July Newsletter 2015

July 8, 2015

imgDear Members,

At Technogym, they believe that the greater the number of people enjoying a wellness lifestyle, the better the world will be. Their mission is to inspire people to embrace wellness as the means to a better quality of life. When we chose Technogym as our wellness partner, we wanted our members to experience the most effective and entertaining training system on the market. We believe this will enable you to meet your fitness goals. With the first month under our belts I am happy to see that the members are more engaged in their fitness programs. The fitness center has never been busier and collectively we are doing our part, moving for a better world.

As an incentive to encourage our members to increase their moves per day, we are going to hold our first club “Challenge” in August. Members will track their daily activities, sport activities both inside and outside the club and their workouts in the gym via their personal account on the MyWellness Cloud. The App can be downloaded from the Apple store (mywellness.srl) at no charge. Once you have downloaded the app you can track your “Moves” both inside and outside of the club. Workouts on the Technogym cardio equipment can be tracked by using the QR option on your phone, and outside activities can by manually entered in the new activity section. Weekly goals will automatically be calculated to encourage you to move more often. The member with the highest number of moves will receive $100 credit to their account and the second and third-place finishers will receive $50 and $25 dollar credits respectively. In order to compete in the Challenge you must have a MyWellness account. Good luck to all of those that participate. Let’s get moving!

Soon you will be able to breathe, stretch, relax and enjoy a Zen experience in our newly remodeled group exercise room, which will be completed in the next two weeks. In addition to our Yoga and Pilates program, we are evaluating what other group exercise classes can be taught in our new studio. We are interested in your feedback and encourage you to give us your thoughts on what is important to you. Feel free to e-mail me at jsutcliffe@caclubs.com. In the meantime, enjoy Yoga In the Grass with Katie, to the left of the Jacuzzi, or Poolside Yoga with our other instructors. Check at the Front Desk for information.

With the warm weather in early this year the pool has been busier than ever. Please be considerate of your fellow members and share your lane when asked. If there are two swimmers per lane we would recommend that you split the lane with your fellow member. If there are three or more swimmers in the lane, you will need to circle in a counterclockwise direction. Family swim time is scheduled weekdays between 1 and 5 pm. If families are swimming in the designated area during this time, lap swimming is not permitted. Parents are required to monitor their children and keep them in sight at all times. Please be sure to follow all of our pool rules and listen to the instructions of the lifeguards. Let’s make this an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Fitness Center rules have been posted in the gym to the left of the entrance door. Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with them, particularly regarding attire, keeping the machines clean, food and beverages, and children. We want you all to enjoy this incredible new facility for a long time to come, and with a little consideration for one another and the equipment, we’ll be able to do that.

On a final and very happy note, we are thrilled to congratulate Calle Hanssen and his wife, Rosie, on the birth of their daughter, Alice Alicia Hanssen, who was born on July 5th at 11.30 am, weighing in at a healthy 7 lbs, 11 ozs. Alice, as the newest addition to the WAC family, we can’t wait to meet you soon.

Happy Summer, Members!

Let’s Move for a Better World,

John Sutcliffe,
General Manager.

Member of the Month:

imgA Great Shot: Curtis Dahl

By Anna Griffin

Curtis Dahl has been a member of Westlake Athletic Club since 1976, starting as one of our pro’s, before becoming a member in 1981. At the same time, he started photography, inspired by another tennis pro who was also a photographer. Having always been involved in artistic endeavors, and hailing from a creative family of professional musicians, artists and writers, he began assisting and fell in love with it.

imgCurtis soon partnered with another photographer, leading him to a more high profile clientele, including billionaires such as Steve Lynn and Michael Dell (12 in total), and photographing musician weddings such as Slash and Snoop Dog, writers like Michael Crichton, and athletes such as Andre Agassi. He shot the opening of Bellagio and the Wynn Hotels in Las Vegas, who he counts as corporate clients, and regularly photographs Supermodels like Kelly Emberg, and Rod Stewart’s daughter, Ruby, for the cover stories of Westlake-Malibu Lifestyle Magazine. He’s also WAC’s in-house photographer, and is responsible for starting the Summer Day Camp when he was Head Pro here. We haven’t missed a year since he created it!

imgWhen not behind the lens, you’ll most likely find Curtis on the courts, coaching his daughter Emily before school. She’s 11 years old and won the WAC Junior Club Tournament in her age group. Curtis and his wife adopted Emily from China when she was two, because there were so many abandoned baby girls there. “We couldn’t save them all but we could make a difference in one person’s life.”

