July Newsletter 2016

July 8, 2016

imgDear Members,
Summer is under way and with it comes Wimbledon, the Tour de France, and the Summer Olympics. Lots of sports fans will be glued to the TV for the next several months! Anyone rooting for their homeland that is interested in showing their support is welcome to bring in a flag and we will display it in the lobby. We also think it would be great to have members at the club cheering their teams on and in order to encourage you to stick around and take in the action we will offer discounts on our beer and wine. Between now and August 21st, in the evenings after 6pm and on weekends, we will offer beer for $2.50 and small bottles of wine for $2.00. Hope to see a bunch of you here supporting your team!!

With the long days and warm temperatures we are thrilled to see that the activity levels have increased at the club. Please be mindful to share with your fellow members while working out in either the pool or the fitness center. Allow other members to work in if you are doing multiple sets on the weight equipment, and either split or circle the lane with fellow members in the pool. Please remember that members are usually on tight schedules and need to squeeze their workouts in quickly.

The courts are also busy and the front desk continues to monitor and assign them as fairly as possible so members can enjoy the maximum play time. One of the most common complaints we get at the desk is from members that have been bumped even though they see another court is open. Sometimes this is because we have something else scheduled for that court, but often it is because members have not told the front desk that they are vacating a court. We need your help to ensure we are not unnecessarily bumping other members as we stay on course at Front Desk. Please notify us as soon as you have vacated your court so it can be assigned to other members. If members continue to choose not to inform the desk they are done playing, we will implement a key exchange program, which will require one member on the court to leave their keys at the desk. When the member informs the desk that the court is vacant their keys will be returned. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide you with the best experience possible and accommodate your needs.

We are asking members to be diligent in checking in, using your cards to check in at the Front Desk. The easiest way to do that is to attach your card to your key chain. There are a number of reasons we are requesting this, including safety and tracking.

As an example, this past week one of our members was thankful to have her membership card on her keychain for another reason. While out of town she mistakenly left her keys on the payment machine after parking her car. A stranger found the keys and was kind enough to call the club to see if we could identify the owner. Kelly Vandergeest was on the desk at the time and identified the member in our system and proceeded to call them to let them know someone had found her keys and was trying to locate her. Thanks to a kind stranger and Kelly’s actions this story ended happily with Nancy finding her keys. Great job Kelly!! Kudos to the kind stranger as well! This shows us not only the importance of being responsible as club members, but also to the support of alert individuals, such as Kelly. As she illustrated, we at WAC are always here to help!
Have a Healthy & Active Summer,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Nutrition Tip:

Heal Thy Self: Nature’s Bountiful Miracles!
By Anna Griffin
Last month, I found myself sick with Bronchitis, my third bout this year. Not so favorable considering it was only June, and on average I had been hit consecutively every two months since the beginning of the year. To be plagued so severely and so frequently in such a short amount of time was worrying, but my brilliant GP was not surprised and calmly assured me that my immune system was weakened due to intense stress, a natural disruptor and immune system suppressor. It seems that running my own start-up business, two very invasive surgeries and the multiple general anesthetics and hard-core antibiotics that followed, and two close personal deaths all within a two-year period, had taken its toll.

On this round, my doctor was unable to see me for a week. Feeling physically miserable and wiped out, nose streaming, head pounding, coughing, listless and dizzy, I decided it was time to take my health into my own hands.

Mind over matter would be the first call, and healing my body of sickness using the power of nature while strengthening my immune system, the second. I was determined not to consume and therefore weaken my body with any more antibiotics, and so the idea to do an all-over cleanse and flood my body with nothing but replenishing good stuff was set in motion. I knew that at the very least it couldn’t hurt, and that ingesting nothing but organic fruit and vegetables for a week would do no damage. In the worst-case scenario, I had a doctor’s appointment booked for the following week, but in the meantime, I would take my care into my own hands and see if I could help myself.

