Our August Moves Challenge has ended and we are excited to announce that the top three finishers were Robin Russak, Shane Marshak and Donald Brewster. All three will be receiving credits to their accounts for their efforts. Nice job everyone! We will be conducting another Challenge in the fourth quarter that we hope many more members will participate in. Stay tuned for more details later this month. While these Challenges are a friendly form of competition against your fellow members, it is important to realize that the ultimate goal is simply to get all of us to be more active.
Are you ready for “THE WALL”? Our new Yoga Wall will be completed by the end of September and classes will begin in October. The wall is used as a prop to deepen asana by opening and creating space in the body using therapeutic techniques. This unique practice utilizes gravity as a natural form of resistance, which helps develop strong core muscles. The Wall allows one to do hundreds of different poses including standing postures, forward and backward bends, twists and inversions.
Come on and “hang out” on our new wall with our very own Holly Butler who will begin teaching Body Sculpting classes in October. Holly’s classes will be a mixture of floor exercises and resistance training utilizing the wall. This dynamic resistance style training helps build, lengthen and stretch muscles creating a more functional, balanced body. Holly’s certifications include: AFAA Group Fitness, TRX/TRX Rip, Barworks and SculptWorks. Classes will begin in October. Details coming soon . . .
Speaking of hanging out, we will be creating new concrete patio areas around the perimeter of the clubhouse and incorporating sitting areas, shade structures, BBQ area and a fire pit into the design. Our goal is to provide areas for members to sit back and relax while taking in a match, or having a drink and a chat with fellow members. Construction will begin by the end of September and take six to eight weeks to complete.
Beginning October 1st I will be changing our guest policy. Over the last 8 or 9 months the club activity level has increased and members have been expressing their concerns about the availability of the facilities. We have already taken numerous steps to limit non member usage at the club. Our goal is to have our facilities as readily available as possible for our members. The next step in the process will be to limit each guest to two visits per year. We will continue to offer 12 guest passes per year for each membership, but each guest will be restricted to two visits per year versus the current policy of two per month. Out-of-town family members will not be restricted to two visits per year. Please check with the front desk for a more detailed description of our guest policy. Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter. We look forward to your continued enjoyment of our wonderful facilities, and are as always, committed to that.
Let’s Move for a Better World,
The Future Looks Bright . . .
By Anna Griffin
We have many members at Westlake Athletic Club who are seasoned tennis players. They have enjoyed a long love affair with the sport and have a solid game to back it up. But serving from the other side of the court, so to speak, we also have a strong youth component to our membership, in our passionate junior team. Committed to excellence, they are each being put through their paces, taking their formative steps in what will undoubtedly be a lifelong relationship with tennis.
It is always exciting to experience our juniors, who can often be seen out on the courts pushing themselves through their individual challenges, and setting goals to take their skill to the next level of excellence.
There is none more so than 15 year-old Emily Ackerman, one of WAC’s rising young tennis stars. Emily most recently won the Westlake Athletic Club Summer Junior Open - Girls 18 and Under, which brought top competition from throughout Southern California to our courts.
Unseeded, Emily had to fight through tough matches to make her way to the final where she played three hard sets against a strong opponent, to win the match and tournament. Emily has won her last three tournaments in a row, capping off a great summer.
A sophomore in high school and a member of Westlake since 2010 (and also the daughter of our racquet stringer, Paul Ackerman), Emily began playing non-competitive tennis when she was seven, graduating to tournaments by the age of eight or nine years old. It was at this time that she met WAC Tennis Director, Chris Dudek, who subsequently became her coach.
“Emily continues to be one of the top players and leaders of our junior program. Besides being a great player, she always brings an amazing attitude and work ethic, and is the pride and joy of the juniors here at Westlake,” says Chris.
