November Newsletter 2016

November 3, 2016

imgDear Members,

We are always looking for your feedback about what things you like about the club and areas that you think we can improve upon. We have partnered with Medallia MXM, which works with many of the most recognized companies in the hospitality industry, to provide an easy avenue for you to provide feedback about the club. Each day, three members that have visited the club within the past 30 days will receive a survey via e-mail that we hope you will take the time to complete. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and asks you to rate us from 0 to 10 in areas such as facilities, cleanliness, equipment, friendliness and more. We hope you choose to participate in these surveys celebrating our successes and giving helpful feedback on what we can improve upon. The surveys are not anonymous and we will be responding to all of them. We look forward to hearing from you.

We are disappointed to announce the club championships scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled because of low registration numbers. Rather than reschedule them and try to squeeze them in before the end of the year we have decided to postpone them until the 1st quarter of 2017. We will finalize the calendar for 2017 by the end of November so we can announce the dates for the championships in December. In order to infuse excitement into the club championships we will be using the results from the championships to assist us in the selection of the teams for the Conejo Cup Championships which are held in October. We compete against teams from Sunset Hills, North Ranch and Spanish Hills to claim the title of the Best in the Conejo. Sunset Hills has dominated the championships the past two years and we will be aiming to change that in 2017. If you want to help us grab the cup next year you will need to qualify at the Club Championships.

In October, four members dared to take on the seemingly impossible task of completing an IRONMAN and proved anything is possible when they crossed the finish line. Scott Davis and Rich Iazzetta took on the iconic World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and despite high winds and hot temperatures went on to finish in 10:50:52 and 12:36:10 respectfully. Kri McHale and Renee Frumkin tackled Ironman Louisville, and thanks to a ton of grit and determination finished in 14:32:15 and 15:37:56. Each of you are inspirations to us all and remind us that “Anything is Possible” if we dream big and strive to be the best we can be. Please join me in congratulating Scott, Rich, Kri and Renee for having the courage to take on their Ironman dreams and make them come true!

An extra special shout out to Renee, who attempted to complete her first Ironman in July at Whistler but was unable to finish. While Renee was disappointed with her results in Canada she would not let that stop her from accomplishing her goal of completing an Ironman, and immediately signed up for Ironman Louisville in October. With even greater resolve this second time through, Renee dug deep and went on to finish her first Ironman. If at first you don’t succeed tri, tri again!! Renee, You Are An Ironman!

The sport of triathlon is a daring sport no matter what the distance. It brings out that quality in us that lives inside all of us that pushes us to succeed, that drives us to perform and that dares us to try something new. For those of you who are wondering, “Can I do that?” The answer is yes! We dare you to give it a tri! Start small with shorter distances; dream big about longer distances, and maybe one day you too will be an Ironman!
Have a Healthy Day,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager


Nutrition Tip:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

By Anna Griffin
This time of year has us obsessively reaching for pumpkin spice wherever we can. Lattes, ice blendeds, cookies, pies, breads, pastas, beers and more, this comforting and favorite taste is usually served with an unhealthy dose of sugar and carbohydrates. However, fall’s versatile squash packs some powerful healthy perks — like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie.
A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision, particularly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health. 
 Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids, the compounds that give the gourd their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into another form of vitamin A, giving extra eye protection.

Pumpkin is also a good source of fiber, with three grams per one cup serving and only 49 calories, keeping us fuller longer. This means fewer consumed calories aiding us in weight maintenance during what can be a challenging season with the holiday celebrations.
Pumpkins boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute. The plant sterols in pumpkin seeds have also been linked to fighting off certain cancers and are rich in the calming amino acid tryptophan. The seeds also deliver phytosterols that may help lower cholesterol. The same free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin that may keep cancer cells at bay can also help keep skin wrinkle-free, Health magazine reported.

Helping the immune system, pumpkins contain 20 percent of the recommended dose of vitamin C, while a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, helping to restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeping muscles functioning at their best.

Note: When shopping for ingredients, always choose organic particularly the fruits and vegetables, which can be laden with nasty pesticides, thus undoing all your good work and the benefits to your body.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Ingredients:
• 1 cup pumpkin purée
• 1 large ripe banana
• 1 cup unsweetened coconut water or coconut milk
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
5 ice cubes

Top each serving with some ground flaxseeds for additional super food status, or a pinch of nutmeg for taste if you like.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and serve.
Definitely more treat than trick. Enjoy!


Member of the Month: Rick Butler . . . He’s A Rock Star!

