March Newsletter 2016

March 1, 2016

imgDear Members,

The Technogym World Challenge starts today. The purpose of this challenge is to raise awareness about the importance of being active. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese. Inactivity has become the New Normal. While there are a number of other factors thought to play a role in the obesity epidemic lack of exercise is one of the major culprits. Our goal is to help our members and their families and friends become more physically active. If we are successful we might also win training equipment that will be donated to Westlake High School. If you have family or friends that are interested donating their MOVES they are welcome to help out. Please check with John for guest passes.

Starting on March 3rd we will be offering small group TRX suspension training. TRX training was developed by Navy Seals and is a terrific way to develop and maintain strength and improve flexibility, balance and core stability. Peter will be offering packages of (10) workouts for $150. The tentative schedule will be Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Classes will be limited to 6 members. Packages can now be purchased the front desk.

As the club membership continues to grow we are working on different options for member communications. In the past, while we have had an active Westlake App, we have relied predominately on the newsletter and occasional e-mails for our communications. We are going to begin using our mobile App as well. We will be “pushing” texts to the members informing them of such things as court closings, pool closing, class cancellations and changes in schedules. Our goal with the app will be to keep you informed of any sudden changes that are happening at the club. The app can also be used to check the clinic and group exercise schedules as well as checking in at the front desk. We hope you will find the app a convenient way to keep abreast on what is happening at the club.

We are proud to announce that Calle Hansen has been selected the 2015 USPTA Player of the Year for Southern California. Calle started playing tennis in Sweden when he was 6 and it has been his passion ever since. Calle is a graduate of Pepperdine University where he was a 2-time All American. After graduating from Pepperdine he went on to play on the ATP tour for 4 years. Calle became a Pro at WTSC in 2006 and when the club was purchased in 2012 was promoted to Adult Tennis Director. When he is not busy coaching his clients he is assisting Chris with the junior tennis program. His clients adore him and are often seen at the local tournaments routing him on. We are proud to have him on the WAC team and excited he was honored as the USPTA Player of the Year. Please join me in congratulating Calle for winning this prestigious award.

The temporary locker rooms have been completed and are now operational. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we upgrade your experience here at WAC.

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

Nutrition Tip:

Spring Detox Smoothie
By Anna Griffin
As we are now into spring it is time to create a new smoothie using all the fresh greens available. This smoothie is a slightly spicy blend of arugula, kale, pea shoots, and micro greens, combined with avocado, cucumber, lemon, and a little coconut water for sweetness. It’s low in sugar, high in fiber, and the perfect way to add more greens into your diet this season, and cleanse your system. Hello spring detox smoothie!

The first step to making this amazing green smoothie? Hit the farmers market. The local Westlake Village farmers market on Agoura Road each Sunday morning, is loaded with fresh greens this time of year. In Southern California, arugula is always easy to find, as well we microgreens, Spinach, chard, baby kale, mizuna, dandelion greens, and collard greens are all wonderful in this smoothie, so load up on them as you cannot get enough of their nutritional goodness.

Spring Detox Smoothie

• ½ organic cucumber, chopped
• ½ avocado, pitted and peeled
• 1 cup organic, raw kale
• ½ cup organic, raw arugula
• ½ cup microgreens and/or pea shoots
• 1 cup coconut water
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 ice cubes
For a sweeter version, you can also add frozen blueberries, but always remember to use organic fruit and produce only, for an effective detox, and rid your body of those nasty preservatives and toxins that are clogging up your system. Drink up, feel clean and energized, and go seize the day. Enjoy!


Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC

Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC

Tennis Tip

This side of 50 on the Tennis Court: Age Is Just A Number!
By Karl Akkerman

This month’s article is a continuation with the theme that many members here at The Westlake Athletic Club believe tennis is such an incredible fun way to exercise and socialize. And it is not surprising that many of us are over 50.