My first action was to visit a local juice store to stock up on fresh-pressed juices. On day one, armed with research and a good basic knowledge of what my body needed, I went to pick up my juice. Beyond basic organic greens like kale and spinach, which would fill me with goodness and give me an overall cleanse, I craved nature’s miracle flu busters, such as cayenne, turmeric, ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar, and pineapple, also vital when doing a serious detox, and all promoting extensive health benefits beyond fighting colds and respiratory infections.

Cayenne peppers are a health-benefiting spice item packed with minerals, vitamins and certain phyto-nutrients. Disease preventing and health promoting, full of vitamins A, C, B6, and minerals such as iron and potassium, cayenne boosts immunity, scavenges harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body, and contains anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties.
Turmeric is a root herb related to ginger, known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-cancer properties. Rich in vitamin B6, C, and minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium, a few grams of turmeric a day can provide enough nutrients to help you keep away from anemia, neuritis, memory disorders and offer protection against cancers, infectious diseases, high blood pressure, and strokes.


Ginger is closely related to turmeric and cardomon and has a long history of being used to help digestion, reduce nausea and morning sickness, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few. A natural anti-inflammatory, its benefits include easing muscle pain and soreness, helping with Osteoarthritis, gingivitis and periodontitis, and lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The active ingredient in ginger is gingerol, a bioactive substance that helps lower the risk of infections.
Lemon’s health benefits include treatment of throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, and fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure, while it also benefits hair and skin. Known for its therapeutic property for generations, lemons help to strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and are considered a blood purifier. Rich in vitamins C, B6, A, and calcium, iron, potassium and riboflavin, lemons also contain flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer fighting properties.
Pineapples are a good source of many nutrients, such as vitamin C, manganese, copper and folate. Pineapples are also the only source of the plant compound bromelain, which is associated with many health benefits, such as enhanced immune function, cancer prevention, improved wound healing and better gut health. A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin C for human beings, making it one of the richest and most delicious sources of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is essential in the creation of collagen, for tissue, bone, and cellular health, and is also associated with reducing illness and boosting the immune system by stimulating the activity of white blood cells and acting as an antioxidant to defend against the harmful effects of free radicals and protect against cancer. Bromelain also acts as a protector of the upper respiratory tracts and sinus cavities, assisting in preventing illness and promoting healing once already contracted, while astringency helps ward off tooth loss and strengthen gums.
The last must-have in my heal-myself-arsenal, a daily teaspoon of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, which contains proteins, friendly bacteria, and enzymes, making it a powerful tool in killing many different bacteria’s including upper respiratory infections, lowering blood sugars and fighting diabetes, aiding in weight loss and fat flushing, and lowering cholesterol thereby reducing risk of heart disease. Additionally, it helps in soothing sore muscles, boosts energy and strengthens the immune system.

After seven days of juice, the whole juice, and nothing but the juice, incorporating nature’s magical cures, my bronchitis was gone, my nose had stopped running, my cough was waning and my energy was back, and not an antibiotic in sight. I was feeling so great I cancelled my doctor’s appointment, inspired by my ability to not only heal myself but knowing that I was additionally strengthening my immune system, while protecting myself from other nasty ailments. The biggest lesson however was in learning the power of these simple gifts from nature, which are so easy to incorporate into our daily diet for maximum long-term health and vitality. With so many benefits offered to protect our bodies and overall wellbeing, why wouldn’t we indulge each and every day, flu ridden or not? We have nothing to lose, and as I personally found out, everything to gain!

Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC


Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC

Tennis Tip

imgThis side of 50 on the Tennis Court: Seven Things Really Successful People Do.
By Karl Akkerman

I recently attended a workshop of a presentation that discussed “The Seven Things Really Successful People Do.” After my experience I was not surprised that our club is so vibrant and full of activities, because of the highly successful members we have here at Westlake Athletic Club. Most of us hit (no pun intended) all seven on the list:

1) Exercise. We get plenty of that playing tennis here at WAC with all the leagues, clinics, socials, USTA teams, and just playing with our friends. Studies have shown that exercise keeps your mind, body, and motivation sharp!