By Karl Akkerman

imgThis month I wanted to put the limelight on one of our good friends and members, Rick Butler. He plays in our leagues and has without a doubt the fastest second serve in the club. It is the same speed as his first serve. He just makes a small adjustment to the first serve to give his opponent very little chance to lean into a slow second serve. Most of us do know that he is married to WAC’s Fitness Instructor Holly Butler, but few of us know that he is an accomplished musician, and an expert in the field of composing and producing music for film and television since 2001.

At four years of age Rick Butler began learning to play the piano perched atop a stack of phone books in order to reach the keys, insisting that he be allowed to take lessons along with his older brother and sister. By the end of elementary school, he had also taken up the clarinet, saxophone and drums, and was widely considered to be the best musician in the school (according to him). Through junior high and high school in the Chicago suburbs, Rick took up the guitar and bass, formed a few rock cover bands, and eventually began writing original material and finding his own artistic style. It was during this period of exploration, that Rick’s older cousin -- an aspiring orthodontist with a passion for music and technology -- opened a recording studio and took him under his wing, teaching him the science behind engineering and recording, which ultimately became Rick’s biggest passion: the marriage of composing and producing music. He spent as much time as he could in the studio cutting his teeth, engineering and producing sessions for others, and most importantly, learning to craft his own songs and compositions in his own voice: catchy, edgy, fresh and produced in a big, cinematic style that was as important as the music itself.

After graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in Political Science, Rick moved back to Chicago to form grunge rock band 39 Steps as the lead-singer, guitarist and songwriter, while continuing his hands-on education in the studio. One short year later, the band decided to make a real ‘go’ of it, and relocated to Los Angeles, where they spent the next five years touring regionally, writing new material, and recording an LP and an EP on indie upstart Really Good Dave’s Records. In 1999, Rick decided to shift gears away from performing and put his styling’s to use back in the studio full-time, writing songs and composing music for film, television and advertising. In 2001, he teamed up with composer Fred Rapoport and together, they have scored shows for CBS/Paramount, ABC/Touchstone, NBC, Disney, Nickelodeon and Oxygen, among many others.
Rick’s longest running (and it is still playing regularly in re-runs) is Austin & Ally – a Disney show. He and his partner wrote and produced all 87 episodes that ran for four years. Rick remembers every one and can tell you many cool stories about the show. He spoke at length with my granddaughter last weekend about many an episode. You can tell he is proud of his accomplishments yet humble. I had no idea of his profession and history.

Rick has been married to Holly for 22 years and they live in Thousand Oaks with three girls and their hound, Lil’ Bones. Their daughters are Jayne (age 17), Jillian (15) and Georgia (11). All three have followed in the footsteps of their father as a performer, being really into dance having danced in numerous ballets and performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center and beyond.

Rick is a fun guy and now we know a little more about him. Little did we all know he is a ROCK STAR!!! You can see all his credits (and there are a lot) on his website, I am certain you will be as blown away by all of his work, as you will be by his serve!

Karl With a K.

Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC

Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC


In Tennis News . . .

By Christa Nonnemaker

WAC Attack 3.0s Participate in Nationals!
By now, most club members know that our WAC Attack 3.0 Ladies reached Nationals. We extend our congratulations to them again as that is quite a feat! They attended Nationals on October 8th and 9th in Surprise, Arizona. Patti McNamara, Team Captain, led the team through their season, Sectionals and is pictured below in fine ballet form at Nationals. But, reaching Nationals requires support in form of families and friends. Many players brought their spouses with them and they managed to enjoy themselves off the court as well as on the court. Kelly Vandergeest remarked that playing at Nationals was simply an amazing experience. Although WAC Attack didn’t win in their flight, they have come away with memories of a lifetime and probably a guaranteed bump up in ratings!
The team in green, with Patti in ballet pose.
Team players along with some wonderful spouses out on the town!

Conejo Cup 2016
WAC participated in the annual Conejo Cup on October 8th at North Ranch Country Club. Spanish Hills, North Ranch CC and Sunset Hills CC also participated. All teams fielded men’s and women’s players for the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 divisions with three double lines each. Although WAC didn’t win this year, they had a respectable showing and came in first in one or two divisions.
WAC 4.0 Men and Women
3.5 men and women getting ready to play!


Training Tip

By Patti Markowitz

Planking is a simple, but effective body weight exercise. Holding the body stiff as a board develops strength primarily in the core (the muscles that connect the upper and lower body as well as the shoulders, arms and glutes). This static exercise - meaning body stays in one position for the entirety of the move, requires no equipment and can be performed anywhere you can find a safe space to do so.