We should be proud to say that we have entered into “The Age of Old”. We can say we are part of the ongoing proof that age is just a number. Look at all that has going on in the time we have been playing sports. Tennis ace Roger Federer, at age 34, is still at number 2 in the world, Serena Williams the oldest-ever ranked at number 1, is just one month younger than Roger, and the Bryan Brothers will be 38 this April. Payton Manning just won the Superbowl at age 39 after beating the second oldest quarterback, 38-year old Tom Brady, the cardinals’ Carson Palmer, 36, and the Panthers’ Cam Newton age 26. In a few weeks Lakers’ Kobe Bryant will have played 20 years for the same team. He is the only person ever in the NBA to do that, and he’s not going anywhere soon either. He will probably stay till he breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scoring record. Kobe is a mere 37 and the Spurs’ Tim Duncan is still active at age 39. Alex Rodriquez, age 40, continues to hammer home runs; Dave Beasant played goalkeeper till 2014 as the oldest player ever to put on a jersey at age 55 for his soccer club, Stevenage Borough. In Hockey, Jaromir Jagr was an all-star at age 43, who in December 2015 became the fourth highest scorer in NHL History. Need I go on about age being just a number?!

More recent developments have come in the still-evolving fields of nutrition, and WAC has an outstanding staff here to help you cross train and stretch.

Remember, age is just a number so mind your body and take care of it, knowing we will all be playing tennis for many years to come while enjoying great health and good times here with our friends at WAC.

Welcome to the AGE of Old. I love it!

Fitness Tip:

Bridge Exercise Using The Stability Ball
By Patti Markowitz

The bridge is an excellent exercise that strengthens your back, butt, hamstrings, and abs, and is a safe and effective exercise for those with weak or injured backs.

- Lie flat with your back on the floor and with your legs stretched out on top of the exercise ball. Rest both arms at your sides.
- Exhale and begin to raise your hips off the floor until your body is almost straight. Make sure you are also helping to support your weight using your arms (Hold for 20-30 seconds).
- Inhale, and ease your body back into the starting position by slowly lowering your back down on the mat, and then your hips. (Do three sets, holding for 20-30 seconds each time).

Yoga Tip:

Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)
By Cindy Zaveruha
Anjaneyasana is an excellent pose to add to a yoga sequence or to use anytime during the day when a relaxing, stretching, strengthening and reaching pose is desired.

Here are some tips to get the most out of this feel-good pose:

  • Begin in Downward Facing Dog and step your right foot forward into a high-lunge keeping fingertips on the ground.
  • Gently lower your left knee (place a blanket under your knee for more comfort). The top of the left foot is flat on the mat, toes pointed.
  • Slowly lift your torso up as your arms sweep upward, palms facing together, fingertips reaching for the sky. Keep the arms shoulder distance apart.
  • Lengthen all four sides of your torso. Release your tailbone down slightly tilting your pelvis up. Draw your belly-button in.
  • Arms reach up and back slightly. Lengthen your neck away from your shoulders by drawing your shoulder blades down. Your gaze is up without putting a deep curve in your neck. It is more about lengthening.
  • Full deep breath here as you settle into the pose.
  • The final step: Shift your weight to the four corners of your front foot, bend the knee deeper moving the hips forward. This will stretch the hip flexors on the opposite side.
  • Reach for the sky, full deep breath and feel this amazing pose working for you!

Anjaneyasana is also a great pose to remember if you have been sitting for long periods of time. You are stretching the hip flexors, opening up the chest, lengthening the neck and spine, correcting poor posture, strengthening the abs and glutes and last but not least, remembering to take long, full, deep breaths!

Training Tip

The Three Way Toe Touch
By Peter Loncto

For the past few months we have featured the ARKE line of Technogym equipment. ARKE is Cardio Centric and all about Functional Strength in motion.

Coordination, stability and balance are the building blocks of Functional Strength, and Technogym offers several options to challenge yourself in these all important areas. The Balance Pad, Balance Dome, Foam Roller, Kettle Blocks and Stability Discs (all green, by the way), are all designed to test your limits and turbocharge your workout.

Try the Three Way Toe Touch on the Balance Pad.
Begin by standing on the Balance Pad with arms elevated laterally. Balance on one leg and, toes pointed down, bend your knee in a half squat and reach your toes forward.



Return to the starting position, balance and bend your knee while reaching you toes to the side. Return again and reach your toes straight behind you.



Keep your core engaged and your eyes straight ahead...don't look down! You will get a great workout for your Quads, Glutes and Hamstrings while rapidly improving your balance and stability.


