June Newsletter 2015

June 19, 2015

Dear Members,

imgI would like to begin by thanking all of our volunteers that helped out with the 45+ Tournament last week. The flowers were beautiful every day, and you kept the players sugar levels high with all of the awesome treats. We appreciate all that you do to make this a wonderful tournament. You are all AWESOME!

This was the 25th Anniversary of WAC hosting the National 45+ Hardcourt Championships, and it was another terrific tournament. There was lots of great action on the courts and plenty of spectators to cheer them on - we appreciate all of the members who came out to enjoy the matches. I would like to thank all of our sponsors, with a special shout-out to our Title Sponsor, Infiniti of Thousand Oaks, for their generous support over the past three years. Other sponsors included: K-Swiss, Sotheby’s International, Luggage Base, Mark Brenner (Counselor of Law), Curtis Dahl Photography, Camp BowWow, Sport Court Tennis, Ninedezine Graphics, and IceSleeve. If in need of any of the above services please support them with your business.

The remodel of the fitness center is now complete and your response has been terrific. There have been lots of great comments about the room itself, as well as the new Technogym equipment. Many members have already gone through the small group training sessions but quite a few have asked us to add more sessions, which we are doing this week. Please check with the Front Desk now through the weekend to see what time slots are available.

There were many features that attracted us to Technogym but the feature that most impressed us was their MyWellness cloud, which allows members to track their workouts both inside and outside of the club. The App can be downloaded from the Apple store (mywellness srl) at no charge. Once you have downloaded the app you can track your cardio workouts on any of the Technogym cardio pieces by using the QR option on your account. You are also able to track daily activities such as walking your dog or playing tennis, by manually inputting them into your account. Your activities will be calculated into a specific number of moves, which are then tracked on your account. Weekly goals are automatically calculated to encourage you to work out more often to meet them, and we will be setting up “Challenges” where members compete against each other to obtain a certain goal (i.e. most moves) in order to win a variety of prizes. Our first challenge begins in August so stay tuned for details. In order to track your workouts or compete in the club challenges you must have a MyWellness account.

The next step in our remodel will be to replace the carpet in our back studio with the same floor that we have in the fitness room. We will start with the removal of the fireplace to create more space, and once that is completed we will replace the carpet. The new, rubber-backed type of flooring is more suitable for both group exercise classes and personal training, and the remodeled space will enable us to expand our group exercise offerings to include other classes such as Barre, Body Pump, and others. We are excited to offer you these exciting new exercise experiences, and will have more details for you soon.

This week is our first week of summer camp and we are off to a busy start. We are utilizing eight or nine tennis courts from 10:30am to 5pm, and two to three lanes in the pool from 1 to 3pm. We are also utilizing one or two lanes for family swim time from 12 to 5pm. Lap swimming will only be permitted in the lanes designated for either camp or family swim time when those are empty. Please adjust your schedules accordingly.
Summer’s here and we have some fun events coming up. Get your wooden rackets and best tennis whites ready for our 4th of July Wimbledon White & Wood Rackets Tennis Tournament, and we look forward to hosting summer Movie Nights in July and August. Details for all will be at the Front Desk soon.

Finally, thanks for doing your part to help us conserve water by taking shorter showers, and supporting us in reducing our consumption. We truly appreciate you helping us do our part.
Let’s Move for a Better World,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Member of the Month: Judy Friedman

imgThe Boomer-Life
By Anna Griffin

I wanted to profile Judy Friedman for this month’s Member of the Month for a few reasons. Not only has she been a member of Westlake Athletic Club for over 25 years (being a huge lover of tennis), she now runs Boomer-Life, an organization that inspires ladies 55 years and up, to discover ways to maintain youth, vitality and zest for life with other like-minded girls. Married for 41 years to husband and WAC member, Harry Friedman, the Executive Producer of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, Judy is also a philanthropist working with multiple charities, in addition to being a proud Mom and Grandmother. This joyful lady lives life to the fullest, drawn to make a difference in this world. And she does . . .

Tell us about your love of tennis?
Tennis is the best! I started playing in my 20’s and got hooked right away. Growing up I played golf, but after moving to LA to go to college, my golf days slowed down. So, tennis became my go-to sport. My husband Harry also plays (he’s my favorite opponent!) and we have made a pledge to get to all the major tournaments around the world … We actually just returned from the French Open, so we are honoring our commitment.

