December Newsletter 2016

December 1, 2016

imgDear Members,

It’s that time of year when many of us take stock of another rapidly disappearing year and the trials and tribulations it has brought. Many will look back at our promises to lose weight and get fit and wonder what went wrong again. Regrettably, some of us will also decide that it’s fruitless to try and do anything about it during the upcoming holidays and resolve to put it off until the New Year. I want to challenge you to take control now and begin to set the groundwork to help you meet your wellness goals in the upcoming year. Here’s your chance to build the foundation for a successful wellness program. Peter Loncto will be offering free seminars on Wednesday December 12th at 6:30pm and Saturday December 17th at 10:30am that will focus on proven strategies to help you set and keep your wellness goals. Learn how to turn that RESOLUTION INTO A REAL SOLUTION and make 2017 your Year of Wellness.

Instead of having your typical holiday party we have decided to combine fun and fitness with our “Making Fitness Bright” celebration! Whether you are “into” swimming, tennis, yoga or the gym, this event is for you. Kelly and Melissa are heading up this event with participation from our awesome tennis, swim, and fitness staff. Please join us for this all club celebration on Sunday, December 11th from 11am-2pm. The entrance fee is a donation for one of the two charities we are supporting – the MANNA Food Bank and The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. We are asking for canned goods for MANNA and new packages of Play-Doh for CHLA. Look for all the details soon. Hope to see you there!We continue to ask for your feedback about what things you like about the club as well as areas that you think we can improve upon. Each day, three members that have visited the club within the past 30 days will receive a survey (Medallia MXM) 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. If you are not involved with certain areas please answer the question N/A. 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. Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to complete the survey and we look forward to hearing from the rest of you.

As we wrap up another year I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your support this past year. We realize that there are many options for your fitness and recreation needs and we are grateful that you have chosen Westlake Athletic Club as your wellness partner. It is our sincere hope that we can help you live a happier and healthier lifestyle. In 2017 we will continue with facility improvements in the tennis, pool and fitness areas and expand our group exercise offerings to help keep members stay engaged in their wellness routines. We hope 2017 will be Your Year of Wellness, and we intend to fully support you in your goals.

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season,
John Sutcliffe
General Manager


Nutrition Tip:

Packing A Powerful Punch: Fresh Orange, Cranberry and Ginger Smoothie
By Anna Griffin
In keeping with the holidays and harnessing vitamin and nutrient-dense fruits that are abundantly available in the produce section, we celebrate the immunity-loaded partnership of cranberries, fresh oranges, and ginger.
Here in Southern Cali, oranges are a year-round fruit, full of vitamin C, a staple in all balanced diets. Ginger is a preferred taste though becoming more appreciated through teas, tonics, and on a personal level, a great Asian meal, offering immunity and digestive benefits. However, we tend to steer toward cranberries only on certain occasions and when in season: Thanksgiving and Christmas when they are plentiful and a part of the meal plan; the onslaught of flu season or the presence of a UTI, or the so-called “good-for-you” and long-favored pairing with vodka cocktail, the ubiquitous Cape Cod.

We know the power of oranges and ginger when fighting ailments especially during the winter, and can all give cranberries a high five for their vitamin C, but unbeknownst to many, cranberries are top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content, and live in the realm of superfood category. Cranberries top the antioxidant list with more antioxidants than broccoli, blueberries, spinach and raspberries, and are also packed with fiber.
Added to the known benefits such as lowered risk of urinary tract infections and improved immune function, consuming cranberries aid in the prevention of certain types of cancer including ovarian, breast, prostate, liver and colon, and can assist in decreasing blood pressure.

For heart health, some evidence suggests that the polyphenols in cranberries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by preventing platelet build-up and reducing blood pressure via anti-inflammatory mechanisms.

The same proanthocyanidins in cranberries that help prevent UTIs may also benefit oral health by preventing bacteria from binding to teeth, according to Researchers at the Center for Oral Biology and Eastman Department of Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Cranberries may also be beneficial in preventing gum disease. And with half a cup only being 25 calories, what’s not to love about this tangy, tart, powerful super berry?

Fresh Orange, Cranberry and Ginger Smoothie Ingredients:
8 oz fresh cranberries
½ of an orange
½ inch knob of fresh ginger- grated
1 frozen banana
3 tbsp raw honey or agave
2 tbsp greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon

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.


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. There will be pulp from the orange. If this bothers you, strain before serving. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy.
Happy Holidays, the healthy, delicious way!

Member of the Month: Jane Nemcova

Putting Wellness First
By Anna Griffin


Jane Nemcova first joined Westlake Athletic Club a year ago. Jane is one of those truly inspiring women who not only is a successful career woman being the VP and General Manager of Artificial Intelligence at Lionbridge Technologies Inc., but is also a mother of three young children, most recently giving birth this past August. Balancing being a wife, mother, and career-girl is no mean feat and we wonder how she manages to find time for herself, but with her full-time life, she has now realized that looking after herself is of paramount importance.