Emily admits to having felt challenged in her game during the last few years, and as if she was experiencing a “dry” period. Not sure whether or not to stick with tennis, she pushed through her difficulties, experiencing what she calls a “boost” last year when it all “came together.” After a successful first season of high school tennis, she felt she had progressed enough to continue playing and began enjoying it again. Looking forward, she intends to play Division 1 at college level, and if the pro circuit beckons in the future, she’s in.
Such is Emily’s love for tennis that every year she signs up to volunteer at Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open, “for front row seats.” Subsequently she has ball kidded on the courts for matches for Federer, Jochovich, Sharipova, and Nadal.
Usually playing seven days a week, Emily credits tennis for taking her “all over the place to play,” and for giving her a lot of great opportunities. Her dad Paul, says, “She is a hard worker and it has been her drive to take it as far as she can. We’ve loved it and think it has taught her a lot. Being on the court for three hours with no one to tell you what to do, is great for building character. We’ve seen her grow and continue to grow, and it serves her well for a lot of other things in her life too.”
Having spent five years of her young life playing here, Emily is a huge fan of Westlake Athletic Club. “For our family this club is a second home; one of us is always here. I have grown up with a fun group of kids, and we always have a good time whether we are playing or just hanging out. I love the interaction at the club, the coaches are great and everyone is friendly, so I can always come here and feel welcome.”
You go, Emily! You are a shining example of the bright future being developed at Westlake Athletic Club, and we’re so proud that you call us your second home.
By Patti Markowitz:
Technogym equipment gives the best combination of easy use and effective training, designed with both beginners and expert users in mind.
Leg press strengthens the lower limbs safely and effectively, working your quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus, and calves, for toned, strong legs.
1. Use the yellow lever to adjust seat distance. Put your feet flat on the platform with legs bent and toward your chest. Move the pin to select the desired weight. Keep your knees hip width apart, hands on hand grips, and your back against backrest.
2. Pushing from the platform slowly straighten your legs, keeping your knees slightly bent. Be careful to use your legs and not your back when doing this.
3. Slowly return to starting position with legs bent toward your chest. Do one set of 12 reps, taking a break of no more than a minute between sets, and have fun!
By Anna Griffin
Berry Banana Bliss
A great start to the day, this smoothie is quick and easy to prepare, and will get your motor running for an awesome workout, keeping hunger pangs at bay till lunch. Full of healthful ingredients like kale, blueberries, almonds and bananas, Banana Berry Bliss is a delicious way to get a good dose of the daily vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed in your diet.
Bananas are a natural source of sugar and potassium, provide antioxidants, sustain your blood sugar while working out, contain iron, and due to their high levels of vitamin B-6, reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells. The FDA recognizes bananas as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
Blueberrries contain vitamins C, B-6, and K, and provide iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and beta-carotene, warding off heart disease, aiding in preventing cancer, lowering blood pressure, managing diabetes, and improving mental health. The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. They also reduce cholesterol, protect against diabetes, and contain vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and potassium.
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. A leafy green cruciferous vegetable it is chock-full of essential vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus, and is an excellent source of protein.
Full of powerful antioxidants, amino acids that support heart health, anti-cancer, anti--diabetes and brain health, and weight loss, this simple smoothie boasts Superfood status. Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder if desired, throw into the blender, whip up, drink, bliss out, ago get your groove on, and enjoy!
2 cups (500 mL) coconut water
2 cups of kale (substitute for spinach if preferred)
1 frozen medium banana (ripe and peeled)
¾ cup of frozen blueberries
1 tbsp of your favorite protein powder (optional)
¼ cup of raw almonds
1 tsp of organic Greek Yoghurt
A few cubes of ice to chill
Biceps, Triceps & Tum!
By Katie Whittaker
With 12 times the resistance of air, water exercise can chew up calories, tone your muscles and strengthen your cardiovascular system fast! As your joints are cushioned by water, my personal training program is perfect for arthritis issues and post-surgery. Also, your lymphatics get a boost from the water pressure.
Tones and strengthens the Biceps brachii & brachioradialis (front upper arm & lower arm muscles)
Tones and strengthens the Triceps brachii (back upper arm).