You have been a member of Westlake Athletic Club for over 25 years. What do you enjoy about WAC?
It’s simple…we have a beautiful setting, with a wonderful bunch of people who have become not only great tennis partners, but good friends. Plus WAC is just the right size …The staff are friendly and welcoming, and I have to extend major kudos to Calle and Chris for not only putting up with me during lessons, but for really improving my game … When I concentrate!

Tell us about Boomer-Life?
I spent many years as a health education and wellness professional. After leaving the work world, I was compelled to bring my love of living life to the fullest to friends and friends-to-be. I started Boomer-Life a couple of years ago. We are a community where those 55+ discover ways to maintain youth, vitality and zest for life with others seeking the very same.
Are you involved with any philanthropic initiatives, either via Boomer-Life or personally?

In addition to Boomer-Life, I am involved in a variety of other charitable causes, including the one that brings my heart the greatest joy, the National Search Dog Foundation, which is an amazing group that rescues dogs and trains them to be the rescuers who are dispatched with their firefighter handlers to emergency situations all over the world. I am also on the Advisory Council of Conejo Senior Volunteer Program, which oversees 1000+ volunteers who help out in our hospitals, schools, libraries, etc. I have been a member of Assistance League of Conejo Valley for 12 years, as a grant writer and am currently head of business development. My husband and I support those groups that enhance quality of life for children in need, provide assistance to veterans, and those that foster the humane treatment of pets.

What's next for Boomer-Life?
To grow our group spreading the word that life gives us many adventures and joyful times…at any age. We just need to grab on and go for it!

Boomers of all ages are invited to join Judy and friends. For more information . . .


Fitness Tip:

Shoulder Press
By Patti Markowitz:

When you are performing the shoulder press, you are using far more than three muscles to execute the lift. The arm muscles are prime movers in the shoulder press, but the muscles of your trunk and core contract to stabilize you when you are lifting.

Technogym is engineered to strengthen and promote flexibility and balance. The machines have a variety of arm and leg movements using its flexible handles and cords. They also simulate what we do in our everyday lives. For example; the squat and step up machine. We squat down to pick something up and we also climb stairs.

1. Place hands on handles, palms facing you.

2. Lift arms overhead and exhale as you extend your arms, keeping elbows slightly bent.

3. Lower arms back to starting position and inhale as you resist down (two sets of 12). Rest in between sets for less then a minute.

4. Alternate arms by lifting one arm overhead, exhale keeping elbow slightly bent.

5. Alternate opposite arm overhead and exhale as you lift the arm up (two sets of 12).

*Remember to breathe and resist as you lower arms: Slow and controlled moves.


Nutrition Tip:

Juice Busters
By Anna Griffin


Life Line
Continuing the theme of the goodness of juicing, we embrace this simple and natural dietary addition, and the multiple benefits gained by infusing a pure dose of vitamins and nutrients into your daily routine. This simple recipe is a great way to fight inflammation, whether a seasonal cold or congested skin from poor diet. Turmeric is the superstar of this blend because it helps ease inflammation, while beets are also known for their powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are a great source of iron.

2 carrots
1 apple
1/2 medium raw unpeeled beet
1 medium cucumber (with skin)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmericJuice all the ingredients, pour into a glass, enjoy, and feel great!img

*Always opt for organic produce (using pesticide-laden fruit and vegetables defeats the point of juicing).

Yoga Tip:

The Benefits of Twisting Poses & Tennis: Revolved Triangle -or- Parivrtta Trikonasana
By Cindy Zaveruha

Twisting poses in yoga are great for many reasons, including balancing out muscular strength and flexibility in sports that favor a dominant right or left side. Whether standing or sitting, twisting yoga asanas (poses) should always begin at the base of the core, slowly working up the body, on an exhale, to the hips, torso, shoulders, neck and head. Twisting standing poses also engage the core, when balancing on one leg, which helps players improve overall balance.



Swimming Tip

Tips for Open Water Swimming
By John Sutcliffe
The most important aspect of open-water swimming is practice. Get out and do it as much as you can because open-water swimming includes many variables that differ from pool swimming, the only way to get better is by experience and exposure to the various conditions that the sport has to offer.
To help you avoid mistakes and swim your best race here are 10 tips to consider.