He has also raised two boys who are now 24 and 27 years old, one of whom was ranked in the top 100 of tennis players in the nation in the Juniors, earning a scholarship to Redlands for tennis, and winning the club’s Open Men’s tournament as a fifteen year old.

imgOn a philanthropic level, Curtis is involved with the Steven S. Cohen Heart Fund Foundation, as a Founding Board Member. They host a golf tournament each year at Sherwood, and a Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, every other year, raising millions of dollars in the last decade. The charity’s purpose is to fund Dr. Shaw and Cedars Sinai in their Cardiac Department, for research and care. His father died at 45 years old of heart failure, and as Curtis suffers from the same condition - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and has had to have a defibrillator inserted into his body – he concedes he might not be here if not for modern medicine, and is driven to contribute.

imgCurtis loves Westlake Athletic Club, calling it his “local club,” and saying, “There are a lot of really good players here.” Tennis is his favorite activity but you’ll also see him in the gym. “The new fitness center is fabulous. It’s inspired my wife and she is now using it!”



Fitness Tip:


By Patti Markowitz:

The Squat/Step machine reproduces all the main movements of your lower body that you normally perform in everyday life, such as getting up from a seat or climbing up and down stairs. Using the step/squat enables a wide variety of exercises that are useful not only for strength training but also to improve balance and coordination.

To perform this exercise:

1) Squat with cables

Select weight and step on platform, with your feet shoulder width apart. Reach for the cable handles on either side of platform. Squat down and exhale as you come up (keep chin and chest lifted). As you lift up (using your legs) lift the cables at the same time. Do 12-15 reps, resting in between sets for less then a minute.



 2) Leg Extension:

Hold on to rail and step up onto the platform. Put your left foot on the platform, with your heel raised, and extend your right leg straight out behind you. Lift up onto your left toe as you raise your right leg, stretching calf and working hamstring and butt. Do 12-15 reps. Place both feet on the edge of the platform stand on tiptoe to stretch both calves at the same time. Repeat using the other leg.




Nutrition Tip:

Juice Busters

By Anna Griffin


Sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up. Our energy is a little low – maybe we are wiped out by the heat, overdid it in the gym or on the court, or the daily grind is getting the better of us. A great remedy for low energy, post lunch, workout, or just as a mid-afternoon boost, this juice is loaded with vitamin C, ginger, inflammation-fighting turmeric, and refreshing coconut water. The latter ingredient is known for its hydrating properties, naturally containing electrolytes (potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium), which you lose through sweat when you exercise. Staying hydrated can make or break your workout performance, so incorporating coconut water into your diet, can give you an extra edge.

1/4 whole pineapple, peeled and cored
1 inch unpeeled ginger root
1 lime, peeled
1/2 mango, skin and pit removed
8–10 ounces coconut water
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

imgJuice the pineapple, ginger, and lime, then combine with the mango, coconut water, and turmeric. Blend until smooth.

*Always opt for organic produce (using pesticide-laden fruit and vegetables defeats the point of juicing), and add ice when blending if you prefer your juice chilled.


Yoga Tip:

Yoga to Build Strength:

By Cindy Zaveruha

Yoga is known to be relaxing with plenty of stretching poses (asanas), however, the benefits of a regular practice move far beyond just increasing flexibility. One of these many benefits include toning and strengthening the muscles of the entire body. Strengthening poses are accessible to everyone, at all levels, with the use of props, modifications and proper instruction to guide you.

Warrior 3 -or- Virabhadrasana 3
Strengthens the abdominal muscles and the entire length of back, glutes and legs improving coordination and balance. Stretches and lengthens from fingertips to toes improving reach and flexibility.


