How is everyone doing with their New Year’s “Resolution” to exercise more? The trouble, of course, comes with sticking with it. All too often, our initial enthusiasm and energy wanes, we get distracted by other things going on in our lives, or we don’t see results and we throw in the towel. Yet many people do manage to hang in there and reach the point where they would no sooner skip their workout than their morning shower. What’s their secret?
Here are some ideas to help you become one of the fitness faithful:
- Do a variety of activities you enjoy. There is no rule that your exercise must be done at the gym.
- Find a buddy to workout with. They will help keep you accountable and motivated.
- Exercise first thing in the morning. Stops the rest of those “things” in the day from preventing you from exercising.
- Exercise on your way home from work. Do not go home first!
- Exercise even when you are “tired.” You will feel better after exercising!
- Log you activity. Consider purchasing a tracking device, such as a Fitbit, to help you with this.
- Add a little friendly competition. Use your Fitbit to challenge your friends and family.
- Be aware of the changes. Getting a better night’s sleep . . . More energy . . . Clothes fitting better . . . Heart rate dropping . . . Less stress . . . Thinking more clearly.
- Reward yourself. Behavior changes are hard and rewards help keep you motivated.
Have a Healthy Day,
Feel the Love: Sweet Beet Valentine’s Smoothie
By Anna Griffin
It’s Valentine’s Day this month and whether you love it, hate it, or just feel indifferent, this smoothie is going to make you feel the love! It’s sweet with a little side of tart that will most definitely put a smile on your face.
Beets are super healthy – they help to naturally detoxify the liver, offer an ample dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and work wonders for the digestive system. Beets are a generally sweet tasting root vegetable but in a smoothie they need a little bit of sweeter company. Combine them with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and a healthy splash of almond milk or coconut water, and you have a sweet, healthy, wellness-boosting treat.
Beets are easy to find . . . You can either buy them from your local Farmers Market and clean and boil them before storing in the fridge, or visit your local supermarket and find pre-cooked, packaged beets in the produce section. Remember, beets can go a long way and be used deliciously in multiple ways, including tasty salads and soups, and always opt for organic where you can.
As this is a Valentine’s inspired smoothie, a little indulgence can’t hurt the heart or the diet . . . Shaved 80% antioxidant rich dark chocolate with a little shredded unsweetened coconut make the perfect garnish for this vibrant red nutrient loaded drink. As always, feel free to tailor this delicious smoothie to your own preference. Throw in some greens such as kale or spinach for extra vitamins and minerals such as an important daily dose of iron, or protein powder for an extra push during your workout.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a dreaded junk-food trap. Why not blend up a Sweet Beet Smoothie to serve to your sweetie, and share the love with this delicious recipe made for two?
½ small raw beet, diced
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon raw honey, 10 drops liquid stevia, or 1 tablespoon agave nectar (Optional depending on taste preference)
2 tablespoons shaved good-quality dark chocolate
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
Blend all the ingredients and pour into two glasses. Garnish with the chocolate shavings and shredded coconut, sit back with your date, and feel the love. Happy Valentine’s! x
Member of the Month: Kim Reed
Staying Focused, Getting Fit!
By Anna Griffin
This month, we celebrate our member, Kim Reed, who joined Westlake Athletic Club in 1986 as a tennis player (he jokes that one day he jumped in the pool and almost drowned, so he stuck with what he knew!). Aside from having a wickedly funny sense of humor, Kim is quite serious about his weight loss and having recently lost 15 pounds, we were inspired by his commitment to take control of his health, and ask him how he was doing it . . .
Tell us about your recent weight loss . . .
I'm at the club just about every morning to schmooze with the guys, have a cup of coffee, and irritate whoever is playing on Court One with annoying line call over-rules. I haven't played tennis in quite awhile because of a torn rotator cuff and two surgeries. One day John Sutcliffe looked at me and asked something to the effect of what the hell had happened to me. I told him that I dropped a few pounds and then he said that he wanted to do a story about my weight loss. The reality here is that it hasn't been one of those dramatic 50 or 100-pound weight drops. It's 15 pounds. That's it . . .15 pounds. That's pretty good for me, but is this one of those OMG weight loss stories? Not really. That's not a lot in the big picture, but I'm still losing with Peter's help down in the gym.