1. Practice Sighting
The best way to sight during a race is to lift the head and look forward as you are turning your head to breathe. You want to limit how high you lift your head because your hips will drop, so try just below the goggle line. Then take your breath when you turn your head to the side.

2. Time When You Sight
The more you look, the more tired you get. The less you look the less straight you may swim. It is a trade-off, but you need to find what is comfortable for you in the race you are in. If you are in an ocean race, be sure to sight as you are rising from a swell so you can see.

3. Train in Open Water
If you have a chance to train in the open water, take advantage of it. It is not always the fastest swimmers that win open water races, but the ones who swim the smartest race and have the most experience.

4. Stay Warm During the Race
Use everything you can to stay warm: Wetsuits, two caps, and earplugs all help keep you warm during those frigid races. It is best to start warming up before you enter the water. Spend another 5 to 10 minutes warming up in the water before the race starts.

5. Goggles that fit properly are Critical
Find a pair that you are comfortable with and allow you to see very well. Don't wait until race day to try your new pair of goggles out!

6. Learn the Course
You may not always have someone with you during the race. Before the race, check the buoys. Look for landmarks, like trees or houses, that will help guide you in a straight line. While you are in the water, you won't always be able to sight off the buoys.

7. Have a Fast Start
Be warmed up and prepared to go hard from the beginning. You want to limit as much contact as possible on the start, so get out fast. You can settle into your pace after that.

8. Learn to Breathe on Both Sides
It is best to be prepared to breathe to both sides just in case it is choppy and you need to breathe the opposite direction of the waves. You should also consider to the opposite side of a person swimming next to you to avoid getting hit in the face or having your goggles knocked off.

9. Draft When You Can
Drafting is a part of open water swimming. It can help you sometimes and hurt you others. You may be able to hang on to a faster group of swimmers, but you may also get stuck behind some and not know how slow you are going. Use it with caution. Triathletes will often draft to help save their leg strength for the bike and run.

10. Eat and Hydrate Well
Take care of your body. It is easy to get dehydrated out in the open water. Drink plenty of fluids the day before your race. It is best to hydrate yourself just before you start the swim and again as you start the bike segment.


Tennis Tip:

imgTennis Over 50: 115th Annual Ojai Tournament
By Karl Akkerman

“Tennis for life” is a very common cliché and many of us are living it right now. Those of us over 50 are enjoying this sport, maybe even better than any other time in our life. It might be because of the social aspect, health benefits, and in some small or large way our competitive juices still flow. But bottom line, it is just fun. Some of us have been playing since we were young men and women. Many of us picked it up late in life. It does not matter when or how good we become because there are always many levels of tennis above us. But the main thing is we surround ourselves with friends that we enjoy hanging out with, pressing each other to play at our best.

Recently on April 26, many of us went to watch our Director of Tennis Calle Hansen, with another local pro at Sunset Hills, Quinn Borchard, compete and win the Men’s Open Doubles Title at the 115th Annual Ojai Tournament. The Ojai is the longest and largest running invitational tennis tournament in America. While I was up there on Sunday of the finals, I met this lovely lady that was in the front row watching intently and passionately the finals of the Men’s Singles Open Division. She was fully engaged in every point.

imgI could not help but introduce myself to this lady as I felt she was most likely someone in the tennis annals here at the Ojai. And sure enough, I was right. She started playing the Ojai in 1937 as a junior where she competed in the 12 and Under Division as a nine year old. She is now 87 years young and still has a passion for the game. Her name is Norma King Kettenburg, and we spoke at length about how she was ranked just behind Dorothy Cheney, who was her friend. Dorothy Cheney was the most prolific senior tennis player with 391 national titles. She competed with and against Dorothy for years. Both ladies shined the most in the senior divisions. After her numerous junior tournaments, Norma played on the Nordhoff Girls high school tennis team and then played at Ventura College. She stills enjoys watching the game, and her children and grandchildren compete. She played and loved the game till her neck could not allow her to play anymore in her 70s. But this did not deter her and still enjoys this game we love called tennis.

imgI see so much fun and friendships on the courts here at WAC, and we can only smile when we meet someone like Norma King Kettenberg who still “gets it,” and continues to love the game even if it is on the sidelines. So enjoy playing this game as long as you can, and be sure to do a good warm up so your muscles and tendons will be ready for the battle after we all say “These Go! “

Training Tip:

Hip Flexor and Extensor Strength and Stabilization
By Brooke Wedding

Strong and stable ligaments and tendons are just as important as large muscle groups to focus your work out. Hip flexor and hip extensor strength and flexibility exercises are also essential to add to your work out to help avoid injury.

