the first Vietnam Peace March in D.C. I graduated from Western Washington University and moved to Seattle. I trained there as a massage and movement therapist and was in private practice. While working with my clients, which included male and female sexual abuse survivors, I realized how our emotional history can get trapped in our bodies and minds. I decided to go back to graduate school for a Master’s Degree in Psychology to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. I went to John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA. I couldn’t wait to get back to Washington, and moved back to Seattle. I’ve been in Washington state ever since. I moved back to Bellingham in 2001 after visiting some friends and realizing I still loved it after all these years.

What do you do?

I’m retired now! I was a psychotherapist. The last job I had was cooking for seniors, so they could remain in their homes.

What are some fun facts about you?

I sing in Kulshan Chorus (our show at the Mount Baker Theater is January 12th- come see us!) I have worked with feral cats and have two rescue cats. I also participate in “game days” where a group of us get together a few times a month for board games and happy hour!

What’s your favorite thing about coming to BTTC?

The people, both the staff and the other members. Everybody is so kind and friendly, and I’m amazed at the staff’s memory for names!

What’s the best piece of fitness or healthy living advice you have for others?

Don’t join a gym - join an exercise community.

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BTTC Staff Thankful Lists!

November is officially Thankful Month at BTTC! We’ll update this post each week with new gratitude lists from our staff.

Robin Robertson, Club Owner:

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I believe in taking time to reflect on life - and giving honor and energy toward the blessings we've had along the way. Thank YOU for showing so much support during our last few years of so much change here at the Club. I am grateful that you have stuck with us to see our club evolve from a lovely mom & pop place to a world-class training and tennis facility - while keeping our caring community. YOU are the reason we are here.

 Here are few more things I'm grateful for...

  • That I love what I do and do what I love.

  • For good health for me, my family, and for you

  • For my ConforMIS knee

  • For Peoples Bank (and the loan to make our dreams come true here at the club)

  • For being a part of the Fairhaven and Bellingham Community


Matthew Iwersen, Tennis Director

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What I love at the club: 

  • * My Wilson rackets, strings, and other accessories. They are the #1 racket in the world, and if it is good enough for Roger, it is certainly good enough for me.

I am thankful for:

* The great staff I get to work with every day.
* All the staff that I have worked with in the last 17 years. I know I am getting old when I see some of the then-kids now have their own family.
* How lucky I am to work in a place where health both in mind and body is the main focus.
* All the great members present and past that have made an impact in my life.
* That my job is fun!

 TJ Tipton, Tennis Pro

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What I love at the club: 

I'm thankful for my Babolat sponsorship, especially my rackets. The current Pure Drive has great feel and fits my game very well!

I'm thankful for:

Being healthy after my accident a year ago, and thankful for being able to play with my girls and to play tennis again!

Griffin Wood, Tennis Pro

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What I love at the club: 

The Rickaroons Pumpkin Spice Coconut Bars are really great! 

I'm thankful for: 

As a tennis pro, to be surrounded by a club full of passionate tennis players who are always trying to improve their game. My job is absolutely the most enjoyable when I'm working with individuals who are committed to personal excellence and getting to share my knowledge with them is a joy. 


Tyler Brown, Fitness Director

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What I love at the Club:

Our new Zone training area. This space is absolutely phenomenal! It’s SO much fun to instruct in there, classes have a great energy, clients love being up there, the music is loud, the equipment rocks, and there’s WINDOWS!

It’s great to have that space designated for classes too so that the Strong training area can be used for training clients and used by anyone who wants to work out while a class is in session.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to experience the Zone, come check out one of our classes! We have our Fitness Schedule at the front desk and online, so check it out, pick the class you want to try, and come to it! If you have tried out the Zone and love it, tell your friends! Your first class is always FREE!

You can also work out on your own in the Zone when there’s no classes going on! Check out open gym times either on the Fitness Schedule or by the door going into the Zone.

I’m thankful for:

My wife! She’s the BEST. I love spending time with her whatever we may be doing, whether we’re on a road trip, or sitting on the couch, or learning new exercises, or trying new recipes, or laughing at our cats, or studying, or doing whatever else.

She encourages me to do tough things, she lets me talk at her about things that she doesn’t think are as exciting as I do, and she is also very patient with me when I’m being an idiot.

She works incredibly hard, right now tackling Grad School as well as working full-time in Cardiac Rehab. She’s such a positive and patient person that she makes me want to be better. She’s an inspiration to me to live and love well. She’s my very best friend, and I love her very much.

Rhod Kelly, Personal Trainer and Zone & Ride Instructor

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Gratitude is the foundation to enjoying all that life has to offer. It sets the tone for your day to wake up and be thankful for all that you have and all of the blessings in your life.  In hard times it helps keep us grounded. I’m glad that we have a time each year to mass encourage thankfulness and share with one another the things of life that make it worth living.