2) Have a hobby. Most of us are fortunate that our hobby is our exercise while others have something else they really like to do. Studies show there are numerous benefits to having a hobby. One thing is balance in life. Here at WAC, most of us show our time management skills by making time to play tennis. This time management carries into both professional and personal, impacting the overall quality of your life.

3) Read. I read two or three tennis magazines a month. Ok . . . That may not be what they were talking about. My Nancy reads at least one book a month, and when I do get into it, I can’t seem to put the book down. I read at lunch, at breaks, and even long red lights. It is thought provoking at many levels for sure.

4) Take classes. Again, keeping that brain learning new stuff opens your mind to new opportunities on how to do things better or more efficiently.

5) Volunteer. When you do something good, you will feel good and feel satisfaction. This will make you feel more confident because you know that you have helped someone else, and changed their day for the better. Giving is the fastest way to feel good!

6) Network. Just as in volunteering, meeting new people and finding out what they do, many times presents a world of opportunities that will help them or you.

7) Family. Make time for those you love and they will love you and enhance your life. Many of my tennis friends have shared that we are a tennis family here at WAC. We genuinely care about each other in our groups, and do so much together. It is always a good feeling to be a part of a happy family, even if not your blood relatives.

I heard some wise word of wisdom years ago and I try to subscribe to it: “Surround yourself with friends and family that love you and find a job that has meaning. Do this and you will find happiness.” I wish this for all of you here at Westlake Athletic Club, and to my tennis family at the club. You all have made Nancy and my life true happiness, and your love and friendship is a daily blessing we appreciate.

See you on the courts!
Karl Akkerman
USPTA Elite Professional


Training Tip

Stability Ball Tricep Dips
By Patti Markowitz

Stability ball triceps dips are an excellent exercise that isolates the triceps and works balance and stability. Tricep dips work the triceps muscle on the back of the upper arm. Doing the exercise on a Swiss ball rather then a bench makes it more of a challenge, and results will be noticeable!
To begin, squat near the floor with the ball directly behind you. Place your hands and arms on the ball so your fingers are pointing toward your back. Start with the elbows straight, slowly bending them and lowering your buttocks towards the floor.
Do not allow the buttocks to touch the floor or the upper arm to move past horizontal position. Return to starting position and do 14 reps, taking only a few seconds before repeating a second time.



Fitness Tip

Body Sculpting Using Wall Training Resistance Bands
By Holly Butler

Fitness Tip

Tennis Related Dynamic Stretching
By Peter Loncto
Last month we talked about tennis related dynamic stretching . . . Simple warm-ups which you can do on-court before you pick up your racquet and begin play. I demonstrated the side shuffle and knee to chest tuck. Today it's jogging arm circles and the Frankenstein walk.

Jogging With Arm Circles

Focus: Improve the flexibility in the shoulders, chest, and upper back
• Start at the doubles sideline facing across the court.
• Swing the arms forward in large circles as you jog at a moderate pace from sideline to 
• Change directions and swing the arms in backward circles as you jog back tthe start 
• Repeat one or two times across the court.

Frankenstein Walk

Focus: Improve the flexibility in the hamstrings, gluteals, and lower back.
• Start at the doubles sideline facing across the court.
• Hold arms out in front. Swing one leg forward, keeping the knee as straight as possible as 
you try to touch your toes with the opposite hand.
• As soon as you feel a stretch, pull the leg down using your hip and gluteal muscles. 
Forcefully strike the ground with the front part of your foot.
• Repeat with the opposite leg, making your way across the court, alternating between the left 
and right legs.

These functional flexibility techniques provide the framework for strengthening muscles and joints that experience extreme motions and help distribute impact more effectively, allowing tissues to accommodate the stresses placed upon them.

Now, get out there and play!

Fitness Tip

Strengthening Through Water
By Katie Whittaker

Water aerobics and strengthening exercises may be just the ticket pre- or post-surgery. Arthritis, balance, back (scoliosis), abdominal and other issues can be safely addressed in the pool. Katie is land and Aquatic Exercise certified instructor who can show you how. No swimming knowledge required. Below are two easy arm exercises to strengthen and tone, post workout or surgery.

