February Newsletter 2016

February 8, 2016

imgDear Members,

The temporary shower and restroom facilities have arrived and will be operational the week of February 10th. The trailers are located in the grass area next to the pool. The larger trailer houses both the men’s and ladies shower areas, which contain four showers in each area. Adjacent to each shower there are small changing areas for your convenience. The shower trailer does not have lockers in it, but we will be installing lockers in the changing rooms that are located on the pool deck. Members will need to change in the changing areas next to the showers and then lock their valuables in the lockers located in the changing rooms on the deck. The hot water supply will be limited so we ask everyone to limit their showers to less than 5 minutes! We expect the locker room project to take up to three months, and kindly ask for your patience while we upgrade these facilities.

With more cooler and wetter weather expected soon I would like to remind members of the court closing policy. For your safety the entire surface of the court and 6 feet behind the base line must be completely dry for the court to be playable. No exceptions! If it is determined by any of our staff that the court is wet, the courts will be closed and members will be asked to stop play immediately. Once we determine the courts are playable we will begin assigning courts according to the original schedule. If it is determined that the courts are playable at 10am and you have a 9am doubles reservation you will have 30 minutes remaining on your reservation. As always, if your court is not booked at 10:30 you are welcome to stay on longer. We ask everyone to respect their fellow members and our staff and follow these policies at all times.

Starting in March we will be offering small group TRX suspension training. TRX training is a terrific way to develop and maintain strength and improve flexibility, balance and core stability all at once. TRX emphasizes functional movements that help develop core strength. Peter will be offering packages of ten workouts for $150. The tentative schedule will be Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30. Classes will be limited to six members. Additional information will be posted at the front desk.

Last month we offered members that had not had training on the Technogym equipment a free training with Peter. Many members have taken advantage of this offer so we have decided to extend the offer to the end of this month. Through the end of February, Katie Whitaker will be offering free one-hour sessions for members who have not had the opportunity to work with a trainer on the Technogym equipment. In addition she will be offering three 1 x hour training sessions for $99 for members interested in trying personal training. Personal training is the most effective way to get and stay in shape. If you are not attaining your health goals this is a great way to get the training jump started again. Signup sheets are at the front desk.

Each year we select an employee that best exhibits our core values (excellence, passion, integrity, caring, creativity) as the Employee of the Year. I am proud to announce that Kelly Vandergeest has been selected the 2015 Employee of the Year. Kelly splits her time between the front desk and the courts where she is an instructor in our junior tennis program. Her students adore her and cannot contain their excitement in her clinics, which are bustling and full of energy - the kids love them. At the front desk her positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious. Our members are greeted with a BIG smile and a warm welcome and WOWed with her great customer service. She treats her teammates and our members with respect and kindness and is always willing to give a helping hand. She takes an active part in creating a fun and happy club environment for the members. She is an awesome teammate and we are grateful to have her on the WAC team. Please join me in thanking Kelly for everything she does to make the club a special place for all of us.

Let’s Move for a Better World,
John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Nutrition Tip:

Valentine’s Day Superfood Smoothie: Heart Happy Bliss
By Anna Griffin


It’s almost Valentine’s and those of us who love chocolate need no tempting when it comes to treats associated with this day of love. Keeping on track with our daily nutrition and exercise plan, this smoothie, which is full of health and wellness with a sweet twist, literally allows us to have our chocolate and eat it too, and without a shred of guilt! This decadent yet nutritious beverage is an ideal meal replacement if you are counting calories but want a filling alternative, and being sensible in its sugar content, will keep both blood sugar highs and lows as well as hunger, at bay. Plus this smoothie is packed full of heart-healthy ingredients, essential for good cardiovascular care. A delicious and good-for-you-sweet treat in a glass; what more is there to love than that?

Let’s look at what makes this smoothie special. The two fruit superstars are raspberries - full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, anti carcingenic, and help control blood sugar levels; and fresh figs - high in potassium, a good source of dietary fiber, and contain properties that aid in prevention of cancer, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes. Raw cacao powder infuses decadence and superfood status as it is chock-full of antioxidants, flavonoids, fiber, magnesium, cardiovascular benefits, and happiness. Chocolate and cacao help stimulate the brain into releasing neurotransmitters that can trigger feel good hormones, releasing a virtual “love-drug” and endorphins, which help us feel contented, more alert and with an overall sense of well-being.


