We are excited to have been selected by the USTA to host the Mixed 18 & Over Sectionals May 13-15. Sunset Hills Country Club and WAC will be hosting the event and will be utilizing six courts at each club on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Please adjust your schedules accordingly. This is the first time USTA has split the venues in order for smaller clubs such as ours to host sectionals. We are thrilled to have been selected from a large number of clubs to host the event and hope you will come on out and show your support.
We are busy preparing for the USTA National Men’s 45s which will begin on May 30th. We are looking for volunteers to host the courtesy desk, monitor the courts, and provide flowers and snacks for the tournament desk. Please sign up at the front desk if you are interested in helping out. In the past we have held our poolside club party on Wednesday night but this year we have shifted the venue to Zin Bistro Americana on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30pm. Dinner will be buffet style and will include roast beef, fresh roasted turkey, pasta salad, vegetables, salad and dessert. Vocalist Jeanne Tatum will once again rock the house with her vast repertoire of your favorite songs. Her musical styles include jazz, pop, blues and R& B. Adult tickets are $30 and children under 12, $15. We hope to see you all there!
Have you downloaded the WAC app yet? More and more members are doing so everyday. With just a touch of your finger you can use the app to check the clinic and group exercise schedule, view your statement and club charges, and shortly you will be able to use it to check in at the front desk. You will also receive pushes or alerts to let you know about events and court conditions affected by weather. If you need help in setting up the app, please let us know, we are here to answer questions and help you!
Our front desk is continuously striving to provide exceptional customer service to our members. This becomes a bigger challenge, but still an important goal, as our membership grows and we add new personnel. One way our members can help us provide a better experience is by taking the time to check-in with your membership card when you come in, and to notify and pay for your lessons and clinics prior to proceeding onto the courts.
It would also be extremely helpful if the members would alert the front desk when they have vacated their court. We are not always able to do a visual check of the courts and cannot see the back courts easily from the lobby. When you are exiting the club please take the time to let us know what court you have vacated so we can easily assign it to other members.
After several setbacks, the work on the locker rooms is back on track and progressing nicely. With the new time line we are expecting to have them completed by the end of June. We would like to thank all of you for your patience while we update the facilities. We are certain you will be thrilled with our beautiful new locker rooms.
Let’s Move for a Better World,
By Anna Griffin
As we come into summer, peaches refresh us with their sweet and juicy goodness, being seasonally available from now through September. Fresh peaches are full of vitamin-C, which has anti-oxidant effects and is required for connective tissue synthesis inside the human body. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps develop resistance against infectious agents, and helps scavenge harmful free radicals. They are also rich in many vital minerals such as potassium, fluoride and iron. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Fluoride is a component of bones and teeth and is essential for prevention of dental illness. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Peaches contain health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-cryptoxanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
Hemp milk is an ideal accompaniment when making this delicious smoothie, due to its lower carbohydrate content. Hemp milk is also a great source of vegan protein because hemp seeds contain all 10 essential amino acids - the building blocks of protein. They're also rich in naturally-balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's), while being high in magnesium, iron, potassium, fiber and phytonutrients, plus natural antioxidants like vitamin E. A little higher in fat than most rice and soy milks, hemp milk provides a creamy base and nutty flavor, for a perfectly delicious, nutritious smoothie.
This recipe is a great source of protein, containing about 15 grams, including seven grams of protein from protein powder, six grams in the hemp milk, and about two-three grams in the remaining ingredients.
Remember, for best results find locally grown produce, and always choose chemical free and organic, to enhance nutrition and whole body wellness.
Peach Perfection Smoothie.
1 fresh ripe peach
1 1/2 cups hemp milk
1 cup frozen papaya
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1/4 cup peach yogurt
1/2 cup coconut water
1 frozen or fresh banana
2 tbsp protein powder (choose your favorite)
2 tbsp shredded (fine) coconut flakes
Blend all ingredients except the protein powder and fresh fruit (peach and if using, banana). Once blended, add in the fresh fruit and powder and blend for another few seconds until only tiny bits of the fruit can be seen. Sip, enjoy, and feel peachy!
Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC
Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC
Side Plank on Bosu Ball.
By Patti Markowitz
This exercise focuses on strength and targets your glutes. obliques, and delts, and will challenge you while being highly rewarding.