Swim Tip

Why It’s Important To Conquer the Kick
By Scott Davis
If there is one skill that most differentiates the fast swimmers from the the not-so-fast swimmers, it would be the strength of the kick. As a triathlete, one of the biggest dilemma, given the limited amount of swim time training you have, is how much time and effort you should spend trying to improve your kick. I believe focusing on the legs is one of the best ways to improve as a swimmer.

The kick plays a huge role in overall speed because it provides four important functions:

  1. Depending on the strength and fitness level of the legs and ankle flexibility, it creates propulsion.
  2. Because the kick is not symmetrical, it creates lift – the downward phase of the kick is more powerful then the upward.
  3. Since the most powerful of the down kicks coincides with the end of the underwater pull, it helps stabilize the counter rotation of the body.
  4. In the six-beat kick, there is virtually no recovery time, generating a steadier propulsive force. (Only use a two-beat kick if you do not choose to focus on your legs to improve your swim time.)

Note: Even though a wetsuit handles one of the primary functions (creating lift) during a triathlon, a good kicker can still benefit from the other three functions.

Throughout the season, we will dedicate two full workouts a week entirely to the legs. Some consider them a very challenging (or borderline torture), but we have created some unique ways to work the kick in both directions and sustain the motion. The best kickers utilize both the down and the ups kicks to sustain propulsion at all times – never “letting go” of the water.

The good news about kicking is that if you don’t have good flexibility in your ankles, you can develop it very quickly (within weeks) .

Running Tip

Mizuno Run Club At WAC With P5 Racing Coach Scott
How to Avoid Simple Running Injuries:

Generally, most running injuries are the result of training errors:

1. Too many miles and too little rest.
2. Too much fast, intense training without adequate rest.
3. BAD SHOES - Worn out, inadequate / improper shoes.

There are as many other causes of injury as there are runners, but one commonality runners share is a lack of patience, combined with a high motivation factor. All too often this means we are too anxious to progress at too rapid a rate.

Instead, the key is to only gradually increase your weekly mileage, long runs and speed training. You simply can’t continually increase your training from week to week with inadequate rest without putting yourself at a high risk of injury.

Some of the key elements to avoiding these common running injuries and missing time are:

  1. Wear the proper running shoes. Make absolutely certain you are wearing the right type of shoe for your needs and that the shoe you are wearing has plenty of cushioning.
  2. Go to a running specialty store for the proper shoe. There, you will get fitted for the best shoe for you and your running style.
  3. Replace shoes every 300-400 miles. Different shoes wear out at different rates. Also, different size runners wear out shoes differently. A bigger runner will certainly wear out the same shoe faster than a smaller one. Regardless, make sure your shoes are not worn out. If they are, get a new pair. New shoes are always less expensive than a doctor’s visit.
  4. Stretch after every run. Learn a stretching routine and spend 5 to 15 minutes stretching the hips, hamstrings, quadriceps and calf muscles after each and every run. Many yoga studios have stretching classes specifically designed for runners.
  5. Strength train. Running places a great strain on your muscles, tendons and ligaments. If you can strengthen the running muscles, you will become a stronger, more efficient runner and less susceptible to injury. Join a gym and spend at least 30 minutes a few times a week strength training the key running muscles such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, calf and hip flexors.
  6. Hydrate carefully. The older you are, the more important this is. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps and soreness. Proper hydration is important to preventing muscular injuries.
  7. Add variety to your training and training routes. Run on different surfaces, especially soft surfaces such as grass or dirt. Also incorporate different terrain, pace and distances into your training.
  8. Cross training can help. It won’t make you faster, but it may make you stronger and will provide a workout without the stress of running.
  9. Stay off sidewalks. They are rock-hard, cracked and full of pedestrians. Constant pounding on such a hard, unforgiving surface is a recipe for injury.

When tired, back off. At the first sign of feeling sluggish or abnormal soreness, listen to what your body is saying and either reduce your training or take day or two off.

Don’t take short cuts. There is no such thing.

Life At WAC

Spring Has Sprung
By Anna Griffin

The beautiful Southern Californian weather continues to delight us as beautiful sunny days inspire us to get out on the courts, into the pool, and on our bikes, embracing our health and wellness.

As usual the courts and pool are busy, whether it’s our most junior members taking their first steps in tennis with their much-loved coach, Miss Kelly . . .

