January Newsletter 2016

January 17, 2016

imgDear Members,

Out with the old and in with the new. That will be the theme for the club in 2016. New locker rooms, new outdoor fitness area, new social areas and lots of new programming geared towards helping you achieve your wellness goals. We hope 2016 will be the year for change in your workout routine. Change the intensity, change the duration, change the exercises, and diversify your workout program for more effective results!

We would like to welcome Diana Klein to the Westlake team. Diana is a Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach and group exercise instructor. Diana holds many certifications in the fitness industry and has been teaching and coaching for over 28 years. Diana believes in motivating, educating and inspiring her clients to live a healthy lifestyle. She loves helping her clients achieve their goals and discover their personal best.

On January 22nd Diana will oversee our first 30-Day Slim Down Challenge. Join Diana for this motivating and inspiring workshop. Feel great, look great and have boundless energy. Learn how to add delicious healthy foods into your life and make healthy choices. Topics include: quick workouts, clean eating, meal planning, healthy recipes, food journaling and weekly action plans. You will receive a detailed guide to help you make positive changes in your diet and life. Classes will be held Fridays from 11 am to 12 pm on January 22nd & 29th and February 5th & 12th. The registration fee is $165. Please sign up at the front desk.

Our afternoon Body Sculpting classes have been a big hit and we have had a number of requests to include them in our evening and weekend schedules. We have decided to replace our Tuesday/Thursday Pilates classes with Body Sculpting and Core Fusion with Diana. Body Sculpting will be held Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and combines upper body resistance training, utilizing the Yoga Wall, with core exercises using gliding discs, stability balls and resistance bands that focus on the core. Core Fusion classes will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 pm and are core conditioning classes which blend core exercises using mini balls and bands with functional core training that targets the body’s “Powerhouse.”

The temporary locker room facilities are scheduled to be delivered on January 27th. Once in place it will take about one week to run the temporary electrical, sewer and water lines necessary for operation. The renovation of the locker rooms begins the week of February 1st, and will take three to four months to complete. We are excited that this project will be under way shortly and look forward to moving into our beautiful new locker rooms. Thanks you in advance for your patience while we update your locker rooms to provide you with a more comfortable experience as our valued member.

Let’s Move for a Better World,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Nutrition Tip:

Superfood, Super You Smoothie
By Anna Griffin

It’s that time of year, post holiday excess when traditionally all of our best laid plans for a healthy diet have been put to the side as we have celebrated the Season. In comes January, and a few extra pounds around the girth later, we also have cold and flu season to content with. How to lose those few stubborn pounds, get our calories under control, and ward off illness?

I am big supporter of replacing a traditional meal with a vitamin-packed smoothie or juice each day, and especially at this time of year when my body needs a reset and a detox couldn’t hurt. If you’re not one for a full-on juice cleanse, and the thought of a formal detoxification process scares you, replacing one meal a day with a greens, vitamin, and superfood-filled shake is a gentle answer to get the process started.

When making smoothies it is easy to opt for sugary fruits and this is the first step to avoid. For maximum benefits, leafy greens and anti-oxidant laden berries should be the base, and I always include a teaspoon of peanut butter for extra protein and a delicious nutty base, but almond butter is a great alternative. I also throw in a teaspoon of yoghurt for extra creaminess, but if you are vegan or lactose intolerant, you can skip this step.

Meanwhile, healthy staple spinach is rich in a multitude of vitamins, including niacin and zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K, calcium, iron and magnesium to name just a few, all of which help flush toxins out of the body, and I always include a banana for potassium, a cardiovascular benefit from bananas and an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since one medium-sized banana contains a whopping 400-plus mg of potassium, the inclusion of bananas in your routine meal plan may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.


Beyond the basics of fruit, protein and leafy greens, there are other great ingredients that will optimize your smoothie. These are easy to find, particularly at a health store such as Whole Foods, and will boost goodness intake and nutritional value if included.
The use of antioxidant rich superfood, Matcha green tea powder, is proven to help lower cholesterol, prevent ageing and provide a much-needed energy boost in the January gloom and is a great alternative to your morning java fix when added to your smoothie. If you like it spicy, digestion-aid ginger, helps ward away the dreaded winter flu, settles the stomach, fights colon cancer, and is has anti-inflammatory properties, which help a multitude of symptoms.


When liquefying your smoothie, choose super-hydrating coconut water or pure filtered water. Other choices are almond milk, which is low in fat, but high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber, with vitamins like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, or Aloe Vera juice, which is becoming known as one of the most effective cleansing tonics available as it's packed full of amino acids and vitamins, which help detoxify the body naturally with hydration.

