August Newsletter 2016

August 4, 2016

Dear Members,
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacations and extra time with friends and family. It’s going to be over before we know so make the best of what time we have left! Take some evening walks and enjoy the sunset. Head to the beach, the water temperature is currently a balmy 70 degrees. Take a day trip to Catalina and try some sea kayaking. Hike to Rose Valley Falls (300 ft) just three miles off of Route 33. Trek out to Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park. Enjoy the warmer temps and longer days while they last!

On September 10th we will hold our first Member and Guest Tennis Round Robin. All of the proceeds from the event will go to support The Rally for the Cure, which is a grassroots program that works to educate women about breast cancer and remind them to get their annual screening. Support this great cause, play some great tennis, and sign up at the front desk today! Price includes round robin, lunch, games, goodie bags, and prizes. We are also looking for donations for a Silent Auction to help increase the proceeds. Don’t forget to wear PINK, even the boys!

I would like to take a moment to recognize all of our members who completed either Ironman Canada or Ironman Vineman in July. What an accomplishment it was for all of them! They all remind us to dream big and that the only thing stopping us from accomplishing our goals is ourselves!! Please join me in congratulating Julie Ann Lopez, Kari Davis, Scott Davis, Jim Duncan, Larry Dutra, Michele Funk, Rich Iazzetta, Caryn Karotkin, Caroline Lettieri, Kri McHale, Lauren Smith, Monika Krystle, John Sutcliffe and Greg Tchejeyan. Mission accomplished everyone!

I would also like to commend Renee Frumkin and Shirley Shaw that had the courage to take the Ironman on but were not quite able to complete their races. You are Winners for being daring enough to take this on and can be proud for what you were able to accomplish. We know your day will come!

I would also like to wish Stephan & Susan Corti and Sheri & Eric Schauwecker good luck at Ironman Mont Tremblant and Ironman Coeur d'Alene on August 21st. While we won't be there with you we will be there in spirit cheering you on. Have an awesome day out there. We will be tracking you!!

The work on the locker rooms is nearing completion and expected to be done no later than August 15th. They are beautiful! We now have three large shower stalls in each room; two large single stalls and the third meeting ADA requirements and much larger. We have installed two shower heads in the ADA stall which gives us four showers in each locker room. The new lockers are digital and no longer require the use of a key. Members will select their own locker and enter their own four-digit code each time they use a locker. No more keys!! We will also have a SuitMate in each locker room for members to quickly dry their bathing suits. We will not have rental lockers in the locker rooms but we are looking into adding rentals outside of the locker rooms.

Have a Healthy & Active Summer, and as always, Let’s Move For A Better World!

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Nutrition Tip:

The Perfect Pre-Workout Green Smoothie
By Anna Griffin
Drinking green smoothies isn’t a diet—it’s a lifestyle. It’s about taking care of your body and staying healthy. In addition to fueling your body with green smoothies, we benefit so much from good old-fashioned, increase-your-heart-rate, and sweat-it-out exercise.

The best kinds of pre-workout foods are filled with protein, good carbs, and healthy fats. These ingredients help you stock up on energy, and keep you full for a long time. The apple, banana, rolled oats, coconut oil, and leafy greens make the perfect combination for a green smoothie, giving you vital energy and nutrients you need for a killer workout!

I love bananas as a pre-workout food for so many reasons! Bananas are packed with tryptophan, which your body converts to serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical the body creates that sends us happy vibes. Throw in the fact that bananas are loaded with carbohydrates that help energize your body, and you can see why we put bananas at the top of our list.

Oats make this list for one simple fact: they take a long time to digest. This means that they provide long-lasting energy during your workout! Oats also help maintain stable blood sugar during your workout, which is always a good thing. You can add dry oats, soaked oats or even cooked oats to your smoothie.
Apples contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin’s main role in the body is to deliver more oxygen to the lungs. When you get more oxygen to your lungs during a workout, you have more endurance. This makes it so much easier to get through that hour-long spin class!

Coconut Oil

If you’re exercising for weight loss, then coconut oil will be an important ingredient for you. The fatty acids in this superfood fight body fat by converting into energy that boosts your metabolism (as opposed to saturated fats that add body fat). Add coconut oil to your green smoothie before you workout to help you maintain energy throughout your entire routine, while also fighting that body fat like crazy.
Nut Butter
Nut butters are quick and easy… just grab a spoonful and you’re on your way. But the best reason to eat nut butter before a workout is because it’s loaded with healthy fats and fiber, which keep you feeling full and energetic throughout your entire workout. There are many kinds of nut butters to choose from, but my favorite is peanut butter - yum!