Aquatic Bicep Curl
Position your arms bent at right angles and slightly facing outward to your body, as you would a regular bicep curl. Breathe in and as you exhale, press barbells into the water before returning to starting position, Do two to three sets of 14.

Aquatic Tricep Kickback

Position your arms bent at right angles to your body with elbows tucked in, as you would a regular tricep kickback. Breathe in.
As you exhale, press barbells back into the water behind you, straightening elbows before returning to starting position. Do two to three sets of 14, and smile!


Top Tips for a Smooth Swim on Race Day


Swimming in the open water is very different than swimming in the pool. Besides the technical adjustments that you need to make to your stroke technique, the biggest factor for most people is adjusting to a different environment and overcoming the fear and anxiety that it represents. Here are five simple tips you can master to help you convert your efficient pool stroke into an effective open water stroke:

1. Putting your Wetsuit on Properly. Even with the right fitting suit, many people hurry to put their suit on before a race and fail to put it on properly. Make sure you pull the suit as high up into your crotch as possible. Slipping your hands and feet into a plastic bag before you put them in your sleeves allows them to slide on much easier. Be sure to slide your wetsuit two or three inches up your ankle and wrist to allow for more room in the shoulder area. Use a partner to “shoe-horn” your shoulders in by pulling the suit on around your upper back. If done properly this will leave about two inches between the sides of your zipper. Now pull your shoulders back and have your partner close your zipper.
Once on, a little bit of water down the neck of your suit will prepare you for the shock of the cold water and provide a little bit of lubrication between you and the suit.

2. Overcome Anxiety. Anxiety in open water is normally caused by extrinsic factors in the watery environment around you; cold, not being able to see far, and other swimmers in close proximity to you. All of these factors lead to the same physical response – holding your breath. This immediately increases your anxiety level and may even cause a sense of panic.
Focus on the intrinsic factors that you can control such as breathing, hand entry, and smooth strokes. The most important factor you can control is remembering to exhale into the water when you start to swim.
If you do start to panic during the race then just flip over onto your back for a few seconds, take a few deep breaths and flip back over and begin swimming while continuing to exhale strongly.

3. Swim Straight. Easier said than done!! To swim straight it helps to have a symmetrical stroke and the natural way to become symmetrical is with bilateral breathing. Not what you want to hear if you find bilateral breathing a challenge! Spend time developing your bilateral breathing in the pool and it will benefit you in the open water. Focus on exhaling into the water. Crack bilateral breathing by practicing it in the pool. You’ll swim straighter, faster and be more relaxed in the water.

4. Master the Art of Sighting. You may think that sighting is as simple as lifting your head to look forward but it requires a great deal of skill and technique to do well. Many of us try to kill two birds with one stone by sighting forward and lifting our head enough to breathe forward. This is poor technique.

The correct technique is to time your sighting just before you’re going to take a breath. So if you are about to breathe to your left, lift your eyes out of the water just before breathing by pressing down lightly on the water with your lead (left) arm. Then turn your head to the left to breathe, as you do, letting it drop down into the water to a normal position.

The sight-turn-breathe technique is very quick – it should be a fluid, rhythmic part of the stroke as opposed to three separate movements. If you don’t see exactly where you need to be going with one look, don’t panic; try again after a couple more strokes. Look for large objects on the horizon to sight and know how they line up course buoys around the course.

5. Draft Better. Drafting saves 18 to 25% of the energy expenditure of swimming. If you want to become good at drafting then you need to devote training time to it. Effective drafting can be done directly behind or to the side of someone.

Drafting from behind can be tricky as you may get too close and tap their toes causing them to slow down or even sinking their legs with the contact. With practice you can sit in there and take it easy.

Drafting to the side requires much more skill but can be even more effective than swimming behind. This is because the biggest part of your body – your torso – is getting much closer to their body, which is making the hole in the water. You need to be as close as possible to them so that when you breathe your head is by their chest. It is best to breathe to the side of the person you are drafting so you can avoid clashing arms. You will need to practice this before you try it on race day.