Standard Plank:

1. Plant the hands directly under the shoulders (slightly wider than shoulder width apart) like you're about to do a push up.

2. Ground the toes into the floor and squeeze the glutes to stabilize the body. Your legs should be working in the move too, careful not to lock your knees.

3. Neutralize the neck and spine by looking at a spot on the floor. Your head should be in line with your back.

4. Hold the position for 20 seconds. As you get more comfortable with the move, hold your plank for as long as possible without compromising form. Keep breathing!

Side Plank:
This variation better engages the obiques, or the side muscles of the core than a standard plank.

1. Lie on one side with the legs stacked on top of one another. Then prop the body up on the hand or elbow, while keeping the feet stacked.

2. To make this movement easier, you can cross the upper leg in front of the body for additional support.

Video Fitness Tip from Holly Butler, Trainer


Training Tip

Crunch Those Abs
By Katie Whittaker


Everybody needs “abs”. Start on your back with your knees bent at a right angle, pulling your navel muscles down to your spine (let me show you!). Head resting in your hands, inhale filling lungs only.

While exhaling as if blowing out a straw, pursed lips, use your abs to lift the shoulder girdle up; not yanking on your neck. Keep a “grapefruit size” space under your chin. Keep elbows out.

Gently relax back into starting position. Repeat 10-80 times every other day. Smile and crunch those abs!


Fitness Tip

The Importance of Balance
By Peter Loncto


Last month we talked about the importance of proper posture in beginning a fitness training program. Today I would like to discuss the issue of balance.

Balance exercises can help you maintain your balance and confidence at any age. If you are an older adult, balance exercises are especially important because they can help you prevent falls and maintain your independence. Nearly any activity that keeps you on your feet and moving, such as walking, can help you maintain good balance. But specific exercises designed to enhance your balance are beneficial to include in your daily routine and can help to improve your stability.

Two simple, but not easy, beginning balance exercises are the single-leg balance, and the single-leg balance reach.

For the single-leg balance, stand with feet shoulder-width apart and pointing straight ahead. Hips should be in a neutral position.
1. Lift one leg directly beside balance leg. Maintain level hips and shoulders.
2. Hold for 2-5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
3. Switch legs and repeat 10 times.
For the single-leg balance reach, stand with feet shoulder width apart and pointing straight ahead. Hips should be in a neutral position.
1. Lift one leg directly beside balance leg.

2. Move lifted leg to the front of the body.

3. Return to the original position and repeat 10 times.
4. Switch legs and repeat 10 times.

Sounds easy, but wait until you try! For beginners, I recommend performing these balance exercises within reach of a wall or a chair. The last thing you want to do is fall while your body is learning balance. Although difficult at first, if you do these two exercises every day, you will find it only takes a few weeks for your balance to come back. You will move with confidence and you are getting your body stabilized and ready to start incorporating resistance training into your routine.

So go ahead and get started! As always, feel free to ask me for assistance. I am more than happy to help you begin or progress to the next level, and I look forward to seeing you in the gym soon!



Yoga Tip  

The Importance of a Quality Yoga Mat
By Leticia Willingham
First and foremost, go for a mat with good grip. There is nothing worse than sliding around on your yoga mat while taking deep breaths in downward dog. When you’re shopping for a mat, test out grip. Make sure that your palms do not slide around. If you already feel movement when you are just testing it and are not even yet perspiring from a great yoga workout, it’s probably not the mat for you.

And, if you’re new to yoga, make sure you purchase a mat with good padding. It takes time to build up your strength — so make sure your mat is there to provide cushion and help you out along the way. It’s important to have a more padded mat so that you can slowly build joint and muscle strength and to help prevent injury.

It’s hard to focus on your yoga practice if all you can think about is how your knees hurt during poses. A thicker yoga mat will provide extra cushion between the hard surface under your mat and your body. This allows you to hold poses longer and reduces impact on your joints as well as helps you to relax and feel more secure which, overall, creates the basis for a much better workout. But, keep in mind, you don’t want your yoga mat to be too thick, as that could cause you to lose your balance and possibly tumble over during a pose.

Spending a few extra dollars on a really good mat can make all the difference. It is really worth the splurge. Avoid the cheap mats. You might think you’re saving a buck at first, but you’ll wear out the mat quickly, it’s bad for the environment, and cheap mats are usually too thin and flimsy.