Perfect Pre-Workout Green Smoothie Ingredients:

2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 large apple, cored, any variety
1 banana
⅓ cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Blend the spinach and almond milk until smooth, adding the remaining ingredients until reaching your desired consistency. Sit back, imbibe, and get ready for a great workout!


Member of the Month: Bahiga “B.B.” Thomassian:

Breaking Boundaries, One Brush Stroke At A Time!
By Anna Griffin
We have many special members here at WAC, all with tremendous life stories and accomplishments, but nothing prepared me for the brilliant experience of meeting Bahiga (known as B.B.) Thomassian recently. A gifted artist with an incredible story, I was blessed to visit her at her home to see the works of art that adorn her walls, and spend time hearing about her life.

One of the most talented, inspiring women I have ever met, B.B. studied art at the Italian Academy of Art before becoming the illustrator of the most successful children’s comic book in Egypt, Samir, at the tender age of 15.
Moving to Lebanon five years later, she then launched her own successful children’s magazine, Magic Carpet.
In 1965, as the only female political illustrator of her time, the United States beckoned, and after being invited by the U.S. Embassy to meet with leading newspapers in Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles, she was courted by Walt Disney, Hanna Barbera, and Universal Studios before settling there as an artist and correspondent for 22 years.
Both an oil painter and caricaturist, she has been commissioned to do pieces for Presidents and Hollywood royalty throughout the years, including George Bush Jr., Elvis Presley, Bobby Kennedy, Walt Disney, Raquel Welsh, Bobby Kennedy, Peter Falk, Robert Wagner, and Betty Davis, to name a few!
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She’s been a friend of A-Listers . . .
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And had countless global newspapers and magazine articles written about her.

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Now, at this point in her life, this pioneering and gifted lady is preparing a gallery exhibition of her work and writing a book of her fascinating life story.

B.B. has been a member of Westlake Athletic Club since 1987, first joining the club to play tennis. An unfortunate problem with her back halted her game, and she is now an avid fan of swimming. “I love the pool! Swimming is the best part of my life. It is so relaxing and a nice way to exercise.” When I asked her what she loves most about WAC having been a member for so long, she said, “The club has the best pool in the area, and everyone is always so friendly.”

She recently gifted our G.M., John Sutcliffe with a caricature of himself. “John is such a character,” she said, as seen in her cheeky portrayal!
When I asked B.B. for a more recent photograph of her, her response was, “Why? Everyone knows who I am already. Who needs to see a picture of me?” And that sums this wonderful lady up. You would never know from meeting her the success she has experienced or the journey she has taken, such is her humble and sweet demeanor.

Not many people blow me away, but I am truly touched to have had the opportunity to spend time with this incredible woman, artist and pioneer, and left meeting her inspired and grateful!

Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC

Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC

Training Tip

Bicycle Crunches:
By Patti Markowitz

Bicycle crunches are one of the best abdominal exercises. This exercise is proven to be 250% more effective than a regular crunch. When it comes to ab training, quality overcomes the quantity.

Proper Execution:

1. Lie on the floor on your back, stretching your legs out straight while keeping your feet together. Make sure your lower back is pressed flat against the floor.

2. Place your hands behind your head.

3. Bring your right knee towards your head as you rotate your upper body. Try to touch your left elbow to your right knee.


4. Straighten your right leg back as you bring your left knee in. Simultaneously, rotate your upper body to the opposite side. Try to touch your right elbow to your left knee.



1. Do not rest your feet and shoulder blades on the floor. Keep them a few inches above the floor.

2. Keep your elbows pointing out, and perform the exercise nice & slow.

3. Correct breathing is important to get the maximum benefit out of the bicycle crunches. Fully exhale while rotating your upper body to the side. Inhale while you bring your upper body back to a neutral position.


Fitness Tip

Narrow Row and Wide Row
By Holly Butler


Fitness Tip

Get Moving! It’s Never Too Late To Start . . .
By Peter Loncto

As some of you know, I recently underwent an open chest operation to replace a severely problematic aortic valve, and to repair a significant thoracic aortic aneurysm. My surgeons did a great job, and, two weeks later, I am on the long slow path to recovery.