Or some of our more experienced members, perfecting their strokes and kicks in our year-round heated pool . .
We are happy to see you all enjoy our facilities in the sunshine.

In tennis news, we are thrilled to announce that on Saturday February 20, Calle Hanson and Karl Akkerman received accolations at the UPSTA 2016 Awards Banquet. Calle was awarded Player of the Year Award For Southern California, for his exceptional results as a player in 2015. Haling from Sweden, Calle started playing tennis as a young six year old, graduating from Pepperdine University where he was a two-time All American, and going on to play on the ATP tour for four years. Calle became a Pro at WTSC in 2006 and when the club was purchased in 2012 was promoted to Adult Tennis Director. We are proud to have him on the WAC team and excited he was honored as the USPTA Player of the Year. Congratulations, Calle!
Karl Akkerman was awarded the Zeak Simmons Service Award. Zeak was a fallen Pro who passed away at age 72 from a stroke, on January 6th. Loved by many of our friends here at WAC, Karl organized a touching Celebration of Life memorial for Zeak at Ventura College. Congrats on your award, Karl, and thank you for your contribution and service.
Here’s Karl in action on the courts:

In fitness news, The Technogym World Challenge starts today, encouraging us to embrace activity. Our goal at WAC is to support, guide, and assist you, your family and friends in becoming more physically active. An added incentive for us all is the possibility of winning training equipment to be donated to Westlake High School. Enroll your friends, family and teammates to donate their MOVES, knowing that we might help local youngsters with their health and fitness. As our General Manger, John, would say, “Let’s move for a better world.”

On March 3rd, new small group TRX training classes are on the schedule. Developed by Navy Seals with flexibility, strength, balance and core stability in mind, trainer Peter Loncto, will lead small groups of no more than six members and is offering packages of ten workouts for $150. Buy yours at Front Desk.

TRX Training Flyer

If you have yet to begin your Technogym experience and enjoying our fabulous Fitness Center, Katie Whittaker is offering a complimentary personal training session, as she introduces you to the best machines and moves to meet your fitness goals. If the gym is not your thing, Katie is including water exercise, breathing and meditation, yoga and pilates, and core strengthening. This is a brilliant opportunity to try something new with one of our most trusted and effective trainers.

Katie Whittaker Flyer

In Triathlon news, the season is just around the corner and our training is underway.

Save this date for another big swim:

Saturday, March 19th: 100 x 100's, 100 x 75's, 100 x 50's. With 90 second intervals.

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

In other news, the temporary locker rooms have been completed and are now operational. Please make yourselves at home but be mindful of our limited hot water, keeping your 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. We are grateful for your patience and support as we upgrade and install your new locker facilities, ready to be unveiled in the coming months. By the way, they will be so worth it!

As Easter approaches, join us for WAC’s Easter Egg Hunt, open to all of our families. On Sunday, 20th March, from 11.30 am – 12.30 pm, and don’t forget to bring your own basket!

Easter Egg Hunt Flyer

As we continue to upgrade our member experience here, we are committed to Westlake Athletic Club being one of the premier boutique health and wellness clubs in the Conejo Valley, and look forward to seeing you embracing your fitness goals as you enjoy these lovely warm and sunny days.

Happy March, Members!


Member of the Month: Peggy Glen

Muscle Strength Over Medication
By Anna Griffin

One of our favorite and long-term members who always greets us with a smile each day, is Peggy Glen. Peggy inspires us with her commitment to her health and great attitude to working out, staying strong, and being well.

A little over a year ago, Peggy was diagnosed with the onset of osteoporosis, and prescribed medication. Not wishing to overload her body with pills and prescriptions, she decided to take responsibility for her own wellbeing, reasoning that by spending more time in the Fitness Center, she could build muscle and bone mass, and eliminate the need for medication. Peggy signed up to train with Patti Markowitz, our brilliant trainer who always knows how to adjust her client’s workouts to their personal fitness needs and goals, and after almost a year under Patti’s careful instruction, Peggy is now feeling better than ever.

Focusing on balance, cardio, strength and fitness, Peggy tells us, “I have never felt better. Clothes I couldn’t wear five years ago are now too loose. I have arm strength I haven’t had in years, and my spirit is great. Thank you, Patti!”

