December Newsletter 2014

December 10, 2014

imgDear Members,

On November 1st, The Westlake Inn announced that they would be closing down their tennis operations as of 12/1/14. When management heard the announcement we met quickly with CAC to discuss what impact this could have on the club. As the club that is located nearest their club, we projected an influx of between 50 and 100 new tennis memberships. Based on that projection we felt as though it was no longer prudent to take away a court to build the new clubhouse and will no longer do so.

We are excited to welcome all of the members from The Inn that have already decided to join WAC. We realize that there were a number of other choices for you and are thrilled you chose us. We are a small, intimate club that prides ourselves in knowing our members personally. We look forward to learning more about all of you.

The influx of new memberships will have an impact on court availability. We are not yet certain what that impact will be. We plan on analyzing the court usage throughout the month of December with the intent of making adjustments to the court reservation policy in January. Please be patient while we evaluate the court usage to determine what changes are necessary.

It is important to the future of the club that we also increase our fitness and pool memberships. This will both increase our revenue and reduce the pressure on the courts. While we will not build an entirely new clubhouse, we will renovate our current clubhouse to improve your overall member experience. Exactly what will be done is yet to be determined. A majority of what we will be able to do will be determined by the City of Westlake Village and the County of LA. We will share our future plans once they have been approved by both the city and county.

In an effort to become a greener club, WAC is going paperless with our statements as of January 1st, 2015. Please take a moment to log onto your WAC account and view the online services available. If you do not recall your user name and password or if you need online credentials reset, please contact Shari at or 818-889-6164. If you would like to continue to receive paper statements please let us know. Thanks in advance for helping WAC become a greener organization.

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager


Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve: 7:30am to 3pm
Christmas: Closed
New Years Eve: 7:30am to 3pm
New Years Day: 9am to 3pm


Member of the Month – Larry Dutra

imgLarry has been dreaming about completing an Ironman for 30+ years. It all began back in MA in the 80’s when he began racing shorter distance triathlons. He was hooked on the shorter races from the beginning but in the back of his mind he always wondered whether or not he had the stamina to complete a full Ironman.

Larry first began believing he could complete the full Ironman after finishing his first Ironman 70.3 (aka half-Ironman) in Kona in June 2013. Shorty after returning home Larry was shocked to be diagnosed with a serious blockage of his “widow maker” artery. After successful surgery to clear the blockage and much reflection on his life and fitness goals, Larry decided it was time to get the Ironman off of his bucket list.

So when registration for Ironman Arizona 140.6 opened last autumn, he committed to pursue his goal. The race was scheduled for November 2014, and he had one year to get his body and mind ready. Larry’s journey to complete an Ironman had officially begun! He spent this past year tirelessly training and preparing himself for race day. After hundreds of hours in the WAC pool and thousands of miles running and biking he was ready to take the challenge on, and pursue his goal to finish in less than 13 hours.

Race day proved difficult, with winds of 25-35 miles per hour raking the course but he stuck to his race plan and achieved his time goal by finishing in a time of 12 hours and 56 minutes. Box checked.

Join me in congratulating Larry for completing his amazing journey to become an IRONMAN.

Congratulations to our 4.0 Ladies

imgCongratulations to the Westlake Waves that are advancing onto the USTA 4.0 Sectionals. Captained by Alexander Campbell and Marla Peck the team won their flight with a 6-1 record to advance onto sectionals. In their final match this past weekend, The Wave took on Woodranch and defeated them 2 matches to 1. On court 1, Ramona Halloran and Keiko MaNamara fought hard but lost 6-4, 6-3. Marla Peck and Christa Nonemaker were on court 2 and battled to take 2 of 3 sets to tie the match up. On court 3, Broke Gabby and Devery Holmes, started slow losing the first set 4-6 but came back to take the second set 6-4. Brooke and Devery went down 1-4 in the third before coming back to take the set 7-5. Congratulations ladies and Good Luck in Sectionals.