Such an invasive procedure leaves you feeling like you've been hit by a train. My recovery includes lots of pills, lots of naps and a general feeling of overall weakness. I've been told that the only thing I can do right now is walk . . . So twice a day I hit the green belt in Westlake. I'm up to a mile now (that's two miles a day!), and look forward to stretching that out gradually over time.

As bad as I may feel sometimes, throughout the entire process I've been told by everyone I have encountered - doctors, nurse practitioners, phlebotomists, physical therapists, pharmacists, friends, family and those I've met on my walks - that I look really good. I've even been asked when my surgery is taking place!

Here's the thing; the sole reason I get these comments is the fact that I went into this very serious surgery in pretty good shape. My recovery will be far easier because of my condition going in.

Life is funny. Eight months ago, I was preparing to run a marathon when I received my diagnosis. Today, I'm two weeks out from open-heart surgery. You never know what the future holds in store for you. If you are taking care of yourself, you have a much better chance of dealing with life's funny little, and some not-so-little, curveballs.

Here at the Club you have access to a fantastic gym and pool area, staffed with qualified, professional trainers and coaches. Do yourself a favor; take Holly's or Katie's classes, try swim coaching with Kevin or Logan or personal training with Patti or Katie (and I'll be back soon too!).

The good news: It's Never Too Late To Start! Please, don't wait! Start today! Get up and get moving. Do it for friends and families. Do it for your loved ones. Do it for yourselves.

P.S. Congrats to Ironman John Sutcliffe! Awesome!!


Tennis Tip

This side of 50 on the Tennis Court – Upcoming Dates to Save!
By Karl Akkerman

imgSummer is in full swing, and if your schedule is anything like mine, there are three things happening on every Saturday and Sunday each weekend. It is tough to pick which event to attend, and you wish you could clone yourself so you won’t miss any of them. There are some excellent functions coming up at our Club that you won’t want to miss, so get ready to begin the cloning process. Check out the many events on our Club Calendar on the WAC website and save the dates. Make sure to get your partner soon for the Club Championships.

I want to add another exceptional event that is coming up soon, which always sells out with dozens of people wishing they had heard about it sooner. This is an event a true tennis player will remember forever and not want to miss. On September 25th, The Bryan Bros. Foundation exhibition will be held at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo. The brothers will be bringing their American buddies John Isner, Stevie Johnson, and Mardy Fish, to light up the courts.

The price is only $100 for general admission, or you can buy a table with five or six of your friends and enjoy reserved VIP seating. You will be able to have time with the boys to have them sign autographs on anything you want, so bring those big balls or your favorite cap to have autographed. Food and drink (wine and beer) from vendors in our county are included in your price of admission.

If you want to play with and against the Bryan Brothers, Isner, Johnson, Fish, and other well-known pros and college players, you can sign up for the Pro-Am event for $5,000. Whatever you choose to do, act fast as tickets sell out every year.
The Bryan Bros. Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is dedicated to helping support and grow the dreams of children in Ventura County and around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to identify and support charities and causes that help at-risk youth survive and thrive. They seek out specific families and children in need, working with them directly to ensure that they have the opportunities to succeed. In everything they do, they promote the ideals of sports, and tennis in particular, to emphasize the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance. The Bryan Bros. Foundation teaming up for kids! Check it out online for lots more details and purchase your tickets today - - and don’t miss this awesome event right in our own backyard.

See you on the courts!
Karl Akkerman
USPTA Elite Professional

Yoga Tip

The Benefits of Downward Facing Dog
By Leticia Willingham


Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is one of the most common poses in yoga. And, for a reason! This classic pose has many benefits including relieving stress and back pain, helping with digestion and helping to prevent osteoporosis. Downward Facing Dog will help you to stretch and strengthen your body from head to toe. Try incorporating this pose in to your daily routine, stopping to calm your mind and energize your body for a few breaths every four to six hours.


Tri Corner

Ironman Recovery – Do You Have A Plan?
By Shelly O’Brien

Those amazing words tumble through your mind. The legs are tired and you may be walking backward down stairs. For the first time in months you didn’t have to get up early. The adrenaline may still be going through your system and you awoke early, yet there are not any workouts to be done. No more pushing through the fatigue.

Now what???