Get these techniques right and you’ll benefit from feeling fresh coming out of the water.


Life At WAC

Life At WAC: WAC Powered by P5 Racing Takes On Ironman Whistler
By Jonathan Andrade.
(Originally published in the Acorn, June 30th, 2016.)
Local triathletes are heading to Canada. P5 Racing, a triathlon team which won Ironman Arizona in 2014, will compete at Ironman Canada on July 24 in Whistler, British Columbia.

A group of 16 competitors, including P5 founders Scott and Kari Davis, will make the 1,400-mile trek to compete in the 140.6-mile competition. Competitors will swim 2.4 miles in Alta Lake, embark on a 112-mile bike ride, and complete a full marathon, a 26.2-mile run. They have 17 hours to complete all three legs of the event. Some members, like Greg Tchejeyan, an orthopedic surgeon from Westlake, are veteran riders who’ve completed numerous Ironman races.

“The swim’s no big deal and the bike’s no big deal because we train centuries all the time,” said Dr. T, as he’s known by teammates, about the 100-mile bike ride training sessions. “The Ironman comes down to the marathon run. Once you’re on the run, that’s when you’re like ‘All right, I have to buckle down and focus.’”

Other racers, including John Sutcliffe of Newbury Park, will compete in their first full-length Ironman. “The idea of doing this by myself is not appealing,” Sutcliffe said. “To go out on a 17-mile run, on my own, is not something I’d cherish. The team lets you train with a group. We inspire each other.”

John Sutcliffe joined P5 racing a year ago. The 56-year-old Newbury Park resident signed up for the challenge of a lifetime. “This Ironman is just a sense of accomplishment,” said Sutcliffe, a general manager at the Westlake Athletic Club. “The idea you can go out and swim, ride and run all those miles, I’m guessing less than 1 percent of people in the world are going to accomplish that.”
Sutcliffe played soccer and wrestled at State University of New York at Cortland. A broken tibia and fibula from a motorcycle accident ended his collegiate athletic career, but he soon learned about triathlons. He started investing more time in the sport in 2009. In 2013, a cardiac ablation showed blood clots in Sutcliffe’s heart. He wasn’t sure racing was still an option. “That’s what the danger was,” he said. “That’s all cleared now. I’ve been back since February. As soon as the doctor cleared me, I signed up for Whistler within four days.” Sutcliffe’s wife, Diane, and son, Ryan, a 2014 Newbury Park High graduate who will attend Northern Arizona University in the fall, will be in Whistler to help John Sutcliffe celebrate his 57th birthday on July 25, the day after the big race.
He said he’s glad his family has been patient while he’s trained countless hours.
“You have to have a supportive family,” he said.

There’s no stopping Caroline Lettieri. The 56-year-old Calabasas resident was diagnosed with lupus in 2007. The disease causes the body’s immune system to attack healthy cells. It was shocking news for Lettieri, who was one week away from competing in a triathlon against the nation’s top athletes. She still finished the event. Lettieri, who joined P5 Racing last year, never lets lupus slow her down. Despite having a bone marrow transplant in May, Lettieri let Kari Davis convince her into signing up for Whistler. “Here I am, three weeks out, about to do Whistler,” Lettieri said. “I feel really good. “If I finish, I’ll be really happy. I think it’ll be really emotional. The doctors I have around me are telling me to go for it. It’s such a great journey with having that support system.” Lettieri said she’s in better shape for her third Ironman than she was for the previous two races. Whistler will be her first Ironman since racing in New York in 2012. Her husband, Chris Moriana, is a swimmer with the Calabasas Masters Swim club. Lettieri is determined to finish Ironman Canada. “I just pray I get across that finish line without getting lopped in the head by some big guy,” she said.