POOLATES (abdominal exercise)
The V-Circle: Protects the back as well as toning & strengthening the Transverse abdominis & Obliques (core muscles). This exercise also strengthens and shapes legs.
To book a private aqua session with Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ardha Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank Pose)
By Cindy Zaveruha
Plank – (As Seen in Photo)
Side Plank - Vasisthasana
Reverse Plank - Purvattanasana
For all-round core strengtheners, you cannot go wrong practicing the variations of plank.
- Traditional plank tightens and tones the abs, wrists, arms, shoulders and back.
- Side plank also strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders in addition to toning the side legs, hips and internal and external obliques. Side plank is also an arm-balancing pose, which engages more muscles from the foundation to all sides of the core to maintain balance.
- Reverse plank offers the the same strengthening benefits to the wrists, arms and shoulders, tightens and tones abs and back, and adds tightening and toning to the glutes and back of legs.
Modifications for plank include; lowering one knee for side plank or both knees for traditional, elbow plank, clenched fist or knuckle plank.
Alignment is key in all plank variations to ensure safety and to reap the maximum strengthening benefits. Holding plank for too long may cause fatigue and improper alignment ('dumping,’ which puts strain on the back and in the shoulders) so it is crucial to listen to your body and build up to a longer held, solid plank gradually.
Misperceptions of Masters Swimming
By John Sutcliffe, General Manager
Masters swimming memberships have grown about 50% over the past 10 years, despite the widespread misperception that masters swimming is only for former high-level swimmers. The truth is that less than 25% of those participating in masters swim programs are involved for competitive purposes. A majority of the participants are swimming because of the health and fitness benefits derived from the workouts. Swimming is a total body workout that builds muscle, expands aerobic capacity and enhances flexibility. The low impact nature of swimming also reduces the rate of injury as compared to other higher impact activities such as running.
During the pool practices, swimmers are divided into slow, medium and fast lanes and distances are adjusted for the various levels. Masters workouts are structured programs developed for each practice. The workouts are vigorous with interval style training mixed with different drills to help improve technique. Swimming is extremely hard to perfect but small improvements in technique help swimmers maintain or increase their speed.
During the workout coaches are on the deck critiquing technique and helping the swimmers to push their pace. It is difficult to know where the flaws in your technique are without some coaching. Having a coach watching over you on a consistent basis will do wonders in cleaning up your technique and getting you faster.
Swimming does not have to be lonely. Instead of showing up at the pool by yourself and grinding out the yards, try swimming with the masters group to spice up your workout and make some friends along the way. Joining a master’s program will benefit you as much as you let it, depending on the amount of commitment you put in. Get out of your comfort zone and come on out and give it a try.
This side of 50 on the Tennis Court: The Qualities Of A Good Sport
By Karl Akkerman
Why do we who are over 50 at the Westlake Athletic Club play tennis? It is a simple question with many answers.
One answer is to win. Who does not want to win? It is certainly more fun than to lose, which is worse if we lose badly. But tennis is deeper than that, and has a unique quality more than just about any other sport. Tennis has its own culture of “The Four Golden Rules:” Honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility.”
I see this here at Westlake Athletic Club every time I watch our members play. We all love to compete for many reasons, but we love tennis here at our club because we uphold these unwritten “Four Golden Rules of Tennis.” Here are just a few examples of how these rules are applied. I am certain there are many more:
This game has to be inherently HONEST or else you become alienated by everyone. I see KINDNESS when after matches that are clearly a mismatch, winners are gracious and losers are very complimentary of their opponent’s victory. When two teams play a close third set, each has a new RESPECT for the other player, and each member here has a RESPONSIBILITY to show up on time, give good calls, and shake hands at the end, thanking each other for coming out to play. If we did not live up to these rules, half of the matches played would have very sore losers, and would most likely leave the sport.
