Olympic 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 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. 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.