So, go with one of the better brands. You can trust Lululemon, Manduka and Jade in terms of price for longevity. Believe me, in the end, you will be glad that purchased a quality mat.


Tri Corner

Tri Tip: Running Miles For Smiles
By Katie Fleming/Photos by FinisherPix
For Richard Iazzetta, triathlon has always been more than just a sport. Through swimming, biking, and running Iazzetta has found an outlet for giving back to causes greater than himself. Since 2013, Iazzetta has partnered up with Smile Train, a charity dedicated to supplying free cleft repair surgery to over 85 developing countries, and has raised over $75,000 for the organization, which means he has helped 310 children suffering from cleft. With partners like IRONMAN and passionate IRONMAN athletes like Iazzetta, Smile Train continues to change children's lives, one surgery at a time.

Iazzetta has been an avid IRONMAN fan since the early days—he remembers rooting for Mark Allen in the infamous "Iron War" race against Dave Scott but admits he never saw himself being part of the fun. It wasn't until 2004 when he started working for Disney that he finally caught the bug. He joined a triathlon team with colleagues and finished the Nautica Malibu sprint triathlon, a race he continues to compete in every year.

In 2008, Iazzetta, who works as an SVP, General Manager West for Disney Home Entertainment and TV Distribution was ready to take on his first IRONMAN 70.3 at Oceanside. He remembers the race as being extremely nerve wracking, especially the open water swim. "I really had no clue what I was doing and was so intimidated the entire day. No watch. No heart rate monitor. No coach or advice. Just me," He recalls. Iazetta crossed the finish line of his first IRONMAN 70.3 in 5 hours and 43 minutes with a new found love for the sport. Since then, he has competed in seven more half-distance events.

For a 50th birthday present to himself, Iazzetta decided to tackle his first IRONMAN in Arizona as a charity athlete with Smile Train. In 2013, he hired a coach, bought a race watch, and was ready to meet his goal of 13 hours. The morning of his race, Richard found that his son had knocked his watch off the charger and was left was a dead battery. He took on the swim and the bike, blind to his time.
At mile 2 of the run, Iazzetta found out from Donn Ritchie—a seasoned IRONMAN athlete—that he was on track to finish under 11 hours. Ritchie and Iazzetta ran side by side until mile 17 where Iazzetta's legs just couldn't keep up. "Son, you will not regret much about this day but you will regret not sticking with me," Donn pushed. Iazzetta ended up falling back and crossed the finish line of his first full IRONMAN race in 11:19:38. Since that memorable day, Iazzetta has completed IRONMAN Arizona twice more, along with IRONMAN Canada in 2016.

His love for the outdoors and staying fit is what keeps Iazzetta motivated during long training sessions. "I am proud of the shape I am in at 53 but I still don't want to take my shirt off in front of the perfect bodies at Kona," he jokes. Having a support system is key he adds, especially with his demanding travel schedule for work. "My wife is VERY understanding and supportive of my long workouts on weekends." With both early morning and late night training sessions, Iazzetta aims for 16-18 hours per week of strict training. Life is unpredictable, though, so when a workout is thwarted, he believes in a good cheat meal and a fresh start the next day.

Iazzetta was first introduced to Smile Train when he was volunteering for IRONMAN Arizona in 2012. He was signing up for the 2013 race when a woman presented him with an opportunity to raise $5,000 for the organization. With the slogan "Every child deserves the ability to smile," Smile Train works tirelessly to ensure that every child born with a cleft lip or palate feels beautiful in their own skin. Children with untreated clefts struggle with eating, breathing, and speaking; the organization prides itself on providing over 85 developing countries free repair surgery for those in need. "I love the fact that these kids are smiling ear-to-ear after their surgery. Can you imagine how they feel looking in the mirror after-the-fact?" he says.

After two events with Smile Train and raising over $13,000 Iazzetta decided to take the ultimate challenge and fundraise $50,000 for a charity entry into the IRONMAN World Championship. He has surpassed his goal and raised a grand total of $77,367. Smile Train Team Empower has charity entries into the IRONMAN World Championship, IRONMAN Arizona, IRONMAN Texas, IRONMAN 70.3 Mont Tremblant, and IRONMAN 70.3 Wisconsin.

Smile Train Team EMPOWER is a global endurance fundraising program of Smile Train, Inc., the world's largest cleft charity. Since beginning in 2013, Team EMPOWER athletes have helped 9,600 children and have a network of over 600 alumni. Every mile helps give new smiles and new life to children who need them most. To learn more about Team EMPOWER, please visit


Member Getaway

Palm Springs: An Oasis in the Desert.

