May Newsletter 2014

May 24, 2014

Dear Members,

imgThe summer is upon us shortly. We are hard at work preparing for the 45 National Men’s Hard Court Championship being held June 2-8. It will be a busy week on the courts and availability will be tight so please plan accordingly. I would like to thank all of the members that have volunteered to help out with the tournament. Many players over the past 2 years have expressed their feelings about what a great tournament we host. In particular, they have told me how warm and welcome our volunteers make them feel. Thank you for all you do to make our tournament special for the players.

Our tournament party will be held June 4th from 6 to 9pm. Stone Fire Grill will be catering the event. Beer and wine are included and music will be provided by the Jeanne Tatum Band. All are welcome! Tickets: $35 adults / $15 children. