January Newsletter 2017

January 4, 2017


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Happy New Year! 365 new days, and 365 new chances! I hope that in 2017 you take on new adventures and push yourself to try things that you have never done before. Stop settling for the same old, same old! Don’t be afraid of making mistakes because if you are making mistakes you are learning and changing yourself and your world, and that can only be described as a good thing! With that said, go forth and have an awesome and action-packed 2017!

imgThis year will be another year of exciting change at the club. With the locker rooms, fitness center and group exercise rooms complete, we will move forward with additional improvements in 2017. In December we sent out a survey to our tennis members asking them to prioritize what improvements they would the like to see on the courts. Coming in at the top of the list was the resurfacing of the courts and we will begin moving forward with that in the Spring. Number two on the list was new seating areas for the members to sit and relax after their match. That is expected to begin in the next 60 days and should be complete by the end of May. In order to create a better setting for hosting our social events we will incorporate a fire pit, barbecue and shade into these areas. We will also be replacing the chairs and benches on the courts themselves.

In order to reduce congestion in the gym, we will be developing a new outdoor workout area just outside of our current fitness center. The area will be protected by an awning and used for personal training and small group training. Members will be able to use this area for core strength training, speed and agility work, body weight exercises, stretching and other functional training types of exercises. New equipment for this area will include: barbells, kettle bells, training ropes, plyo-boxes, jump ropes, speed and agility ladders and more. If you are a tennis player looking to be quicker on the court or a triathlete looking to build core strength, this will a great area for you to up your game!

It has been a wet winter so far and the long term forecast is for more rain, so it is a good time to review our rainy day policy. The courts will remain closed until the entire blue surface and 6 feet of the green surface behind the base line is dry. The courts are evaluated individually and will be released for play once it is determined by management that they are completely dry. This is for both our member’s safety and to prevent damage to the courts. Courts will be released to members based on their original reservation times. If you have an 8:30 doubles reservation and it is determined the court is ready for play at 9:00, you will have your court until 10. As always, if your court is not reserved at 10, you will be permitted to stay on the court.

Have a fabulous 2017, and as always, let’s keep moving forward for a better world.
John Sutcliffe
General Manager


Nutrition Tip:

Fighting Arthritis: Harnessing Nature’s Finest to Keep Pain At Bay
By Anna Griffin
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A common physical complaint that affects all ages and lifestyles, arthritis can be chronically debilitating, impeding our wellness on many levels. Now that the cold and damp months are here, symptoms can be aggravated by the weather, impacting not only our fitness routines and goals, but also simple, everyday tasks.

Beyond pain management prescribed by our doctors, supplements are becoming a popular choice in aiding our aches and pains, and research now begins to show us that harnessing nature’s powerful gifts can be a welcome tool in our daily arsenal of well-being. As advised by the Arthritis Foundation, here are nine supplements that are backed by science and shown to be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA) and arthritis-related conditions.

1. SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine)
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How it works: SAM-e acts as an analgesic (pain reliever) and has anti-inflammatory properties. It may stimulate cartilage growth and also affects neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which reduce pain perception. Two studies have shown that it relieves OA symptoms as effectively as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with fewer side effects and more prolonged benefit.
Best for: osteoarthritis.
Also used for: fibromyalgia.

2. Boswellia Serrate (Indian frankincense)
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How it works: The active components (Boswellic acids) have anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. It also may help prevent cartilage loss and inhibit the autoimmune process. In a 2008 study, the extract, also known as Loxin 5, significantly improved OA pain and function within seven days. An Indian study also revealed it slowed cartilage damage after three months of use.
Best for: osteoarthritis.