What is your favorite form of exercise at the club?
Probably the elbow bend while consuming a cup or two of coffee! Peter is busting my buns in the gym, and my near-drowning trauma notwithstanding, I have switched from tennis to swimming, and love it.
What was your inspiration to lose weight?
I have an 'A,' 'B,' AND 'C' wardrobe at home. I haven’t been able to fit in the 'B' clothes in quite some time, and I am pretty sure the 'A' stuff is so far out of style that it will probably recycle eventually, if I can fit into it. Clearly though, my first and foremost inspiration is all the health benefits of being at a proper weight.
How are you doing it?
By not eating anything that tastes really good! M&M’s should be a health food and broccoli should be bad for you! Somewhere along the way, there was a mix-up! Seriously though, there is no easy solution to weight loss, as everyone who has tried to drop a few pounds knows all too well. However, it’s really a simple matter of math. If you burn off more calories than you’re ingesting, you will lose weight. It’s really that simple, but that means cutting back or cutting out all of those really tasty things that are high in carbs. It’s a familiar refrain. We’ve all been preached to death by diet gurus about the proper mix of carbs, fats, and proteins. I’ve stopped eating sugary things (not thrilled about that), junk food (not particularly thrilled about that either), pasta, bread, potatoes and rice. I am pretty sure there’s not much on this planet that’s worth eating. Vegetables? They gag me (but I eat them anyway)! All of this is working and that’s fine. The really big question is what happens when I reach my ‘A’ wardrobe goal? Change my eating lifestyle? I don’t think so, so that will be the upcoming challenge.
What is your weight loss goal?
I want to go back to my original weight, 7 pounds, 6 ounces! But really . . . another 25 pounds would be great, and my doctor wants me to hover around the weight I was when I graduated from high school! Really? Seriously? I don’t think so.
What changes have you experienced as a result of your weight loss?
My everyday clothes are fitting looser, and that’s a really good thing. I also seem to have a bit more energy, ad that’s a good thing too.
Do you have any inspirational comments for our members?
Yes . . . Once you’ve made up your mind that you’re going to start a diet or a different eating regime – and it doesn’t matter which diet you choose because they all work if you stick with them – you have to go out and buy a Nike t-shirt with their longtime mantra on it . . . You know, the one that says, ‘JUST DO IT.’ Then you have to be committed to just doing it. And most importantly, never say this phrase to others and especially not to yourself . . . ‘I’ll be good tomorrow’ . . . because it’s a diet deal-breaker, and no, you won’t!
What do you love most about WAC?
Clearly the members, and the ability to play tennis, work out in the gym, or swim. No other club has all three of those options.
His trainer, Peter, adds, “Kim is hard at work trying, against serious odds, to rehab and recondition a damaged shoulder with the ultimate goal of being able to resume playing tennis. His tenacity in the face of a lengthy and painful process could serve as an inspiration to all of us not to give in or give up. All I can say is Look out . . .He'll be back on the courts soon!”
Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC
Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC
In Tennis News
By Christa Nonnemaker
Live Ball Tennis Clinics
Live Ball is a fast-paced clinic that really gets your legs moving, heart pumping in a doubles-format! Doubles can be a great workout and it’s a good way to practice your doubles strategy and positioning! There are three Live Ball classes offered weekly at WAC:
- Mondays at 6:30 pm with Lorene
- Wednesday Men’s Live Ball at 6 pm with Calle
- Saturdays at 10:30 am with Chris.
Besides Live Ball, there are many other Tennis Clinics available for adults at WAC including Cardio Tennis on Wednesdays and Fridays with Chris, a Beginner’s Clinic on Mondays with Joe, Adult Tennis Drills with Karl on Wednesdays and Sundays, and with Tim on Thursdays. Visit the WAC website under Group Fitness Schedule for a times and other information.
Junior League and Junior Team Tennis (JTT)
For Junior players who would like match play experience or who are looking for a competitive team experience, WAC offers two different options, Junior League and Junior Team Tennis (JTT). Junior League has a beginner’s division called Junior Development League that uses red and orange dot balls. The focus of Junior Development League is instruction, drills, games and FUN! Junior League is one hour of drills, instruction and practice followed by one hour of match play where pros give advice and guidance in terms of match play protocol, scoring, strategy and positioning. Junior League is for two hours on Saturday afternoons.