Pose shown in Photo: Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III) - Using the Wall



Swimming Tip:

Tips For Open Water Swimming: Tips To Perfect your Stroke

Produced by ProTriathlon

Tennis Tip:

imgTennis Over 50: Friends On & Off the Court

By Karl Akkerman

How many of us have already or are very soon will be dealing with “Empty Nest Syndrome” and are wondering what we will do with our life now. First, you have to reconnect and get to know your spouse all over again and actually find something else to talk about besides the kids. Your big house is empty and having an office of your own suddenly doesn’t seem so important. Your kids are out in the big world making mistakes, and you now have to figure out what life after children holds for you. Are you going to wait to have grandchildren, or are you going to try and “Live a Little”. For years you swore under your breath, feeling jailed and trapped by the confines of family, secretly dreaming about wild escapes and escapades you could be having . . . if only. And now, that time is upon you and you wish you could have your old life back again. One way to overcome this is to build new relationships with new friends that love to have movement along with a social aspect. Tennis, swimming, exercise classes, and gym sessions like those offered at WAC, are a great way to meet others and start new relationships. Whether you are single, recently married a second time, or just getting reacquainted with your spouse after the kids are gone, tennis is a great outlet for this time in your life. There are a several groups in our club that have discovered this and spend time off the courts going to dinner, vacationing, and other fun activities. Chris Dudek has his annual Hawaii getaway, I have my two Shadow Mountain trips, Calle Hansen and the rest of the staff at WAC have several social events including USTA teams, group clinics, Live Ball, and leagues just about every day and night of the week at the club. No matter what level of tennis you are. you can find a group or start your own. It takes a little courage to ask a few others, and it just happens.

If you happened to be one of the few shy tennis player types (very rare) or are looking for a group to get involved, I think one of my strengths and service to the members is ”hooking people up” of similar abilities and ages, and introducing them to one another. Rarely have I failed at this. I first need to get to know you. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you If you come to Karl’s clinic, he will get you involved in a USTA team or a league, and friendships-for-life will be formed. One of the recent past Thursday nights between the Mixed Doubles leagues, a spontaneous group of five courts of players converged on the courts to find each other. After we all played we met upstairs for a spontaneous party. We all looked around and discovered that 90% of us have played together, vacationed together, and gone to tournaments together several time over the past several years (see picture below). As one of the members said, ”I just wished I had started doing this years ago. It is our whole social life and we love it.“ Our club is a fantastic place for this to occur.

imgSo get involved and put yourself out there if you have not already done so. And if you need a hand, bring yourself and your significant other, come to my Sunday morning clinic at 9am, and let’s get to know each other. I will get you so involved and it will change your life all for the good.

Training Tip:

Let's Talk CORE!!!! Off Court Cross Fit and Spartan Strength Training Applications for Tennis

By Brooke Wedding

You hit the tennis court and play your match, you might jog walk cycle or elliptical 20-30 minutes. However one of the most neglected but very important parts of your body is Core Work. Your lumbar spine, pelvic, hips and abdominal muscles are right at the center of your body and responsible for stabilizing and controlling your changing center of gravity as you move on the tennis court. Neglecting to work on your core can result in injury due to muscle imbalances. Besides a variety of sit ups, below are some functional training concepts.

Plank Position (Progression Options)



Hands or Forearms, knees on the ground or pressing on your toes, flat back with tight gluteals and core activiation (if I put your tennis shoe on your back it should not fall off or sink into your lumbar spine because you are squeezing your gluteals and abdominal muscles to hold this position).

Progression 1 - Side Plank: Turn your body to each side, hold side plank for one min, repeat up to three times.



Progression 2 - Side Plank: With arm and/or leg out to side, hold for one minute, repeat up to three times.




Member Business of the Month:

imgA Life In Canvas: Jacqueline Forbes

By Anna Griffin

A member of Westlake Athletic Club for the past two years, Jacqueline Forbes, and her husband, Arlington, are the team behind concept boutiques, Canvas Malibu and Canvas Woman, which are both located in Malibu Country Mart. Both coming from careers in television, they discovered artists from across the country whilst in production on a show for TLC. The artists although talented, had no place to exhibit, and thus began the inspiration for Canvas. Together Jacqui and Arlington decided to leave the world of TV behind them, and to create a space themed in Art & Design here in California, with a goal to serve the community by presenting brilliant art, and to serve artists by giving them a great venue to show.
Nine years and over 40 art shows later, they credit the community for shaping their store, which has always been presented as a gallery first, and retail environment second. Each item has a unique placement and tells its own story, such as being hand-made or artisan produced, and coming from global destinations such as Italy, Japan, and England.

