September Newsletter 2016

September 1, 2016


Dear Members,

August was a big month for the USTA teams at WAC! We had our Men’s 4.0 (captained by Bill Fried), Ladies 3.0 18 & over (captained by Patti McNamara) and Ladies 3.0 40 & over (captained by Patti McNamara) all playing in sectionals.

Congratulations to all three teams for an awesome season as well as qualifying for sectionals. We are proud to have all of you representing Westlake Athletic Club.

A special shout out to the WAC Attack (3.0 18 and over), for bringing home the Championship. They will advance onto Nationals the weekend of October 8th & 9th in Surprise, Arizona. Team members include: Patti McNamara (Captain), Kym Connor, Mary Feldstein, Renae Saliano, Beth Bloomfield, Fran Marks, Louise Ries, Patti Wilson, Marlene Cunningham, Nicolene Van Niekerk, Vienna Taylor, Kim Andersen and Kelly Vandergeest. Good luck in Arizona and Surprise us with another championship!

With the locker rooms now complete we will soon begin work on new outdoor social and fitness areas. Our objective for the social area is to enhance the member experience with spaces to sit and unwind and enjoy conversations with their fellow members. These new areas will include built in seating spaces, additional shading, fire pit and a barbeque for grilling. The new fitness space will be just outside of the current fitness center and will be used predominately as a personal training area. It will be equipped with machines geared towards functional training. We expect to have these projects completed sometime in the fall. Additional improvements planned for 2017 include: new tennis lighting, resurfacing of the courts, new mechanicals for the pool, resurfacing of the pool deck and a facelift of the lobby area.

As we move into fall we are interested in expanding our group exercise offerings and are looking for your feedback. What other types of classes would you like to see added to the schedule? What days and times would you like them to be held? Please e-mail your suggestions to me at and thanks for your feedback.

On September 10th we will hold our first Member/Guest Tennis Round Robin to support Rally for the Cure. Rally for the Cure is a grassroots program that works to educate women about breast cancer and to remind them to get their annual screening. We are asking for your help with donations for a Silent Auction to help raise money for this great cause. Please contact me if you are interested in donating a prize. Thanks in advance for supporting this great cause.

Have a Healthy Day,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager


Nutrition Tip:

The Perfect Post-Workout Green Smoothie For Recovery
By Anna Griffin
You just rocked that tough workout! Now what? It’s really important to replenish the nutrients in your body and fuel it with the right foods to help rebuild your muscles. Our bodies need the perfect combination of protein, carbohydrates, and liquids after working up a sweat.

Any post-workout green smoothie should have a good amount of protein, healthy carbs, and liquid for rehydration. This green smoothie hits all of those requirements as long as you include those chia seeds. We also highly recommend using coconut water (“nature’s gatorade”), but you can get by with regular H2O.

Here’s a breakdown of what makes this post-workout smoothie the ultimate in your recovery arsenal.

One of the commonly eaten and nutritious green leafy vegetables, Kale belongs to the species of Brassica oleracea and is included in the family of cauliflower, broccoli, collard greens, spring greens and brussel sprouts. Extremely low in fat and calories, Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods available. Risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer, including cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate, while Kale also provides comprehensive support for the body's detoxification system. Flavonoids in Kale combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits while also being high in Vitamins A, B6, K, and C, calcium, minerals and fatty acids, rounding out this ingredients powerful contribution to our overall well-being.

Coconut Water
Coconut water is the juice present inside the interior cavity of young, tender coconuts. Its water is one of nature’s most refreshing drinks, packed with simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish dehydration conditions inside the human body. Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes that assist in digestion and metabolism, while being composed of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc, and is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. carries a very good amount of electrolyte potassium and vitamin C.img

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.

Chia Seeds
Chia, the anicient Mayan word for ‘strength’ is offered to us in the form of tiny black seeds with properties benefiting to body and brain. Low in calories but high in fiber, these small seeds pack a potent punch of energy-boosting power. Also high in antioxidants chia seeds can prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation free radical damage. Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it extremely beneficial to consume for heart health, while also being a key aid to good digestion, metabolism, energy, bone strength, cancer prevention, dental health, and in new recent studies, found to aid in prevention and management of diabetes. Chia seeds are high in linoleic, a fatty acid which helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, all contributing to its superfood status.


Perfect Post-Workout Green Smoothie Ingredients:

2 cups fresh kale
1 cup coconut water, unsweetened (or regular water)
1 orange, peeled
1 cup pineapple
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons chia seeds

1. Blend kale and liquid until smooth.
2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

Enjoy! You’ve earned it!


