We <3 Tennis!

Hi all,


During the month of Valentine's, "heart" is front and center. In my opinion, tennis has more heart than any other sport.

We start each tennis game at Love. We put our hearts into the game we are always striving to perfect. We play the game to keep ourselves fit and make sure our ticker keeps ticking. Some members and BTTC employees have found their true love on the courts. 

Here's how tennis can help us if we put our heart into our time on the court:

• Heart is emotion and we all understand we need to control our emotions while playing tennis.
• Heart is spirit. We all know we play better with a bit of inspired spirit.
• Hearts can be broken when you try so hard and still fall short when playing a match. This teaches us resilience.
• A strong heart allows us to overcome many obstacles in the heat of competition.
• A good heart lets us show kindness and compassion to our opponents and partners.
• A great heart gives love to all!

It is important to all of us at BTTC that you have a good experience here and we put our heart and soul into making your day the best it can be while we are here.

Thanks to all of you for helping make my heart soar every time I walk through our doors.

Fitness Member Survey Results

We heard from more than 100 of you! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We are really grateful for it. Here is some of the feedback we heard:

  • You love our classes, our Members, and especially our friendly staff. Our trainers all got high marks, and you really appreciate their high level of knowledge & the personal feedback they offer in class. Generally, you love the class times, energy and music (ok, we'll watch the techno!), and you really feel like you seeing progress from taking the classes.

  • In both our Tennis and Fitness surveys, you said you want more YOGA. While our Saturday yoga class has been rocking, our Thursday noon Yoga class has been very small. Please email me and tell me what days and times you'd like to have a yoga class, and we'll see what we can add into our schedule for you.

  • We heard from both the fitness & tennis surveys that a "cheat sheet" on the Strong area equipment would help. Good news: Kendyl is drafting NEW "Cheat Sheet" workouts that will help you learn more about how to use the Strong floor equipment, in combinations that will give you a complete workout! 

  • We heard you want more nutrition information, which we'll be sure you start to see on the blog, newsletters & Facebook.

Tennis Member Survey Results

We heard from more than 100 of you! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We are really grateful for it. Here is some of the feedback we heard:

  • We heard such positive things about our pros, Member and Guest Services, other Members, and the Club overall. Thank you so much for taking the time to offer specific feedback.

  • We also heard that you are very interested in a specific fitness class for tennis players! Your ideal class would address specific exercises, footwork, and stroke mechanics, as well as strategy and mental preparedness. You are in it to win it, with a midday 60-minute class being the most popular choice. 

  •  As for getting social, you love the Round Robin format, with the option of small snacks and wine and/or juice.  

Stay tuned! We are working on tennis programs that reflect this feedback, and exciting announcements on those offerings are coming soon! 

Member of the Month: Connie Shannon

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Where are you from?

Hmm ... that goes back to the ”way back" machine! I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and lived in Minnesota, North Dakota for many years until relocating to Bellingham with my husband, Gene.

What do you do?

I have owned and managed the Fairhaven Village Inn since 2004. Within the last few years, we built South Bay Suites and Galloway's Cocktail Bar.

While that part of my life can be pretty consuming, I also spend great times with my grandchildren and family. Since it seems traditional retirement is not in my plan, I tend to retire for chunks of time (preferably Kauai) for the month of February.

What is one fun fact about you?

Gene and I met in Montreal at the World's Fair in 1967. We wrote letters to one another, crossed the border only eight times to see one another, and were married in 1969. No email, Facebook etc … guess it was the real thing! This year we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

What’s your favorite thing about coming to BTTC?

It is so convenient, since I can walk to the club. My friend Shelley and I work out or do TRX yoga. The club is a welcoming place to be!

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

Listen to Robin and DO what she says!

Class Highlight: TRX Yoga


Go deep with a different kind of yoga!

Bellingham Training & Tennis Club is proud to offer the only TRX Yoga class in the city. We invite you to come and experience this deep, restorative new workout!




What is it?

Combining TRX and Yoga allows for deeper access to movements and poses. It enhances core strength, balance, and overall stability. Students see results in increased mobility, stability, muscular endurance, and core strength.

Who is it for?

TRX Yoga is for anyone who is interested in improving mobility, stability, muscular endurance, and core strength. Never taken a yoga class before? No worries! No previous experience is necessary.

What should I expect?

Enter the relaxing, open environment of dimmed lights, light meditative music, and natural light from our windows in The Zone. Take off your shoes and place your mat under one of our 14 TRX anchor points. Enter an hour of practice for YOU, where you have time to slow down, refresh, and focus on your body, mindfulness and gratitude.

This is TRX Yoga.

January Fitness Tip: Do what you love!


When you're trying to stick to your fitness goals, it's important to do something you enjoy!

If you don't like it, you won't do it. So, it's important to find something you like doing.

Don't feel like you have to do a certain thing: for example, if you hate running, you don't have to force yourself to run. Rather, try rowing or cycling!

If you don't like traditional weight training, try circuit training.

If you're trying a new recipe that you don't enjoy, try making it differently the next time or just find a different one.

The point is, if you don't like something, don't let that get in your way of improving your health. Don't just throw in the towel and say, "I already tried that and it didn't work!"

There's ALWAYS another option, and it's important to keep going and trying new things!

If you're stuck with this, please let us know! We'd be more than happy to give you any ideas!

