December Newsletter 2013

December 17, 2013

Dear Members,

imgOne of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best in the New Year. I hope you realize how much we appreciate all of our fantastic members and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the years of loyal patronage to the club. The special relationship we have with our members makes our lives more positive. It is with great gratitude that we assist you in your quest for a healthy lifestyle.

I would also like to recognize my fantastic staff that gives a great deal of time and energy in making life better for everyone who comes into the club. It is a privilege to work alongside my outstanding staff and provide the amazing level of service our member’s experience. The entire staff is committed to having a positive impact on our member’s mental, social and physical well-being. Please join me in thanking my staff for everything they do to make each and every visit to the club special for all.

I am so EXCITED about the New Year and the upcoming construction of our new clubhouse. It has taken longer than expected to work through the planning and permitting process but it turns out that the new plan and start dates will help greatly to minimize the inconveniences caused by the construction. Continuing to operate out of the existing clubhouse will significantly reduce many of the hassles associated with the construction of the new building. Beginning the construction in the first quarter will also lower the negative impact of the construction because the bulk of the big construction will be done during the colder months when the club is slow. In the end we believe everything worked out better for our members as well as the staff.

I hope you have all taken the time to take a glance at the renderings in the lobby to learn more about what your new facility will offer. The renderings include views of the group exercise studio, fitness center, café, additional outdoor social area and an aerial view of the entire property. The renderings were created from a 3D computerized model of the building and give you the experience of being in the clubhouse. I would be happy to review the renderings with members that have questions about our plans.

I would like to give a special shout out to Bill Block who graciously drew our beautiful renderings. Bill is a member of the club and an architect by trade. We are thrilled with the work Bill did for us and are likely to use a few of the renderings as artwork in the new clubhouse. Bill attended the University of Oregon before graduating from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He worked as an architect, urban engineer and sketch artist with William Pereira in Los Angeles (now Johnson Fain and Associates), then as a concept architect and creative designer with Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California and Paris, France. His two sons Jeffrey and Alex, now in school in Westlake, were born in Aix en Provence while he and his family were living there.

Thank you all for your support this past year. Have a Happy and Safe New Year.

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Clubhouse Renderings

Big, bright and comfy locker rooms give you plenty of space to get ready and freshen up when you are done.
 imgWine tastings, tennis socials and themed parties in the spacious new outdoor areas. Patio seating for easy family meals, birthdays and get-togethers.

Member of the Month

imgI want to recognize Laksamee Weilage for all she does to make WAC a special place for the younger tennis players that participate in our junior program. Laksamee and her family joined the club in 2010 and quickly became involved in the junior tennis program. As the Junior Team Tennis Coordinator she is responsible for player recruitment, team parent recruitment, team meetings, season opening and closing parties and all correspondence associated with team management. Laksamee volunteers her time to be the JTT coordinator and thanks to all of her hard work WAC has had as many as 9 JTT in a season. Each season several teams end up representing WAC in sectionals.

Laksamee also finds time to chip in at all of the adult tennis events held at the club. She assists with member recruitment, set and breakdown and menu preparation. Often Laks can be seen behind the grill helping with the cooking. Always with a big smile!

A demonstration of the overall positive vibe that Laks helps create at WAC can be seen on the bulletin boards located in the lobby and breeze way. Laks is a terrific photographer and takes the pictures at all of the events. Then she assembles a colorful collage of the pictures and posts it on the bulletin boards. The kids love it!
Please join me in thanking Laksamee for all she does to make WAC a warm and welcome place for our families.

Traffic ticket warning

Be aware that the Highway Patrol have been issuing tickets to drivers that are rolling through the stop sign at the corner of Lindero & Triunfo Canyon Road. Please come to a complete stop before making the right hand turn onto Triunfo Canyon Road.

Fitness Stuff

Small Group Training 

Small Group Training (SGT), or semi-private training (2-8 participants) is rapidly becoming one of the hottest trends in the fitness industry. There are many very good reasons why SGT is becoming so popular. Here are 10 reasons why you should give small group training a try:

  1. Personal attention – working with a trainer increases motivation and insures proper technique.
  2. Economical – while one-on-one personal training provides the most personal attention and greatest opportunity to succeed it does not always fit into everyone’s budget. SGT is more economical and still provides personal attention.
  3. Variety – By working with a knowledgeable fitness professional, your workouts will change/evolve as you progress, preventing you from hitting a plateau.
  4. Camaraderie – Workouts love company! Sharing the workout enhances the experience for the participants.
  5. Motivation – Having someone exercising alongside of you can push you a little harder than you might do on your own.
  6. Support – Both the trainer and other participants are there to help you through the challenges of the workout and the obstacles of life.
  7. Greater focus – There is no time to let your mind wonder with a trainer watching your every move.
  8. Fun – The right exercise program done with friends or family can be FUN.
  9. Adherence – Members that are involved in group training are more likely to stick with it.
  10. RESULTS – When you stick with a well constructed program, you will get RESULTS.

WAC is now offering six one hour sessions with 2 or 3 participants for just $180. Please check with the front desk to see what days and times are available. This is a great opportunity to give the gift of health to your friends and family.