Well done, Peggy. We are inspired by your commitment and enthusiasm, and look forward to seeing you working hard in the Fitness Center soon.

Member Getaway

Escape To Belize – Matachica Resort & Spa
By Anna Griffin


When life gets a bit stressful and in need of a great escape, head to the Matachica Resort & Spa in Belize. Located just 5 miles north of San Pedro, across the second largest coral reef in the world, on the Ambergris Caye Island, Matachica Resort & Spa is a Belize resort renowned for the elegance and refinement of its 31 villas.
Complimented with a natural white sand private beach, Matachica is the perfect vacation spot for a calm and relaxing get away. Each villa is embellished with the charm that characterizes Central America. Vibrantly colored and exotic with thatched roofs, each is uniquely decorated with hints of Central American motifs and original art collected from around the world.
They are spacious, privately located from each other, and include indigenous features of large traditional mosaic bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, private patios with hammocks, bathrobes and daily maid service. Here you will find a subtle yet tasteful combination of tradition and modernity aimed at your comfort and wellbeing. Want to be more active? Discover Belize through it’s various activities: water-taxi rides to the village of San Pedro, scuba diving in the miraculous turquoise sea, taste the local cuisine, and jungle hike within Belize’s lush vegetation, which are all included though various packages offered. For the ultimate indulgence, visit their Jade Spa for rejuvenating massages and treatments using only natural ingredients sourced locally from the Belizean jungle and sea.
From banana and papaya facials, coffee scrubs, body wraps, and traditional deep tissue massage, the Jade Spa is sure to provide you with an authentic Belizean experience. For a truly unique dining experience, try out the award-winning Mambo Restaurant.
There you can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of contemporary paintings, local ceramic treasures, exotic handcrafted Belizean art and beautiful Central American furniture, while light Belizean music plays in the background. This restaurant is known to be one of the best restaurants in the country, offering locally inspired flavors and inspiring combinations. And if all that gets exhausting and you need a rest, head to the jetty, take in a glorious sunset and breathe.

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:

Peter Sabat: Meet Him At the Hot Tub.
By Anna Griffin

A resident of Agoura for over 25 years and happily married for 32, Peter Sabat has been a proud member of Westlake Athletic Club since 2010. A passionate tennis player, Peter can often be seen on the courts with his son, Sean. He also enjoys the pool, fitness center, grounds, and his fellow club members, finding WAC a fun and comfortable environment.


The owner of HydroSpa with two retail stores in Woodland Hills and Santa Clarita, Peter knows a thing or two about the spa world as Hydrospa now enters its 35th year of business.

Peter also knows how beneficial a spa is after playing three sets of tennis with Sean, who gives him as good as he gets on the courts. Being able to relax and soothe those muscles is a vital tool of health and wellness, and essential in aiding a fast recovery, enabling him to recover quickly.


Hot water is widely known to be therapeutic for sore muscles and joints and with the special jets available, you can target those exact areas, helping you to recuperate a day faster.

“Having a spa is easy nowadays and not such the luxury item it was once considered. If you have outdoor access to electricity and a garden hose, you easily fill it yourself, and with a sanitizing system the maintenance is a minimum of upkeep- 5-10 minutes a week,” says Peter.


Peter loves the hot tub business as he thinks it is a fun activity that every family can enjoy together at home. Whether used for hydrotherapy after a game of tennis or other sport, relaxation with friends, or just a fun bonding time with family, he thinks of it as a vacation in your own backyard. He is especially excited about Southern California’s recent warm weather as it signals the beginning of pool and spa season, his favorite time of year!

HydroSpa carries four main spa lines on their floor, which always has over 26 spas on display, and offers top of the line manufacturers and customer service to compliment.

Clients such as John McEnroe, Roscoe Tanner, Paul Anacone and Shawn White seem convinced. They understand the benefits of hot tubbing and want the best. Shouldn’t you?

For your own personal spa experience, look for Peter on the courts, or visit

Fitness Stuff

This Month: TRX Suspension Training Group Exercise Class.


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  TRX Training 9.00 am–10.00 am Peter
 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
 Tue & Thurs  TRX Training 6.30 pm-7.30 pm Peter
 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 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

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