May Newsletter 2015

May 9, 2015

imgDear Members,

The remodel of the fitness center is nearing completion. This week we will complete the installation of the new HVAC system and all of the equipment necessary to view the personal viewing screens and access the internet on all of the cardio equipment. The next steps will be to finish the sheet rock work, paint and finally install the new flooring. Once the new floor has been installed we will schedule the delivery of our new equipment. Based on the current construction schedule we estimate reopening the fitness center on May 28th.

We will be scheduling group training sessions on how to properly use the new equipment once the fitness center reopens. In order to accommodate as many members as possible we will offer these sessions at various times throughout the day on a variety of days for a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Once we have set the days and times we will post them at the front desk along with a signup sheet to help limit the size of the groups.

The trenching, wiring and footing work necessary to install our new LED lights in the parking lot has been completed. Once this work has been inspected we will pour the concrete footings, install the lampposts and prepare for the resurfacing of the lot. Pending any further delays we anticipate that the parking lot will reopen by May 22nd. We recognize that the closing of the parking lot has been an inconvenience for the members and we want to thank all of you for your patience.

We are proud to announce that this year marks the 25th Anniversary that the club has hosted the 45 National Men’s Hardcourt Championships to be held June 1-7. In celebration of our long history of hosting this event we have decided to move the venue for our Wednesday Evening Party from the club to the newly expanded lakeside patio at Zin Bistro. Dinner will be buffet style and will include roast beef, fresh roasted turkey, pasta salad, vegetables, salad and dessert. Vocalist Jeanne Tatum will once again rock the house with her vast repertoire of your favorite songs. Her musical styles include jazz, pop, blues and R& B. Adult tickets will be $23 and children under 12 will be $15. We hope to see you all there!

We are currently seeking volunteers to host the courtesy desk, monitor the courts, supply flowers and provide snacks for the cookie jar at the tournament. If you are interested in helping please sign up at the front desk. Many of the players that have returned year after year consider this their favorite tournament venue. To a large extent, many of them return because of how special our volunteers make them feel while they are here. It would not be such a great tournament without you. Thank you in advance for all of your help.

Finally, I would like to say again that California is suffering through a prolonged four-year drought and we should all be taking steps to limit our water usage. Earlier in April Gov. Brown ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California’s history. While specifics of how this will be accomplished are being left to the water agencies, it is certain that Californians across the state will have to cutback. Because of our shower facilities we are a large consumer of water and we are asking members to help us cutback by limiting their showers to 5 minutes. We appreciate your assistance in cutting back on our water consumption.

Let’s Move for a Better World,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Member of the Month – May 2015

imgGeorge Namkung: The Kids of Kilimanjaro

By Anna Griffin

Westlake Athletic Club member, George Namkung, is the very definition of entrepreneurial spirit. Born in Shanghai to Korean parents, George was raised in Hong Kong and Tokyo at Korean, British and American schools. This diverse background led to George’s love for travel and international business. As a teen he started collecting and selling American comic books in what would be his first foray into business, before moving to San Francisco where he met his Irish wife Joanne. They later settled in Orange County, California to start his full service promotional marketing agency, Namkung Promotions Inc., in 1978. Known worldwide as a leader in its industry, Namkung Promotions’ client base included quick service restaurants, full service restaurant chains, cereal companies, and multi-national packaged goods companies.

imgGiving back has always been a top priority for George. He served as a Big Brother to two boys in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been teaching Junior Achievement classes at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School in Irvine, California for more than 15 years. In 2004, at the age of 62, George completed a life long dream of visiting Africa, and reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. After touring local Tanzanian schools George was compelled to start Kids of Kilimanjaro, a nonprofit school lunch program that served more than 10,000 children every day, in 2005.

imgThese children walk for miles to school without breakfast. Their schools often fail to provide basic educational supplies, and students struggle to pay attention in class since school lunch is not served, and they have not eaten breakfast. But thousands of Tanzanian students now have a different story to tell thanks to the work of Kids of Kilimanjaro.

Today, Kids of Kilimanjaro provides over 17,000 students with school lunches at 20 pre-schools and 15 elementary schools. Because of Kids of Kilimanjaro, the school day has been extended by an hour a day for pre-school students -- at their request and due to the lunch they are receiving. In addition, the Tanzanian government has announced it will open 15 more pre-schools to meet the increased demand for education as the lunch program is drawing kids to school and keeping them there.

