Athletic Club proudly serves residents of
Ballard and surrounding areas in a casual, yet
highly professional atmosphere. Our neon diver
and clock, created by world famous neon artist
Roger Legarno, make us an easy place to find.
The Old-world charm of Ballard is evident in the
exterior of Olympic Athletic Club. The former
hotel, built in the 1890's, now provides a
state-of-the-art facility, which is both
friendly and affordable. Olympic Athletic Club
offers the latest in cardiovascular and weight
training equipment, along with a variety of
swimming activities and court sports available
to Club members 24 hours a day, 5 days a week,
with shorter hours on the weekend.
Olympic first opened its
doors in 1979 and has since grown to become one
of the premier health clubs in Seattle. As we
have grown over the years, we have established
an identity that is very definable. The Club is
a very comfortable place where members can be
themselves. We have always been committed to
provide a clean and well-maintained atmosphere
with a staff that is friendly and accommodating.
At OAC, it is not about who you are, how you
dress, or what you look like. It is about the
one thing that actually matters the most, your
health. People of all ages come to the Club to
exercise and achieve their health and fitness
Athletic Club occupies a classic 1890's brick
building located in historic downtown Ballard.
The charm of the original architecture,
including the large windows, exposed brick, and
high ceilings provide a spacious, unique, and
The building itself has had a colorful history
and many incarnations.
From its early days as a hotel and the first
Ballard Post Office, a speakeasy and card room
during prohibition, and, later, a bank and an
Elks club, its walls have a million stories it
could tell. These photos offer just a brief
glimpse of its history.
Olympic Athletic Club offers the latest in
cardiovascular and weight training equipment, an
extensive variety of group exercise classes, two
swimming pools, court sports, and spa-like
amenities, including men's and women's private
steam rooms, saunas, and hot tubs, which are all
available to Club members, 24 hours a day.
The most unique aspect of the Club, has been its
continued connection and service to the
community. A local gathering place for over 100
years, Olympic continues the tradition by
providing state-of-the-art facilities with a
variety of amenities, activities, and services
for people of all ages.