June Newsletter 2016

June 13, 2016

imgDear Members,

The tiling work in the locker rooms is under way and it looks terrific. Once the tiling is complete we’ll move onto paint followed by the electrical and plumbing work and finish up with the locker installation. We hope to finish this all up in the next 3 to 4 weeks and have the locker rooms reopened by mid July. Based on what I have seen so far it will be worth the wait.

Starting next Monday (6/20) we will be closing the breeze way for repairs for one week. During that time you will not be able to use the breezeway to get from the pool to the tennis courts but you will have access to both sides from the walkway at the front of the building which is located under the bridge to the front entrance. We appreciate your patience while we repair this area.

With the sizzling summer heat just around the corner I would like to remind everyone of the importance of staying hydrated. Whether you are a serious athlete or recreational exerciser, it is important to make sure you get the right amount of water before, during and after exercise. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. If you’re not properly hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level and you will likely experience fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness or more serious symptoms.

The American Council on Exercise suggests the following basic guidelines for drinking water before, after and during exercise:
• Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising.
• Drink 8 additional ounces 20 to 30 minute before exercising.
• Drink 7 to 10 ounces every 20 minute while exercising.
• Drink 8 ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise.

For most people, water is all that is needed to stay hydrated. However, if you will be exercising at a high intensity for longer than an hour, a sports drink will be helpful. The calories, potassium and other nutrients in sports drinks can provide energy and electrolytes to help you perform for a longer period of time. There are many sports drinks on the market but if you are looking for a quick fix we do offer Gatorade at front desk.

Have a Healthy & Active Summer,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Nutrition Tip:

Summer Breeze

By Anna Griffin


Summer is upon us and I find myself craving the tropics, or at the very least the taste of them, and incorporating this into a nutritious morning smoothie is simple. At this time of year, lush fruits like watermelon and pineapple are in plentiful supply and are easy and healthful additions to any juice or smoothie, loaded with vitamins and minerals essential to daily well being.

Watermelons are mostly water - about 92 percent - but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, full of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There's even a modest amount of potassium. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that's especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well.

Pineapples are a storehouse of huge health benefits due to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, bromaline, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta carotene, thiamin, B6, and folate, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. Health benefits include improving respiratory health, aiding in the cure of coughs and colds, improving digestion, weight loss, bone strengthening, boosting oral and eye health, reducing inflammation, preventing cancer, increasing heart health, fighting off infections and parasites, improving the immune system, and increasing circulation.

When added to a traditional kale-based smoothie, the taste is infused with a sweet tartness, and the consistency thickened by the density of these fruits, leaving a satisfied feeling, ready to take the day on. The combination of watermelon and kale also make for a great post-workout boost, or as part of a detox regimen.

Remember, for best results find locally grown produce, and always choose chemical free and organic, to enhance nutrition and promote whole body wellness.

Tropical Breeze Smoothie

1 cup kale

1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup of watermelon
1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
1/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 1/2 cups coconut water
1 fresh banana

2 tbsp protein powder (choose your favorite)

Blend all ingredients except the protein powder and fresh fruit (pineapple, watermelon and 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 get your day off to a refreshingly tropical start!


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: Wine Tasting & Tennis with Friends
By Karl Akkerman

imgWestlake Athletic Club is full of activities on and off the court. We have clinics, leagues, lessons, and socials, in full swing here at WAC, and a good time is always had whether athletic or social.

One of the most recent off the court socials was a Wine Tasting and Tennis Bus tour to our sister club, The Paso Robles Athletic Club. On Saturday April 30th, our eager group departed from the club bright and early at 6 am, embarking on our adventure up to Paso Robles. Stopping a couple of times to stretch our legs, our 3 ½ hour journey seemed to fly by, with all the chatting and socializing going on even that early in the morning. Many of us met others for the first time, and by the end of the weekend new, firm friendships were made.