3. Capsaicin (Capsicum frutescens)
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How it works: Capsaicin temporarily reduces substance P, a pain transmitter. Its pain-relieving properties have been shown in many studies, including a 2010 study published in Phytotherapy Research, which revealed a 50 percent reduction in joint pain after three weeks of use. It is available as a topical cream, gel or patch.
Best for: osteoarthritis.
Also used for: rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

4. Tumeric/Curcumin (Curcuma longa)
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How it works: Curcumin is the chemical in turmeric that can reduce joint pain and swelling by blocking inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. A 2010 clinical trial using a turmeric supplement showed long-term improvement in pain and function in patients with knee OA. A small 2012 study using a curcumin product, BCM-95, showed more reduced joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA when compared to diclofenac sodium.
Best for: osteoarthritis.
Also used for: rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Avocado-soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU)
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How it works: ASU blocks pro-inflammatory chemicals, prevents deterioration of synovial cells, which line joints, and may help regenerate normal connective tissue. A large three-year study published in 2013 showed that ASU significantly reduced progression of hip OA compared with placebo. A 2008 meta-analysis found that ASU improved symptoms of hip and knee OA, and reduced or eliminated NSAID use.
Best for: osteoarthritis.

6. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
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How it works: Cat’s claw is an anti-inflammatory that inhibits tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a target of powerful RA drugs. It also contains compounds that may benefit the immune system. A small 2002 trial showed it reduced joint pain and swelling by more than 50 percent compared with placebo. Look for a brand that is free of tetra-cyclic oxindole alkaloids.
Best for: rheumatoid arthritis.

7. Fish Oil (Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA)
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How it works: Omega-3s block inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins, and are converted by the body into powerful anti-inflammatory chemicals called resolvins. EPA and DHA have been extensively studied for RA and dozens of other inflammatory conditions. A 2010 meta-analysis found that fish oil significantly decreased joint tenderness and stiffness in RA patients and reduced or eliminated NSAID use.
Best for: rheumatoid arthritis.
Also used for: osteoarthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome.

8. Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
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How it works: GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that the body converts into anti-inflammatory chemicals. In one trial, 56 patients with active RA showed significant improvement in joint pain, stiffness and grip strength after six months and progressive improvement in control of disease activity at one year. A smaller study found that a combination of GLA and fish oil significantly reduced the need for conventional pain relievers.
Best for: rheumatoid arthritis.

9. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
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How it works: Ginger has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen and COX-2 inhibitors. In a 2012 study, a specialized ginger extract reduced inflammatory reactions in RA as effectively as steroids did. Earlier studies showed that taking a certain extract four times daily reduced osteoarthritis pain in the knee after three months of treatment, and another taken twice daily worked about as well as ibuprofen taken three times daily for hip and knee OA pain.
Best for: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Safety and Quality

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Talk to your doctor before taking a supplement so you understand the potential side effects and interactions with your medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not test supplements, but there are private companies that do. Be sure to research these products and share the information with your doctor. You can find supplement information on The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medline Plus website.

Wishing you a pain-free, vitality-fuelled, healthy and well 2017!

 

 

Members of the Month: Bob and Evelyn Muller

Bidding A Fond Farewell To Founding Members & Friends
By Anna Griffin
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When GM, John Sutcliffe, nominated Bob and Evelyn Muller, to be celebrated as our first Members of the Month in 2017, it seemed a wonderful idea. Bob and Evelyn are unfortunately resigning as long-term members due to their age, having been with us here at Westlake Athletic Club for 41 years. Inspired to get more athletic, they joined WAC when it was locally known as ‘the dam club,’ and now leave with fond memories. Here they share some of their thoughts about WAC with us:

We joined the Westlake Tennis & Swim club in 1975; a very short time after it was built and opened. Bill Kellogg, a member of the Kellogg Cereal family from La Jolla, CA, who owned the La Jolla Tennis Club, was WAC’s owner.

We joined the club for exercise and entertainment. Bob had played before, but I had not, so we both took lessons and slowly improved. Bob, as a dentist was stationary all day and I, as a surgical nurse got no exercise at all. Tennis did the trick!

Since Westlake Village was a new community, we all wanted to become friends and socialize; hence, we had very many tennis socials, where all the women brought a covered dish and we had a nice meal after we played. That is how we found most of our friends. We also had a Halloween party—most everyone in costume.

The thing we liked so much at the club, was the friendliness, and we always had very capable and helpful instructors. My favorite was Pauline. Our new team are just as friendly and helpful as we were used to, and from the lovely staff, Anne and John are like our dear friends.

We felt like the club was our second home—and did right up until, Bob, at age 85 retired and I retired, at age 91. It has been a lovely part of our lives.