NET Fitness with Chris Dudeck

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Fitness Stuff

Meet your Trainers

imgJared Tavaolian
Jared has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from CSUN with over 13 years experience in the field. Jared managed a corporate training facility where he was in charge of training and nutritional consultations for 500+ employees. Jared is certified in Yoga and for the past 2 years has been specializing in gymnastic training and hand balancing. He has traveled across the globe to study from the best in the world. Jared uses a blend of Yoga and mobility to restore lost range of movement and combines it with body weight strength training to keep his clients ready for the any challenges that life throws at them. Jared believes “before anything else we are movers and my goal is to help clients break down the barriers that are limiting their ability to move.” Jared’s extensive background and unique talents bring an exciting new dimension to our fitness programming.

Jared will be teaching both one-on-one personal training and small group strength training with 6 to 10 students per class. Stay tuned for a list of days and times.

imgPatti Markowitz
Patti has been helping people stay healthy and fit for over 20 years. Patti feels that fitness is the cornerstone to overall health and wellness and that getting fit is the first step to gaining a new and healthy lifestyle. As a certified personal trainer Patti specializes in custom training routines and likes to challenge and encourage her clients to surpass their physical and mental boundaries. As your trainer she will take your health and wellness personally, working alongside you to help achieve all of your fitness goals. With your determination and her dedication you can make anything happen.


Fitness Tip

Weight training do's

When you're weight training, do:

  • Lift an appropriate amount of weight. Start with a weight you can lift comfortably 12 to 15 times. For most people, a single set of 12 repetitions with the proper weight can build strength just as efficiently as can three sets of the same exercise. As you get stronger, gradually increase the amount of weight.
  • Use proper form. Learn to do each exercise correctly. The better your form, the better your results — and the less likely you are to hurt yourself. If you're unable to maintain good form, decrease the weight or the number of repetitions. Remember that proper form matters even when you pick up and replace your weights on the weight racks. If you're not sure whether you're doing a particular exercise correctly, ask a personal trainer or other fitness specialist for help.
  • Breathe. You might be tempted to hold your breath while you're lifting weights. Don't. Holding your breath can lead to dangerous increases in blood pressure. Instead, breathe out as you lift the weight and breathe in as you lower the weight.
  • Seek balance. Work all of your major muscles — abdominals, legs, chest, back, shoulders and arms. Strengthen the opposing muscles in a balanced way, such as the front of the shoulder and the back of the shoulder.
  • Rest. Avoid exercising the same muscles two days in a row. You might work all of your major muscle groups at a single session two or three times a week, or plan daily sessions for specific muscle groups. For example, on Monday work your arms and shoulders, on Tuesday work your legs, and so on.

Weight training don'ts

Follow these tips to avoid common mistakes when you're weight training:

  • Don't skip the warm-up. Cold muscles are more prone to injury than are warm muscles. Before you lift weights, warm up with five to 10 minutes of brisk walking or other aerobic activity.
  • Don't rush. Move the weight in an unhurried, controlled fashion. Taking it slow helps you isolate the muscles you want to work and keeps you from relying on momentum to lift the weight.
  • Don't overdo. For most people, completing one set of exercises to the point of fatigue is typically enough. Additional sets may only eat up your time and contribute to overload injury.
  • Don't ignore pain. If an exercise causes pain, stop. Try it again in a few days or try it with less weight.
  • Don't forget your shoes. Shoes with good traction can keep you from slipping while you're lifting weights.

Remember, the more you concentrate on proper weight training technique, the more you'll get from your weight training program.