We arrived to meet our comrades from our sister club and play two hours of tennis in a battle of the clubs, in a serpentine method doubles format. After two rounds of play, the home team prevailed but were very hospitable with us all enjoying our time together. We headed out after a quick shower to three wineries and of course, plenty of great wine was purchased, much of which was shared at dinner that night at a Latin American restaurant serving recipes from Ecuador and Peru. The 24 of us took over the main dining area in one big table, family style, enjoying great food, service, and conversation, along with our fabulous wine!

Post dinner, a few of our more lively in the group hit the hot tub, while the rest hit the sack, surrendering to a long and fun day. Early morning we had a great breakfast together at the La Quinta Hotel, followed by another 1 ½ hours of Live Ball tennis.

Tennis is a great escape from life’s challenges, and for this weekend, it lived up to all expectation inspring fun, friendship, and frivolity.

J Lohr Winery.
Estrella Restaurant

Come join Tim and I on Sunday Mornings at 9am for much of the same, and we will get you involved in a fun group of folks.

The First Sunday of every month is ”TwoFer” Sundays. You can attend the clinic with your loved one, enjoying “Two for the Price of One.” Come out for an instructional, cardio, and sociable Live Ball. All levels are welcome as we typically have two courts going simultaneously.

Also coming up is our 2nd Annual Wood Racket Tournament on the 4th of July.

Don’t miss out on this blast to the past, and a chance to play old-school style with wooden rackets in your finest Wimbledon whites, while enjoying a delicious goodies like strawberries and cream, served with a side of Pimm’s. Rackets will be provided or bring one of your own if you have one. Check out all the fun we had last year . . .


Doing my best McEnroe impression . . .


Nancy and John, providing delicious refreshments and lots of fun . . .


Tourney winner, Bryan Leiker. Unfortunately his racket didn’t make it!

Can’t wait to see you on the courts,
Karl Akkerman
USPTA Elite Professional


Fitness Tip

Bump Up Your Fitness: One Legged Bridge On Bosu Ball.
By Patti Markowitz

Do you want to bump up your fitness level? The Bosu ball makes exercise extra challenging. With a flat platform on one side and a rubber dome on the other, the tool adds an element of instability to your workouts, forcing you to use your core to stay steady. Bosu workouts can also help improve your strength and balance, which is important for preventing injuries, while targeting your abs, glutes, and hamstrings.
1. Lie on your back with your right foot on the dome, your left leg extended toward the ceiling, and your arms flat on the floor.

2. Press your right foot into the dome and lift your torso until it's in line with your right thigh. Hold for 5 counts then slowly lower to start. Repeat this position ten times, before switching sides and repeating.



Yoga Tip

More to Yoga than Touching your Toes.
By Cindy Zaveruha
I hear many people say that they are not flexible enough to take a yoga class.  My reply is that that is one reason to especially try a yoga class!  There are so many obvious benefits to a regular practice as well as beautiful hidden gems one begins to discover along the way.

The physical side of the practice is common to identify.  You become more flexible.  You begin to strengthen muscles in every part of your body.  You learn to open your chest and inhale to the full capacity of your lungs allowing your belly to rise. 

As you become more comfortable with your practice, you may begin to uncover some spiritual benefits.  You may begin to feel more peace and calm during and after class.  You may begin to "take the practice with you" outside of the studio by noticing more moments of feeling at ease, centered and grounded.  You find your outlook alters just a little when you begin to notice and appreciate scenes in nature that you may have otherwise overlooked.  

On a mental/emotional level, things begin to change as well.  The more you practice, and if you allow, the more you will notice strength, flexibility and calm positively impacting your mental and emotional health.  You have tools (breathing techniques, restorative poses) to recognize and better control how you allow life stress to impact you.   

Yoga creates more self-awareness of your mind, body and spirit.  The benefits are vast and very deep.  Why not dive in to explore and discover just how deep your practice will take you beyond being able to touch your toes...;)

Training Tip

Functional Strengthening
By Peter Loncto


Fitness Tip

BOSU BirdDog: Back Strengthener
By Katie Whittaker

This exercise is ideal for all; especially good for those with scoliosis. Remember to begin and maintain a relaxed belly, NO core engagement.