Add Maca powder, a relative of the broccoli, radish, and watercress family, it increases your stamina, boosts energy, helps wounds heal faster and strengthens the immune system, as well as being considered a natural Viagra and aiding in fertility. Cashew nuts contribute a tasty flavorful base, while delivering antioxidants, bone health, heart health, and help prevent gallstones.

The basics of all of my smoothies remain the same; A liberal serving of leafy greens, which contribute a multitude of vitamins, including niacin and zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K, calcium, iron and magnesium, and a banana for potassium, which offers cardiovascular benefits and is an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. My final ingredients is a scoop of my favorite protein powder to help fuel my morning workout and keep me feeling satisfied until lunch.

When liquefying your smoothie, choose super-hydrating coconut water or pure filtered water. Other choices are almond milk, but do check for sugar content on the packaging or make your own. Almond milk is low in fat, but high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber, with vitamins like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium.

Happy Heart Bliss


2 cups chilled coconut water
1 cup frozen raspberries

2 small fresh figs
1/2 cup cashew nuts

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 frozen banana
1 cup of leafy greens (spinach or kale)
1 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon maple or agave syrup
fresh raspberries, to serve

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. Pour into a tall glass, sit back, and feel the love as you drink good health and vitality in. Happy Valentine’s Day, Lovers!

Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC

Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC

Fitness Tip

Plank on Bosu Ball
By Patti Markowitz

Bosu ball is a great piece of equipment that forces you to balance while performing strength-training exercises. Working your abs will help you build the strength you need to perform many everyday activities and will also relieve stress on your back.

1. Turn the bosu ball upside down with the flat surface on top.

2. Place hands on either side of bosu ball, holding the handles on each side with your arms straight. Extend your legs out behind you, and balance on your toes. With your head facing down and your back flat, pull your abs in and breathe. Hold this position for 30 seconds, rest for less then a minute, and repeat for three sets.


Yoga Tip

Upward Facing Dog: The Yoga Backbend You Did Not Realize You Were Doing!
By Cindy Zaveruha

Pose in Photo: Updward Facing Dog (Urdvha Mukha Svanasana)

Upward Facing Dog is a very common pose in yoga and often part of a vinyasa flow (a flowing sequence of poses timed with the breathe). Whether briefly moving through this pose in the vinyasa or holding it for longer, these are the benefits you are gaining with this rewarding backbend pose:

  • Backbends are heating - you are stimulating your body.
  • Fantastic to counteract the effects of sitting for too long or poor posture.
  • You are stretching the hip flexors, creating space in the mid-section, lifting and opening the chest, rolling the shoulders back, drawing shoulder blades down and lengthening thru the neck.
  • You are lifting your body up, strengthening your arms and shoulders, lengthening and decompressing the spine.
  • Your legs are lifted off the mat stretching and lengthening the entire front of the body from the neck all the way to the toes.
  • Backbends tend to be a feel good pose when alignment is done with care, props are used when needed and modifications or more subtle substitutes are used when appropriate.

Training Tip

Kettle Blocks
By Peter Loncto

Last month we talked about the ARKE line of Technogym equipment and the many possible exercises utilizing the Water Ball. ARKE is all about Core Centric Training and the variety of equipment allows users to progress from a basic training level to an extremely advanced one. Users can improve their physical movement skills while at the same time increasing their fitness level.

Today's featured ARKE equipment is the Kettle Blocks. These 3kg (6.6lbs) broad based blocks promote core stability and can be used in myriad applications. The two-tiered handles allow for multiple postures (from horizontal to kneeling to vertical), multiple number of contact points (on all fours, on three points, on two feet, on one foot), variable movement planes (single plane to multiple planes), and change of state (from static to dynamic, from passive to active).