Member of the Month: Kavita Khanna

Celebrating Results!
By Katie Whittaker
I met Kavita Khanna when she came to my Thursday 9 am yoga class. Looking to loose weight and improve her all over fitness, I, as a certified water-exercise specialist, suggested water strengthening and cardio exercise, also helping Kavita to overcome some timidness she had about the pool. From there we graduated to bi-weekly, hour-long gym workouts in the fitness center. Kavita has already lost 12 pounds in six months, and is still working hard with a goal of losing another 10 pounds. “I am feeling so much more energetic,” Kavita says. “I love working out in the fitness center and yoga. Doing both with Katie has really improved my potential!”

Congratulations Kavita. You are the perfect example of how exercise can help us with our health & wellness goals and to lose those excess pounds! Keep up the good work! We are here to help!img


Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC

Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC


In Tennis News . . . 

Congrats to the WAC Attack 3.5 Ladies who made it to championships in Sectionals! They didn’t win but still did amazingly well to get to championship round! Captained by Maryrose Bleier and Co-Captained by Lynn Abroms, well done to all the girls on their team:
Maryrose Bleier
Nancy Reynard
Sharon Hendrix
Lynn Abroms
Lisa Macha
Holly Butler
Leslie Silverman
Debbie Redman
Rebecca Dorosk
Connie Mundell
Kellie McHone
Lisa Knickmeyer
Kathleen Schatz
Shirlee Huffman
Alexandria Campbell
Suzanne Kenney
Nancy Akkerman

Meanwhile, huge congrats to our WAC Attack Ladies 3.0 who are going to Nationals, Captained by Patty McNamara and Co-Captained by Kym Connor:
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Beth Bloomfield
Mary Feldstein
Kelly Vandergeest
Nicolene Van Niekerk
Renae Saliano
Kim Andersen
Patti Wilson
Louise Ries
Marlene Cunningham
Vienna Taylor
Fran Marks

Good luck, Girls! We’re rooting for you!

We have two incredible events coming up so please mark your calendars, starting with a fun tourney on Saturday, September 10th. 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.
The U.S.T.A. Westlake Athletic Club Fall Tournament. 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, and have lots of fun prizes and awards in all divisions, like restaurant gift cards and Tennis Store Gift cards.
Finally, congrats to Andrew Whitehouse for his Junior Spotlight feature in Southern California Tennis News. You are a joy to this club and we all love seeing you work so hard and your brilliant progression, Andrew. To read more of his article, click here.


Training Tip

Plank Tucks:
By Patti Markowitz

The Plank is a balance pose that strengthens the abdominals and lower back muscles as well as the shoulders and upper back. Variations of the plank provide different levels of challenge and work diverse muscle groups. Planks are one of the best moves you can do to strengthen your entire core top to bottom, side to side and around the middle.

1. Start on the floor in a plank position on your palms and toes.

2. Jump feet up toward hands immediately hop feet back to start position. Continue for 30 seconds.



Fitness Tip

Triceps & Biceps By Holly Butler

Fitness Tip

Use It Or Lose It!
By Peter Loncto
Well, it's been a month since my open chest surgery, and I am still in the process of recovery from this very invasive procedure. Going into the operation, I had read numerous articles on what to expect immediately after surgery and what to expect as far as long term recovery. Virtually everything I read laid out a timetable of six weeks to several months before the patient would feel anything like normal.

Naturally, I assumed that these estimates applied to everyone else. After all, I was in pretty good shape physically and had a superior attitude! Within four weeks I planned to be back at work, running again, and generally feeling better than ever. Imagine my surprise to be four and a half weeks into recovery and still weak as a kitten! I guess that, being human, the rules apply to me too and it's going to take a little while longer to begin the journey back to fitness. Oh well...

The most shocking discovery was how quickly and thoroughly deconditioning takes place. I feel like I have lost all muscle tone. Being told not to lift anything heavier than a fork, and feeling too lousy to even try, I have been amazed at the near complete loss of upper body strength and muscle. Within the next few weeks I hope to get back to the gym to take some of my own medicine and begin, at the beginning, the process of getting into shape again.

The message is this; stay active . . .Everyday. Do something to keep yourself healthy. Take a walk, lift some weight, take advantage of the fantastic Technogym equipment in the fitness center. The only way to keep deconditioning at bay is to stay active. USE IT OR LOSE IT!

See you around the gym real soon.


Health Tip:

Get Up & Stand Up For Your Health: A little exercise offsets a whole lot of sitting!
By Monique Tello, MD, MPH.
Article first published on Harvard Health Publications/Harvard Medical School – August 2016.

A solid body of scientific evidence strongly suggests that the more time a person spends sitting, the higher their risk of death from any cause. Multiple large studies and high-quality data analyses show that regardless of age or health issues, the hours we spend in our office chairs, cars, or on the sofa watching television can literally kill us.