What I love at the Club:

I am grateful for the encouragement I get from all of YOU members.  Whether that be wishing me well in my endeavors, or inviting me to celebrate the holidays with you when family is not around (Thank you!).  Most of all, I am grateful to hear all of your success stories and the progress you have made with your fitness.  Hearing your stories makes me so happy and I am thankful to get to be a part of your journey.  That is what makes it so special to be here.  Together, we are staying strong and healthy. When I hear the impact that it makes in your life and the lives of those around you it makes me grateful to be a part of it.

I am thankful for:

Right now, I am hugely grateful for community.  As you may know, I moved to Bellingham just over a year ago in August 2017.  Part of the reason that my wife and I moved away from Arizona was that we just weren’t feeling like a part of the community in our college town anymore.  We have been blown away with Bellingham!  Within weeks of being here, we were having dinner with several other young couples and out adventuring on the mountain trails.  We have made lots of friends since we moved here and met tons of amazing people.  I am extremely grateful for the community atmosphere in town and here at the club. 

Kendyl Comiskey, Personal Trainer and Zone & Ride Instructor

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What I love at the Club:

Our members! I could sit here all day making a list of members who have made my job better by simply being outstanding friends, community members, clients, and good neighbors to one another. I thank every single one of you, even those who I have not met yet, for making this club such a special place!

Another special aspect about this club is the ability to grow, create, and explore new training styles and classes. I have grown immensely grateful for the opportunity to instruct TRX Yoga on Saturday mornings. It was a class that we (Roxanne and I) dove into over the summer not knowing whether it would sink or swim. The Zone wasn’t open yet, so we had no practice with the equipment that we would be using. Being nearly 5 months in, I can say that TRX Yoga has become one of my favorite hours of the week. I have learned a lot about my abilities as an instructor and individual by overcoming a good amount of self-doubt. So, I thank you, TRX Yoga, and all of you who have taken the time to try it, for helping me grow!

I am thankful for:

My education and the encouragement of friends and family to pursue more of it. It can be difficult to stay motivated in pursuit of big goals, but the support continues to drive me and keep me focused.

Roxanne Sailors, Zone Instructor

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What I love at the Club:

I am grateful for all the dedicated movers who do the work to show up and give it all they’ve got each session. They make my job feel like fun, they remind me how important it is to stay dedicated to my own movement practice and to continue to hone my skills as an instructor so I can help our members and regular drop-ins move better and stay engaged in our community.

I am thankful for:

I am also grateful for my husband, Erik, and the relationship that we have cultivated over the last almost 13 years. In this season of family togetherness, it is also a season of cold and dark which can also trigger depression and feelings of loss and loneliness for me, especially now that my children are ‘all grown up’. He supports and reminds me to attend to my self-care (a VERY important part of overall emotional AND physical wellness!) and also to relax and enjoy the beauty and connection we have the opportunity to experience throughout this holiday season. I am grateful for his partnership, his friendship and his love.

Elizabeth Sheinkopf, Zone & Ride Instructor 

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What I love at the Club:

The community that we have here: it’s warm and welcoming, supportive and truly invested in making the club a great place to be. I love the members! Over the years, I’ve developed great friendships with members and it’s enriched my life beyond measure. The members (you!) are the reason why I really don’t mind getting up way before dawn to teach.

I’ve worked at a number of other clubs and have found that the atmosphere is much less personal and warm.  People come and go and really never reach out to connect with each other. At this point, I can’t imagine being in that kind of situation again, having experienced what we have here. You are all rock stars!

I am thankful for:

I’m deeply grateful for my health, my ability to do what I do as I get older, but this year I’m thinking a lot about our community in Bellingham, especially the artistic community as something that is precious to me and makes my life rich and satisfying. The artistic community in Bellingham is similar to the community at the club: it’s supportive and collaborative, not competitive and elitist. There are amazing artists of all kinds here--I’ve been involved with community theater on and off for years, and I’m amazed at the depth of talent that we have here in this small city. Participating in theater is satisfying on so many levels: it’s creative and imaginative, it gives me the chance to meet and work with amazing people, and it’s incredibly challenging. I feel so lucky to be able to participate in it!

Piper Renard, Ride Instructor

What I love at the Club:

As a new instructor at the club, I am incredibly thankful to all of the members for being so encouraging, kind and welcoming! I'm also thankful for Robin for giving me the opportunity to work and grow at the club - as well as all my coworkers who believed in me, trained me and cheered me on!

I am thankful for:

Being that my family lives in another state - I'm so grateful for my boyfriend and his amazing family in WA! If it wasn't for them, the holidays would be a bit less jolly! And of course, I must count my blessings that I have a warm, cozy place to call home, friends and loved ones, a healthy body and 2 very cute bunnies - I'm thankful for this life!

Matt Vann, Ride Instructor

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What I love at the Club:

All of YOU – the members – because you place your trust and confidence in me to help you improve your fitness. It’s so much fun having you all in class!