By Anna Griffin
Renound for it’s laid-back, retro-meets-luxury vibe harking back to the Rat Pack days; world-class golf and tennis opportunities; desert climate; or a place to hit the spa to regroup and rejevunate, Palm Springs is a quick trip to escape the ordinary when body, mind and soul are in need.
Situated approximately 142 miles or two hours and 45 minutes from Westlake Village, Palm Springs offers hot springs, stylish hotels, world-class golf courses, spas, shops, and entertainment as well as many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, interior design shops and restaurants, while the surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.
Palm Springs is an easy destination to get around and is very pedestrian friendly. Most hotels and vacation home rentals are within walking distance or bicycle to enjoy dining, shopping, museums, and entertainment.

When looking for accommodation, this city offers travellers a multitude of choices, from large-scale, full-resort, to smaller boutique experiences.
The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Hotel & Spa invites guests to sample an array of services and amenities that promise to keep you as busy or at ease as you desire. Featuring a 27-hole golf course, 25 tennis courts, both an adult-only swimming pool and a Splashtopia water park, health and wellness programs such as yoga or retreats to their 20,000 square foot European spa. Rooms and suites are designed with a modern, comfortable aesthetic, and come equipped with balconies overlooking the lake or poolside, and villas situated around their Las Palmas Lawn.
Offering world-class cuisine, such as at bluEmber, the resort’s signature restaurant, taste buds are tantalized with an inventive spin on California New American cuisine. Enjoy their sophisticated dining room, award-winning patio or cozy up by the fire pit and admire the spectacular mountains and lush fairways. bluEmber embodies the Palm Springs dining experience with an exquisite menu and a variety of fine wines.
For a more relaxed dining experience, satisfy your cravings for casual fare at Palms Café. Sip freshly brewed Peet's Coffee while enjoying scrumptious breakfast bites like house-made pastries and breakfast burritos complete with hand-made tortillas, as you greet your day with breakfast on the terrace. This Palm Springs café also offers fresh salads, sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas, delicious frozen treats and family-style meals with gluten free options.
Feeling sporty? The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Hotel & Spa is known as one of Tennis Magazine’s Top 50 USA Tennis Resorts as well as Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 25 tennis resorts in the world.
Their exceptional tennis program is under the direction of Cliff Drysdale Tennis, providing the ultimate tennis experience with a program that includes adult camps, ladies' retreats, and junior and adult private lessons and clinics.
Fancy taking a swing? Meet 6,400 yards of golf pleasure when you take to the three distinct courses at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. 27 holes of championship golf on three distinct rotations: North, South and West. Wind through palm tree-lined fairways and gently rolling terrain, surrounded by amazing views of the San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains. Six lakes and the infamous Ted Robinson bunkers raise the stakes for amateurs and professionals alike.

If a quiet boutique hotel is your preference, stay at L’Horizon Palm Springs, A Leading Hotel of the World, bringing back the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age through its unique design esthetic by renowned designer Steve Hermann. The 1950’s gem has served as a playground for Hollywood A-Lister’s and U. S. Presidents alike.
Now, redeveloped as a luxury resort, it boasts true exclusivity nestled within intimate spaces on three acres of gorgeous manicured desert grounds. Offering bungalows that are custom designed to emulate luxurious private residences, the dramatic mountain backdrop frames the imaginatively designed landscapes to create a striking setting.
L’Horizon’s Spa is a blend of relaxed elegance, with white canvas cabanas, serene indoor-outdoor setting and private outdoor showers. The Spa features four treatment rooms and a relaxing outdoor space. Indulge in massages, facials and body treatments, aromatherapy, and a fresh juice bar, from an array of services tailored to a balanced wellbeing.
For the active and athletic, L’Horizon’s offers scheduling assistance for 24-hour personal fitness trainers, guided walking and hiking trails, Palm Springs' finest golf courses, and complimentary expert yoga training.