"Our goal is to raise funds to sustain all the lunch programs currently serving over 17,000 kids and also add lunch programs for the five elementary schools that are currently not receiving lunch," said Namkung. "We know that nourishment enhances the students' ability to learn and encourages them to attend school. There is so much these kids need -- better books, better classrooms -- but lunch seemed the most essential and achievable."

George is also a proud father of two daughters, and when he’s not off saving the world, he enjoys playing tennis, driving his ’59 pink Cadillac, and looking for his next adventure.

You can donate to the Kids of Kilimanjaro, in a few easy steps, and help feed children’s bodies while nourishing their minds.

Type TANZANIA in the COUNTRY box.
Choose your DONATION amount.
Enter your information and payment details . . .

A note from our G.M., John Sutcliffe:

I am sorry to announce that George will be leaving the club and moving to Boston to be with his daughter and grandchildren. Although he has been in California since the 70’s and will miss our beautiful weather, he is looking forward to his new adventures as a grandparent in the Northeast. It has been an honor having someone who has given so much back to so many people here at the club. I will miss George’s warm smile and fascinating conversations. He is an inspiration for all of us as a reminder to give back to those that need it most. Thank you George. We will miss you. Please stop by and say hello when you are back in WLV.



Fitness Tip

imgThe Power of a Fit Life
By Patti Markowitz

It has taken me many years to appreciate the power of inspiration. I didn't realize how inspiring my fitness way of life was to people around me. I was creating a really cool ripple effect and I didn't even know it! I was blind to the amazing side effects of working hard and loving what I do! I have become better at accepting myself more and more each day. By developing an awareness of how I live life everyday and how much I enjoy helping others. I've also developed a deep sense of social responsibility.Live in the moment: If there is one piece of advice I can offer it is to get your life off auto pilot. Become aware of what you do. I see too many people feeling the need to just settle instead of making healthy changes. As I work with my clients I've noticed something that separates those who succeed from those who don't. It's the ability to love and value yourself enough to make the time to take care of YOU! 


Nutrition Tip

imgJuice Busters
By Anna Griffin

Juicing can cure a myriad of ills, from post-overindulgence bloat and a need for a cleanse or diet reset, to aiding clarity and mental performance, energy slumps, and even more serious conditions such as Celiac. Whether used as a health boost or incorporated into your diet to ensure a daily dose of vitamins and nutrients, juicing is now proving to be less of a trend and more of a much-needed lifestyle choice. A simple, healthy, and delicious habit to acquire, always opt for organic produce (using pesticide-laden fruit and vegetables defeats the point of juicing), and choose greens, beets, and superfoods such as antioxidant berries and almond milk, while avoiding high sugar fruits.

imgThe Spa Kick

A great start to the day as the alkalinity of this juice helps to rebalance the body’s pH. Very cleansing and gentle, it is also good when your stomach is feeling unsettled.

3 medium cucumbers (with skins)
1 cup watercress (loosely packed)
1 cup kale (loosely packed)
1 inch raw unpeeled ginger root
2 lemons, peeled
Stevia (optional), to taste

Juice* all the ingredients and stir in the stevia if desired.

*If you're using a blender, replace two of the cucumbers with 6 ounces coconut water. Squeeze the lemons by hand and peel and grate the ginger before blending until smooth.


Yoga Tip

imgBack Extension Pose
By Katie Whittaker, Yoga Instructor

Begin by sitting up straight, legs & feet together. On an exhale, reach out and forward, aiming for the toes (or shins). Inhale, pull on toes (shins), exhale, push yourself just a little deeper. May use a strap around feet. Stay in pose for 2-3 breathes, then release toes, place hands by legs and relax very passively into the stretch. (smile)!


Swimming Tip

Understanding the Pace Clock in Swimming
By John Sutcliffe

imgYou’ve probably heard conversations about pace clocks and intervals around the swimming pool. You might have even felt a little dumbfounded when swimmers have talked about them. You should learn to read a pace clock if you’re getting more serious about lap swimming, thinking about joining a team, or already on a team. Although figuring out the pace clock may seem tricky at first, it will be as easy as reading a regular clock once you get the hang of it.

Why Use a Pace Clock
When you’re swimming sets, one easy way to keep track of your progress is to pay attention to the pace clock. Watch the clock when you leave the wall, then glance back up at the clock when you come back to the wall. This allows you to figure out what your time was by doing some simple subtraction. If you do that for every repeat, you can see if you’re speeding up or slowing down.