1.Lie on your side with your bottom elbow on the Bosu ball and your feet on the floor. Your top foot should be in front of your bottom foot.
2.Raise your hips so that they're off the floor and your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Return to starting position.
3. Do three sets and hold the position (20-30 sec), remembering to breathe!
The Benefits of Twisting Poses & Tennis.
By Cindy Zaveruha
Twisting poses in yoga are great for many reasons including balancing out muscular strength and flexibility in sports that favor a dominant right or left side. Whether standing or sitting, twisting yoga asanas (poses) should always begin at the base of the core, slowly working up the body, on an exhale, to the hips, torso, shoulders, neck and head. Twisting standing poses also engage the core, when balancing on one leg, which helps players improve overall balance.
By Peter Loncto
May is National Osteoporosis Month, so instead of focusing on the Technogym lineup, I'd like to take a moment to discuss the importance of exercise in keeping this onerous disease at bay.
Some facts: Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person's bones weak and more likely to break. Approximately 10 million Americans have Osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk.
54 million Americans, half of all adults 50 or older, are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health.
One in two women, and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to Osteoporosis. For women, the incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are keys to preventing and managing this disease. It is important to get the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D and, more importantly, to add weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercise to your daily routine.
Weight bearing exercise is easy... go for a walk, outside or on a treadmill .Go dancing or, better still, play tennis! Just get up and move! These activities will keep your bones strong and as a bonus, you'll feel better and look better too! Balance training will help your bones and are great at preventing falls.
To strengthen your muscles, add light dumbbell lifting, resistance bands, the Technogym Kinesis weight machines, or even swimming or aqua exercise. In addition to building muscle, these activities will help prevent bone fractures.
Bottom line--- get active. There is lots of information online about Osteoporosis, and your training staff here at Westlake Athletic Club will be happy to help you keep your bones healthy and strong.
Slowing Down the Ageing Process.
By Katie Whittaker
The cells of the body multiply by "mitotic" division; every cell divides into two. On a subcellular level, every time a cell divides, the chromosomes that split up lose a minuscule part, the "telomeres". Chromosomes contain DNA, and DNA strands have ‘telomeres’ at the end. Telomeres act as protective caps. After a certain number of replications though, the DNA loses too much of the telomere portion to replicate without defects. Then we become more at risk for mutations, including chronic fatigue and cancer.
The good news is, western medical research (UCSF) has proven that yoga, meditation & Chi style exercises keep our telomeres more intact, and the more yoga, etc. that you do, the more your bodies are protected at a level that is not only cell-deep but DNA-deep. You are not necessarily at the fate of your genes! Your DNA does not have to "age" as quickly.
WAC offers yoga at 9:00am Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday, and at 5:30 pm Monday & Wednesday. Want to try something a little gentler? Come at 8:30 am on Saturdays to my Chi/Yoga. If you prefer, you can sit in a chair from the lobby, taking it at your own pace as you slow down your DNA’s ageing.
Tri Tip: Your Optimum Recovery.
By Scott and Kari Davis, P5 Racing Coaches.
Racing season is HERE, same with centuries and the summer. For the athlete that usually means longer training days and the body needs more rest as well. To enjoy the benefits of all that exercise there are several ways to maximize the benefits. You did the work, enjoy the results!
You are only as good as your recovery!!
Because recovery is when improvements happen. As you rest – sleeping, channel surfing the T.V., or engaging in enjoying your easy runs and doing proper warm-ups and warm downs will increase the benefits of your work.
DAY TO DAY RECOVERY
A compression sock. This helps improve circulation in the surrounding muscles and pushes blood back toward the heart.
In the most general sense, healing in a muscle begins when there is increased blood flow to the affected areas. In addition, the increased blood flow helps to flush out metabolic waste that accumulates after a hard race or workout. It will reduce soreness in the days following.
After workouts – Take your shoes OFF. Let your feet relax and breathe.
There’s a short but important recovery window of 30 to 60 minutes after a race or workout where you want to start restocking glycogen stores and repairing damaged muscle tissue. Many sports nutritionists recommend ingesting 200 to 300 calories that contain a 3 to 1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein soon after finishing. Examples are energy bars, chocolate milk or try a recovery drink.