Feeling peckish? Dramatic, refined, and intimate, their restaurant, SO•PA, offers a unique alfresco dining experience. Enjoy dinner in an intimate setting, or dine family style at a 26’ walnut communal table. Finished with fire pits, fountains, and Lindsey Adelman chandeliers, SO•PA considers itself the desert's most distinctive gourmet restaurant and cocktail lounge.
Palm Springs offers travelers a multitude of fine dining experiences, from all cultures to suit all tastes. Craving Vietnamese? Then visit Pho 533, a popular Vietnamese and Pan-Asian café with a cocktail and spring roll bar, flavorful, fragrant bowls of pho, salads and new takes on the classic spring roll, like collard and mustard greens, local lettuces and shaved apples; or spicy tuna with sliced mango, cucumber, lettuce and noodles.
If in the mood for the best Mexican in town, head to El Jefe, the fun and frolicking spot at the colorful Saguaro. This restaurant has always been a great stop for tequila, tacos and other Mexican-inspired street food. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, its famous happy hour or long-running Taco Tuesday specials. The nachos are the best . . .
Palm Springs is famous for its hot springs and spa lifestyle. If in need of a day of pampering, take the day off and visit the Spring, a hot mineral spa and resort. Named “Top 10 Worldwide Best for Mineral Springs” by Spa Finder Magazine, relax in one of three sparkling mineral pools for two hours before or after your spa treatment; soaking in mineral spring water helps relax your muscles and greatly enhances the benefits of massage.
In the mood for a little retail therapy? Then head to El Paseo to browse your favorite luxury labels and chic boutiques, savor gourmet cuisine by the Coachella Valley’s top chefs, and wander through an array of art galleries set against a scenic backdrop in this gem tucked in the heart of Palm Desert. Among its 250-plus retailers, the mile-long strip features locally owned boutiques, top international retailers such as St. John, Gucci, and Burberry, fine jewelry, eclectic artworks, sleek and sophisticated home décor, and professional services including day spas and beauty bars. With so much to do and see, it’s easy to pass an entire day on El Paseo.
One excursion not to be missed is the Palm Springs Air Museum, where history comes alive and visitors can get close to vintage World War II and Korea/Vietnam era aircraft. Named in 2014 as one of the top 14 aviation museums in the world by CNN Travel, over 40 flyable and static planes are on display inside three climate-controlled hangars totaling 65,000 square feet and outside on the tarmac. An aviator’s dream . . .
Whatever your reason for visiting Palm Springs, a world-class destination awaits. Emanating style, luxury, history, and fun, Palm Springs offers visitors the best in resort living, and an opportunity to experience the finest golf, tennis, dining, shopping, entertainment and relaxation. A true oasis in the desert!


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









5:30 AM



Master Swim **


Master Swim **



7:15 AM







Master Swim (1.25 hrs)**

8:30 AM






Cardio Tennis* (1.5hrs)

Yoga – Beg/Int

9:00 AM

Yoga – Beg/Int

Skills, Drills & Thrills (1.5 hrs)*


Yoga – Beg/Int


Cardio Tennis* (1.5hrs)

Yoga – Beg/Int



10:00 AM


Adult Beginner Tennis Clinic
(1.5 hrs)






10:30 AM







Live Ball Tennis (3.0+)*
(1.5 hrs)

11:00 AM


Body Sculpting


Body Sculpting




12:00 PM


Master Swim**


Master Swim **




5:30 PM


Yoga – Beg/Int

Body Sculpting

Yoga – Beg/Int




6:00 PM



Master Swim**


Small Group

Men’s Live Ball Tennis (4.0+)*
(1.5 hrs)

Master Swim**



6:30 PM


Live Ball Tennis (3.0+)*


TRX Training
(beginning Fall 2016)

Adult Tennis Drills*

TRX Training
(beginning Fall 2016)

Adult Tennis Drills*



*Additional Fee **Master’s Fee $20/mo.

Adult Tennis Drills This is a warm-up clinic for the mixed doubles leagues. This is a high energy clinic, packed with competitive live ball drills and lots of laughter.

Live Ball Tennis A fast paced doubles session that will leave you with much improved doubles strategies. Plan for quicker movements, faster reactions.

Cardio Tennis Cardio Tennis is a fun, healthy clinic for players of all abilities. Heart pumping fitness with a full body, calorie-burning workout.

Skills, Drills, & Thrills A good warm-up followed by a “shot of the day”. The remainder of the clinic incorporates this shot into the fun but competitive drills.

Adult Beginner Tennis Clinic Designed for new players or returning players after a long break. High repetition, stroke development, & footwork concepts.

TRX Training (Beginning Fall 2016) Suspension training program that emphasizes functional movements. A terrific way to develop and maintain strength, flexibility, balance & core stability.

Small Group Training 5-8 people training using combination of TRX, treadmills, weight machines for an overall improved fitness level.

Body Sculpting Utilizes the Yoga Wall for resistance training combined with floor exercises using a number of different props, including: stability balls & band training


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

Try Westlake for yourself. Get your free pass or Request information

Stay updated with emails from us