  • Recognize Post Ironman Depression is very real. When you crossed the finish line, your goal was achieved. The past 8+ months have had a singular purpose. The starting line of an Ironman event consumed your eating and sleep habits, apparel choices “what-to-pack- for –the-day-so-I-can-workout”, vacations, friends, and the general schedule. Body soreness & fatigue have become normal. Again this question may roll through your mind, “Now What”?
    First, you are not alone. Most first time and many experienced Ironman athletes go through this emotional challenge. It’s okay and expected. The challenges- have a plan to fill your schedule with other passions.
  • It is time to reconnect with family, friends, work and other interests. Triathlon, especially long course, training is very consuming but there is a balance in life with those that don’t “train”. Evaluate what has been put on-a-back-burner and re-acquaint those items or relationships.
  • Give yourself permission to recover. The fitness gained won’t leave in a couple of weeks but it may feel like it. Remember, you “peaked” for the Ironman race and tapered training. After the race, this is called a transition phase.
  • Create a recovery plan – this will help feel re-purposed. Below are suggestions:

The First Week:
• Training:

  1. Leave the technology off. No Garmin, power meters, time clocks, or anything else that measures performance. If you are doing anything, go by “feel” and keep it really easy
  2. Time to cross train. Mat yoga, Pilates, elliptical, stretching are all okay.
  3. Swim: As you feel like it but with limited volume and intensities. Simply just “float” in the water.
  4. Bike: Easy spins only of not more than 30min – if you ride
  5. Run: Nada, Zip, and Zilch. That means leave the running shoes alone. A couple short walks are okay.

• Nutrition:

  1. In training, your Carbohydrate intake was likely 300g+/day. Time to really back off that number. Remember, you’re training requirements are not the same so you don’t need the same amount of fuel.
  2. Protein: Maintain at least 1g/kg of body weight. Depending on gender, age, and conditioning, that number may increase.

• Psychological:
There is a mental shift to acknowledge. I’ll reference the euphoria and depression mentioned above. The highs and lows combined with fatigue can be a challenge. Acknowledge this as normal and work a plan to fill the time normally spent training with naps, time with friends, doing projects, etc.

The Second Week:
• Training:

  1. It’s important to do 30-45min of activity 3x in the week. You may feel “flat” or in other words, you can’t “push”. That is okay and expected. This will return. It doesn’t have to be swim/bike/run, and as a matter of fact, I still caution a quick return to Swim/Bike/Run. However, since those are primary sports, I’ll address them below.
  2. Swim: You can return to your routine but limit volume. If you were swimming 5k/workout 3x/week. Maybe only swim 2.5k/workout with a lot of drills. And short fast speed efforts. Example: Repeat sets of 3 x 25yds (m) fast with 1min rest between sets.
  3. Bike: In general, a couple easy spins of not more than 45min but add quicker, short efforts to help the neural fatigue recovery. Example: 50% or only 2min Tabata spinning sets. Or 4 x: 30 seated efforts /: 30 rest done every 10 min of a 30min easy ride.
  4. Run: Later in the week, take a couple of easy jogs but on soft surfaces and not more than 30min in duration. Avoid concrete if possible. I suggest drills and active movement patterns. No hard fast efforts.
  5. Strength: NO heavy lifting and NO high velocity patterns- that includes cross fit workouts. In general, working with mat exercises, fit ball, bosu ball, and stability discs are all acceptable and will keep you well within the goal of neutrally re-integrating the body.

The Third & Fourth Week:
By this time, adrenaline & euphoria have subsided. Physical and mental recoveries are well underway. It is likely you will feel “normal” in daily activities by the end of the third week. Workouts may still be underwhelming. That is okay, it is time to create a plan moving forward and share that with a support network. Depending on that goal, it is okay to add and subtract from your network. Caution is given with return to volume in training. Intensities should still be very short with ample recovery.

Regardless of your Post–Ironman aspirations, remember your amazing accomplishment. Taking the time to recover physically and mentally is key to your athletic development and overall health. Limit the urge to return to structured training quickly. There will always be another triathlon race – no rush. This is your journey and triathlon is a wonderful sport that offers many options. Enjoy every minute of the process!

Life At WAC

Happy Summer!
By Anna Griffin
Summer is here with its sweltering, long, sunny days. As usual life at WAC is busy as you all enjoy our facilities, from the tennis courts, to the swimming pool, or our air-conditioned fitness center.

Last week, on a Thursday Night, a spontaneous Happy Hour occurred when a group gathered to watch some good tennis on Court One. The weather was warm so a cold chardonnay or beer cooled us down.

