March Newsletter 2015

March 2, 2015

imgDear Members,

We will be starting the renovation of our new fitness center this month, which will remain in its current location. However, there will be significant improvements to the room, and we will be replacing the current equipment with state-of –the-art equipment from TechnoGym.

Renovations include: expanding the room size with the removal of the office, new windows and doors, replacing the carpet with rubberized faux wood flooring, ceiling removal, new lighting, new mirrors and fresh paint. This will all result in a bigger, brighter and more functional fitness room that you will be excited to make use of.

After evaluating all of the top fitness equipment manufacturers in the world we are thrilled to announce that we have selected TechnoGym as our wellness partner. TechnoGym’s mission is to make training an experience to savor, in order to inspire people to embrace wellness as a means to a better quality of life. The ease of use, functionality, connectivity, and quality of their equipment, are a reflection of their mission to inspire all of us to embrace a more active lifestyle. Their expertise and innovative technology has earned them 5 successive appointments as Official Fitness Equipment Supplier to the Olympic Games.

Members will enjoy a more engaging cardio workout, with access to a wide range of entertainment options and internet connectivity on each piece of cardiovascular equipment. With Personal Viewing Screens on all of the cardio equipment, members will have the ability to watch TV, surf the web, listen to music and stay connected while training. With an account on mywellness cloud you will also have the ability to track your workouts to aid you in reaching your fitness goals.


Kinesis weight training stations incorporate TechnoGym’s patented Full Gravity Technology enabling you to experience Intuitive Functional Movement. The line combines the benefits of functional training with the simplicity of more traditional strength equipment, allowing users to naturally progress from basic to advanced movement patterns. Kinesis stations enable users to mimic natural movements that are more applicable to day-to-day life.


To learn more about TechnoGym, please check out their site:
In other news, don’t forget to sign up for our St. Patrick’s Day Tennis Social on Friday, 13th March, from 6-9 pm. We can’t promise you’ll find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but we do promise you a great night of round robin tennis, group competition, dinner, drinks and a lot of fun! Sign up by March 11th at the Front Desk - $30 a player/$50 a couple. Don’t forget to wear green and please leave your Leprechauns at home!

Finally, we’re ramping up our social media. Please like our page, Westlake Athletic Club, on Facebook so you can stay informed on all club activities and news, including weather status and court closure.

Have a Healthy Day,
John Sutcliffe
General Manager


Member of the Month

imgWilliam “Wild Bill” Hirsch – In Memoriam.
By Bill Mason.

Often times people enter our lives, make little to no impact and then simply disappear never to be thought of again. Recently a man has passed away who never left this lack of impression on anybody. One of the reasons I am writing this is to honor him and his family, but it also serves as therapy for my broken heart.

imgI am speaking about William “Wild Bill” Hirsch. Bill was the Director of Operations for Cielo Vineyards at the corner of Kanan and Mulholland Hwy, which his brother Richard and wife Diane own. Bill was one of the first characters I met when I was in the process of opening my business over eight years ago, and he has left such an indelible mark on me and my family of friends that I find myself moved to, at least make you aware of his passing.

Bill is recognized by many as being one of the hardest working people in the plight to forward the movement of local wine into your glass. There are few, if any, who went out into the public domain by attending just about every wine tasting known to man, and helping tell the story of the Santa Monica Mountains and what we are capable of. I have long said that the Cielo Cabernet is the best wine made in the area, and Bill shared many bottles with my crew and I.

imgHe has left a legacy behind as he supplied many of our local restaurants and retailers with his wine. For many years he was able to increase the exposure of our wines from the Santa Monica Mountains in all the right spots, helping pave the road for others to follow with his always fresh and youthful expression in whatever he did. He is the guy responsible for creating wines the likes of his Woodstock labeled, “Honeypie,” “Deep Purple,” “Eight Ball,” “The Witch,” and many more, all while sporting his Hendrix headband and his signature laugh and smile.

Bill was way too young to be taken from us like this and should serve as a wakeup call for many. He has for me, as I share his propensity for gluttony and ignorance of our health, it’s easy to do in this business as you can imagine. My heart goes out to all his family, and hopes of reaching a spot where it all makes sense is in my prayers.

A note from our GM:
All of us at WAC will miss Bill and his spirit for life. He brightened our day with a smile and fascinating conversations. We are thankful for time spent with him, and “toast” him for making this a better world.