An athlete should have an easier week one out of every four or five weeks. Reduced intensity and intensity volume.
After a big race, take a two week to one month break. I don’t mean stop exercising, relax and go easy.
Active Recovery = The key to active recovery is both mental and physical; it’s free from the stress of training and doesn’t feel like an “obligatory” workout.
• Take a Sunday and Wednesday off during the week while staying active.
• Cut your long runs back from 15 to 18 miles, to 8 to 10 miles.
• Do more swim drills in a swim workout.
• Ride a mountain bike.
• Go hiking instead of running.
• Go back to the gym and do core work three x a week, so you are strong and balanced when you pick up your training again.
• Take a nap or read a book.
Re-Energize your mind and body.
Life At WAC: Spring Has Sprung!
By Anna Griffin
Welcome to May and more fun at Westlake Athletic Club! The weather has been gorgeous and our inviting facilities beckon you to reach your athletic prowess, on the courts, in the pool, and in our brilliant fitness center.
It’s fun as always to experience life here at WAC and watch you enjoying your time here. From juniors to Adults, you continue to raise your game. Our younger members are honing their tennis skills under the watchful eyes of their coaches . . .
Like Miss Kelly, who trains our Little Ballers, introducing them to their first experience on the courts. As you can tell, they all love her!
For the more advanced of our junior members, Calle continues to put them through their paces and encourage them to be their best. Is there a future Sharpova or a Sampras in this line-up?
For our adult members, good times and good tennis go hand in hand. Like David and Claude, who have as much fun sparing over a net as they do telling jokes and making each other laugh . . .
And when Claude is not on the court, he can always be found hanging out with his buddies, famously known as the Spartan crowd . . .
Our year-round heated pool is busy as always, as our swimmers continue to work hard, some of you training for race season . . .
And the fitness center continues to inspire you workout, improving strength and agility . . .
Like Derek, who can often be seen hanging around!
In club news, hugest congratulations to Tennis Director, Calle Hansen who won
the silver medal in singles at the USTA 30's National Indoors Championship, losing to Tyler Browne 7-6,6-4, as well as winning the bronze in doubles with Derek Acker from Buffalo. You go, Calle!
Big congrats also to our ladies and the WAC 2 Conejo Team, who are the champions of the Conejo League 2015-2015 season! The team did not lose one match during the entire season out of all fourteen matches. The Conejo League is a league for 4.0/3.5 ladies with five lines of doubles every match. Special recognition must go to Marla Peck, team captain, and her co-captain, Maria Goldberg. The team will be awarded their trophy at the May 12th luncheon at Zin's Restaurant following a round robin for the entire league. Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done!!!
In other great news, WAC is proud to announce we are hosting the 2016 National Men’s 45 Hard Court Championships, May 30th – June 5th. This premiere tournament is one of four national events in which national, top tennis players in their age division compete on four separate surfaces. Premiere venues from around the country compete to be selected by the USTA, and we are honored to have been selected having hosted this event for the past 17 years. It is an event that both our members and the local community look forward to each year. The tournament is open to both members and the general public and draws spectators from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, as well as the greater Los Angeles area. Players, please sign up, and spectators, please note the dates and come out to watch some fabulous tennis and support your fellow members. As a reminder, we are are looking for volunteers and request your generous support to host the courtesy desk, monitor the courts, and provide flowers and snacks for the tournament desk. Sign-up sheets are at the front desk for those interested in helping out.
We are also looking for local sponsors and corporate partners. This is a tremendous opportunity for significant exposure for your brand. Please contact John Sutcliffe or Calle Hansen for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
On May 1st, Karl and Tim commenced a “Two for One” deal at their Sunday morning clinic (9:00 – 10:30 am). On the first Sunday of each month, anyone can bring a spouse or significant other to the clinic at no charge for the partner. This deal will be for a limited time only, so make sure to take advantage of it. Bring your favorite sidekick and come out and have some laughs. The clinic is both instructional and provides a good healthy workout, and players from beginners to advance can attend. Karl and Tim have two courts available and will offer instruction based on players’ level. There is always lots of laughter, and the time together can build untold memories. These Sunday morning clinics are also the birthplace for many new league players as well. Karl always seems to get new members involved. Remember, the Sunday morning clinic costs just $20 for members and $30 for non-members but on the first Sunday of the month, your “significant other” is free. Such a deal! You can then take out your honey to brunch afterwards to cap off a great day together! The next “Two for One” clinic is Sunday, June 5th. Be there or be square!