But if our jobs require us to be at a desk or behind the wheel for long shifts, what can we do? Are we destined to die earlier than landscapers, baristas, and construction workers? Should we all quit and seek an occupation that will allow us to be on our feet instead? Maybe I should have studied the culinary arts…

Not so, suggests a very well-conducted study published in July in The Lancet. These authors took a fresh look at a massive load of data from 16 large studies and including over a million subjects. They aggregated the information, re-ran the analyses, and corrected for individual and population variations. What they found was that 60 to 75 minutes of moderate physical activity like walking to work, walking the dog, riding a stationary bike, line dancing, golf or softball, doubles tennis, or coaching sports eliminates the risk of death related to sitting, even from sitting for more than eight hours per day.

Can’t get in an hour or more of these types of activities per day? Just 25 minutes of moderate activity is somewhat protective, even for people who sit for eight or more hours per day. The way physical activity energy expenditure was calculated, vigorous activities count more, so less time of the most strenuous exercise is needed to be protective.

There are lots of ways to get your daily dose of activity.
Wondering what constitutes moderate and vigorous activity? The CDC has published a table describing many activities. Vigorous activities include running, soccer, backpacking, bicycling on hilly terrain, spinning or step classes, karate, and judo.

Other studies have suggested that exercise can be broken up and spread out throughout the day and still be beneficial. One study found that even hourly breaks of light activity decreased measurable damage to our arteries.

Is your time sitting spent binge-watching The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones? What was fascinating about this study was that time spent just generally sitting was analyzed separately from time spent sitting and watching television. TV time is associated with even greater risk of death, and exercise was not as protective. Even more than an hour per day of moderate activity did not eliminate the risks associated with five or more hours per day of zoning in front of the tube.

Why the extra negative effect of TV watching? The authors hypothesize that people are more likely to get up and walk around at work than they are while watching TV. In addition, people tend to watch TV in the evening after eating dinner, which may have negative effects on our blood sugars and fat metabolism. Or, perhaps people are prompted to snack on unhealthy foods during those commercials breaks.

Whether it’s sitting in an office chair or watching TV, those who get less than five minutes of moderate activity per day fare the worst, and the longer they sit, the higher their risk of death from any cause – be it heart disease or cancer.

Even a little bit of movement matters.
The take-home message from the Lancet study, as well as the mountain of research in this area, is that less sitting and more exercise is the goal, and every little bit of improvement in either area helps. For those who ride to work or have a desk job, taking short movement breaks throughout the day is protective. Can’t resist watching endless hours of television? Consider buying an exercise bike or a treadmill, and place it squarely in front of the screen. In any case, find a sport or active hobby that you enjoy, and do as much, or as little, as you can, because it all counts.



Yoga and Stress Relief

By Leticia Willingham
Yoga provides stress relief by releasing tension through the stretching of the body. Yoga is much more than physical exercise because it is really about connecting breath to movement. And, concentrating on your breath is the key to stress management. As you learn to hold yoga poses with a calm mind, focusing on the breath, the poses will train your mind on how to remain calm in stressful situations.

Yoga is a lifelong process that you can integrate into each and every day. The end goal of the physical practice is to create body and breathe awareness, space, length and steadiness so we can bring calmness, flexibility and peace to our minds.

Tri Corner

A Slow Run
By Logan Franks

Two minutes that will explain why you should spend some time running slow this off season.
Being the best athlete doesn't always mean you have to be the fastest one. The best runners in the world can run a 10-minute mile for 15 miles and run a 5:10 mile for 15 miles the next day. It's all about timing! The single most important thing, when it comes to a developing a successful training schedule is, considering Training Stress vs. Risk of Injury.

Base training is extremely important. It improves our ability to utilize fat as our primary fuel source through improving our metabolic efficiency. More importantly, it increases our durability by strengthening the musculoskeletal system. Tendons and ligaments are part of this system; they receive very little blood flow. Compared to muscles, tendons and ligaments take a lot longer to strengthen and recover from training stress due to the differential in blood circulation.

The "A” word…Adaptation:
To simplify this word, we'll call it "injury proofing." Are you following? Base training is an adaptation process that is injury proofing you! Running slow is allowing your ligaments and tendons to grow stronger and "adapt", so they can take on the hard efforts that are going to come sooner than you think. After a hard workout (9x800 at Lactic Threshold), your muscles might be recovered in 1-2 days. Your ligaments and tendons on the other hand, have just been hammered by 2.5x your body weight for the past hour. (Studies do show that while you run, you exert 2.5 x your body weight on each leg). Unlike your muscles, the tendons and ligaments won't be repaired in 1-2 days.