If Junior players are match-play ready or already playing tournaments, Junior Team Tennis (JTT) is an opportunity for players to be on a team for a season and have a team experience. Sponsored by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), JTT is a competitive league for juniors who play against other clubs in the area. They include 10u, 14u and 18u divisions. WAC is part of the Ventura County JTT program and usually plays teams such as Los Posas CC, Spanish Hills CC, Oxnard, and Simi Valley. Within each division, the top team advances to Sectionals, or play-offs. Over the years, WAC has had many teams advance to Sectionals.
JTT Sectionals Teams – Spring 2016
The Spring Season for Junior League and JTT will be starting in late February/early March. An Assessment Day will be held on Thursday, February 9 from 4-5 PM for any new/prospective JTT players. Registration forms for both Junior League and JTT are available on the WAC website or at the WAC Front Desk. We encourage members who have children, grandchildren or neighbors who are interested in playing tennis to look into these great programs at WAC!
Upcoming Tennis Events . . . Please mark your calendars!
VCJTA Novice Tournament – Feb 25-26
Color Wars – Mar 17
Adult Day Tennis Camp – April 1
World Team Tennis – Apr 22-23
This side of 50 on the Tennis Court – Live Longer With the Power of Positive Thinking
By Karl Akkerman
Being a member of WAC has so many benefits. One is getting the much-needed regular exercise to extend your life. Another way, according to the American Journal of Epidemiology, December 2016, is believing that good things will happen, which also appears to allow you to live longer. Investigators reviewed records concerning 70,000 women who participated in a long-running health study and found that the risk of dying from cancer was 16% lower; the risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, or respiratory disease was almost 40% lower; and the risk of dying from infection was 52% lower for the most optimistic women. The study appears to affirm the power of positive thinking. I am certain that most of you have read or heard studies about this before, but as a new year starts, now is a good time to reset that mindset in your life in 2017. It might even help you dominate that friendly advisory a few more times than last year. Then take that positive energy and maybe knock out someone on the court that is supposedly rated higher than you.
When you feel good, the rest of your body responds and your immune system kicks it up a notch. The Power of Positive Thinking also works in believing in yourself. When you go out to play tennis, or work out, run, or swim. You have to tell yourself you belong here. You are putting to test all the hours and years of timing and tracking of the ball, and there is no ball you can’t return if you can reach it. Just one or two points win many matches. I believe most times the team in the end that believes in themselves more, tends to finish first because they believe and/or perhaps the opponent doubts themselves.
So take stock in your weekly routines, work on your game with clinics, lessons, ball machine and matches, with the intent that you will be successful in each and every shot with a game plan in mind. It will not be 100% but all it needs to be is 51% more successful in the match over your opponents. Change it up too. Use the clubs other workout resources and have a plan to improve some aspect of your game. Strength, endurance, a resolve by coming up with a plan to be consistent with your workout, and you will see the improvement and accomplish more things in the rest of your life as well.
So use the club as a way not only to exercise, but also to make goals to believe in yourself and use the power of positive thinking to improve your game and life.
See you on the court soon!
Karl With A K
Lie & Stretch
By Patti Markowitz
It is always important to include stretching as part of your total fitness plan. Regular stretching not only helps to prevent muscle stiffness and soreness after a workout, but it also offers many other impressive benefits. That includes releasing tension and relieving stress, increasing flexibility and improving blood circulation. For the abdominal muscles, there are certain stretches in particular you should try . . . Here is one that feels great.
Lie & Stretch
The lying abdominal stretch is one of the most effective moves for stretching the abdominal muscles. Lie on your stomach on the floor, palms flat at chest level, legs extended straight behind you with your toes pointed away from your body. Push up off your hands, raising your torso as high as you can without lifting your pelvis off the floor. Hold, and then slowly lower yourself back down to starting position. (stretches abs and lower back)
Video Fitness Tip from Holly Butler
Let’s get SMART!
By Peter Loncto
Let's talk about New Year's Resolutions. By now, most of us who made resolutions have started to waver or abandon our good intentions altogether. It's not unusual.... only a very small percentage of those who make resolutions are actually able to follow through over the long haul. There are a number of reasons why, and I would like to list some of the most common problems.