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Evelyn and Bob, we will miss you so very much. You have been long-time members of this family, and we thank you both so much for your patronage and support of our club, and for inspiring us everyday with your commitment to health and wellness. Keep in touch!

 

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

A new year means another year of fun tennis events, leagues, camps and more! The WAC in-house Adult Winter Tennis Leagues will be starting the week of January 9th with options for mixed doubles, ladies and men’s doubles and singles during the daytime and evenings that take place on a weekly basis. If leagues are full for this season, you can always enter your name as a sub and then make sure to sign up for the following season. There are also USTA Adult Leagues which run year round for various levels and WAC usually fields teams for 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 levels depending on interest. USTA teams from WAC play USTA teams from other clubs and facilities in the Ventura County area. The Fall WAC in-house leagues concluded in January with an end-of-season party enjoyed by a large group of players! Highlights of the year in terms of other events included the Adult Tennis Camp, Rally for the Cure and Making Fitness Bright.
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Fall Leagues 2016 End of Season Party
Junior tennis players at WAC have had a full year of activities. Afternoon clinics ran year-round except during weeks of camp. WAC hosted a Spring Break, Summer, Thanksgiving and Winter Camp this year. WAC also had four different junior tournaments including three VCJTA tournaments and one USTA tournament. And, the Junior League program takes place in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall to prepare juniors for match play while Junior Team Tennis, the competitive USTA-sanctioned league, takes place in Spring and Fall. For 2017, the schedule will include these tournaments again with other fun events and camps.
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Winter Tennis Camp 2016

Training Tip

Planks Using the Bosu Ball
By Patti Markowitz

A Bosu ball provides additional challenge to a plank because of its unstable surface. For a front plank either side of the Bosu can be utilized.

• To use the dome side, place your forearms on top of the dome and balance on your toes. Make sure that your body is in line from your head to your toes.
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• Flip the Bosu over and hold onto the side handles while balancing on your toes for another effective plank exercise. Hold these positions for 20 to 30 seconds. Keep breathing!
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pattisfitness@aol.com

 

Video Fitness Tip from Holly Butler

The Upward Chop

Video Fitness Tip from Peter Loncto

New Year’s Resolutions: Lose Weight and Get Fit

 

 

Making Fitness Bright

By John Sutcliffe
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In an effort to keep members active and thinking about exercise through the holidays we hosted our first ever Making Fitness Bright holiday party. Our goal was to roll fun, fitness and the gift of giving into a single event.

To help members burn off a few calories, the staff designed workouts or activities for all four areas of the club. Calle, Chris and crew had clinics going on three courts . . .
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Holly and Beth had Yoga and Body Sculpting classes going in the group exercise room . . .
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Kevin was on the pool deck offering swim tips to the members while Peter was helping members tweak their workouts for better results in the fitness center . . .
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Based on the amount of sweaty members we saw afterward, the activities were successful! All of the members that partook in the activities were awarded for their efforts with prizes from the club.
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Members were kind enough to bring appetizers and desserts and the club supplied the drinks so we quickly consumed plenty of calories once again. But that is all right because we balanced it out with calorie burning activities before the eating and drinking! That’s a good lesson to be remembered throughout the year!
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While the food and exercise were awesome it was the generosity of our members that was most impressive. Thanks to donations from our members we were able to feed some needy families in the Conejo Valley and make the day brighter for children at The Children’s Hospital. We have collected over 150lbs in Play-doh for The Children’s Hospital and nearly 200lbs in canned goods for the MANNA food bank.
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Thank you to all who kindly donated for these great causes, making fitness really bright for those less fortunate!
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Video Fitness Tip from Katie Whittaker

The Monkey Walk

Tri Corner:

4 Exercises to Improve Your Aero Position
By John Sutcliffe
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After maximizing your position on a time trial or tri bike, the next step is to be able to maintain that position over the course of your race.
Add these four exercises to your training to improve shoulder stability and increase scapular (upper back) strength.