Swimming Tip

Three Swim Strength Training Exercises

Add these functional exercises to your pre-season routine to build stroke power and a strong core. Focus on good technique and proper body position. If you can only do two reps with perfect form, take a 20 to 30 second rest, then try 2 more.

imgPlank Row: Grab a dumbbell in each hand in a plank position. Keep knees or feet hip width apart for balance and stability. Lean body weight onto the left arm and lift the right dumbbell off of the floor. Use a “row” motion to pull the dumbbell up to the side of your body. Do not roatate torso; keep chest facing the floor. Slowly lower dumbbell, transfer body weight, and repeat with the left arm. If you are a beginner, bend your legs and balance on the knees. If you are advanced, keep your legs straight and balance on your toes. 10 rows per arm. Adjust weights as necessary to complete set with proper technique.

imgKettle Bell Swing: Assume a squat position and grasp the weight between your legs. Stand up, keep arms straight, and swing the weight up to shoulder height, using your lower body and the momentum of the weight. Let it swing between your legs as you go into a deep squat, hinging at the hips with knees bent.

imgMedicine Ball Pushup
Use a solid medicine ball that will roll and support body weight. Position it under your right hand; do one pushup. Use right hand to roll the ball toward left hand. Position the ball under left hand; do one pushup. Repeat this cycle. If you are a beginner bend your legs and balance on your knees. If you are advanced keep your legs straight and balance on your toes. 2 sets of 10 repetitions with 60 seconds rest between sets.

Group Exercise Schedule


Class Day(s)             Time Teacher Description
 9am        Zabrina Beginner/Intermediate
 Yoga                  Mon/Wed 6pm Beth/Cindy Beginner/Intermediate
 Fusion               Tue/Thurs 6pm Katie               Pilates/Yoga
 Sat  8:30am Katie Beginner/Intermediate
 Yoga Sun 9am Zabrina Beginner/Intermediate


Masters Swim

imgMeet our new Masters Coach – Kevin Lane

Kevin Lane brings to the Westlake Athletic Club an enthusiastic love and insight to swimming. With many years of experience as a swim coach and a competitor, Kevin looks forward to helping others become better swimmers and athletes and to see how wonderful and positive the swimming experience is.

Kevin Lane is the Assistant Coach of California Lutheran University Men’s and Women’s Swim Team. In addition to coaching at CLU, Kevin is a USMS (US Masters) Certified Level 2 Coach.

Kevin started swimming and competing at the age of 7. Growing up in Connecticut, swam through his teen years on the club and YMCA level. Kevin helped set many Connecticut State relay records and competed at the YMCA National Championships. He represented Connecticut Swimming as an all star team member where he traveled and competed against other all star teams. Moving on to Southern Connecticut State University, a top ten NCAA Division II School, he competed at the NCAA National Championships and set school records in the in the 200 fly and in relays. In his senior year he was elected captain of his team.

After college, Kevin continued to train, compete and coach, eventually winning the Masters One Mile Open Rough Water National Championship for his age group. Kevin has also set many USMS relay long distance pool records. For over 20 years Kevin has been coaching on the Masters, Novice and College level. He has just completed his 5th year of college coaching at CLU. Kevin also keeps a robust swim lesson schedule for “learn to swim” as well as “competitive strokes” lessons for all ages.

Kevin will be coaching the Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 to 7:30 workout and is also available for private lessons. If you are interested in private lessons please schedule them through the front desk.

Masters Swim Schedule
Mon & Wed 12 to 1pm
Tues & Thurs 5:30 to 6:30am
Tues & Thurs 6:15-7:30pm
Sat 7 to 8:15am

Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC


Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC

Tennis Clinics

Clinic Rates:
(1 hour) $15 mem. $25 non.mem
(1.5 hr.) $20mem. $30 non.mem


Int. Clinic | Monday 9:30-10:30am | Lorene
Beg. Clinic |  Monday 10:30-11:30am | Lorene
Int. Live Ball | Monday 6:30-8:00pm | Lorene
Serious Tennis | Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30pm | Chris
Cardio Tennis | Wednesday 9:00 - 10:30am | Chris
Men’s Live Ball | Wednesday6:30 – 8:00pm | Calle
Adv. Ladies Alter. |Thurs. 10:30 – 12:00 | Chris
Beg. Clinic | Thursday 6:00 – 7:00pm | Sandy
Live Ball | Saturday 10:30 -11:30am | Calle

Match Finder

Steve Hamburger is looking for 3.5-4.0 players for singles and doubles. The group will play week days 8:30 to 11am. Steve will maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Steve at

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