We experience this wonderful camaraderie every night here at WAC after we finish playing. We connect and give support to the effort of the players that day, and even if we have had a bad game, we acknowledge the fact that the other team gave us a good match and might even have outplayed us. We then usually end up hanging out, celebrating and socializing till quite late, when the Front Desk staff has to remind us it is closing time, and that we have to go to work the next day. This game we love gives us so much pleasure and I truly believe that it is because of our observance of these unwritten “rules,” which make it so compelling to keep playing as much as we do.
Let me personally invite you to experience my Drills clinics with Tim Roche, helping you to feel full of vitality, have tremendous fun, and join us and all of our other friends in following the unwritten “Golden Rules.” I promise you will leave feeling like you have made new friends for a lifetime, from all levels of tennis, and with a new appreciation for this great game we all love so much, even on this side of 50!
Member Business of the Month:
Life As A Champagne Experience
By Anna Griffin
Golden bubbles, fizz, celebration, an association with luxury, and known to be lots of fun: What’s not to love about champagne? However, as much as it’s the good-time girl of the wine industry, it’s a little more complex. Most of us know that true Champagne is a sparkling wine that originates from the Champagne region in France, and that anything claiming to be “Champagne” from any other area in the world, is merely a sparkling wine. But did you know this? Champagne producers fall into two categories known as “Negociant-Manipulant” (large house) and “Recoltant-Manipulant” (boutique) growers.
The Champagnes we typically see (large house), Dom Perignon, Veuve Cliquot, Moet Chandon, etc., the “Negociant-Manipulant” buy the grapes they use from “growers” that own the vineyards. The Negociant produce approximately 210 million of the 304 million total bottles produced yearly.
Then there are the Co-ops and Recoltant who produce the other 94 million bottles, and this is the difference between the two. Known as Grower Champagnes, Boutique (Recoltant-Manipulant) Producers in France must use their own grapes to produce Champagne. Grower champagnes are made in limited quantity (often as few as 3,000- 5,000 bottles) to produce the finest quality.
Of the approximate 304 million bottles of Champagne made yearly, about half (167 million bottles) stay in France. The UK imports the most (31 million bottles) next the USA (18 million bottles), followed by Germany (12 million). Less than 3% Grower Champagne ever leaves France.
Enter Chris Laurance and a truly unique experience . . .
Chris, who joined Westlake Athletic Club last fall, is the founder of Champagne Experience, a local company that offers the unique opportunity to taste some of the finest Champagnes available in the world. While running a boutique winery, J Hamilton Wines, Chris was inspired after meeting a gentleman from Epernay, France, who taught him the difference between Grower Champagnes and large house. Excited by this new discovery, Chris thought it an excellent opportunity to bring these rare wines to Southern California.
“The exciting part of Champagne Experience is we will carry Grower Champagnes that are not available in retail stores. We have a big breath of different labels we can expose people to – from 50-75 labels. Some of our Champagnes are hand crafted in small quantities, are very high quality, and often times are very rare products.”
“The goal is to create parties and introduce people to Champagnes they have not experienced. And it is not cost prohibitive. It is actually very affordable and accessible.”
“We offer tastings of approximately four or five different Champagnes, and spend a few hours drinking and chatting. We bring nibbles, and the fun part about the tasting is that it is experiential and educational simultaneously, with anecdotes given during the course of the tastings to make it interesting and fun.”
And I can vouch . . . Chris has some fabulous stories about Champagne, including a great one about Dom Perignon.
In addition, Champagne Experience offers clients the opportunity to receive shipments of six bottles of Growers Champagne twice yearly, or two bottles every other month, direct to their home.
When not out educating and exciting the world with rare and wonderful wines, Chris is by the pool. An avid swimmer, he’s also a fan of the new fitness center, and is looking forward to preparing for ski season on our Technogym equipment.
“The fitness center is as fabulous as it is state of the art. The equipment is so versatile and allows you to work to your own skill set, your own age group and fitness desires, at your own pace.”