Swiss Ball Y
Lie on a Swiss ball with your back flat and your chest off the ball. Your arms should hang down (thumbs forward). Glide your shoulder blades back and down, and lift your arms till you form a Y. Return to the starting position.
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Swiss Ball W
Same starting position as for the Y, but bend your arms and squeeze your elbows in toward your ribs. Rotate your arms toward the ceiling, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Return to the starting position.
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Swiss-Ball T
Same starting position as for the Y, but your palms should face forward. Pull your shoulder blades in toward your spine and extend your arms straight to the sides to create a T with your torso. Return to the starting position.
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Swiss Ball L
Same starting position as for the Y, except your palms should face behind you. Bend your elbows so that your upper arms create a pair of L's. Rotate your arms so your palms face the floor. Retrace the pattern to the starting position.


Member Getaway:

Yogascapes: Pure Zen For Body, Mind & Soul
By Anna Griffin
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As we greet a fresh new year and twelve exciting months ahead, we begin setting lofty goals in the form of the much-aligned resolution, that to the best of our good intentions on January 1st, are usually forgotten about a month later. And perhaps the power word therefore in that sentence, is intention? Intention is something we can commit to being much more simply than making promises we realistically aren’t going to keep; if we had any intention of being our word in and around our new year’s resolutions, we would already be doing those things. With intention in mind we now have the freedom to focus on all areas of our busy lives and how we show up everyday, and when it comes to our health and wellness aspirations, it opens up many doors for fun, new activities, and motivates us to be our best.

In a stressful world, much of it spent constantly digitally connected to the world and his wife, as much out of convenience as peer pressure and/or distraction, a chance to completely disconnect, de-stress, re-charge, and reset, seems a necessary and obvious thing to do in the next twelve months. How wonderful to know then that the ability to calm one’s senses, clear one’s mind, find personal peace and balance, and to connect body, mind and soul amidst breathtaking natural beauty, is just a click away, at www.yogascapes.com
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Featured in leading media outlets including Self Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Time Magazine, and on the Huffington Post, Yogascapes handcrafts each retreat by their small team of wellness experts who combine the most vibrant and influential yoga and wellness teachers with in-tune guides, local culture, incredible food, inspiring adventure, and a group of similar minded fun-loving people from around the world.
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Fueled by the practices of yoga and a commitment to living a healthy and inspired lifestyle, their mission is to bring a small group of individuals together in a beautiful natural setting, to have the time of their lives.
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Each Yogascapes trip is designed with six elements in mind:
• Inspiring Destinations & Venues
• Tasty Local Cuisine
• Wanderlust & Cultural Exploration
• Self Inquiry and Exploration
• An Open, Inspiring and Supportive Community to Travel With
• Radical Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation
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Yogascapes offers you the ability to create your retreat from the comfort of your armchair, based on your personal preference of ambiance and location. Choose from city, mountain, beach, snow, sun, or water-based venues, in global destinations including Costa Rica, Iceland, New Zealand, Morocco, Japan, Italy, Scotland, and Bali.
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Or stay local by escaping to one of their California retreats this year. In March, Yogascapes lures us to the heart of the Sequoias, celebrating their annual two-day California yoga retreat to the redwoods where we can immerse ourselves in nature, hike the immense forest oasis, and enjoy daily practice of Vinyasa yoga.
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In August, Yogascapes invites us to enjoy the Sonoma County Harvest Retreat, celebrating life in abundance. Located at the Lotus Feed farm, participants will enjoy yurt accommodations, hiking local trails, exploring farm life, healthy, vegetarian, farm to table meals, and daily yoga and meditation.
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If living a healthier, happier, inspired and vibrant life is your intention in 2017, look no further than Yogascapes to enhance your social adventure and experiential travel. Incorporating yoga, wellness, and the beauty of our natural world, Yogascapes is your go-to portal, offering pure Zen for body, mind and soul. Namaste, 2017!
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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.”

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.
pattisfitness@aol.com

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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.

kwhittaker818@gmail.com

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.