Renee Frumkin knew she’d have to kick her training into a higher gear if she wanted to tackle her first Ironman. The 54-year-old Simi Valley resident, who has completed numerous shorter triathlons, joined P5 for rigorous training sessions at the Optimal Performance Training Center in Westlake. The Transcend Racing member has trained with P5 for the past 10 months, a span in which she tore her labrum and got diagnosed with bursitis. “They told me I probably shouldn’t run,” she said of one doctor’s concerns. “I saw two other doctors, Dr. T included. They said I needed (physical therapy). I went through PT and trained at the same time.” Frumkin, who didn’t play sports in high school, is ready to check an item off her bucket list. Her goal is to cross the finish line before the cutoff time at midnight. Frumkin said her husband, Neil, an avid golfer, and children, Chelsea and Nick, both Grace Brethren High graduates, will be rooting for her from afar.
“I just really want to get through this one then see what the future holds,” Frumkin said. “The girls on the team said ‘Yeah, we’ve all said that.’ Now some of them have done five.”

Greg “Dr. T” Tchejeyan is preparing for his fourth Ironman. “Everyone wants to race and perform,” he said. “It’s recreational, but we all want to better ourselves by pushing each other.” Tchejeyan, a 48-year-old Westlake resident, took time off last year to rediscover his competitive drive. He’s completed three triathlons, including one in St. George, Utah, in 2012 and another in Austria in 2013. He said he started to lose focus in 2014 while training for Arizona, but he still managed to finish in 12 hours, 24 minutes. Tchejeyan’s goal is to bounce back from his performance in Arizona to beat his personal best time of 11 hours, 14 minutes, which he set in Austria. He needed a break from yearround training.
“I was trying to find a purpose,” he said. “In 2014, I struggled with ‘Why am I doing this? It’s a big time commitment.’” His return was inevitable.
“I missed the camaraderie during training,” he said. “It’s fun. Part of it is the road to getting there. The race is the icing on the cake. Prior to races we’ll have camps together and training days together. It’s about that voyage to get there.”

Jim Duncan, a 61-year-old Camarillo resident, will be buying his Whistler Ironman merchandise after race day. He doesn’t want to jinx himself before the big race. “There’s this superstition about buying Ironman logo stuff before the event,” he said. “Generally, you don’t buy the event’s Ironman stuff until you’ve completed it.” It’s a superstition a veteran like Duncan, who’s completed three Ironman events, would know. Duncan stepped away from the sport but was drawn back in when his wife, Michele, started training. He couldn’t watch from the sidelines. “I remembered what I missed so I was looking for a club to be with,” he said. “I wanted to be in a club with people that are better than I am.”
Duncan, who joined P5 three years ago, continues to excel.

“I participated in triathlons for a long time,” he said. “This year, I’m trying to race. There’s a difference in approach. I have some hopes for the finish.” The former Navy pilot, who played football at the U.S. Naval Academy, recently qualified to race in the 2016 USA Triathlon Olympic Distance National Championships for his age group on Aug. 13 in Omaha, Neb. His personal best time is 14 hours, six minutes in Arizona. Coach Scott Davis said Duncan can complete the Whistler course in less than 13 hours. “I have a lot of faith in Scott,” Duncan said. “I trust his coaching. He gets results. That’d be amazing.”
Good luck, John, and to our other, brilliant WAC members who are competing at Ironman Canada on July 24th. Here’s to you, Julie Valdez, Larry Dutra, Kri McHale, Rich Iazzetta, Shirley Shaw and Coach Kari Davis. We’ll be rooting for you!

Member Getaway:

Avila Beach: The Jewel of the Central Coast.
By Anna Griffin
Located in San Luis Obispo County, Avila Beach is an ocean front community boasting multiple activities and the best of resort living on the Central Coast of California. The town was established in the latter half of the 19th century, when it served as the main shipping port for San Luis Obispo. Although Avila Beach still has a working commercial fishing pier and the inland areas have extensive apple orchards, but tourism is now the area’s main industry.