Stay away from sugary apple, orange or cranberry juices, which for the most part are made from concentrates and not the healthy option that you think they are, undoing all your good work. If you need to sweeten your beverage, Agave syrup is recognized as a healthier alternative to sugar, with a lower glycemic index than traditional sugars, meaning no energy crashes.

Superfood, Super You Smoothie

1 cup of almond milk, coconut water, purified water or Aloe Vera Juice
½ cup of frozen blueberries
1-½ cups of spinach leaves
½ tsp. of Matcha green tea powder
1 sm banana, sliced and frozen
1 tsp. of peanut or almond butter
1 tsp. of vanilla yoghurt
3 thin slices of ginger (optional)
1 tbsp of raw honey or agave nectar (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender and puree until smooth. Always choose organic produce for optimum results, remembering the body cannot function effectively on preservative-laden produce, as well as giving your system a break from preservatives and nasty chemicals. If you want an extra boost to power your workout, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Pour into a long glass, sit back, and contemplate the amazing day that awaits you as you drink good health and vitality in!

Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC

Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC


Fitness Tip:

Squat Press on Bosu Ball
By Patti Markowitz

Squatting on the bosu ball is very similar to squatting on the floor except now you are using more muscles because you have to stabilize yourself by keeping your abs in, which works your core, quads, hamstrings, butt and hips.

1. Step on bosu ball - keep feet shoulder width apart.

2. Keep arms in front if you. Make sure your chest is lifted so you don't lean forward. Keep back flat.

3. Squat down and exhale and squeeze butt as you lift up. Remember it's all about balance.


Do 2 sets of 12 reps, resting less than a min between sets

To make the exercise more advanced, use light Dumbbells as you squat up and down. Adding these will make your core work harder, for better results.


Yoga Tip:

The Benefits of Inversions
By Cindy Zaveruha

Pose in Photo: Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)

Inversion poses in yoga may bring to mind headstands, handstands or shoulder stands. While this is true, accessible inversion poses for all levels also exist when you break the pose in half - literally. Bending from the waist, half of your body can feel the benefits of inversions in poses such as these: Viparita Karani (legs up the wall, back resting on floor), Downward Facing Dog, forward folds and Dolphin.

Steps to get into and out of Dolphin Pose:

• Begin in forearm plank, elbows below the shoulders, fingers interlaced, vigorously pressing hands, wrists and forearms into mat, gaze is on your hands.

• Begin to lift your hips, head begins to hang loose, lining ears with angle of upper arms, you are continuously pressing hands, wrists and forearms into mat.

• As your hips are lifting you are walking your toes toward your head creating a narrowing triangular shape.

• You are forming one line of energy from the elbows, head, neck, spine and tailbone and another from your heels, up the legs to your hips.

• Your torso is fully inverted as you reach all four sides of your body toward the sky, always pressing down with your hands, wrists and forearms.

• To come out of Dolphin, very gently lower the knees then sit back into Child's pose.

The Benefits:

Inversion are said to be calming or energizing depending on your comfort level. Your lymph system is moving from the reverse gravitational flow. The normal gravitational stress or pressure your spine, joints or internal organs feel is reversed which may release certain associated pain or digestive blockages. You are also strengthening the muscles that are supporting your body, stretching major muscle groups depending on the pose and practicing balance and body awareness.

Inversions done with respect to your body's limitations or certain medical conditions (stroke, glaucoma) can also help to build confidence when incorporated regularly into your practice.
Inversions done with respect to your body's limitations or certain medical conditions (stroke, glaucoma) can also help to build confidence when incorporated regularly into your practice.

Training Tip

The Water Ball Throw
By Peter Loncto

Technogym Kinesis stations offer the definitive solution for functional strength training, but there is another side to Technogym; the ARKE line of the Technogym system. ARKE in Greek means "the origin of things", and ARKE is all about rediscovering the origins of movement.

ARKE is the new solution for functional movement, and in training helps improve coordination, stability, balance, flexibility, strength, power as well as speed, agility and reaction time. There are 12 products in the ARKE family; the Wellness Ball, Air Ball and Medicine Ball, the Water Ball and Water 8Ball, the Foam Roller, Stability Disc, Balance Pad, Kettle Blocks, and Balance Dome, and the Pendulum and Twin Clubs. Today we are going to talk about the Water Ball.