What’s New At WAC?

imgWelcome, Brooke Wedding:
Tennis Pro/ Performance Enhancement Specialist & Personal Trainer

Born in Lake Tahoe, California, Brooke quickly developed her athletic prowess, winning both tennis, and track and field events in high school and university, and earning the title of American Ninja Warrior Athlete.

Graduating from the University of Illinois Champaign with a B.S. in Pre-Med/Kinesiology/Sports Medicine, she furthered her education at Loyola University Chicago, achieving an MBA in International Business/Marketing.

After ten years in Medical Sales of Operating Room Equipment, Brooke became a tennis pro and Director of Sports Performance.

Extremely qualified with certifications as a High Performance, Adult Development, AFI Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, Brooke enjoys coaching athletes of all abilities. Her goal is to help them to excel on court and off, with their fitness, strength and conditioning training, to be tournament ready, or just to get fit and able on the tennis court.

Brooke competed at college-level in Olympic Distance Triathlons across the country. When not coaching, she now enjoys training for Spartan races, obstacle based endurance racing, trail running, USTA, and other competitive traveling team tennis.

We are excited Brooke is bringing her vision and expertise to WAC, and welcome her to our team.


NET Fitness with Chris Dudeck

With the New Year upon us it is time to put those New Year’s resolutions in place. Start your 2015 off right with a tennis inspired health and fitness program lead by Chris Dudeck. Whether you are looking to improve your game or are in need of a lifestyle change we have just the program for you. NET fitness will give you the results you are looking for in 2015. Give the gift of fitness to those you love. Download the flyer here


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

imgIt’s All About You!
By Patti Markowitz, Personal Trainer.

1 Be proud of every workout you complete: you showed up and did it (despite busy schedules and life's craziness)!

2 Make it happen: you are the only one who can do this for you!

3 Keep aiming high: never lower your standards. Push your limits.

4 The only excuses you have are the excuses you make. It's okay if you choose to skip the occasional workout, but it’s not okay if your busy day is always an excuse. Bust through those excuses and put yourself first!

5 Ask yourself why you are doing this: focus on why you committed to a healthy life style and let your goal motivate you to stick to your plan.

6 Think positive: just as you have to make an effort to eat the right foods and workout, you also have to make an effort to keep your thoughts healthy and positive.

Nutrition Tip

imgTropical Superfood Smoothie
By Anna Griffin

These special gifts from nature offer many more benefits that just fuel for our bodies. Superfoods are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plant-based foods that provide the human body with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as phytonutrients that go above and beyond simply feeding our cells.

Superfoods contain beneficial compounds like antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and anti-aging substances. The Earth’s most treasured foods that quality for superfood status help prevent cellular degeneration, and assist in curing illness and disease. Science and research proves that these potent healing foods help to fight cancer, support good cardiovascular health, and regulate the body’s systems.

Some beneficial superfoods include:

• Maca (raw) – helps reduce stress and keep hormones balanced
• Cacao (raw) – acts as an antioxidant, lowering the risk of developing certain cancers
• Almonds (raw) – a source of healthy, monounsaturated fat and protein
• Coconut oil (raw, expeller-pressed) – rich in lauric acid, an antimicrobial and antiviral compound
• Cashews (raw) – full of oleic acid, which helps prevent heart disease
• Spirulina – one of the only plant sources of Vitamin B12
• Bee pollen – thought of as a “complete” food source, harboring every nutritional element that the human body needs for survival
• Berries (raw) – an antioxidant-rich food that helps to reduce cholesterol and combat free radicals

This tropical, superfood shake is filled with vital nutrients like protein, potassium, iron, calcium, and heart-healthy fats.

• 1 cup raw coconut milk (or a little more to achieve desired consistency)
• 1 frozen organic banana
• ¼ cup papaya, cubed and frozen
• ¼ cup mango, cubed and frozen
• ¼ cup pineapple, cubed and frozen
• 1 teaspoon maca powder
• 1 teaspoon goji berry powder
• 1 teaspoon bee pollen
• Slice fruit of choice for garnish

Use organic ingredients whenever possible, to avoid nasty pesticides and chemicals. Mix all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Increasing coconut milk to achieve a more liquid consistency, if desired. Pour into a tall, chilled glass, sit back, relax, and think of long, hot summer days, feeling and looking your best.

imgYoga Tip

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
By Katie Whittaker, Yoga Instructor.