From hotels to vacation rentals to RV and campgrounds, there is accommodation to suit every mood. Fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean and awaken to breathtaking views at the beautiful San Luis Bay Inn, which sits high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific . . .
Or surround yourself in serene nature awakening to hiking and biking trails of the charming Avila Village Inn.
Disappear into a 19th century Mexican village at the luxury, boutique Avila La Fonda Hotel . . .
Or soothe your cares away at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, which sits atop hot mineral springs and spans more than 100 acres of forest, hills and meadows.
When you’re feeling a little peckish, many choices of first class dining await your taste buds. If a romantic dinner on the beach is a must, then head to Ocean Grill for a gastronomic delight courtesy of Executive Chef, Michael Reyes . . .
Or grab lunch and a scenic view of Avila Beach at Hula-themed, Hula Hut. Offering freshly made salads, sandwiches, wraps and smoothies; they also have the best homemade fudge in town!
If an acai bowl or fresh-pressed juice is your desire, head to eco-friendly, KravaBowl . . .
Or if you’re in the mood for the best local pizza, go to Mission Pizza, part of the Custom House location, which offers a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu of pancakes, specialty appetizers, salads, steaks, fresh fish and . . . Pizza.
The area surrounding Avila Beach has activities for the entire family to enjoy. You can find everything from the majestic splendor of Hearst Castle . . .
World-class wine tasting such as the award-winning Peloton Vineyard . . .
Local beaches . . .
And world-class golf at Avila Beach Golf Resort . . .
The San Luis Obispo famous Thursday night Farmers' Market is where you will find fresh flowers, local fruits, vegetables, specialties of the local restaurants & live entertainment.
And when you’re in the mood to get your tennis game or workout on, visit our sister club, Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa, a full-service tennis and swim club offering a 'state of the art' fitness facility, set on four acres of tropical grounds . . .
Whatever your heart desires, it is available in Avila Beach. From a myriad of accommodation choices, to world-class dining, wine and golf, and historic landmarks, all set amongst lush landscapes of ocean views and vineyards, Avila Beach is the jewel of the Central Coast. So steal away . . . To Avila Bay!


Meet your Trainers

imgLeticia Willingham
Leticia Willingham is a certified yoga instructor based in Westlake Village, California. She has led her life down a path of healthy eating and working out for more than twenty years, discovering yoga while trying to help deal with severe anxiety. The results of practicing yoga were dramatic . . . providing the ability to calm the mind, find inner peace, and strengthen the body. Leticia’s 500 hour teaching certification is through YogaWorks in Westlake Village, California; mentored by Lainie Devina.

Leticia believes that everyone can benefit by practicing yoga. She focuses on providing each student, whether they have just been introduced to yoga or have been practicing for years, with insight, encouragement and the opportunity to help guide them on a positive journey and achieve their own personal goals. “I know how amazing the benefits of yoga can be because I have experienced them first hand. Yoga truly changed my life, and I want to provide the opportunity for others to affect positive change in their lives as well.”

imgDafna Tobi, Yoga Instructor
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, from a young age, Dafna was a competitive windsurfer and was deeply connected to nature. At the age of fifteen, Dafna’s hard work, dedication, patience and bravery earned her a third place in Israel’s national windsurfing championship. As an accomplished athlete, Dafna developed her physical and mental endurance, by training under the most strenuous conditions.

Dafna moved to California when she was eighteen to attend college. She graduated with a B.S in applied mathematics and got her MBA from Pepperdine University. Dafna discovered a passion for oga while obtaining her MBA, learning that it strengthened her mind, body and soul, while providing her with confidence, courage and passion to conquer the world. Indeed, yoga became Dafna’s way of life; a way that she is eager to share with each of her students.

Dafna Tobi is registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-500 and ERYT-200 level Specialized in Yoga Therapy. Such studies and certifications have provided Dafna with the tools and ability to recognize and adapt to each individual's specific needs no matter how unique. In her teachings Dafna places a great emphasis on the practice of breath while implementing soothing encouraging music. Her classes include Therapeutic Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, and Alignment- Oriented Yoga. In each of her classes, Dafna encourages serenity, flexibility and strength.

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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