A great way to combine Upper Back and Abdominal training is the One Arm Row in the Push Up position.
1. Grasp the top Kettle Block handles in a raised plank...similar to the beginning position for a push up,


2. Breathing out, pull one Kettle Block up in a single arm row (be sure to keep your elbow in tight). Hold at the top for a two second pause, lower slowly and repeat, alternating arms.
Be sure to maintain your tight plank and avoid twisting your torso while lifting the Kettle Block.



Done properly, this exercise will improve core stability and upper back strength and is particularly applicable to your tennis game! Give it a try.

Swimming Tip

Freestyle Breathing Technique
Developing a good breathing technique is perhaps the biggest challenge for beginner and intermediate swimmers. Problems with breathing can easily roll over into other parts of the stroke. For instance, breathing can cause scissor kicks, poor body position, cross-overs and lop sided strokes.

Many swimmers have a problem with their stroke that is related to their breathing technique without realizing that their breathing is the cause of the problem.

Here are seven tips to improve your breathing, try them even if you don't think you have a breathing problem - you may be surprised!
Exhale strongly into the water between breaths.

1. Focus on Your Exhalation Not Your Inhalation
The most common problem swimmers have with their breathing is not exhaling under the water. If you exhale under the water between breaths you only have to inhale when you go to breathe. This makes things much easier. It also relaxes you and helps greatly with bilateral breathing.

2. When you're not breathing, keep your head still
In between breaths, hold your head still in one position. Don't roll it around as your body rotates.If you've think you roll your head, concentrate on looking at one point on the bottom of the pool. Only turn your head to breathe. This will feel a little strange at first but should quickly start to feel normal.

3. Breathe Into The trough - Your Bow Wave Is Your friend
When you move through water you create a 'bow wave' with your head and body, just like a boat does. The shape of the bow wave means the water level drops along the side of the swimmer's face.
This creates a trough either side of your head and body that is beneath the surface level of the pool - so there's air lower than you might expect there to be. Breathe into this trough and you don't have to lift your head to inhale. You don't have to swim fast to create a bow wave, even swimming slowly creates a decent pocket for you to breathe into. Many swimmers don't realize the bow wave is there and try and lift or over-rotate their head to take a breath.

4. Don’t lift your head
The problem with lifting your head to breathe is that your body acts like a see-saw and your legs sink. This adds lots of extra drag. With the trough or pocket of air by your head you don't have to lift your head up to breathe. To breathe into the trough you just have to rotate your head a little without lifting it. If you try and lift your head you disturb the bow wave, reducing the trough. Also, when lifting your head you tend to breathe too far forward.
If you are struggling to find the pocket, a good drill to practice is to swim with fins with one arm out in front of you and the other resting by your hip. Kick gently on the side of your lead arm and look down at the bottom of the pool. When you are ready to breathe, simply rotate your head slightly to find the pocket and breathe. Don't hurry this; kicking with the fins will keep your moving forward so you can feel the pocket with your mouth.

5. Don't Over Rotate Your Head
This causes your body to over-rotate onto your side and causes a loss of balance. To support yourself you tend to cross-over with your lead hand which causes you to pull outward rather than straight back.

To correct this, you need to get used to breathing into the trough. Use the kick on the side drill we suggested in tip 4 and when you breathe try and keep your lower goggle in the water so you have one eye below the water and one above.

If you are struggling to do this, swim in one of the side lanes of the pool and have someone walk on the edge of the pool beside you and ask them to keep their feet about level with your shoulders. As you swim and turn to breathe, look at their feet square on.

If you develop a stiff neck while swimming, it's very likely you are either lifting or over-rotating your head to breathe. This puts great strain on your neck muscles. Improve your breathing technique and the stiffness should quickly go away.

6. A lack of Body Rotation could be hurting your breathing
Good body rotation helps with your breathing. That's because once you have rotated you don't have to turn your head much further to breathe. If you are struggling to breathe, perhaps to one side, poor body rotation could be your problem.

7. Learn to Breathe Bilaterally
Bilateral breathing helps develop a symmetrical stroke technique. If you only breathe to one side it's very likely your rotation will be poor to your non-breathing side.