“One of my past mistakes being a Mom is that I would deprioritize myself and not put myself first, and as a result I wasn’t working out. This time around I am really trying to prioritize my fitness so I can do a better job of everything else, like being a Mom, and my career.”

When asked how WAC is helping her with her fitness goals she shares, “I start work as early as 5am sometimes and end often late at night. Peter Loncto has been an amazing trainer. He’s always flexible around my busy schedule and travel. He has been so supportive to my condition before and after pregnancy this year, and helped customize my program with a reasonable approach while continuing to challenge me. All of the tennis pros and staff have created an environment that is encouraging - after a very long lapse in playing tennis, it’s not always easy to return, combined with the fact that I became pregnant shortly before I started again this year - coaches like Karl, Tim, Chris, and Lorene have made it a pleasure to come back and I look forward to playing more.”

Working out between three and five times a week depending on her travel schedule, she is on track with her baby weight loss goals, already losing 35 pounds with 25 to go, and committed to getting back to her pre-baby weight in the New Year, cheekily mentioning she plans to avoid having a fourth baby!

Jane enjoys being a member of WAC noting that John and the staff genuinely care, which is important to her. She also loves that her children have played tennis at WAC’s summer camps.

“It’s great that WAC offers a tennis-focused camp that is flexible and affordable for parents who work like I do!”

Bravo, Jane! You are truly inspirational and we wish you luck in your continued health and wellness goals in 2017 and beyond!

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
The WAC “No Strings Attached” 3.0-4.0 Tri-Level team went to Sectionals the weekend of Nov 18-20th. They played tough teams from other areas and while they didn’t advance to the finals, they all had a great time! It was fun for players from different teams to get to know one another better. Thank you to Alex Campbell for captaining and bringing such energy and fun to the season and Sectionals!!!
Junior tennis players have had a lot going in this month with more to come in December. The JTT and Junior League Fall seasons just wrapped up and both groups celebrated with a potluck on November 12th. The WAC JTT 10u Satellite team will most likely to be headed to Sectionals in January in Indian Wells. Thanksgiving Camp took place on Tuesday, November 22nd and Wednesday, November 23rd and many players who had the week off took advantage of the opportunity to hone their games. There will be Winter Tennis Camp the last two weeks of December and Color Wars on December 30th.

Lastly, Andrew Whitehouse, a senior at Westlake High School and son of Lorene Whitehouse, Teaching Pro at Westlake Athletic Club, just recently signed his Letter of Intent to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to play for their Division 1 NCAA tennis team. Congratulations Andrew!
JTT and Junior League players – Fall 2016
Thanksgiving Camp – November 2016
Andrew Whitehouse – Letter of Intent for Cal Poly SLO

This side of 50 on the Tennis Court

WAC Hits the Road to Palm Desert
By Karl Akkerman
Being a member of WAC has so many benefits. One of them is finding friends that share the passion of your sport. Sometimes you even go a vacation with them and it always makes it more fun. On Halloween weekend in October, 52 WAC members went to Shadow Mountain Resort for two and a half days of camaraderie. It started at 2pm Friday with some tennis before an evening Santa Maria Style BBQ potluck. Our very own celebrity chef, Joe Dotzler, BBQ’d up some Tri Tip and Chicken that was amazingly delicious! Everyone else brought the fixens that go with it. Beans, corn, garlic bread, etc., and Ron Syfacunda brought his amazing seafood Filipino dish. We had an outdoor BBQ party till late and played night tennis till 10pm. The weather was a beautiful 83 degrees during the day, and was a very mild evening temperature that did not require a sweatshirt. At 8am the next morning everyone was out on three courts with the three Pros playing all sorts of live ball drills for an hour. Then we had a round robin tournament with three flights of men and four flights of women. After the three hour tournament, time was spent at the pool or enjoying a power nap. Dinner was held at Las Consuelas outside in the patio area where we had a Halloween party with some really funny costumes. Two of the best of many were Ron Syfacuda and Melissa Shirline.
Here is a link to see more amazing pictures of fun times. Shadow MT.

Special thanks to Ron Syfacuda for the Google drop box pic link. He captured all the fun of the weekend!

Sunday was more tennis till checkout at 11am, but many remained at the pool for a couple hours before returning to our little paradise itself -- Westlake.
Go Westlake!!!

Karl with a K



Training Tip

Ball Squat
By Patti Markowitz

This medium intensity exercise strengthens your knees and also helps define your quads.