Meet your Trainers

imgJared Tavaolian
Jared has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from CSUN with over 13 years experience in the field. Jared managed a corporate training facility where he was in charge of training and nutritional consultations for 500+ employees. Jared is certified in Yoga and for the past 2 years has been specializing in gymnastic training and hand balancing. He has traveled across the globe to study from the best in the world. Jared uses a blend of Yoga and mobility to restore lost range of movement and combines it with body weight strength training to keep his clients ready for the any challenges that life throws at them. Jared believes “before anything else we are movers and my goal is to help clients break down the barriers that are limiting their ability to move.” Jared’s extensive background and unique talents bring an exciting new dimension to our fitness programming.

Jared will be teaching both one-on-one personal training and small group strength training with 6 to 10 students per class. Stay tuned for a list of days and times.

imgPatti Markowitz
Patti has been helping people stay healthy and fit for over 20 years. Patti feels that fitness is the cornerstone to overall health and wellness and that getting fit is the first step to gaining a new and healthy lifestyle. As a certified personal trainer Patti specializes in custom training routines and likes to challenge and encourage her clients to surpass their physical and mental boundaries. As your trainer she will take your health and wellness personally, working alongside you to help achieve all of your fitness goals. With your determination and her dedication you can make anything happen.


Fitness Tip

Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity.

Many of you are probably wondering if Yoga is right for you? It is if you want to fight stress, get fit and stay healthy.

Your mobile phone is ringing, your boss wants to talk to you and your partner wants to know what’s for dinner. Stress and anxiety are everywhere. If they are getting the best of you, you might want to hit the mat and give Yoga a try.

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. And everyone can do it.

The core components of Yoga are poses and breathing. Yoga poses are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you stretching your physical limits. Controlling your breath is another important component of Yoga. In Yoga, breath signifies your vital energy. Yoga teaches you to control your breathing which helps control your body and quiet your mind.

With an already jam packed schedule I am sure many of you are wondering where you can find time to fit Yoga into your schedule. This is not an easy problem to solve but here are a couple of suggestions. First, increase the intensity of your current workout in order to decrease the duration. This will more than likely increase the quality of your current program and free up some time for Yoga. Second, schedule 1 class per week into your routine and then practice the skills you learn in class at home before you go to bed or after you get up in the morning.

Practicing Yoga will lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities. Hope to see you on the mat!

Swimming Tip

Rotation & body roll in freestyle swimming

For good efficient swimming technique, the shoulders, torso and hips should all roll together as one. For your kick, this means you kick on the side slightly as you rotate. The head should remain stationary and not roll with the body unless you are breathing.

Body roll is an important part of your stroke technique, so much so that it is called a fundamental of freestyle swimming. There are 3 primary reasons why body roll is important:

  1. Easier Arm Recovery and Injury Prevention. With proper body roll it is easy to recover the arm high over the water. The shoulder is much more relaxed or neutral with this technique.
  2. Using Your Larger Muscles and Core for Power. When you roll from one side to the other you transfer the power from the rotation to the propulsive arm in the water. By rotating with this action you are using your lats, pecs and core muscles to power your stroke.
  3. A Longer Stroke. When you rotate well you are able to reach further forward. This means you will travel further each stroke.

Several things will happen when you get it right. Breathing becomes easier because you barely have to move your head to breathe, your stroke length increases which reduces your strokes per pool length and your arm recovery over the water feels much easier because of the clearance over the surface.

Group Exercise Schedule


Class Day(s)             Time Teacher Description
 9am        Zabrina Beginner/Intermediate
 Yoga                  Mon/Wed 6pm Beth Beginner/Intermediate
 Fusion               Tue/Thurs 6pm Katie               Pilates/Yoga
 Sat  8:30am Katie Beginner/Intermediate
 Yoga Sun 9am Zabrina Beginner/Intermediate

Tennis Stuff


Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC

Tennis Clinics


Ladies Inter. Mondays 9:30-10:30 a.m. Lorene
Ladies Begin.
Mondays 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lorene
Serious Tennis. Tuesdays6:00-7:30 p.m.
Begin./Inter. Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. Reggie
Men’s Live Ball Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. Calle
Cardio Tennis Thursdays 9:00-10:30 a.m. Reggie
Ladies Inter. Thursdays 10:30-12:00 a.m.
Live Ball Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. Calle, Larry


Winter Leagues Starting in January

Monday – 10:30am. 3.5 Ladies Doubles Fixed Partner. 1/27
Tuesday (alternating) – 10:30am. 3.5/4.0 Ladies Singles. 1/14
Wednesday – 10:30am. 4.0 Ladies Doubles Fixed Partner. 1/8
Wednesday – 7:00pm. 3.5 Ladies Fixed Partner. 1/8

Match Finder

Ed Kronstadt is looking for 4.0-5.0 players for singles and doubles. The group will play week days 9 to 11am. Ed will maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Ed at

Evelyn Muller & Peggy Lorbach are 3.5 players looking for subs. Can play 8am Mon, Tues, Fri and Sat. Please contact them if you are interested.
Evelyn @ 805-496-1205 /
Peggy @ 818-991-0975

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