I am thankful for:

All the support from my friends and family. They are a huge encouragement to me through every endeavor!

Member and Guest Services

Michelle Fry, Member and Guest Services Manager

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What I love at the Club:

I am thankful for my Team at the front desk. I don't know what I would do without them! I love that we all support each other and help each other out when needed. Life can be busy, stressful, confusing and crazy sometimes but just knowing I have an awesome Team here helps me get through anything. I am also thankful for a sense of humor. I love when people make me laugh and I hope throughout the day I can bring a smile or a good belly laugh to someone else! Oh and free coffee...always thankful for that!!!

I am thankful for: My son, who is 13. I absolutely love the teens, he roles his eyes at me, talks back and has a "tude", all of those make me laugh everyday. He is also so loving, adventurous and the most adorable kid I know.

Brianna Dague, Accounts Manager and Member and Guests Services:


What I love at the Club:

I'm grateful for the whole BTTC team and the support they offer.

I am thankful for:

Shirlee Bird cafe, for without my coffee I don't think I'd be human!

Amanda Short, Member and Guest Services

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What I love at the Club:

The warm BTTC community I get to work with! They impress me with their athleticism, wisdom, and wit every. single. day. My weeks of going to school, throwing javelin, and serving members/guests at the club are seamless and rewarding because my growth and health is always invested in and I am fueled to be the best I can be! I look up to the amazing work our personal trainers do to meet a variety of needs and admire how good they get to help people feel through fitness!

I am thankful for:

God, my family, my boyfriend, and friendships that have guided and encouraged me to follow my heart, even if that meant spontaneously moving up 7 hours from home in OR to Bellingham! The athletic dept. at WWU and my teammates are also my family who build me up on and off the field. And lastly, with the countless contributions from many administrators at WWU I am proud to say we won a hard fought case and I am officially a Washington state resident!

Anna Carlson, Member and Guest Services


What I love at the Club:

I'm grateful for all the fun and exciting events we put on! There is a LOT that goes into these from a "behind the scenes" perspective, but ultimately it's so fun to always have something to look forward to, engage with our members (who are the absolute BEST!), and participate or give back to our community in a variety of ways.

I am thankful for:

Skype. My mom lives in China, but because of Skype, she has been able to see my kids, Eivin (4), and Ira (2), practically grow up! Don't get me wrong, I'll take an in-person hug from her any day, but it's pretty cool that we have this technology available to us and that it's so accessible.

Ivy Munyon, Member and Guest Services

What I love at the Club:

I am grateful for the support system that exists at this club. Between us and the members, and us with one another. It truly feels like a family here.

I am thankful for:

Living in such a beautiful place and still having a few more days of sunshine before winter!

Kris Dirks, Member and Guest Services

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What I love at the Club:

The early morning members. I am morning person (of which NO ONE in my family is) and enjoy greeting those who are ready to start their day here at the club.

I am thankful for:

My whole extended family who now reside in Bellingham. We are a small clan but a strong close one.

Leigha Staffenhagen, Member and Guest Services


What I love at the Club:

All the awesome relationships I’ve formed over the last 3 years, and I’m thankful for the flexible personal training we offer that’s adapted for each individuals specific needs.

I am thankful for:

A loving family, boyfriend, and friends as well as my health!!

Shawnee Konrad, Member and Guest Services:


What I love at the Club:

How such a simple job can be so amazing. The people here make the job easy and pleasant.

I am thankful for:

The weather we’ve had this fall as well as my teammates at WWU.

Matthew's Monthly Tennis Tip

Play Relaxed

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Learning to play relaxed when the adrenaline is pumping through your body is one of the hardest things to do during competitions. That is a challenge that you will see the pros even struggle with sometimes. 

Here are a few tips that may help you learn to play relaxed:

  • Make sure you loosen up your grip, shoulders, and legs before you serve or return.

  • Breathe out as you hit the ball.

  • The more you compete, the more you get use to that feeling of butterflies in your stomach!

When Novak Djokovic won one of his US Opens, he was 2 points away from losing the match to Roger Federer. Fed hit a great wide serve - but Djokovic was so loose that he ripped the return. He realized he nothing to lose at that point. Djokovic obviously won that match, and then went on to win the tournament. Staying loose for that one point and coming up with the shot of the tournament brought him the title.

So, relax!

Fearless Net Game Clinic - November 18th

 Our USPTA Tennis Pro Matthew will help your net game!

Our USPTA Tennis Pro Matthew will help your net game!

  • Become a poacher that strikes fear into your opponents.

  • Make first volleys that set up easy winners at the net. 

  • Be more confident at the net. 

    Become more active in your doubles game and add variety to your singles game. In this clinic, we will work on a variety of volleys, overheads, and touch shots that will make you the awesome net player you want to be!

Sunday, November 18th, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

$25 for BTTC members

Limited space - call the club to sign up today!