About Olympic Athletic Club
Olympic Athletic Club is honored to cater to the residents of Ballard and the neighboring areas in a relaxed, yet undeniably premium ambiance. The architectural style of Olympic Athletic Club mirrors the Old-World charm of Ballard. This former 1890s hotel has been transformed into a cutting-edge facility that effortlessly blends a welcoming atmosphere with top-notch quality. As Seattle’s foremost athletic club, we provide access to the most advanced cardiovascular and weight training equipment, an array of aquatic activities, diverse group fitness classes, and even a basketball court.
Olympic first opened its doors in 1979 and has since grown to become the top health club 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 Olympic Athletic Club, it is not about who you are, how you dress, or what you look like. Instead, 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 goals.
Olympic 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 comfortable setting. 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.
Olympic Athletic Club offers the latest in cardiovascular and functional and strength training equipment, an extensive variety of group exercise classes, two swimming pools, court sports, and locker rooms with spa-like amenities, including men’s and women’s private steam rooms, saunas, and hot tubs.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question that hasn’t been addressed in our FAQ, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll be happy to assist you.
There are two membership options currently available at Olympic Athletic Club.
To learn more about our membership types visit our Become a Member pageBecome A Member.
Yes, Olympic Athletic Clubvis proud to offer amazing childcare. A reservation scheduled in advance through MindBody is required to use our Kids Korner. Reservations may last for up to 2 hours with a cost of $9 per hour.
The Olympic Athletic Club is open:
- Monday – Friday, 5 am to 11 pm
- Saturday & Sunday, 6 am to 9 pm
We also have special holiday hours:
- Thanksgiving closing at 1pm
- Christmas Eve, December 24th closing at 1pm
- Christmas Day, December 25th closed
- New Year’s Eve, December 31st closing at 8pm
The Olympic Athletic Club is located one block west of Market Street in downtown Ballard.
The Address is 5301 Leary Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107
Absolutely! The Olympic Athletic Club has recently wrapped up an extensive renovation. The expanded areas offer top-notch equipment, featuring exclusive private workout spaces as well as large open areas with stunning windows and lofty ceilings.
Children under the age of 13 may participate in swimming in the 1st floor pool, with adult supervision. They are not allowed to use workout equipment or take classes.
Teenage members (13-17) may participate in swimming in the 1st floor pool, with adult supervision. However, they are allowed to use workout equipment and take classes.
Teen members (13-17) will receive a member check-in card and have independent access to the club when enrolled. However, we recommend that teenage members (13-17) start with a personal training session to learn about club safety, club etiquette, and how to operate the equipment properly before using the club on their own. A single session can be purchased for $50.00 (a $35.00 savings). If you have multiple teenagers, you may schedule one private teen class with a trainer for all of them. Alternatively, teens (13-17) may purchase our “New Member Fitness Upgrade,” which includes a comprehensive consultation and assessment plus 3 personal training sessions for $199.00 (a $141.00 savings).
Yes, we offer several parking areas for members.
OAC parking lots are reserved for Club members — during Club use only. Parking enforcement “spotters” will now be monitoring OAC Parking lots. Anyone who parks their vehicle on OAC property and does not enter and use the Club will be issued a $50 ticket by Ballard Parking, LLC.
The maximum time allowed for members to park at any OAC designated parking lot is three (3) hours, per visit. Parking enforcement staff will be electronically recording or marking the tires of all vehicles that enter OAC parking lots and issuing a $50 ticket for anyone who leaves their vehicle parked longer than three (3) hours, per visit.
OAC Parking Permits are REQUIRED and must be displayed on the REAR window of the vehicle. If the vehicle does not have a rear window, (e.g., convertible, truck with canopy, camper, etc.), the OAC Parking Permit may be displayed on the front window. However, it must be “on” the window — not on the dash board. Parking permits displayed any place other than the rear or front windows will be issued a $50 ticket by Ballard Parking, LLC.
Ballard Parking, LLC will continue to monitor OAC parking lots and issue a ticket to any vehicle found to be in violation of the above mentioned policy. If you are issued a parking ticket, all payments and disputes must be directed to Ballard Parking, LLC.
Yes, classes are included with membership.
Best health club, hands down! 2 Pools, spa-like amenities, always updating equipment and offerings to have the best & most up-to-date options for their customers. They’ve done a great job taking care of this place- always growing & expanding. Membership price is fair for what you get.
Perhaps the best gym I’ve ever been a member of. Was here for 1 year and was bummed to leave this gym. They’ve recently renovated most of the gym, which is awesome. Tons of space for free weights, plenty of machines. The free parking is a great perk.
This place is huge! Lots of different rooms with over 3 levels of exercises equipment, pools, free weights, and sauna in the bathroom 🚻.
Love the free classes included in membership-
Staff was super friendly and helpful 🙏
Great club! I love the ambiance here, which may not be the main reason some choose a gym, but I need all the help I can get ;). Warm towels, exposed brick & beams, hardwood floors, and the sauna/steamroom/jacuzzi options keep me coming back as much as the great classes and equipment.