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Beginning with sneakers and art – art has always been their inspiration and is the foundation of the brand - Canvas elevated to a full-service boutique for both men and women. With an emphasis always on design, the product offering is diverse, ranging from international fashion designers, both established and up-and-coming, footwear, accessories, a motorcycle on occasion, and now their own signature line, Canvas Malibu, consisting of locally-made bags, candles, fragrance line, and men's clothing - with plans to expand to a full-scale men’s clothing and product line later this year.
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imgThrough Canvas, Jacqueline and Arlington have become involved with International Medical Corps, and have utilized the boutique to fund-raise for the organization. Their drive in life is to be of service, whether advising and guiding designers and artists, or raising money for worthwhile causes, always redefining the traditional concept of retail.

When not at her boutique, Jacqueline can be found at the pool or in the gym. She was introduced to WAC through P5, and started swimming Masters until unfortunately getting injured. “When I broke my foot I wondered where I was going to work out. Everyone here has been very helpful, and always asks how I am doing. Katie’s Chi Gong class on Saturday mornings really helped my healing. I recommend it!”

“I love the club because the pool is amazing, and I find there is a social and communal family aspect, which I enjoy. The new gym is fantastic. I never used to workout with weights until the new fitness center opened, and now I am inspired to be in there everyday. I never felt that way about weight-training before.”

Now that Jacqueline’s foot is on the mend, she is back doing Masters again. She’s feeling better, the boot is off, and she’s excited to start competitive training again by the end of the summer. You go, Jac! Changing the world one artist and one stroke at a time.


Life At WAC:

Happy Summer!

By Anna Griffin

Summer’s here with its long, sunny days that invite us to embrace the gorgeous weather, and with it, our fitness goals. We’re thrilled to see you, our lovely members, so invigorated and enjoying our facilities here at WAC, pushing yourselves to new accomplishments on your own personal exercise plans.

Whether you’re perfecting your stroke in the pool, like swim buddies, Peter Petra and Ken Devore . . .


Toning, sculpting, and building strength in our fabulous new fitness center, like Jacqueline Forbes . . .

Getting your Zen on during Poolside Yoga (thanks for the suggestion, Members. Everyone loves it!) . . .

Enjoying a friendly round of Mixed Doubles, like Suzie and Joe Dotzler, and Leslie and Steve Silverman . . .

Or honing your tennis skills on the court in one of our amazing clinics, such as Karl Akkerman’s popular Drills class . . .

Or Serious Tennis with Chris Dudeck, and Live Ball with Calle Hanssen . . .

Everyone is having a good time, are excited by the results they are seeing, and inspired to challenge themselves further. The energy is infectious! And with sunny days, the warm temperament, and club camaraderie, everyone is feeling a little social. Fitness meets friendship and becomes fun here at WAC. Just ask Terry Ball and Vic O’Bryan . . .

In June our brilliant Front Desk Leader, Carrie Baumgartner, organized a “Couples Social Pot Luck Mixer,” featuring some great tennis, a smorgasbord of delicious nibbles, and a whole lot of fun. Everyone had a good time!





On July 4th we celebrated not only Independence Day, but also Karl and Nancy Akkerman’s fabulous “Wimbledon Whites & Wood.” Members, in their finest Wimbledon-inspired whites, competed with old-school wood rackets, before washing down strawberries and cream with bubbly or Pimm’s, English style. Congrats to Bryan Leiker for scoring the win, even if he did break a racket in the process!









Our next event is one for the Juniors. On Friday, July 10th, WAC debuts “Movie Nights,” with popcorn, hotdogs, and a hotly anticipated film at sunset. Festivities start at 7.45 pm with curtain-up at 8.30 pm. $20 per guest. More information and sign-up is at the Front Desk. Don’t leave it till last minute to get your seats, and Parents; you can stay home that night!

Happy Summer, Members!


Fitness Stuff

Meet your Trainers

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:
Elite Spartan Racing Athlete
2015 World Championship Contender
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Trainer and Personal Trainer
Tennis Professional PTR 10&U,11-17, Adult Development, High Performance


imgKatie Whittaker
Katie specializes in aquatic exercise, yoga, and meditation, as well as in strength, toning and cardiovascular training. She also offers nutrition counseling and weight management. Creator of "Aqua Yoga," she uses water and land exercise to compassionately assist clients both pre and post surgery. Katie is certified in fitness instruction by the National Arthritis Association, the Yoga Alliance, the Aquatic Exercise Association, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Association of Sports Medicine. Katie has guided hundreds of clients to better health for more than 10 years.



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/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 Stevehamburger@gmail.com.


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