1. Place an exercise ball against the wall.

2. Stand up straight with your lower back firmly against the ball.
3. Bend your knees to roll the ball down the wall. Continue until you have reached a mini squat.
4. Push through your heels to roll the ball back to the starting position.
Advanced Version:

1. To make this exercise more challenging, dip down lower. Try to get all the way into a full squat.

Frequency: Do ten reps of three sets

To start seeing and feeling results, aim to do three sets three days a week for six weeks. The benefits of these exercises include increased strength and flexibility (hamstrings, quads, hips and buttocks).

Video Fitness Tip from Holly Butler

Using the Yoga Wall to Strengthen and Tone Our Legs

Video Fitness Tip from Peter Loncto

Starting Back At the Beginning Again: The Importance of Posture


Yoga Tip

The benefits of Yoga for Tennis Players
By Leticia Willingham
If you play tennis you should try Yoga for fast recovery and to stay agile and injury-free.

In tennis you put great demand on your shoulder, arm, and wrist. And the quick movements across the court impact your legs, hips, and spine. A Yoga practice can be an important recovery tool to stretch the muscles and address muscle asymmetries from what’s typically a one-sided sport, meaning one side of the body tends to be more developed than the other.

Yoga focuses on increasing mobility, muscular balance and balance in the spine, and also on mental focus.

Fitness Tip

Double Duty Leg Press
By Katie Whittaker

You can use the Leg Press to work your abs as well!

Starting position:
Legs in the “safe-position” (ask me how). With concentration, exhale and pull your stomach IN, while breathing in.
Pressing position: Push into feet (keep that stomach in) exhaling out pursed “Pilates” lips. Don’t completely lock your knees. Repeat 20 reps in each of three sets with feet widening for each set.

Tri Corner:

By Scott Davis



Gaining speed in the water is NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. It is the product of two simple factors that can be improved with better technique, less drag, and increased strength and endurance.

Stroke Length is defined as the number of yards covered with each stroke.
Reducing the number of strokes needed to cross the pool is a common drill to improve this factor. Variable that can affect this number, include underwater streamlining and kick propulsion. Get the most out of descending stroke count by keeping the variables constant and finding other ways to improved length:
• Improve horizontal body position along the surface of the water.
• Increase glide by reaching forward and finishing past the hip with each stroke.
• Create a powerful underwater pull with a high elbow and straight wrist.

Stroke rate is the number of single strokes taken in 60 seconds. It can be calculated by a person on deck with a stopwatch. The simplest method is to count how many strokes are take in 15 seconds and multiply by 4. Try these 3 methods:

1. Set the tempo at your current stroke rate and try to take fewer strokes per lap.
2. Set the tempo at a higher rate and try to maintain your current stroke count per lap.
3. Record your time for 100 yards at various stroke rates. Observe what tempo produces the fastest 100.

Member Getaway

Squaw Valley: The Ultimate Winter Wonderland
By Anna Griffin
Named “America’s Best Lake” in USA Today, August 2012, No. 1 ski destination by Rand McNally and Orbitz, and the No. 1 travel destination by TripAdvisor, Lake Tahoe offers stunning vistas and action/adventure-packed escapes, all year-round. An escape from the ordinary, Lake Tahoe sits where California and Nevada meet, the north side of the lake being situated within California, and the southern side in Nevada.
An eight-hour drive from Westlake Village, north of San Francisco, North Lake Tahoe is an ideal getaway, particularly as our California winter arrives and with it, the lure of white, snow-covered slopes.
There are twelve resorts and towns to try when visiting North Lake Tahoe, but one of the favorites is Squaw Valley, the perfect destination for experiencing a winter wonderland. When choosing accommodation there are lodges, vacation rentals, and inns to choose from. If opting for the ultimate home rental for your family, Lake Tahoe Deluxe Vacation Rentals offer a full service, on-line reservation system, making it is easy to choose while looking at detailed descriptions and pictures to really get a feel for the property. Offering a full concierge service, their goal is to make you as comfortable as possible.
To be in the heart of the winter action, stay at the Village at Squaw Valley, with dining, shopping, activities, and just steps from the slopes. Offering comfortable studios, one, two and three-bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, guests can relax around the cozy fire pits located on the cobblestone streets below the units, and enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries in The Village, as well as a full-service spa and rooftop hot tubs.