The Olympics will be televised from August 5th -21st and will provide a great opportunity for a ton of yelling and rooting in the Clubhouse (which is air conditioned!). Grab a group of friends and get a party started as you support your favorite athletes, or if you’re not from round these parts, show your support for your home country. And feel free to bring flags!

The fun continues in tennis news with lots of great upcoming events and tournaments. Our First Member and Guest Tournament is a fun tourney on Saturday, September 10th, where members can bring a guest player/non member to compete in a round robin doubles event. The main focus on this event is Rally for the Cure Breast Cancer Tennis Challenge. This is a fund-raiser whilst also raising awareness, and we'll have doubles and mixed, plus fun challenges and team games.


Our Club Championship will be moved to the weekend of Nov 12th -13th. We are changing the format from a whole month’s competition as it has been for the last few years, to a weekend, Saturday and Sunday, in an effort to get more members involved.

The U.S.T.A. Westlake Athletic Club Fall Tournament. which is an N.T.R.P. adult tournament for levels 3.0 up to Open Division, is set for September 30th - October 2nd. We hope to see lots of members both playing and supporting. We are trying our best to work with U.S.T.A. so more of you can play even though it’s a U.S.T.A. season. We have lots of fun prizes and awards in all divisions, like restaurant gift cards and Tennis Store Gift cards.

On October 8th we have our Second Annual Conejo Cup. North Ranch hosts this event, and Westlake Athletic Club is bringing teams from 3.0-4.5, both Men and Women. Please contact Calle if you are interested in playing or being a Captain of a team.

The teams involved are WAC, Spanish Hills, North Ranch, and Sunset. This is such a great and fun one-day event, and let’s sees if this year we can bring home the trophy to WAC. Last year Sunset was too good. Let’s bring our A-Game, Members!

And finally our GM, John Sutcliffe, and the following WAC members participated in either Ironman Whistler on Sunday, 24th July or Ironman Vineman on July 31st:

Julie Ann Valde Lopez
Kari Davis
Scott Davis
James Duncan
Lawrence Dutra
Renee Frumkin
Richard Iazzetta
Caryn Karotkin
Michele Funk
Shirley Shaw
Caroline Lettieri
Kristin McHale
Greg Tchejeyan
Lauren Smith
Monika Krystle

Set against the stunning backdrop of Whistler, Canada (a beautiful place to race), and perfect weather, they all had a tremendous day, completing a grueling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run (140.6 miles in total), with 17 hours to complete the race.

Jim Duncan
Kari Davis
Julie Lopez, Kri McHale, Caroline Lettieri, Scott Davis, and Dr. T.
Greg Tchejeyan, better known as Dr. T.
Kri McHale

Monika Krystal
Rich Iazzetta
Our brilliant team finished between 12 hours and 16 hours, 50 minutes, finishing first in their division.


The winning gang’s all here!

As Julie Lopez came in with just 10 minutes to spare, she proudly wore a crown gifted to her by her husband as she was also celebrating her 50th birthday! Happy belated birthday and congrats on two huge simultaneous milestones, Julie!
John Sutcliffe was also celebrating that day. Finishing in 14 hours and 16 minutes, he was exuberated, as only in February of this year, racing seemed uncertain. Being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, two blood clots were found in his heart, and the necessary surgery was on hold until they cleared. Fortunately they did, and he underwent an Ablation to correct his heart issue. Five months later, the day before his 57th birthday, he completed Ironman!
“It was an awesome, inspirational experience. Dream big and don’t be afraid to fail. The only thing stopping you from achieving your dreams is you!” John said.
Congrats John Sutcliffe, and happy belated birthday to you too!

Hugest congratulations to all, Team P5, on your well-deserved success! Your dedication, focus, discipline and determination are a credit to Westlake Athletic Club, and an enormous inspiration for us all!
Larry Dutra
Caryn Karotkin and Lauren Smith

And that’s the point. Anything really is possible for all of us if we set our minds to it. A 75 year old, multiple cancer survivors, a Parkinson’s sufferer, and a lady who had lost over 100 lbs, all competed at Ironman Whistler, illustrating that it’s never too late to dream big, set goals, focus, push ourselves, realize our dreams, and succeed.

Happy August, Members. Enjoy this beautiful month, and whatever your sports and health & wellness goals, we are here to support you, so JUST DO IT!


Member Getaway:

Paso Robles: A Jewel of the Central Coast
By Anna Griffin
El Paso de Robles, or "Pass of the Oaks", is a community of 30,000 nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California, where the values and riches of the past are interwoven with the future. Located close to mountains, beaches, and deserts, it is home to one of the United States’ greatest wine growing areas, and a growing number of hot springs resorts.