This is a staple of Hatha (physical) Yoga, pressing the heels of the hands down, weight even between the hands and the feet, toes spread and inside facing in, heels wider than toes. Relax the neck and head. Stay for more or less a minute, breath even. (smile!)


Swimming Tip

img7 Tips to Improve your Freestyle Stroke
By John Sutcliffe, Club Manager

Swimming freestyle is a killer cardio workout because it works the most muscles overall—building core strength and carving your V. It also shreds calories. Here is a seven-step plan for increasing your speed while swimming freestyle.

Swim Tall

The single most important factor is to slip your body through the smallest hole in the water. Imagine a central axis extending from the top of your head to the opposite end of the pool. Rotate your body along this axis with each stroke, stretching your leading arm as far forward as you can. Keep the muscles in your lower back and abs taut as you power through the water—doing so will keep the propulsion coming from both your arms and legs and stop your midsection from sagging in the water.

Drop an Anchor

Swimming with just your hands is like jumping with just your feet. Instead, grip the water with your entire forearm and hand, holding your forearm at a right angle to your upper arm and digging in like you're gathering sand with a shovel. Keep your hands broad, flat, and firm. You're not pushing your arm through the water as much as anchoring it and pulling your body over it.

Put Yourself on Heavy Rotation

Each stroke begins with your leading arm having entered the water, and that side of your body—the low side—pointing almost at the bottom of the pool. The other side of your body—the high side—should be raised, with the arm that just finished its stroke getting ready to return to the water. Power is triggered when you drive down the high side of your body, throwing your high-side arm forward along the central axis into the leading position and forcefully rotating your hips and torso. Meanwhile, your low-side arm becomes the pulling arm underwater, working with your rotating torso to provide acceleration.

Keep Your Head Down

Freestylers used to hold their heads high. That forced the rest of the body to drop, turning it into a high-drag plow. Rather than holding your head high look straight down at the bottom of the pool. Not only does this technique cut drag, it keeps your torso high, reducing strain on your neck and lower back.

Find Your Glide Path

In the pool, fewer strokes are better. Your goal should be a high distance per stroke. Elite swimmers can easily traverse a 25-yard pool in seven strokes (each hand entry counts as a stroke). Try to keep yours below 20 by conserving momentum. Pull yourself over your anchor and continue to glide forward with one arm forward and the other back. You'll travel farther and faster with your legs streamlined near your axis. When you begin to slow, start the next stroke.

Drag Your Feet

If you're a good kicker, you're a good swimmer. The secret is turning your feet into fins. Here again, leverage rules: Your legs should be taut, scissoring you through the water, while your feet remain flexible. This will help them snap at the downstroke of each kick, adding oomph and helping twist your torso along the central axis. If your feet don't flex well, buy a set of kicking fins to assist in increasing your flexibility.

Don't Waste Your Breath

Make each breath count. Emphatically exhale the air from your lungs (all of it, not just 90 percent) before snagging a quick, full breath on the high side. Beginning swimmers need to breathe after each stroke, but as your endurance improves, try breathing on alternate sides—that is, after three strokes. It'll reduce the strain on your neck and shoulders that results from always breathing on the same side.

Tennis Tip

imgThis side of 50 On the Tennis Court
By Karl Akkerman

Many members here at the Westlake Athletic Club are now entering into the last third of their life, enjoying tennis as a fun way to exercise and socialize. There are two ways to ensure you can continue to enjoy tennis for many more years to come, and the number one way to make sure you have many years of play, is a proper warm up. Experts all say that daily stretching helps flexibility and a brief dynamic stretch is the best way to warm up. Some static stretching is also advised, but only a little. Too much actually reduces your best effort because your muscles become fatigued. Experts recommend two slow laps around the court doing side to side steps, grapevine cross overs, high knee jog, and some butt kickers as the best way to warm up your core. World-class athletes in tennis and basketball use dynamic stretches before a work out, and afterwards do static stretches as the best way to cool down and increase flexibility. The next advice to prolong your days on court is to have a good cardio workout, jogging for 10-15 minutes every day, outside or on a treadmill or elliptical machine. Jump in WAC’s gym for a good workout when you’re not on the court, or go for a run around the beautiful lake.