Balancing your right knee at the back of the BOSU ball, and your left arm directly under the shoulder lift and hold your right arm, extending your left leg. Mentally count the seconds you can hold this with the belly soft.
2) Switch sides, balancing your left knee at the back of the BOSU ball, and right arm directly under the shoulder. Lift and hold your left arm & extend your right leg. Mentally count the same number of seconds you can hold this with the belly soft.
3) Progression: pick up the back leg.  Smile . . . This strengthens the muscles between the vertebra leading to excellent spine health.


Tri Corner

No time for Strength Training?
By Scott & Kari Davis

If you have been skipping your strength training because you're short on time, then circuit training is a perfect way to knock out a quick--but effective--workout.

Almost all circuit workouts will engage the entire body, and it's not all about strength training. Even though it's short, expect some tough moments throughout the workout when your lungs are on fire and your muscles are quivering from fatigue.

Besides feeling fit, there are some nice side benefits as well. Circuit training, when done right, will throw your metabolism into overdrive and burn tons of calories. Also, if you're bored with your current workout routine, circuit training can provide some fun and challenging variety.

Typically these workouts can combine 3 to 10 exercises that target every muscle group in your body. At each station do 5-10 reps of each exercise using about 40-60 percent of your max capability.

After you complete all stations (one round) take a 30 second to 2 minute break and repeat the same sequence all over again. You can do anywhere from 3-6 rounds, depending on your level of fitness and the difficulty of the circuit.

imgAlways include a proper warm-up – 3 to 5 minutes of jogging, jump roping or the stationary bike – and follow with 3 to 5 minutes of dynamic stretching. Jump rope and kettle bell swings are included in the following workout; if you are not comfortable with these exercises you can substitute jumping jacks instead. The following circuit is an Intermediate/Advanced level workout:

Squats – 10 reps
Push-ups – 10-15 reps
Mountain Climbing – 20 seconds
Kettle bell swings – 45 seconds
Rest – 45 seconds
Dumbbell Press – 8 reps
Renegade Rows – 10 reps
Side plank – 20 seconds each side
Rest – 30 seconds to 2 minutes
Repeat the circuit 3 to 6 times


Health Tip

Why Weight Matters When It Comes To Joint Pain:
An Excerpt from The Joint Pain Relief Workout: A Special Health Report From Harvard Medical School.

If you’re having the occasional when you go for a walk or climb the stairs, or you’re worried about arthritis because a parent had it, one step toward prevention is to check your weight.

There are two ways which being overweight raises your risk for developing osteoarthritis (the most common joint disorder, which is due to wear and tear on a joint.)

First, additional weight puts extra stress on weight-bearing joints (the knee, for example). Second, inflammatory factors associated with weight gain might contribute to trouble in other joints (for example, the hands).

Let’s look at weight and your knees. When you walk across level ground, the force on your knees is the equivalent of 1½ times your body weight. That means a 200-pound man will put 300 pounds of pressure on his knees with each step. Add an incline, and the pressure is even greater: the force on each knee is two to three times your body weight when you go up and down stairs, and four to five times your body weight when you squat to tie a shoelace or pick up an item you dropped.

Losing a few pounds can go a long way toward reducing the pressure on your knees — and protecting them. For example, research has proven that a sustained 10- to 15-pound weight loss in obese young people can translate to a much lower risk of osteoarthritis later in life.

The Best Tactics For Losing Weight:

Increasing physical activity has many health benefits and can help you shed weight. But stepping up your exercise alone is rarely enough to help you lose weight. Every pound you’d like to shed represents roughly 3,500 calories. So if you’re hoping to lose half a pound to one pound a week, you need to knock off 250 to 500 calories a day. A good way to start is to try to burn 125 calories through exercise and eat 125 fewer calories each day.

Don’t forget that the math works both ways: indulging in an extra 100 calories a day without burning them off can leave you 10 pounds heavier at the end of a year! Over time, routine treats like a scoop or two of ice cream, a calorie-packed coffee drink, or visits to the cookie or candy jar can tip the scales in the wrong direction.