Staying Motivated

RIDE Instructor Piper Renard

RIDE Instructor Piper Renard

This is the first new year of my adult life that I did not make resolutions.

Here’s why: I decided to stop doing what hasn’t ever worked for me in the past.

When I thought back to every new year and their resolutions, I realized how misaligned my actual intentions were. I was so focused on “fixing” something or “doing it right this year” and put so much pressure on myself to follow through, that the meaning of my resolutions was completely lost.

And then inevitably, like so many others, I did not follow through and would end up feeling like I’d failed, along with all the other negative (and untrue) things we tell ourselves.

But this year I remembered a favorite quote:

“The beginning is always today”

Man, is it a good one!

Staying motivated is HARD.

Crushing goals is HARD.

Making positive changes is HARD.

A major first step to staying on track is looking at what DOES work for you, as well as identifying what may NOT work for you or is holding you back.

I know that when it comes to my fitness goals, I do best when I’m held accountable and am receiving direction of some kind - which means I won’t stay inspired if I work out on my own.

I need other people’s energy to get me there and to keep me going! Although I often wish that weren’t the case, if I want to be successful than I need to be honest with myself when setting my goals.

Another big factor in staying motivated is not to be too hard on yourself. You may have a lot of things you want to accomplish but remember to be kind and gentle with yourself. The more you load on, the more likely it is to feel too heavy in the long run.

Also, don’t beat yourself up if you miss some days at the gym or don’t finish a project as quickly as you’d like (or at all!) - that just means it might be time to reevaluate or restructure those original plans you laid out.

Change is life! Adjusting as you go is life! Don’t be afraid to tweak those goals and dreams as you move forward!

5 Tips to Start Developing Self-Discipline Today

Personal Trainer, Zone &amp; Ride Instructor Kendyl Comiskey

Personal Trainer, Zone & Ride Instructor Kendyl Comiskey

Self-discipline, in its most simple definition, is the ability to do the things that we may not want to do, but know that we should do. It is having the willpower to conduct our lives in a fashion that yields the most success. In fact, self-discipline is the most renowned characteristic to have in order to achieve success at all. It was my New Year’s resolution, and if you’re someone who made a resolution for 2019 as well, whether it was to get in better shape by going to the gym more or feel healthier by eating less, having self-discipline is probably part of your resolution, too.

I have often struggled with self-discipline. For a long time, I would set drastic goals for myself that reflected what self-discipline looked like – or so I thought. I changed my diet to only smoothies and juices (my mini-fridge was stocked with Naked juices at one point…did I even know how to read a nutrition label?!), stopped enjoying social events with my friends so that I could go to sleep earlier, and even spent money on a ridiculous amount of money on pills and powders to aid in my new “disciplined” lifestyle.

These actions didn’t last long because for some reason, I wasn’t happy. I was not seeing any results in my body, there was no recognition from others, and it felt like I was throwing money into a fire. Thankfully, my unhappiness makes sense to me now, and I appreciate my new-found idea of what it means to have self-discipline: it’s about the climb to the top; the hard stuff. From what I have learned, self-discipline doesn’t instantly yield happiness; in fact, most acts of self-discipline are hard, unpleasurable, and the opposite of what we wish we were doing. This is why we have so much respect for those around us that possess self-discipline; they do hard things to accomplish what they have.

 A favorite inspirational video of mine is from a commencement speech given at the University of Texas in 2014 by Admiral William H. McRaven. Admiral McRaven is a veteran of the US Navy SEAL Team Six, SEAL Team Four, served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and commanded SEAL Team Three. His list of accolades and achievements goes on and on – basically, this man is the epitome of what many people envision when “self-discipline” needs an example.

While Admiral McRaven’s entire speech was nearly 20 minutes long, one segment stuck with me and influences my life to this day. He said:

“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

 Nearly everyone in the audience chuckled for a moment. Was he serious? Is this highly decorated man of honor giving college graduates advice to make their beds? He continued:

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that small task completed will turn into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, at least you will come home to a bed that is made.”

 Even though this piece of advice was small, it was from someone whose presence and accomplishments were great. So, from that day on, I started making my bed every morning. It was the first time in my college-life that I formed a habit I was really proud of.

 What I’ve noticed since I started making my bed everyday (which takes literally under a minute!), is that Admiral McRaven was right. This small chore sets the tone for the rest of my day and often snowballs into many other little achievements. Even on the earliest of mornings when I feel like I could care less about whether or not my bed was made, that’s when the self-discipline whispers at me, “I know you don’t want to, but I also know that you should.”

 Of course, there have been many mornings where my bed doesn’t get made, and that’s okay. We should all remember that inevitably some days don’t go as planned, but it doesn’t mean we have lost progress or should be any less proud of what we have accomplished so far. We should also remember that having self-discipline isn’t a promise that it will get easier or always make you happier because as you become more disciplined your expectations for yourself will grow higher; this is how success is cultivated.

 Along with a link to the full commencement speech from Admiral McRaven, I wanted to share a couple more tips and reminders about developing self-discipline in hope that you, too, can find one that resonates with you from this day forward.

Here are my 5 Tips to Develop Self-Discipline in Your Life Starting Today:

1.     Start with small changes first (they will lead to bigger ones!)

2.     Practice tolerance for the tasks that you don’t always enjoy

3.     Recover from your mistakes and start again tomorrow

4.     Acknowledge your weaknesses

5.     Make. It. A. Habit. Practice your discipline every day for the best chance at success.