The Technogym Water Balls are unique tools, because the shape provides a resistance profile that is very different in comparison to traditional weighted balls. The water inside the balls moves through the ball while it is in motion; at the end of the range of motion, the moving mass inside the ball has to be slowed down and controlled by the user, which develops core stability and increases movement control.

The Water Ball Throw is one of over 20 Technogym suggested exercises for this equipment.... The actual number is limited only by your imagination!

• Grasp the Water Ball of your choice (5.5, 11, or 22 pounds) firmly with both hands and raise it above and behind your head.

• Breathing out, throw the ball forcefully to the floor in front of your feet. Step forward, squat down to retrieve the ball and repeat. Don't worry, the balls are built tough and won't break!


This simple exercise will work you pectorals and upper back and, as a bonus, feels great!

Tennis Tip:

imgThis side of 50 on the Tennis Court: New Year’s Resolutions in 2016
By Karl Akkerman

Continuing with the theme that many members here at The Westlake Athletic Club are now on the other side of 50, this month’s tennis article could be about New Year’s Resolutions? Nah. We almost never do them anyway.

Maybe a better article will be about “What not to do now that we are over 50”. Here are my top six tips of what not to do over the age of 50:

1) Parkour- According to Webster’s, the sport involves “traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing or leaping rapidly and efficiently.” This advice is coming from yours truly and my wife Nancy who “walked down” a waterfall at The Blue Hole in Jamaica. (look it up online). That WILL BE our last hurrah. It scared the living crud out of us. What were we thinking?

2) Jell-O Shots. I know we feel like we are young because we can run around the courts for hours, but come on! Stick to the grown-up red and white wines at WAC.

3) Karaoke after Jell-O shots. Save yourself the embarrassment in front of your friends unless they also have had as many Jell-O shots as you, and you are in another state or better yet, country with no videos or smartphones. Be warned, if your children witness it, they may not speak to you for a while.

4) Trying to break a plank over your head. Your Kung foo days as an alleged black belt, or doing your best Bruce Lee impression, are over. Avoid concussions at age 50+. Instead, take a Body Sculpting class with our own Holly Butler here at WAC

5) Crowd Surfing. See previous advice on concussions. We all need all the brain cells that we can keep at our age.

6) Boasting about certain things: For example: boasting or bragging the vast number of countries vacationed, zeroes on your paycheck, or explaining your personal role in getting your kid into an Ivy League College. Although other over fifty-something’s might be impressed, be careful! Braggers never win and to be quiet honest, bore the pants off most people!

What we should all should do in 2016 is what your Mama taught you: Follow the Golden Rule, pick up after yourself, play nice, make good choices, and buy your friend a drink!

We at WAC are relatively fun, stable, athletic, humble, and generous people. At least all the members I have met are. My last advice to you in this upcoming year is to surround yourself with family and friends that LOVE, LAUGH, and LIVE the Good Life. I hope that 2016 will be exactly that for you.

Again, what were we thinking??

Happy New Year and see you on the courts!

Karl Akkerman
USPTA Elite Professional


By John Sutcliffe
Three Offseason Tips for a Faster Swim

The offseason is an excellent time of the year to improve upon your weakness in the water and start swimming faster.

1. Get a Swim Coach.
Swimming is technique intensive. Learning proper form and or revisiting your "swim technique" will go a long way. If your legs are dragging behind you or your breathing isn't in sync you'll pay the price by moving slower and feeling completely out of breath.

Do yourself a huge favor and find an experienced swim coach. A swim coach will be able to evaluate your stroke and should offer specific drills and suggestions to improve. You should plan to see your swim coach two or three times over a few weeks so you have time to practice in between. This way you'll be able to progress further and continue to build upon what you covered in your first session.

Many swim coaches will offer video analysis if you ask. Whether it's done underwater or solely from the pool deck, there is nothing more valuable than seeing yourself on tape. Athletes improve their skills more quickly and become more aware of flaws in their technique when they view themselves on video.

If hiring a swim coach is not in your cards, consider asking a friend or training partner to tape you. You can do this by using a smart phone or a similar device. Finding drills online to improve your shortcomings is easy with a simple Google search.

2. Swim with a Purpose
Jumping in the pool and swimming endlessly for an hour is not a good use of your time. If there's no purpose to your workout or swim routine then how do you expect to improve?

Each time you swim, it's important to always begin with a warm up and end with a cool down. Your warm up and cool down are also good times to drill and work on technique.

The next part of your workout is commonly referred to as the main set. This will vary based upon the purpose of the particular workout and the phase in your training cycle. Generally, you'll have easy, moderate/tempo and hard/interval days. Each serves a different purpose, but collectively all of them will put you on the fast track to your next swim PR.