Life At WAC

Hello Summer!
By Anna Griffin
Summer is upon us and as always you, our valued members, are working out hard on the tennis courts, in the pool, and in our fitness center. It’s great to see your passion and enthusiasm to staying fit and healthy, and improving your athletic skills.

WAC is as much social as it is fitness-oriented, and there are always great events happening here. We recently hosted the 2016 National Men’s 45 Hard Court Championships, for the 17th year, which was a huge success. This year’s tournament kicked off with a great opening reception at Zin Bistro, followed by smooth scheduling, lots of great matches and great support from both members and local supporters, who came out to watch some entertaining tennis.

Players came from locally and across the U.S., even as far as Connecticut, to compete, totaling 78 entrants playing singles and doubles. The weather was fantastic all week with increased heat the last two days, which kept our trainer Dennis Mestas busy.




The Doubles Final was a So Cal battle between four University of Irvine graduates, playing some high level tennis. Art Hernandez and Carsten Hoffmann took the trophy, beating Bruce Man son Hing and Neel Grover 6-2,6-4. Oren took the Singles trophy taking his third title at Westlake, beating Pat Crow. 6-0,6-2.

This event requires a lot of work and planning but is an honor for WAC to host and produce. However, we couldn’t have done it without the support of our local sponsors who helped in making it a success. Heartfelt thanks to:

Luggage Base
K Swiss
Bill Fried Coldwell Banker
Tavern 1
Jim Wong
Mark Brenner
Sports Court
Curtis Dahl Photograpy
Zin Bistro
Palm Garden

We would also like to thank Dennis Mestas our trainer, Paul and Carol Harvard who ran the event, Curtis Dahl for the brilliant photography, Kelly Vandergeest for her hard work, WAC staff, and all volunteers that helped throughout the week.

In other tennis news, summer tennis Leagues commence the week of July 11.Walk-in registration is on Wednesday, June 15th from 7-9 pm, and walk-in/phone in registration starts on Thursday, June 16. There is no registration by phone before Thursday, June 16. Registration closes on Wednesday, June 22.

Save the Date: Spring Season End of League Party on June 22!

Karl and Tim continue their “TwoFer” deal at their Sunday 9-10.30 am clinic. On the first Sunday of each month, bring your spouse or significant other at no charge to your partner. This is 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, with players from beginners to advanced attending, and play on two assigned courts. The Sunday morning clinic costs $20 for members and $30 for non-members but on the first Sunday of the month, your “significant other” is complimentary. The next “Two for One” clinic is Sunday, July 3rd. We look forward to seeing you there!

For those new to tennis or looking to rejoin the game after a lengthy time-out, Joe Block’s Adult Beginner Tennis Clinic, is held every Monday 10 - 11.30 am. This popular clinic is a tremendous opportunity to get your game on, and learn skill and technique to get you on the courts playing. $20 for members, $30 for non-members – please arrive at Front Desk 15 minutes before to sign in.


Holly Butler continues to lead her phenomenal Body Sculpting class held every Monday and Wednesday from 12.30 -1.30 pm, and every Tuesday from 5.30 - 6.30 pm, in our gorgeous fitness studio. The class 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.

Peter Loncto continues to offer small group TRX training classes. 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.

Katie Whittaker continues to offer a complimentary personal training session to new clients, as she introduces you to our wonderful Technogym equipment in our fitness center, and exercises to meet your health and wellness goals. To expand your exercise repertoire and try something new, Katie is including water exercise, breathing and meditation, yoga, pilates, and core strengthening in her offering. This is a brilliant opportunity to get fit in the gym or try something new with one of our most trusted and effective trainers.


In other news, in our commitment to providing you with the premier boutique health club experience in the Conejo Valley, mounting operational costs and the continued upgrades to our facilities, we find a dues increase is necessary. From July 1st, the following rates will apply:

• Full Club Family: $188
• Full Club Single: $135
• Fitness & Swim Family: $131
• Fitness & Swim Single: $89

We will also be raising the initiation rates on the same date, so please encourage your friends and family who might be interested in joining, to do so. There is a $75 referral fee for each member who joins.