The first, and arguably most important, component to consider is Goal Setting. In order to achieve success it is imperative to have an understanding of the principle of the SMART goal. This means setting a goal that is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
Specific: Just saying "I want to lose weight", or "I want to get in shape" are admirable goals, but far too vague. It would be much better to say, "I will lose 15 pounds," or " I will complete a 5k charity run in 6 months.”
Measurable: It's easy to measure your progress with a specific weight loss or fitness target. Being able to chart your path will provide encouragement and motivation to keep on going.
Attainable: Don't set the bar too high. It is very discouraging to set a target that you can't hit, and far better to set reachable smaller goals and to reset after achieving success. You'll feel a lot better about yourself.
Relevant: Set a goal that means something. Doing a charity run or walk... fitting into your wardrobe comfortably... these are things that have meaning in your life.
Timely: If weight loss is your goal, put a timetable on it. A successful weight loss goal would be combining diet and exercise to lose 1 pound per week. A 15-pound loss should take between 3 and 4 months. A 5k is 3 1/2 miles.Set a training schedule that starts with 1/2 mile and work yourself up from there. A run-walk program is doable and effective.
In other words, be SMART! Remember...a goal without a plan is just a wish, and wishing yourself thin or healthy won't get you anywhere.
Video Fitness Tip from Eric Cobb
Boot Camp Breakaway: 10 Best Boot Camp Vacations
By Anna Griffin
As we stride into the second month of the year, hopefully maintaining our good intentions especially regarding our health and wellness, it is the perfect opportunity to continue as we mean to go on in 2017. Why not then buck the trend of gloriously relaxing vacations, and choose a getaway with fitness in mind? Many of us are familiar with the boot camp training method and aware of the many benefits of intense, multi-exercise, such as burning fat, gaining muscle, and building endurance. And if we have a triathalon or tennis tournament on our calendars, participating in boot camp can only up our game and put us in fiercely focused and competitive mode, ready to be our best. However, boot camps now come packaged as luxury retreats for a few days of challenging workouts, along with delicious food and beautiful scenery, as many global resorts are now partnering with celebrity trainers for specialty fitness-themed weeks. So whether you have fitness competition to prepare for this year and want to take your workout to the next level, or simply want to start a new, healthier lifestyle, pack your sneakers and head to one of these 10 upscale boot camp-style vacations to break a sweat throughout this year.
The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia
The luxury, all-inclusive the Bodyholiday resort offers just about every land- and water-based activity you can think of. Guests can spend days snorkeling, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding, while dry activity options include yoga, Pilates, golf, and spinning. The BodyHoliday recently added a "Quadrathlon" course, which is a challenging combination of mountain biking, hiking, rappelling, swimming, and sea kayaking. Plus, a full-service spa helps soothe sore muscles. The resort also recently launched a "BodyScience" program, which begins with a DNA sample and includes a consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor to assess heart rate, blood pressure, lung capacity, and 3-D heart mapping.
The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, Malibu, CA
Opened in September 2010, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, appeals to those in search of an intense, no-holds-barred approach to fitness. The weeklong program is tightly structured and includes four to five hours of daily hikes in the mountains, as well as afternoon exercise classes that incorporate yoga, core and abdominal work, and weights. Afternoon massages will help ease muscle pain, while meals are organic and vegetarian, and the accommodations are luxurious. If you can’t devote a full week to your boot camp breakaway, the Ranch at Live Oak gives a four-day version of its boot camp at the Four Seasons Westlake.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA
This Spanish-colonial style resort, with its Premier Fitness Camp, recently launched an all-inclusive "Spa Fit" experience, lasting between three and seven day days. The program at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is meant to work both the mind and the body with a combination of high-intensity fitness classes, along with yoga and meditation at the on-site Chopra Center. Participants meet with nutrition and fitness experts, and do a complete baseline health and fitness evaluation, including blood work and heart rate monitoring. The resort’s 8,825-square-foot Athletic Club offers 52 group fitness classes weekly, including ballet barre and aqua Zumba, something for everyone!