3. Frequency is Key

Technique can be improved and proper workouts are easy to design, but unless you're getting in the water regularly, you will not improve. It's impossible to get better at anything if you don't practice.

If you are looking to better your swimming ability, one or two times a week won't cut it. Three times a week is sufficient, but you'll really start to see gains when you're in the water four or five times each week. It's important that swimming doesn't become a dreaded chore. If you only have 20 or 30 minutes, that's fine, but 45 minutes to 60 minutes is perfect.
And really, any time is better than nothing. If you have a little extra time, go for longer, but don't overdo it either. As long as you are getting in the water frequently and you don't go several days between each swim, you will be on the right track. It's all about muscle memory, repetition and comfort in the water.

Life At WAC: New Year, New You . . .

By Anna Griffin

It’s the start of an exciting new year, and your team here at Westlake Athletic Club is off to the races, with facility upgrades, new and exciting group classes added to the schedule, and new programs, all designed to improve your experience here as our valued members.

In enhancing your time here at the club, our first project of 2016 is the redesign of the locker rooms. Our temporary facilities are arriving on January 27th, and will be operational by February 5th. We will then commence our renovation, looking forward to the re-opening in approximately three to four months. We’ll keep you posted!

We have a new team member on board, Nutrition & Lifestyle Fitness Coach, Diana Klein, who is leading a motivating and inspirational 30-Day Slim Down Challenge on January 22nd. The cost for members is $165 with sign-up at the Front Desk. Come join us in getting fit, feeling and looking great, and experiencing boundless energy, as we make healthier choices bouncing into ’16!


Diana will also be teaching two new classes being added to our group schedule.
Our afternoon Body Sculpting classes have been a big hit and we have had a number of requests to include them in our evening and weekend schedules. We are replacing Tuesday/Thursday Pilates classes with Body Sculpting and Core Fusion with Diana. Body Sculpting will be held Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and combines upper body resistance training, utilizing the Yoga Wall, with core exercises using gliding discs, stability balls and resistance bands that focus on the core. Core Fusion classes will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 pm and are core conditioning classes which blend core exercises using mini balls and bands with functional core training that targets the body’s “Powerhouse.”

In tennis news, Tennis Directors, Chris and Calle have created an exciting schedule of matches and events for you this year . . .


Throughout 2016, there is something fun happening every month, and a chance for you to come out and compete, support and be social.


On Saturday February 6th, WAC hosts its annual Superbowl Tennis Tournament, with two teams vying for the Superbowl Title. Open to adults of all levels and high-level juniors, t-shirts, BBQ and drinks are all included in the price: $45 for Members, $65 for Non-Members. Please sign up at Front Desk by Wednesday, February 3rd, and come get your game on! Do you remember how much fun last year was? Go Seahawks!


Lots of fun is planned for the Juniors this year also, with a great schedule of tournaments and matches . . .


The first Junior event is WAC’s annual Color Wars, with our pro’s coaching the teams, getting them fired up to compete and win in drills, games, and mini-matches. Please sign up at Front Desk by Tuesday, February 2nd: $35.


We have a terrific year planned for you and are looking forward to watching you stretch yourselves to be your fittest, most healthiest selves, enjoying your time with us here at Westlake Athletic Club. Happy New Year, Members! Wishing you all a fabulous one!

Member Getaway:

Out Of Africa: Giraffe Manor
By Anna Griffin

As important to our healthy bodies and minds as a good workout regime and nutritional diet, so is a good dose of R & R. Nothing helps us to reset and be our best selves like a little rest and relaxation, or encountering a new part of the world and something special that we might not see on a regular day in Westlake Village.

On a recent trip to Africa, I experienced just that. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever wake up to a Giraffe peering into my bedroom window, or sticking its neck into the dining room to ‘pinch’ my breakfast!

Like a scene from Jumanji, Giraffe Manor is stunning in both scenery and spirit. As a winner of the Best Family Hotel in Africa - Travel and Leisure’s prestigious 2014 World’s Best 50 - we were expecting this hotel to be unique; actually it was much, much more. Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is the proud home of a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. This friendly herd of eight Rothschild Giraffe, greet guests of the hotel in the morning and evenings, thrilling them as they poke their long necks through the windows, before venturing out in their sanctuary.

The Manor boutique hotel is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, dating back to the 1930’s, in a style reminiscent of the early days of Europeans in East Africa. The hotel has 10 rooms, all named after important individuals with their own distinct personalities who have helped the Manor through the years.