Outdoor sports enthusiasts with a taste for history will love Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley Timeshare Rentals and Vacation Condos. Famous for the 1960 Winter Olympics and just as alive in the summer as in the winter, Red Wolf Rentals offer nearly limitless activities for anyone planning on a fun-filled mountain escape. Squaw Valley Lodge is within walking distance to the Squaw Valley USA Ski Resort tram and a spectacular ride to elevation at 8,200 feet. What's at the top? High Camp Bath & Tennis Club with swimming lagoon and spa and the Olympic-sized Ice Skating Pavilion all overlooking Lake Tahoe. All units are non-smoking, and the property offers elevator, fitness center, guided tours, hot tubs, sauna, and ski lockers.
Alpine Meadows, another great ski resort, is located right next door via a short ten minute shuttle ride on the Squaw Alpine Express, and offers 6000 acres, 43 lifts and over 270 trails of amazing skiing and snowboarding on interchangeable lift tickets.
Feeling peckish after a hard morning’s run on the slopes? Squaw Valley offers many delicious alternatives to feed your well-earned hunger, including KT Base Bar. On one of Squaw Valley’s classic bluebird days, there’s no better place to soak up the sun and refuel before hitting the skis again. Enjoy a refreshing beverage and look out onto the slopes to watch skiers and riders ascend Squaw Valley’s famous KT-22 expansive terrain. Enjoy one of the many new food offerings like snowboard flatbreads and KT Rings and expansive firepots.
For pizza, pasta, salads, wine, and beer, head to Fireside Pizza Company, which also has gluten free crusts and specialty toppings. Voted “Best New Restaurant” and “Best Family Dining” in Tahoe, Fireside Pizza is a warm family friendly restaurant. Known for their appetizing gourmet pizzas, such as the signature pear and Gorgonzola pizza, Fireside dedicates their menu to using only the freshest ingredients.
Step into the local cottage pub to experience authentic Irish fare and premium beers and spirits at the Auld Dubliner. Offering the best in contemporary Irish Cuisine as well as traditional favorites, the interior was crafted to mirror a “cottage pub” in rural Ireland, and allows you to settle in to a relaxed atmosphere to grab a beer and relax with friends.
Start your morning right at Mountain Nectar for fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, specialty coffee and tea beverages, freshly baked bagels, made-to-order wraps, and other food options for the skier on the go.
There is a lot to occupy your time in Squaw Valley. If in need of some pampering, head to the Trilogy Spa in the Village for a unique spa experience in the heart of the mountains. Private, award-winning treatments are available in this 4,000 square foot spa for individuals, couples and groups. Drop in to the Fireplace Lounge any time for a glass of premium wine or champagne with friends and select from an a la carte menu of mini-treatments for the ultimate après-ski gathering or off-season event. Body treatments, massage, skincare, nails and more are available year-round.
Craving your daily Yoga to stretch out those tired muscles? The Wanderlust Yoga Studio is a source of inspiration where all guests are encouraged to strengthen their mind, body and spirit. The 1,000 square foot studio is a sanctuary for all to further their practice in the pristine mountain landscape of Squaw Valley.
One must-do adventure when visiting Squaw Valley is a ride on the Aerial Tram. Climb over 2,000 feet with 360° views of Lake Tahoe's high alpine. Skiers, riders, and sightseers alike will love the panoramic 10-minute ride that climbs 2,000 vertical feet and soars above a snowy mountainscape of granite rock and the iconic Tram Face. And that's just the beginning. Once you reach your destination at High Camp, located at 8,200', breathe in the fresh mountain air and immerse yourself in the High Sierra. High Camp offers dining, shopping, and access to ice-skating.


While at High Camp, take a trip back in time and learn about the 1960 Winter Olympics that took place at Squaw Valley. The recently renovated Olympic Museum showcases a unique collection of memorabilia, news articles and video presentations detailing the many magical moments that took place at Squaw Valley. Admission is free with your Aerial Tram ride.
If you’re feeling like a big kid, snow tubing is a fun mountain adventure for the whole family, and is available at SnoVentures Activity Zone in the base area of Squaw Valley. Play in the snow, bond with family and friends, then warm up at the SnoVentures Lodge located adjacent to all of the snow play fun.
Or experience the thrill and excitement of dog sledding with a tour through the beautiful Squaw Valley Meadow. Wilderness Adventures offers hour-long dog sledding tours with a racing guide leading a team of eight to ten Alaskan Huskies. Guests ride in a four-person sled moving at about 13.5 miles per hour, speeding along a 2.5-mile tour that winds through the scenic meadow.
If cross country skiing is your thing, the Nordic Center at the Resort at Squaw Creek offers approximately 18 kilometers (400 acres) of meticulously groomed trails that wind through the stunning Squaw Valley meadow and surrounding hillside. The Nordic Center also offers snow-shoeing excursions for adults and children at the trailhead of the Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe trails.
Beyond the snow, Squaw Valley offers year-round action and adventure set against the stunning backdrop of North Lake Tahoe, but at this time of year, it beckons as the ultimate winter wonderland.

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





Small Group




Men’s Live Ball Tennis (4.0+)*

(1.5 hrs)






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

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