Life At WAC

New Beginnings . . .
By Anna Griffin
It’s an exciting time for WAC as we continue to improve your member experience with exciting new offerings such as upgrades to our facilities, and introducing new group exercise classes and teammates. We’ve been quite lucky with the weather, and as usual you have been soaking up the best of the California sun while you push yourselves harder on the courts and in the pool. More of you are now enjoying the fitness center and our great Technogym equipment, and your enthusiasm is exciting to experience.

Regarding improving our facilities, here are some updates:

The pool will be closed Friday, 19th for repairs. It will open as usual on Saturday, 20th, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Regarding our locker room upgrade, the prep work for the temporary facilities is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, February 10th. Assuming the plumbing tests go well we expect to have the temporary facilities operational by Friday, February 12th.. When the temporary units are operational we will close down the locker rooms and begin the remodel.

The temporary facilities have four showers, with changing areas, for both the men’s and ladies areas. There will not be lockers in the units but some will be placed in the existing changing rooms on the pool deck. Members will change in the changing areas adjacent to the showers and store their valuables in the lockers located in the changing rooms on the pool deck. We apologize for the inconvenience but we were unable to fit the larger trailer with the built in lockers on the property.

There will be a limited amount of hot water so we are asking everyone to keep their showers to a couple of minutes. It is likely we will run out of hot water from time to time but if we all do our part and take short showers we can keep those times to a minimum.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We really appreciate your patience and look forward to unveiling our beautiful new locker room facilities in the coming months.

With all the new beginnings happening here at WAC, we are pleased to share group exercise class updates. Nutrition & Lifestyle Fitness Coach, Diana Klein, who is leading a motivating and inspirational 30-Day Slim Down Challenge, now leads Body Sculpting on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Core Fusion classes on Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Come take her classes and get your “Powerhouse” workout on, and a body to match!

Coming in March, Peter Loncto will be offering small group TRX suspension training classes emphasizing functional movements that help develop and maintain core strength. Peter will be offering packages of ten workouts for $150. The tentative schedule will be Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30. Classes will be limited to 6 members. Additional information will be posted at the front desk.

Another new team member and offering we are thrilled to share is the arrival of Logan Franks, our Level 2 Masters Swim Coach. He looks forward to sharing his swim knowledge and experience with members of the Westlake Athletic Club Masters swim program, and is very approachable and helpful, so look out for him by the pool.

In Triathlon news, the season is just around the corner and our training is underway. Congratulations to everyone who completed the 60 x 100's, 75's or 50's on Jan. 1st.

Save these dates for more big swims:

Saturday, February 20th 75 x 100's, 75's, 50's
Saturday, March 19th 100 x 100's, 75's, 50's

We will have a big ride on the Sunday after the big swims, and hope to see you all there!!!

In tennis news, Chris and Calle hosted our annual Super Bowl Tournament on February 6th. It was a fun day with about 30 participants and Orange and Blue out in full force! After four rounds of doubles tennis, Panthers took the win with 150 points to Broncos 141. Pizza, wings and fresh salads were on hand to re-galvanize player's efforts during the lunch break, with great decorations made courtesy of Kelly V, Michelle, and Laksamee. Thanks Ladies!


Throughout 2016, there is something fun happening every month on the tennis courts for both adults and juniors, and a chance for you to come out and compete, support and be social.



Speaking of coming out to be supportive and social, join our dear friend and member, John Durrill, with his band, “Voices of Van Gogh,” who are playing at Casa Escobar's on the PCH in Malibu, on Saturday, February 13th from 2-4 pm. Always a fun time, expect some great sounds, familiar faces, good eats, and to have a tasty Margarita or two!

Happy February, and make the most of this glorious sunshine! We love watching you do so as you continue to embrace your health and wellness with us here at WAC.

Member Getaway

Ride ‘Em, Cowboy: Paws Up, Montana
By Anna Griffin

If you’re in need of some R & R, a break from the daily grind, and want a truly exceptional getaway unlike any other resort experience, then Paws Up is your place. Situated on a sprawling cattle ranch on the plains of western Montana, this award winning resort boasts a flattering combination of unspoiled wilderness and incomparable luxury. At the ranch, you'll live day-to-day, adventure-to-adventure.