A pace clock is not only good for monitoring your swimming progress. It also helps keep your mind fresh and alert. Understanding a pace clock is beneficial for you in so many ways!

If you’re swimming with the Masters, the coach or your lane-mates will decide on an interval that’ll be used for a set. After the interval is decided, you’ll need to pay attention to the pace clock to stay on the interval, not confuse your lane-mates, and not interfere with others’ workouts.

How to read a Traditional Pace Clocks
A traditional pace clock looks like a large analog clock with a few small tweaks: There’s no hour hand, and the clock has seconds written on it instead of hours. This means that there’s a “60” written at the top of the clock instead of a “12.” This is why swimmers often refer to the “60” as “the top.”

Similarly, the 30, called “the bottom,” is on the bottom of the clock. When doing a set, you might hear a coach or fellow swimmer say, “Let’s leave on ‘the bottom.’” This means leave the wall when the second hand gets to the 30. When reading the clock, the main hand that you need to pay attention to is the second hand.

How to Use a Pace Clock
You can use a pace clock for a few functions. Monitoring your speed and managing intervals are two key uses.

Timing Yourself
If you’re wondering how fast you’re swimming, you can utilize the pace clock to find out your speed. Knowing your speed is a good indicator of how well you’re swimming. If you’re faster today than you were yesterday, you should work on your stroke or practice habits. If your times are improving, you know that you’re on the right track.

The best way to get your time is to leave on “the top”. Leave the wall when the second hand gets to the 60. After you’ve swum the distance that you want to time, glance back up at the clock. This will help you determine what your time is.

It gets more complicated if you leave the wall at a different time. If you left the wall on the :10 and touched the wall on the :37, then you’ll have to do some math to figure out your time. Take the first number and subtract it from the second to get 27. This means you swam the lap in 27 seconds.

Swimming Sets
Another instance where you’d use a pace clock is if you’re using intervals in practice. When keeping track of intervals, you’ll have to do some math.

For example: If the interval is the 45, then that means you’ll leave 45 seconds apart for each repeat. Say you leave on the: 15 for the first repeat. You’ll add 45 seconds to that to figure out when you’ll leave for the second repeat. That means for the second repeat you’ll leave on “the top.” For the third repeat, add another 45 seconds to leave on the: 45 and so on.

Hot Tip: Follow the Leader if you’re not comfortable reading the clock yet, have someone else go first in the lane. That way, all you have to do is follow their lead. Make sure that you leave 5 or 10 seconds after the person in front of you.

The Benefits
Learning to read a pace clock can be a little tricky at first. But if you relate it to understanding a regular clock, it can make more sense. The more you practice reading a pace clock, the easier it will get. Keep in mind that utilizing the pace clock will help both your mind and body. You’re certainly on the right track to a fit and healthy lifestyle!


Tennis Tip

imgThis side of 50 On the Tennis Court: Buying & Stealing Time
By Karl Akkerman

Continuing with the theme that many members here at Westlake Athletic Club are now on the other side of 50, this month’s tennis tip is about the way we can keep our competitive edge against our younger and now more flexible opponents. One day we will all wake up and find that we are not as fast as we used to be. There are two ways you can help yourself out. You can “Buy Time” and “Steal Time”.

Buying Time. It may look good to hit a screaming ball just over the net, but unless that ball lands deep, you are serving up a ball that will come back sooner than if you were to hit a higher and deeper shot. The higher shot gives you more time to recover to the middle of the court and also tends to land deeper in the court. The deeper shot gives you more time to react to the shot coming back to your side of the net

Stealing Time. Once you hit a deep shot, anticipate that your opponent will hit a short return shot. The closer you are to the net, the more opportunity you have to hit a sharp angled return, causing your opponent to have to run fast to hit a return. Also, if you hit the ball on the rise or before the ball lands, you will steal time from your opponent by hitting the ball sooner rather than later. It is always easier to hit a ball that comes right to you rather than hitting a ball while on the dead run. So make your opponent do the running and not you.

Hitting shots that buy or steal time will allow you to stay competitive for many more years to come. Perfecting these shots usually requires a bit of an adjustment and the best way to make this change is in a clinic where the drills work on this concept, or a private or semi-private lesson with a friend or two with this as the focus. My Sunday clinic at 9 a.m. offers this kind of training. Begin this journey today and very soon, you won’t be the one running like a crazy animal fetching balls you cannot reach. You will make that your opponent’s job.