The great news is that our gorgeous new locker rooms with be completed by mid-July. At that point we will begin work on outdoor social areas, including building a fire pit, BBQ, and new, dedicated seating area. The work should take 6-8 weeks and will be ready for your enjoyment by the end of the summer. We thank you for your patience and support in the meantime, as we work hard to provide you with a great club and an outstanding fitness facility.

We have some summer updates:

  • Due to construction and the location of the temporary trailers, the grass area behind the pool is not available for camp usage. We will be relocating our camp lunchtime and certain activities to the backboard area. We will be using all 3 sections of the backboard for these activities until camp is over in August. This area will not be available during this time.
  • As we have done for the past 2 years we will schedule family swim time Monday – Friday from 1 to 5 pm. During these hours we will have 2 or 3 lanes dedicated to family swim. If families are swimming during these hours, lap swimming will not be permitted in the designated lanes. If there are not any families swimming, lap swimming will be permitted even though the lane lines will be pulled from the area. Please be aware of other lap swimmers that may be in the family swim area.
  • Families do not have to limit their swim to the family swim time. They are welcome to swim at any time but please know that when all lane lines are in the entire family must stay in one lane.
  • Court usage for camp:
    - 8:30-10:30: 1 court
    - 10:30-12:30: 8 courts
    - 3:30-5:30: 6 courts

Happy June, Members!


Member Escape

Member Getaway:
A Hop, Skip & A Jump to Rejuvenation: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

By Anna Griffin
In our busy schedules, it’s not always easy to disappear for a week or two for a much-needed getaway. The heart and soul yearns, as the office, financial responsibilities, and life’s many complications beckon. But such is the beauty of relax and relaxation that sometimes all we need is a couple of days away from the familiar grind to reset and recharge. For us here in Westlake Village, we need look no further than the sleepy town of Ojai, and the stunning Ojai Village Inn & Spa.

Located 3 miles from the border of Los Padres National Forest and 18 miles from Ventura, this upscale Spanish hacienda-style inn and spa dates back to 1934.
Set within a verdant landscape, resplendent with lush, breath-taking nature, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa allows our harried souls to breath and if only for a brief moment in time, disconnect and take the road less travelled.

The Inn offers upscale, contemporary accommodations, featuring fireplaces, private balconies, luxe linens, and flat-screen TVs.
With five dining establishments, there is something for every palette and mood. Visit Olivella, a California Italian Kitchen inspired by Chef Andrea Rodella’s Italian heritage, featuring the best ingredients of California. If a lighter menu is more your desire, enjoy the Spa Café, where wellness-inspired spa fare is available including made-to-order fruit smoothies and pressed juices. Or opt for a romantic, al fresco dinner at The Oak, sitting under the vine-covered pergola with dramatic views overlooking 200-year-old Oak trees, the golf course and sweeping mountain vistas.
To satisfy athletic needs and desires, the resort offers the best in tennis and golf. The Golf Academy at Ojai Valley Inn offers amateur and moderate skill golfers the opportunity to fine tune their technique and learn from some of the best in the game, throughout the year.
And voted as one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts for 2008 by Tennis Magazine, the Inn is the ideal Southern California tennis resort for the tennis lovers in us all.
Also offering hike and trail runs, bicycle rentals, swimming, gym, and fitness classes, your rejuvenating escape can be as athletic as you choose.

After exerting your energy, head to Spa Ojai to experience the delights of Kuyam, their signature mud treatment combining the therapeutic effects of cleansing mud, dry heat, inhalation therapy and guided meditation. To complete your stay, their tranquil Artist Cottage & Apothecary offers insightful, introspective and playful classes to spark your creativity and nurture the soul.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa promotes luxury that inspires, heals and comforts, as they encourage us to, “Find our moment . . .”


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.


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.

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
 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

Masters Swim

Kari Davis
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.

Logan Franks
WAC is pleased to have Logan Franks coach our Masters swim program.

imgLogan 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 deck.

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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