A reminder from our tennis department about Joe Block’s Adult Beginner Tennis Clinic, held every Monday 10 - 11.30 am. For those of you who are new to tennis, this is a tremendous opportunity to get your game on, and learn skill and technique. $20 for members, $30 for non-members – arrive at Front Desk 15 minutes before to sign in.
In fitness news, if you haven’t already, take a Body Sculpting class held every Monday and Wednesday from 11:00am-12:00pm, in our gorgeous fitness studio. Holly Butler is leading this phenomenal class, which offers a mixture of floor exercises and resistance training utilizing our state of the art yoga wall, and other props such as gliding discs, stability balls, and band training. Build, lengthen, tone, lean and stretch, for a fabulously balanced and functional body.
We continue to offer new small group TRX training classes with trainer, Peter Loncto. Developed by Navy Seals with flexibility, strength, balance and core stability in mind, the groups are limited to no more than six members and come in packages of ten workouts for $150. Buy yours at Front Desk.
If you have yet to begin your Technogym experience and enjoying our fabulous Fitness Center, Katie Whittaker continues to offer a complimentary personal training session to new clients, as she introduces you to our wonderful equipment and exercises 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.
Now that our temporary locker rooms are 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 June. It’s almost time, and we can’t wait for you to use them!
We continue to look forward to this and the coming months, encouraging you and celebrating your many fitness achievements, as we maintain our commitment to being your best health and wellness choice in the Conejo Valley.
Happy May, Members!
Mind, Body & Spirit Wellness: Mii amo Destination Spa, Sedona.
By Anna Griffin
Set within the soaring red rock backdrop of Sedona, Arizona, Mii amo is a world of holistic wellness, surrounded by awe-inspiring, natural beauty and endless spiritual healing.
Offering all-inclusive packages featuring exclusive, private accommodations, spa treatments, healthy culinary delights, mind, body, and spirit retreats, workshops including stress management and meditation, and activities including yoga, an extensive fitness program, golf, and tennis, Mii amo is more than a spa; it’s a transformative way of life.
Inspiring and unforgettable activities are offered for those seeking movement, flow and energy. Retreats reveal knowledge and wisdom, allowing you to find true balance and harmony from within. Workshops expand upon ideas that integrate within your beliefs, enhancing life’s affirmations, as you rest, relax and become inspired on your own personal wellness journey.
All-inclusive packages offer:
1. Luxury spa accommodations at Mii amo.
2. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at Mii amo Café (specialty and alcoholic beverages excluded).
3. Two spa services each day.
4. Use of all fitness facilities, scheduled fitness classes, and all scheduled lectures and activities.
5. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, and men's and women's lounges.
6. Tennis, mountain bikes, hiking trails, and access to the facilities and services of Enchantment Resort.
7. An exclusive Mii amo robe, tote bag and sports water bottle.
Mii amo is a world-class destination that defies imagination. A place like no other, this spa resort delivers holistic rejuvenation set against the inspired, breath-taking vista of Sedona. You might go to Mii amo to lose yourself, but in the process of a memorable and transformative experience, you will find yourself better than before. A gift to all the senses, Mii amo is pure mind, body and sprit wellness, and an unparalleled escape! www.miiamo.com
Meet your Trainers
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.
Katie specializes in aquatic exercise, yoga, and meditation, as well as in strength, toning and cardiovascular training. She also offers nutrition counseling and weight management. Creator of "Aqua Yoga," she uses water and land exercise to compassionately assist clients both pre and post surgery. Katie is certified in fitness instruction by the National Arthritis Association, the Yoga Alliance, the Aquatic Exercise Association, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Association of Sports Medicine. Katie has guided hundreds of clients to better health for more than 10 years.
Peter Loncto is a longtime resident of Westlake Village and the newest member of our training staff. As a National Association of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Suspension Training instructor, he blends his passion and enthusiasm for fitness with his knowledge and experience to motivate and challenge his clients to feel their best.