“I love the friendliness of the staff who always welcome me with a smile when I come, and I appreciate the swimming pool being kept meticulously clean, and the time clock!”
We will be hosting our very own Champagne Experience for you in the coming months in time to celebrate the holidays. More information will be available at the front desk soon, but in the meantime let us know if you would like to join this unique and special event. It will surely be one not to be missed. Cheers! Or as they say in France, A Vôtre Santé - to your health!
Fall Is In the Air
By Anna Griffin
August was a fun and jam-packed month at WAC with two great tennis events.
Our first big event was the Westlake Athletic Club Summer Junior Open - Girls 18 and Under, August 21-23, which was three days of grueling competition between some of Southern Cali’s top , young, female tennis talent. Organized by Tennis Director, Chris Dudek, it was a hugely successful event, with the tournament being won by one of our very own, Emily Ackerman. Congrats, Emily!
Tournament winner, Emily Ackerman
Tennis Director, Chris Dudek and Carol Harvard
Westlake tennis girls: Camille Cohen, Katie Tavisoli, and Lorene Whitehouse
The future of tennis, Makai and Maile.Dudek. (Could they be any cuter?)
Steve Wilde photobombing Paul Harvard
On August 28th and 29th, Tennis Directors Calle Hansen and Chris Dudek hosted their Adult Tennis Club where participating members got to hone their skills one on one with our finest.
Always striving for excellence on the court, Gary Gundell
Tennis Director, Calle Hansen
Some of our best ladies: Kellie McHone, Kelly Vandergeest, Dawn Nelson and Sher Hann
Tennis buddies, Kelly Konig and James Hann
And for those not on the courts, our fitness center continues to draw rave reviews from members such as . . .
Jim Connor . . .
Gisella Scharf . . .
Rouz Yazdanyar . . .
And Yvonne Denser
While there are those of you who just cannot get enough of the pool during these last few days of summer, like . . .
“See, hear, and speak no evil” trio, Terry Ball, Richard Blake, and Kim Reed . . .
And Chris Laurance
But don’t forget, fall is right around the bend and as the seasons change, we have a lot to look forward to.
Starting with our new Yoga Wall, which will be fully installed by the end of September. Body Sculpting classes start in October with our very own Holly Butler, who will be teaching a mixture of floor exercises and resistance training utilizing the wall.
The wall is used as a prop to deepen asana by opening and creating space in the body using therapeutic techniques. This unique practice utilizes gravity as a natural form of resistance, which helps develop strong core muscles. The Wall allows one to do hundreds of different poses including standing postures, forward and backward bends, twists and inversions. Come “hang out . . . “
In other news, we are beginning construction of our new outdoor areas at the end of September, to last six to eight weeks. Bear with us through this process . . . We’re bringing you an amazing outdoor area complete with built–in BBQ, fire pit, and a newly-designed seating area. Can you say “Smores under the stars?”
Also, for all you LIVEBALL die-hards, please remember that commencing Wednesday, September 16th, Calle’s clinic will be held 6.00-7.30 pm.
Finally, and with great sadness for us but huge excitement for her, this is our last month with Front Desk Director, Carrie Baumgartner, who after seven and a half years of dedication and service bids us farewell in October to begin a new life adventure in Charleston, N. Carolina. We are hosting a little farewell Open House on Saturday, October 3rd, from 11 am – 2 pm. Come in and say goodbye with cake, bagels and lemonade.
Carrie, we are so grateful for your leadership and for running our front of house so effectively and gracefully during your time here, making our club a little warmer for our members. We shall miss you very much – it’s hard to imagine WAC without you – but we wish you an incredible adventure and much happiness in your move. Keep in touch!
Happy September, Members, and here’s to Fall, Y’all!
Meet Our New Team Members
By Shari Gianini, Assistant Manager
As our club continues to grow, we are thrilled to introduce you to our new team members, from the front desk, to the fitness center, to the courts. Please welcome the following . . .