Using resistance bands or the new Technogym ankle attachment pulley with added weight for resistance, extend one leg out and back repeating the motion slowly for 12-15 reps. Maintaining excellent posture and a strong, stable core, work just as hard to extend your leg as well as resisting the band pulling your leg back to center.

Repeat on the opposite leg, rest and then extend one leg out in a diagonal motion to the front of your body, and then back at a diagonal away from your body.
Compare the use of the resistance band to the unlimited options with Technogym and the ability for the ankle strap to stay in position securely. Using Technogym, progress your workout to knee lifts, 360-degree hip joint rotation, and hip extensor and flexor circular motion.


Member Business of the Month:

imgMark Brenner, Attorney At Law
By Anna Griffin

Mark Brenner received his law degree from Southwestern University in 1981 and was admitted to practice law in California a year later, focusing on business and consumer protection law. After working for a firm in Los Angeles for nine years, Mark moved to Westlake Village and set up his own practice in 1991, joining the Westlake Athletic Club that same year.

Once an avid tennis player who had to stop playing due to a back injury 25 years ago, Mark switched his attention to swimming, having been a competitive swimmer during his youth and college days. A fan of WAC’s pool, he credits it with helping him maintain a healthy life style. One of the aspects of the club he likes most is the relaxed atmosphere and the feeling that he is "at home" when enjoying a workout. In addition to being an avid club member, Mark is also an appreciated sponsor of the USTA Men’s 45 National Hard Court Championships, supporting our most recent tournament in June. He says, "I really love sponsoring the USTA 45 because it's as if I were contributing to a big party at my own house."

imgIn addition to practicing law, Mark has long contributed to community service and teaching. From 2010 to the present, he has volunteered at the Neighborhood Legal Services, at the Bankruptcy Self Help Desk at U.S. Bankruptcy Court, for which he was awarded the 2012 William J. Lasarow Award for outstanding pro bono service. He has been an attorney/coach to the Mock Trial team of a regional high school [2007-2010] and a member of the Board of Directors of Basic Adult Spanish Education [1987-2006]. He was an adjunct professor at La Verne University School of Law in the Paralegal Program [1986-1992] and a volunteer, pro bono attorney at the Centro de Amistad in Canoga Park. To further cement Mark’s contribution to law, he has been featured in numerous publications and multiple TV shows as a commentator, in addition to being a invited public speaker.

Mark gives a free consultation to members at the club, usually around the pool deck or over a cup of coffee in the lounge. He can be reached by email at mebrenner@gmail.com or look for him around the pool or gym early morning.

Westlake Athletic Club thanks Mark for his long-term support, particularly in sponsoring the USTA Men’s 45 National Hard Court Championships for the last three years.

Coming Soon to WAC . . .

imgWimbledon White & Wood Racket Tennis Tournament
Saturday, July 4th 2015, 10am – 1pm

Come join in the fun like the good old days, and play in the Wimbledon White and Wood Racket Tennis Tournament. Bring your wood racket and wear predominately white outfits and participate in flight level play. Sign up with a friend or just sign up. You don’t need a partner, just a wood racket. And If you don’t have a wooden racket, we will provide you with one.

Strawberries and cream and a refreshing glass of bubbly, bagels, and beer will be served along with tea and crumpets, creating the Wimbledon feeling right here in Westlake. Bring your best white outfit and British accent and joint the fun. Don’t miss this fabulous, retro event. It will be as they say in England . . . Lovely!
$30 per person. Sign up at Front Desk. Hurry! Only 36 player spots available! For more information, click here to view the flyer.

imgWestlake Athletic Club Summer Movie Nights
This summer, WAC hosts Movie Nights, with two scheduled dates, July 10 for juniors, and August 14 for our adult members. More information will be available soon at the Front Desk, and we look forward to experiencing a little bit of Hollywood and a whole lot of popcorn under the stars with you, this summer.

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        Katie 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 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 Stevehamburger@gmail.com.


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