Boasting green gardens, beautiful sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, and sitting on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest, the Manor is the passion of Tanya and Mikey Carr-­Hartley. They manage a portfolio of exclusive luxury lodges and camps (including Giraffe Manor) across Kenya called The Safari Collection, acting as a tour operator to arrange bespoke itinerates for guests visiting their properties. Excursions include an adventure into Rwanda to trek through a forest looking for Gorillas, travel to the desert of Samburu to ride on camels, and a safari in untouched Masai Mara. Conservation and community are key pillars of the Carr-Hartley’s ethos, while tours and guided adventures carry these hallmarks and are educational and inspiring. The dedicated members of staff are committed to community and preservation, which you can understand when you spend time looking out onto the wonder of the landscape to realize how fragile it is. More than many places I have personally visited the eco tourism commitment of Giraffe Manor was impressive, dedicated to maintaining and enhancing this incredible landscape.

Africa is known for its wildlife and unique landscapes, and Giraffe Manor was the perfect place to stay and experience everything about this amazing part of the world. The respect shown for these majestic creatures was to be admired, and I wanted to engage with them forever. I will never forget being part of the giraffes' daily lives and bonding with them, and I left Nairobi inspired by its stunning vistas, vibrant colors and magical animals in the wild, having experienced the trip of a lifetime.


If you have an interesting vacation experience to share, please let us know. We would love to include your story in our next newsletter!

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.


imgPeter Loncto
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.

Holly Butler
Influenced by growing up in Boulder, CO (aka the fittest city in America), Holly Butler has always lead an active lifestyle. As an adult, she was drawn to non-impact fitness, starting with the athleticism of Vinyasa yoga. While practicing yoga she discovered and fell in love with Barre classes and Body Sculpting classes using resistance training. Her 3 daughters were all in school and Holly thought it was the right time to get her certification and go back to work, doing something she loved. Holly spends her “off” time coordinating many school drop-offs, pick-ups and dance carpools for her daughters, being involved in charity work for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, volunteering school, and playing tennis at WAC with her husband. We are pleased that Holly will be teaching the Body Sculpting class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30pm.

Amy Malloy
Amy Malloy hales from Chicago, Illinois and comes to SoCal by way of New Haven, CT and NYC. She moved to the area 2 years ago with her family and is happy to be working at Westlake Athletic Club. She is an actor, a mom, and a fitness professional. Amy received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and her BA from Columbia College. Her fitness expertise is backed by certifications and almost 30 years of experience teaching group fitness and personal training. We are pleased that she will be teaching the Barre class on Fridays at 12:30pm.

Kim Leigh
We are pleased to have Kim Leigh as our newest Master’s Swim Coach. Kim has been coaching Master’s Swim for 5 years including open water swimming for triathletes and she actively participates in Master’s programs as well. She is a graduate of CSU Northridge with a BA and MS in Microbiology and has been a part of Amgen since 2003.

Group Exercise Schedule

 Day           Class
 Time  Teacher
 Mon & Wed Master Swim 12.00 pm-1.00 pm Scott
 Mon & Wed Body Sculpting 12.30-1.30pm Holly
 Yoga (Beg/Int)
 5:30-6:30pm      Cindy
 Mon Live Ball (3.0+) 6.30-8.00 pm Lorene
 Tue & Thurs Master Swim 5.30-6.30 am Kari
 Tue & Thurs  Yoga (Beg/Int)
 9:00-10am  Katie
 Body Sculpting
 5:30-6:30pm  Diana           
 Tue Masters Swim
 6.30-8.00 pm Kim
 Tue Serious Tennis
 6.00-7.30 pm  Chris
 Wed Cardio Tennis 9.00-10.30 am Chris
 Wed Yoga (Beg/Int)
 5:30-6:30 pm Beth
 Wed Men’s Live Ball (4.0+) 6.00-7.30 pm Calle
 Wed Adult Tennis Drills 6.30-8.00 pm Karl
 Thurs Core Fusion
 5:30-6:30 pm
 Thurs Adult Tennis Drills 6.30-8.00 pm  Tim
 Fri Barre Class
 12.30-1.30 pm Amy
 Sat Master Swim 7.00-8.30 am Kari
 Sat  Yoga (Beg/Int)
 8:30-9:30am  Katie
 Sat Live Ball (3.0+) 10.30 am-12.00 pm Chris
 Sun  Yoga 9:00-10:00am  Katie/Cindy
 Sun Tennis Clinic (All Level) 9.00-10.30 am Karl/Tim

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

Match Finder

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 stevehamburger@gmail.com.


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