Playing doubles is a wonderful way to enjoy exercise, but unfortunately, unless you play for three hours, you are not really getting the same impact of workout, such as a 10-15 minute jog can give you. Core strengthening exercises or repeated sets of weight lifting can also give you more stamina, whilst strengthening arms and legs. As much as it can be hard to find the time to do this, it only takes one really bad muscle pull to remind us that we’re no longer spring chickens! Cross training and stretching are critical to keep from pulling muscles, and while it’s not nearly as fun as tennis, it is advised to do so to stay out on the court for many more years.

All of my clinics are designed to be cardio intensive and all participants run as hard as they can, for the full duration of the class. The last two things I must emphasis are this: Moderacy in everything (too much of anything isn’t good), and keep hydrated while working out. This is critical to the muscles. So, try jogging, elliptical machines, or even swimming, along with structured stretching, and we’ll be seeing you on the courts, for many more years to come.

Business of the Month

imgZin Bistro Americana, Westlake Village
By Anna Griffin

With beautiful views overlooking the lake, Zin Bistro Americana serves contemporary, American, comfort food, for brunch, lunch and dinner. With an extensive menu featuring delicious dishes like Hawaiian Ahi Tuna, Short Ribs, Rack of Lamb, Chicken Corden Bleu, burgers, steaks, salads, soups, pastas, and new takes on traditional dishes such as Lobster & Crab Pot Pie, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As Owner and Westlake Athletic Club member, Rouz Yazdanyar says, “Our menu reflects a nostalgic cuisine, with a synergistic blending of flavors that makes Zin Bistro Americano unique. Zin brings you delicious cuisine at it’s finest. Our menu has something to delight everyone’s palette.”

imgUndoubtedly the best Happy Hour in Westlake Village, Zin features a Tapas-style menu paired with beers, wines, and hand-crafted cocktails, like Cosmopolitans and Margaritas, while live music entertains the crowd most evenings. How about some fabulous jazz on a Thursday night, with your cocktail and a gorgeous sunset? Then Zin is the place to be.

imgRouz successfully leads his team having been in the restaurant business for 16 years. He loves to make his guests feel at home, which is the immediate feeling when walking into the restaurant, always being greeted with a smile and warm hello. “It’s kind of like Cheers, where everybody knows your name,” he says. Despite the refined table settings, smartly attired staff, sophisticated menu, and elegant lakeside view, the atmosphere is relaxed, and very much a home from home.

img“Zin comes from my favorite wine, Red Zinfandel. We have a big wine list, serving about 30 wines by the glass, and 150 by the bottle. It’s a fantastic spot to just sit on the patio, have a bottle of wine, and watch the sunset.”

Open for brunch and dinner on weekends, for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and late-night Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.

32131 Lindero Canyon Rd, #111, Westlake Village, CA 91361


Group Exercise Schedule


Class Day(s)             Time Teacher Description
 9am        Cindy 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 Katie/Cindy Beginner/Intermediate


Masters Swim

imgKevin Lane, Swim Instructor & Coach

Kevin Lane is the Assistant Swim Coach of California Lutheran University Men’s and Women’s Swim Team. He is also an adjunct instructor at CLU, teaching swimming, and a Masters Swim Coach at Westlake Athletic Club (Certified USMS Level 2).

In addition to coaching, Kevin teaches swimming to all ages and levels here at the WAC. You may have seen him working with students in the pool.

He teaches private one on one lessons as well as groups of two students. His lessons run from 30 mins to an hour, and are for beginners, intermediate, all the way to the competitive student. Kevin has a reputation as a warm and caring instructor who is very intuitive when comes to each individual's needs. With years of experience, he understands how to get the best out of each student at every lesson.

Kevin started swimming and competing at the age of seven. Growing up in Connecticut, he continued to swim through his teen years on the club level, setting many Connecticut State records. He represented Connecticut Swimming as an all-star team member, and traveled and competed against other all-star teams. Moving on to Southern Connecticut State University, a top ten NCAA Division II School, he competed on the national level 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. For over 20 years Kevin has been teaching swimming, coaching on the college, masters and novice level. He has just completed his fifth year of college coaching at CLU.

Kevin brings to the Westlake Athletic Club an enthusiastic love of swimming, with over 20 years of experience as a swim instructor, swim coach and competitor. Kevin looks forward to helping others advance in the water, as they learn how wonderful and positive the swimming experience is. As spring and summer approaches, Kevin encourages all members and families to get out and start a regular exercise program that includes swimming.

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 Chris Dudeck, 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 | Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00pm | Calle
League Warm-Up | Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm | Karl
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
Skills, Thrills & Drills | Sunday 9-10:30am | Karl

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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