"When I first met with John Sutcliffe a year ago and he shared his vision of a first rate fitness center, I was excited to have an opportunity to work with my neighbors in our fantastic community. After learning of his commitment to Technogym, I was all in! The Technogym philosophy of Wellness, their unique, elegant Kinesis One stations with an emphasis on adaptive, functional movement, and their unequaled interactive capability place them far out in front of any other traditional gym equipment. Some of you may have seen me in the Fitness Center over the last month, working out and becoming familiar with the literally thousands of movements possible with the Technogym system. Every day I am more impressed with Technogym's versatility and applicability to all levels of fitness. Whether your goal is a better backstroke, more tee-to-green distance, weight loss and toning, or just feeling your best, Technogym offers dozens of programs and the ability to customize a wellness program just for you.
I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months and welcome the chance to assist you in identifying your Wellness goals, and working with you to achieve them. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. It would be an honor to be part of your Wellness journey.
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.
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
|Sun||Yoga (Beg/Int)||9.00 am–10.00 am||Katie/Cindy|
|Sun||Skills, Thrills & Drills||9.00 am–10.30 am||Karl/Tim|
|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||11.00-12.00pm||Holly|
|Mon||Adult Beginner Tennis||10.00-11.30 am||Joe|
|| 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||Masters Swim||6.00-7.00 pm||Logan|
|Tue & Thurs||TRX Training||6.30 pm-7.30 pm||Peter|
|Tue|| Body Sculpting||5.30-6.30 pm||Holly|
|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||Small Group Training||6.00-7.00 pm||Peter|
|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|
|Sat||Master Swim||7.15-8.30 am||Kari|
|Sat|| Yoga (Beg/Int)||8:30-9:30am||Katie|
|Sat||Live Ball (3.0+)||10.30 am-12.00 pm||Chris|
WAC is pleased to have Kari Davis as our Head Masters Swim Coach. Kari was a Collegiate All-American swimmer and has over 30 years coaching experience. Kari began teaching swimming in San Diego in 1990. In 1991 and 1992 she was San Diego’s Age-Group Coach of the Year.
In 2005 Kari moved to Park City where she started a Masters Swim Team and began coaching triathletes. Kari loves coaching and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Kari lives with her husband in Westlake Village and has 2 grown children.
WAC is pleased to have Logan Franks coach our Masters swim program.
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.
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
Kevin Lane, Swim Instructor & Coach
Kevin Lane is the Assistant Swim Coach of California Lutheran University Men's and Women's Swim Team. He is also an adjunct instructor at CLU, teaching swimming, and a Masters Swim Coach at Westlake Athletic Club (Certified USMS Level 2).
In addition to coaching, Kevin teaches swimming to all ages and levels here at the WAC. You may have seen him working with students in the pool.
He teaches private one on one lessons as well as groups of two students. His lessons run from 30 mins to an hour, and are for beginners, intermediate, all the way to the competitive student. Kevin has a reputation as a warm and caring instructor who is very intuitive when comes to each individual's needs. With years of experience, he understands how to get the best out of each student at every lesson.
Kevin started swimming and competing at the age of seven. Growing up in Connecticut, he continued to swim through his teen years on the club level, setting many Connecticut State records. He represented Connecticut Swimming as an all-star team member, and traveled and competed against other all-star teams. Moving on to Southern Connecticut State University, a top ten NCAA Division II School, he competed on the national level and set school records in the in the 200 fly and in relays. In his senior year he was elected captain of his team.
After college, Kevin continued to train, compete and coach, eventually winning the Masters One Mile Open Rough Water National Championship for his age group. For over 20 years Kevin has been teaching swimming, coaching on the college, masters and novice level. He has just completed his fifth year of college coaching at CLU.
Kevin brings to the Westlake Athletic Club an enthusiastic love of swimming, with over 20 years of experience as a swim instructor, swim coach and competitor. Kevin looks forward to helping others advance in the water, as they learn how wonderful and positive the swimming experience is. As spring and summer approaches, Kevin encourages all members and families to get out and start a regular exercise program that includes swimming.
Masters Swim Schedule
Mon & Wed 12 to 1pm
Tues & Thurs 5:30 to 6:30am
Tues & Thurs 6:15-7:30pm
Sat 7 to 8:15am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.