Training Tip

Monthly Court Recovery Tips
By Brooke Wedding

When you just get your racket on that angle cross court winner your opponent hits, and the shot send you right off the court leaving a wide open space, what do you need to do?

Court recovery! A drill that is extremely helpful with court recovery is using small hurdles, a ladder, or lines to complete a cutting drill. As you step or hop over the lines, hurdles or ladder squares and you reach one end put pressure at the outside side of your foot to push yourself back the other way. Your opposite knee can also bend for a more athletic stance to prepare your body to shift direction. Repeat 30 second interval sets to build up endurance, and create quick cuts!


Member Business of the Month

Camp Bow Wow: It’s All About the Pets!

imgBy Anna Griffin

When leaving home either for a long day at the office or a two-week vacation overseas, what to do with our four-legged family members can be a worry. Enter Camp Bow Wow in Agoura Hills, a fun, safe, and upscale environment for dogs to play, romp and receive lots of love and attention while you are gone, under the watch of Owner and Westlake Athletic Club member, Paul Berkowitz. Camp Bow Wow offers a doggy Day Camp for clients wishing to drop their dogs off in the morning and pick them up in the evening, as well as overnight boarding for travelers. Canine day Campers spend all day romping and playing indoors and outdoors with other furry friends and get lots of attention from well-trained Certified Camp Counselors, while overnight Campers get special "campfire" treats each night before lights out, when they are tucked into their own spacious Camp Bow Wow cabins. And during Fido’s “stay-cation,” he’ll be treated to a comfy bed with a fleece blanket to curl up on in a climate- controlled atmosphere. In addition, Camp Web Cam monitoring and professional security systems make sure all our Campers are happy and safe, and absent parents can relax as they remotely watch Fido have a dog gone good time!

imgBeyond boarding, Camp Bow Wow offers Behavior Buddies, a premier dog-training program created to help modify puppy’s bad behavior, teach a new puppy the game, encouraging your good dog to be a great dog. And they say you can’t teach an old dog, new tricks!

As well as caring for your canine’s needs, Camp Bow Wow does its part for less fortunate pets in need of a forever home. The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation’s mission is to promote the health and welfare of animals worldwide by focusing on finding foster and lifetime homes for unwanted animals, promoting humane education and treatment, and investing in research and treatment for those devastated by illness and disease. Since 2003, they have found homes for over 10,000 animals, planning to find permanent homes for an additional 1,000 this year. In addition, their Scout's Angels initiative is quickly growing a network of therapy dogs and their human counterparts to be deployed around the country in times of crisis or need.

imgCamp Bow Wow. Fido’s home from home, where ‘It’s all about the pets!”

29348 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Tel: 818-889-2267.

What’s New At WAC?

imgWe are so excited that our gorgeous new fitness center is nearing completion and will be ready for you at the end of this month, featuring top of the line equipment from Technogym.

The ease of use, functionality, connectivity, and quality of Technogym’s 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 five successive appointments as Official Fitness Equipment Supplier to the Olympic Games.

Our 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, you 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.

Don’t forget to look out for the training sign-up sheets at the Front Desk, and be first in line to learn how to use this brilliant new equipment, and get back in the gym!


Coming soon to WAC

Men’s USTA 45 National Men’s Hardcourt Championships, June 1-7, 2015

Volunteers Needed to Help at the Tournament!

Please sign up at the Front Desk to donate cookies or flowers, or if you wish to work at the Tournament Welcome desk. Contact Calle Hansen if you'd like to be a Court Monitor or can house one of the players during the week of the tournament.

Come Out to Support & Celebrate!

Tickets ($23) are available for our evening at Zin Bistro on Wednesday, 3rd June, starting at 6 pm. Don’t forget to come out and enjoy a week of great tennis from the best players in this division in the U.S.



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.

imgBrooke 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.


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 | Brooke
Int. Live Ball | Monday 6:30-7:30pm | 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
Live Ball | Saturday 10:30 -11:30am | Calle
Skills, Thrills & Drills | Sunday 9-10:30am | Karl

Match Finder

Steve Hamburger and Bill Ries are looking for a USTA or self-rated 3.5 players for doubles and mixed doubles. The group plays two or three times a week, weekdays 8.30-11 am. Steve and Bill maintain an email listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested, please email Steve at

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