W Retreat & Spa –Vieques Island, Vieques, Puerto Rico
One of the most stylish hotels on the island of Vieques, the W Retreat & Spa recently launched the "ENERGIZE by Tara Stiles" yoga retreat. The three- to five-day package includes two daily yoga sessions with a Stiles-trained teacher, and outdoor activities such as kayaking on the Bioluminescent Bay, snorkeling, and horseback riding on the beach. Packages also include cooking classes and three healthy meals a day, and when enjoying a little post-workout downtime, relax and enjoy nature, watching Vieques gigantic leatherback turtles, which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
This resort is located on 3,000 acres of gardens, mountains, and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. The programs at Rancho La Puerta are meant to balance the mind, body, and spirit, with a wide variety of activities that range from hourly fitness classes to cooking, art, and meditation. Look for special themed weeks throughout the year, like “Vitality and Happiness at Any Age” and “Mindful Sleep, Mindful Dreams.” And for those sommeliers amongst us, the nearby Valle de Guadalupe is emerging as a top wine region. It’s been called a new Napa, and some of the wineries garnering accolades include Paralelo and Casa de Piedra,
Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, CA
Celebrity favorite Bacara recently launched fitness retreats with Sky Ranch Fitness, which are meant to challenge guests and give them tools to start healthy habits. The four- or seven-day retreats include daily hikes and plenty of fitness options like yoga, Pilates, and outdoor circuit training. For pampering, guests can spend time at Bacara’s massive 42,000-square-foot spa, or its tennis courts, while the program also allows for a bit of indulging, with a wine-tasting and private chef's dinner in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Miraval, Tucson, AZ
Located in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, home of the giant Saguaro cacti, Miraval is one of the best-known health resorts in the U.S. An all-inclusive stay here appeals to those looking to challenge themselves with different classes, and there’s also a strong spiritual element here. Miraval can whip guests into shape with a combination of outdoor runs, mountain biking, and rock climbing. More unusual options include a ropes course, zip-lining, and tightrope training. The spa offers outdoor treatment rooms, as well as special healing ceremonies, to truly align body, mind and soul.
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
For a European approach to boot camp (translation: guests won’t be starving themselves), consider the Borgo Egnazia in Puglia. This resort offers the six-day "FU'RE" program, which takes a balanced approach to fitness and is meant to encourage everyday healthy living rather than quick fixes. Guests can exercise outdoors by the sea or among the olive groves, and tuck into healthy (but delicious) Mediterranean cuisine. Other fitness options include dance and yoga instruction. The on-site VAIR Spa proposes music therapy and saltwater flotation sessions in its Roman-style baths, for a delightfully European, 360 degree approach to wellness.
Enchantment Resort, Sedona, AZ
Located amid the red rocks of Boynton Canyon, the focus at Enchantment Resort is on both the mind and the body, rather than just trying to burn as many calories as possible. Enchantment's programs include nutrition workshops and classes covering topics ranging from “The Mindful Clean Plate” to juicing. Fitness classes include WOGA (a yoga/power walking combo), Pilates, and BodyPump (weight training), while the resort also offers a mountain biking program exclusively for women called "Diamond in the Rough."
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
One of the top resorts in the Caribbean, Curtain Bluff is known for its unfussy vibe that keeps guests coming back year after year. The all-inclusive property already offers a well-established tennis program, and is now debuting a fitness camp aimed at travelers who want to up their workout training. Daily one-hour classes such as dance cardio or interval training are offered as well as water aerobics, yoga, and Zumba. Wine-tasting and a cooking class are also included, and for guests that want even more of a challenge can head to the nearby Antigua Rainforest Ziplining Tours to fly through the jungle, with the greatest of ease.
Meet your Trainers
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skills, Thrills & Drills
Mon & Wed
9.00 am–10.00 am
Mon & Wed
12.00 pm-1.00 pm
Mon & Wed
Adult Beginner Tennis
Live Ball (3.0+)
Tue & Thurs
Tue & Thurs
Tues & Thurs
6.30 pm-7.30 pm
Small Group Training
Men’s Live Ball (4.0+)
Adult Tennis Drills
Adult Tennis Drills
Live Ball (3.0+)
10.30 am-12.00 pm
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.
WAC is pleased to have Logan Franks coach our Masters swim program.
Logan 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.