The City of Paso Robles has a long history with both wine and healing waters, being renowned for thermal springs. The Salinan Indians—the most historical inhabitants of the area—were here thousands of years even before the mission era. They knew this area as the “Springs” or the “Hot Springs.” The Indians, and later the Mission Fathers and their congregations, found relief from various ailments in the therapeutic waters and soothing mud baths.
Wine grapes were introduced to the Paso Robles soil in 1797 by the Spanish conquistadors and Franciscan missionaries. Spanish explorer Francisco Cortez envisioned an abundant wine-producing operation and encouraged settlers from Mexico and other parts of California to cultivate the land. The first vineyardists in the area were the Padres of the Mission San Miguel, and their old fermentation vats and grapevine artwork can still be seen at the Mission, north of the city of Paso Robles.

When visiting the area, there are many great options for accommodations. The historic Paso Robles Inn offers deluxe spa and wine-themed rooms, and as they are pet friendly, Fido can come too . . .

Wake up surrounded by vines by staying in a quaint B&B like Carriage Vineyards, a real working vineyard and horse ranch located in the Wine Region . . .
Or soothe your cares away at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in nearby Avila Bay, which sits atop hot mineral springs and spans more than 100 acres of forest, hills and meadows.
When hunger strikes, the area is home to many gastronomic treats. Il Cortile Ristorante, in Downtown Paso Robles’ is a fine dining Italian Restaurant. Enjoy seasonal menus created with the freshest ingredients sourced by surrounding local and regional landscapes. Executive Chef Santos MacDonal, provides a vast array of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. And don’t forget the Tiramisu . . img
From the same chef, Spanish and South American fare is served at La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant. La Cosecha offers culture-specific, specialized Latin flavors by sourcing herbs and spices from each dish’s nation of origin, while taking advantage of the farmer’s market-fresh produce, meats, and cheeses of California’s abundant Central Coast.
At Villa Creek Restaurant Bar, enjoy regional, eclectic, farm to table cuisine complemented by a carefully curated local and international selection of fine wine. The bar offers a full selection of premium spirits, craft beers and inventive cocktails, and they are particularly known for their margaritas!
With a dynamic menu reflecting local abundance, Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Lounge sources a vivid array of fresh organic and farm-to-table ingredients to concoct bold, imaginative dishes, and creatively prepared, honest food.
There are many things to enjoy while visiting Paso Robles, especially the wine! Paso Robles is gaining notoriety for its Rhone varietals, big reds, bold blends and crisp cool whites. When visiting downtown, the Paso Underground tasting room is a collective wine tasting room featuring small production wines from Aaron, Clos Solene, Edmond August and Turtle Rock Vineyards.
Sip Rhone varietals and blends at Anglim Winery, set in the historic Paso Robles train depot at 8th and Pine Street a few blocks from the square.
Or head northwest off Highway 46 West and amble down Live Oak Road until you reach L’Aventure. Estate grown Rhone and renegade Bordeaux/Rhone blends are produced here and worth the effort to find. Against the backdrop of an idyllic country vineyard setting is the occasional palm tree that the owner has placed around the property to remind him of his days in the Polynesian Islands. Today this transplanted Frenchman is an innovator bringing his experience in grape growing and his creativity in wine production to make exceptional highly sought after wines.
When you want a moment of pure rest and relaxation, head to River Oaks Hot Spring Spa to soak in artesian thermal mineral springs under the starlit sky, or relax in the shade of a private open-air spa, and be reborn in the opulence of nature.
Feeling sporty? Visit our sister club, Paso Robles Sports Club, for a friendly game of tennis or a swim . . .
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Or tee off a round of golf at Hunter Ranch Golf Course, a beautiful 18-hole Championship course set atop the highest point in Paso Robles, surrounded by San Luis Obispo County's finest vineyards and rolling wooded hills . . .
Not far from Paso Robles is the majestic splendor of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and always worth an inspirational visit . . .
Paso Robles is a relaxing place distinct for its historical sites and known for its wineries and spas. You'll appreciate the cheese and coffee choices, wines and spas. Spend a relaxing day at Elephant Seal Rookery and Morro Bay State Park, or make plans to visit Estrella Warbirds Museum. If you're looking for a family-friendly getaway, Paso Robles is for you.

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

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