I'm sick of spelling out ligaments and tendons so I'll just refer to them as T&L's at this point: T&L's are like a tree that you hit with an axe each day. It might not fall on day 1,2,3, or 4, but the tree will grow weaker everyday a piece is taken out of it. It can’t recover fast enough to keep up with damage you inflict on it. One day, the tree will fall. The longer you let the tree grow though, the harder it's going to be to chop down...the tree is pretty much a hybrid of a symbolic T&L, and base phase-training type of thing at this point . . . You know what I'm saying! The good news is, you now have the knowledge and hopefully, after you’re done wrapping up this very successful triathlon season, you’ll spend some time injury proofing yourself by logging some slow miles and focusing in on a great 2017 tri season.

Below, is a diagram that I have created to show the different ways to develop a 6-month training program. You'll see a correlation between fewer months spent in the base phase of training and the increased risk of injury, showing you to injury-proof by taking it a little slow.



Member Getaway:

Oakland: Escape To the Bay
By Anna Griffin
A major port city in California, Oakland is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay area, the eighth-largest city in California, and the 45th-largest city in the U.S.
An exciting and cosmopolitan destination, Oakland offers a multitude of experiences and adventures, as well as world-class dining and accommodations.

When looking for somewhere to stay, the city offers hotel, boutique, and bed & breakfast options. In the latter category, A Bed & Breakfast On Fairmont is rated the #1 B&B in the city, and is a quaint, traditional “Homestay.”
Offering comfortable en-suite guest-rooms and a healthy, organic breakfast of eggs and produce from their own backyard, this is your home away from home when visiting the big city.

Or discover affordable luxury at Oakland Marriott City Center, one of the top hotels in Oakland.
Enjoy a convenient commute to the area's most popular attractions, including the Oakland Coliseum, Oracle Arena, the Oakland Zoo and Jack London Square.

If looking for a boutique hotel experience, stay at Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, that celebrates the spirit of Jack London Square, blending festive, nautical décor with the unique atmosphere of the Oakland waterfront.
Situated close to Oakland Museum of California, the hotel is also within close proximity of Oakland Convention Center and offers a free shuttle service to the closest BART station.

If visiting nearby Berkeley, opt the pampering environment of the Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont hotel, revered as one of America’s iconic luxury hotels.
Overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Claremont Club & Spa sets new heights in service, amenities, and accommodations, and is only a 20-minute drive from downtown San Francisco, boasting breathtaking views of the city. After an intense game of tennis, yoga, Barre or Aqua Fit class, take a rejuvenating facial or relaxing massage and a dip in the saline whirlpool overlooking the San Francisco bay.

There are a myriad of dining choices in this bustling city for all palettes and budgets.

Haven, Jack London Square:
After a few years of finding its groove among Jack London Square’s rapidly changing and improving restaurant scene, Haven has earned its place in the line-up of the area’s best under the watchful eye of Michelin star chef, Daniel Patterson serving food that’s both familiar and inventive. Try the aged beef burger served with a scallion aioli on a homemade, seeded bun. Delicious!

Hopscotch, Uptown:
Hopscotch is a standout among Uptown, a tiny little diner with one of Oakland’s most delightfully unusual menus, serving seasonally inspired cocktails and regional American food with a Japanese twist. And did I mention the homemade donuts and custard cream? Worth a visit just for those!

Commis, Piedmont Avenue:
Oakland’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, Chef James Syhabout’s experimental Commis is the kind of place your oyster might arrive cushioned in a cloud of briny sea foam atop tumbled beach rocks, or your slow-poached egg yolk in a smoky white bowl that resembles an oversized egg white. It’s art, but yummy art at that!

Pizzaiolo, Tesmescal:
Charlie Hallowell’s Pizzaiolo is the place to head for some of the most exciting food in Oakland. With perfect wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, great cocktails, and a breezy casual ambiancee, this place serves up big plates of happy at fair prices. On warm nights, eating on the expansive back patio is wonderful, and the outdoor movie nights draw crowds for food and films throughout the summer.

This city offers many great tourist attractions, such as the Oakland Museum of California, the Oakland Zoo, a hike through nature at the Redwood Regional Park, or shopping and a great meal at Jack London Square. There is literally something for everyone.
And while in town, pay a visit to our sister club, the Hills Swim & Tennis Club in the Montclair Hills of Oakland. A full-service, family-oriented gym, the Hills offers aerobics, fitness classes, swimming, tennis, yoga and tae kwon do, personal training and massage by qualified instructors.
Whatever your reasons for visiting Oakland, an interesting and vibrant city experience awaits when you escape to the 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


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