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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

Sun

Yoga (Beg/Int)

9:00-10:00am

Katie/Cindy

Sun

Skills, Thrills & Drills

9.00-10.30 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

11.00-12.00 pm

Holly

Mon

Adult Beginner Tennis

10.00-11.30 am

Joe

Mon

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)

9:00-10.00 am

Leticia/Katie

Tues & Thurs

TRX Training

6.30 pm-7.30 pm

Peter

Tues

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

Leticia

Sat

Live Ball (3.0+)

10.30 am-12.00 pm

Chris

Masters Swim

Kari Davis
WAC is pleased to have Kari Davis as our Head Masters Swim Coach. Kari was  a Collegiate All-American swimmer and has over 30 years coaching experience. Kari began teaching swimming in San Diego in 1990. In 1991 and 1992 she was San Diego’s Age-Group Coach of the Year. 

In 2005 Kari moved to Park City where she started a Masters Swim Team and began coaching triathletes. Kari loves coaching and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Kari lives with her husband in Westlake Village and has 2 grown children.

Logan Franks
WAC is pleased to have Logan Franks coach our Masters swim program.

imgLogan Franks served seven years in the Marine Corps infantry. During his enlistment, he raced on the Marine Corps Triathlon team. He was 1 of 6 Marines selected to represent the All Marine Triathlon Team at Armed Forces Triathlon Championships in 2011. Logan also competed as a professional triathlete with a primary focus on long course triathlon. In 2010 he was ranked 52nd in the world for Ironman and he posted the fasted American run split of the day at Ironman world championships, crossing the finish line in 9:02.

Logan was also collegiate runner for the University of Delhi, located in NY. Though he was a fast runner, his success in triathlon was being hindered by his lack of swim knowledge and experience. Knowing this, Logan went to a number of swim clinics and trained under the guidance of some of the best triathlon and swim coaches in the United States. Logan soon became a front pack swimmer, often coming out of the water in the top six of the pro division for Ironman and 70.3 races.

2013, Logan shifted his focus to coaching and put his athletic career on hold. Logan currently owns a military focused triathlon team. He coaches prior service members and active duty military. He also coaches paratriathletes and other wounded vets hoping to compete in the Paralympics. Logan is a Level 2 Masters Swim Coach, and is very approachable, always willing to help anyone on deck. 

imgKevin Lane, Swim Instructor & Coach

Kevin Lane is the Assistant Swim Coach of California Lutheran University Men's and Women's Swim Team. He is also an adjunct instructor at CLU, teaching swimming, and a Masters Swim Coach at Westlake Athletic Club (Certified USMS Level 2).

In addition to coaching, Kevin teaches swimming to all ages and levels here at the WAC. You may have seen him working with students in the pool.

He teaches private one on one lessons as well as groups of two students. His lessons run from 30 mins to an hour, and are for beginners, intermediate, all the way to the competitive student. Kevin has a reputation as a warm and caring instructor who is very intuitive when comes to each individual's needs. With years of experience, he understands how to get the best out of each student at every lesson.

Kevin started swimming and competing at the age of seven. Growing up in Connecticut, he continued to swim through his teen years on the club level, setting many Connecticut State records. He represented Connecticut Swimming as an all-star team member, and traveled and competed against other all-star teams. Moving on to Southern Connecticut State University, a top ten NCAA Division II School, he competed on the national level and set school records in the in the 200 fly and in relays. In his senior year he was elected captain of his team.

After college, Kevin continued to train, compete and coach, eventually winning the Masters One Mile Open Rough Water National Championship for his age group. For over 20 years Kevin has been teaching swimming, coaching on the college, masters and novice level. He has just completed his fifth year of college coaching at CLU.

Kevin brings to the Westlake Athletic Club an enthusiastic love of swimming, with over 20 years of experience as a swim instructor, swim coach and competitor. Kevin looks forward to helping others advance in the water, as they learn how wonderful and positive the swimming experience is. As spring and summer approaches, Kevin encourages all members and families to get out and start a regular exercise program that includes swimming.

Masters Swim Schedule
Mon & Wed 12 to 1pm
Tues & Thurs 5:30 to 6:30am
Tues & Thurs 6:15-7:30pm
Sat 7 to 8:15am

 

Match Finder

Steve Hamburger, Lynn Abroms, and Bill Ries are looking for USTA or self rated 3.5 players for doubles and mixed doubles. The group plays two or three times a week, week days 8:30am to 11am. Steve and Bill maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Steve at stevehamburger@gmail.com.

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