Ann Reeder – Front Desk
Ann has lived in the Westlake Village/Agoura Hills area on and off since 1967. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a degree in business, she spent most of her career as an Account Executive in high technology sales. When she had her second child, she decided to take a break from her professional career to move back to California and raise her children. She, her husband Fred, and their three kids have been a part of this community for over 15 years now. At various times, while raising her children, she served on a PTA board, chaired a successful school fundraiser, served on the board of directors of a charter school, volunteered for numerous school and community functions and owned a mobile coffee business. She currently serves on the Ventura County Community College Board's Citizen's Advisory Committee. She is excited to get to know all of the WAC members and looks forward to creating a welcoming environment for everyone who walks through the door.
John Wesely - Assistant Tennis Pro
John is a Southern California native who attended Calabasas High School as well as CLU. As a junior, John trained at Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. John has been a USPTA certified tennis professional since 2000. He is also a writer and musician who enjoys surfing, mountain biking, chocolate shakes from Chick-fil-A and HGTV's "Beachfront Bargain Hunt."
Peter Loncto – Personal Trainer
Peter is a long time Westlake Village resident, father of two, super proud grandfather of one WAC tennis camper, reluctant marathoner, and the latest addition to our Personal Training staff. After trading the harsh winters of his hometown Buffalo, New York for sunny Southern California, he began a 20-year career in the film industry, followed by a position in automotive retail. A daily exerciser for many years, he decided to pursue an education in fitness and earned certification as a Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. " Working with people of all fitness levels and helping them realize their life-changing goals is by far the most satisfying and rewarding experience of my professional life", he says. In addition, he says that he is excited to work in the unique state of the art Technogym environment here at WAC. Look for him in the new Fitness Center.... he's eager to help you get into the best shape of your life!
On another note, August is that time each year that our Summer Junior Tennis Camp ends and we have to say goodbye to all our Camp Counselors – Ben Steensland, Daniel Sutman, Jonah Dennis, Melissa Baker, Quentin Close, Taik Wang, Timmy Weilage and Kaitlyn Ackerman. A big thank you to all and best wishes as they return to high school, go onto college, or onto employment in their field of study. We also want to wish Brandon Villadiego, Assistant Tennis Pro, good luck as he goes onto college, thanking him for his huge contribution to WAC.
Meet your Trainers
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.
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
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.
Peter Loncto is a longtime resident of Westlake Village and the newest member of our training staff. As a National Association of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Suspension Training instructor, he blends his passion and enthusiasm for fitness with his knowledge and experience to motivate and challenge his clients to feel their best.
"When I first met with John Sutcliffe a year ago and he shared his vision of a first rate fitness center, I was excited to have an opportunity to work with my neighbors in our fantastic community. After learning of his commitment to Technogym, I was all in! The Technogym philosophy of Wellness, their unique, elegant Kinesis One stations with an emphasis on adaptive, functional movement, and their unequaled interactive capability place them far out in front of any other traditional gym equipment. Some of you may have seen me in the Fitness Center over the last month, working out and becoming familiar with the literally thousands of movements possible with the Technogym system. Every day I am more impressed with Technogym's versatility and applicability to all levels of fitness. Whether your goal is a better backstroke, more tee-to-green distance, weight loss and toning, or just feeling your best, Technogym offers dozens of programs and the ability to customize a wellness program just for you.
I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months and welcome the chance to assist you in identifying your Wellness goals, and working with you to achieve them. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. It would be an honor to be part of your Wellness journey.
Group Exercise Schedule
Kevin 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
Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC
Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC
Calle’s Wednesday LIVEBALL time change. From Wednesday, September 16th, the clinic will be held 6.00 – 7.30pm.
Steve Hamburger, Lynn Abroms, and Bill Ries are looking for USTA or self rated 3.5 players for doubles and mixed doubles. The group plays two or three times a week, week days 8:30am to 11am. Steve and Bill maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Steve at email@example.com.