Guests are invited to spend an hour, a day, or a week on horseback — all in a wilderness sanctuary that is never to be forgotten. Cast a fly in sparkling waters to eager trout, explore the land Lewis & Clark swooned over, or lose yourself in a world-class spa constructed of luxury tents, looking out over a vast plain surrounded by tall pines. Here, you'll sleep on the finest sheets, eat world-class cuisine and receive impassioned personalized service. It's home to first-class adventure on a grand scale.
While at the ranch, connect with nature and experience all of the adventures that these beautiful surroundings offer, while being surrounded by elegant yet rustic comfort and world-class amenities.

Paws Up celebrates the earth, and engages in green and conscientious practices. As an organization, they have made many significant environmental commitments including catch-and-release fishing and sustainable farming practices. As lovers of nature and all it provides, the individuals at Paws Up believe in the responsible stewardship of the land. The resort chooses to be “green” by offering “farm and ranch to table” style dining, in a unique setting of thirty safari-style tented guest accommodations that provide a minimal carbon footprint, and provide each guest a complimentary Paws Up reusable water bottle in an effort to reduce the unnecessary consumption of plastics. In addition, the resort supports the development of the Greeno brand, a company that converts deadfall trees killed by the North American Mountain Pine Beetle into sustainable flooring.

Whether you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime, summer family vacation with activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, paintball, rafting, kayaking and rappelling; a girls’ getaway or bridal shower during their Cowgirl Spring Round-Up, or just need to escape life’s daily demands and the grind of the big city on an all-American Safari, this stunning resort has it all. So what are you waiting for? Get on your giddy horse and Paws Up!


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


Member Business of the Month


The newest location of the Tavern Restaurant family opened in Malibu on January 4th. Continuing the tradition of it’s flagship location - Tavern 101 in Agoura Hills. Tavern 1 serves up delicious Southern BBQ, terrific salads, great burgers and ice cold craft beers on tap. Executive Chef Marco Gonzalez and his staff start slowly smoking all of their fine meats each morning. The result is a tantalizingly wide variety of brisket, tri-tip, pulled pork and chicken, and fall off the bone ribs.

Owned by Mr. Gonzalez and WAC member Tony Cowley, Tavern 1 has quickly become a local favorite and a SoCal destination for the best barbeque this side of Kansas City!


Tavern 1 Grill & Tap House is located at 21337 Pacific Coast Highway in beautiful Malibu, Ca. 90265. (310) 456-8000. Check out the menus for both locations at www.taverngrills.com




Fitness Stuff


Developed by Navy Seals as a way to stay in peak condition in circumstances where traditional exercise equipment was unavailable, the TRX Suspension Training system is a fantastic way to develop and maintain real-world functional strength and improve flexibility, balance and core stability all at once!

From the battlefields, urban safe houses, on ships and submarines to the training rooms of every professional sport, TRX Suspension Training has quickly become a cornerstone of the training programs of athletes in football, baseball, hockey, basketball, golf, triathlon, and tennis. But Suspension Training is not just for elite athletes. It is relevant for everyone who seeks a method to safely and rapidly improve their fitness. With its emphasis on functional movement and it's "All core, all the time" philosophy, TRX Group Training will provide a powerful and fun way to accelerate your fitness ...and it can be modified to work for anyone regardless of the age, gender or fitness level!

Peter Loncto, Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Certified will be offering twice weekly Group Classes utilizing the yoga wall in the Group Exercise room. Specifics will be posted at the front desk in the coming weeks. Classes will be limited to 6-7 participants. Don’t miss out on this excellent new group exercise class, and the chance to get in tip-top shape!

Welcome to WAC

The Hub of the Club!
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 . . .

Diana Klein has been teaching and coaching fitness for over 28 years. She holds multiple certifications in the fitness industry including:
• AFAA Group Fitness Certification
• AFAA Personal Trainer Certification
• SculptWorks Certification
• NESTA Lifestyle Fitness Coach Certification
• NESTA Fitness Nutrition Coach
• TRX Suspension Training
• PHI Mat Pilates Certification
• YogaFit Certification

It is Diana’s passion and aim to improve the quality of life and well-being of our members by integrating and inspiring healthy living practices through clean eating, exercise and self care.

We welcome Diana as a Nutrition & Lifestyle Fitness Coach who will be conducting Body Sculpt, Core Fusion, and Core Strength and Stretch classes. We are also pleased that she will be leading the 30 Day Slim Down Challenge workshop that provides personalized action plans to springboard your weight loss goals.

Logan Franks served seven years in the Marine Corps infantry. During his enlistment, he raced on the Marine Corps Triathlon team. He was 1 of 6 Marines selected to represent the All Marine Triathlon Team at Armed Forces Triathlon Championships in 2011. Logan also competed as a professional triathlete with a primary focus on long course triathlon. In 2010 he was ranked 52nd in the world for Ironman and he posted the fasted American run split of the day at Ironman world championships, crossing the finish line in 9:02.

Logan was also collegiate runner for the University of Delhi, located in NY. Though he was a fast runner, his success in triathlon was being hindered by his lack of swim knowledge and experience. Knowing this, Logan went to a number of swim clinics and trained under the guidance of some of the best triathlon and swim coaches in the United States. Logan soon became a front pack swimmer, often coming out of the water in the top six of the pro division for Ironman and 70.3 races.

In 2013, Logan shifted his focus to coaching and put his athletic career on hold. Logan currently owns a military focused triathlon team. He coaches prior service members and active duty military. He also coaches paratriathletes and other wounded vets hoping to compete in the Paralympics. Logan is a Level 2 Masters Swim Coach, and is very approachable, always willing to help anyone on deck. He looks forward to sharing his swim knowledge and experience with members of the Westlake Athletic Club Masters swim program.


2015 Employee of the Year

imgThis person is selected as the employee of the year because she consistently demonstrates the behaviors associated with California Athletic Club’s core values (excellence, passion, integrity, caring, creativity). Her attention to customer service deserves the highest praise. She treats her teammates and our members with respect, acceptance and kindness as well as contributes to the club in a meaningful and positive way. This employee is enthusiastic and takes an active role in creating a FUN and HAPPY environment for our members. She always gives 100% and we are proud she is a part of the Westlake Athletic Club team!

We are proud to announce that Kelly Vangergeest has been selected the 2015 WAC Employee of the Year. The front desk is the face of the club and we are honored to have Kelly representing us. We are also lucky that she carries her enthusiasm and boundless energy onto the court as she coaches the players in our junior clinics. Her smile and never ending positive attitude are contagious. Every day is a happy day for Kelly and she brightens all of our days with her positive outlook on life. Please join me in thanking Kelly for everything she does to make the club a special place for all of us.

Meet your Trainers

imgPatti Markowitz
Patti Markowitz has been helping people stay healthy & fit for over 25 years as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructor. Her tenure at the Westlake Athletic Club (WAC) began back in 1993 where she has trained hundreds of members who continue to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle augmented by hours spent building strong bone, muscle, and piece of mind through exercise & resistance-training. Patti believes that when you change bodies you change lives, and that being a Personal Trainer is about much more that just knowing the exercise or routine, it’s about living the lifestyle, and being able to motivate and inspire others to move toward healthier and happier lives.

As one of WAC’s leading Certified Personal Trainers, Patti specializes in designing customized programs in training for strength, weight loss, and functional fitness. Her attitude and presentation makes workouts fun and motivating; never routine, dull or boring. As your trainer, she will take your health & wellness personally, working alongside you to help achieve ALL of your fitness goals.

An accomplished marathon runner, avid swimmer, and someone you will most likely bump into in a Yoga class at the Club, Patti’s attention to her own fitness reflects her commitment to well-being. With your determination and her dedication you can make anything happen.

For an opportunity to train with Patti, you can call her directly at (805) 208-9578, or inquire at the front desk at WAC.

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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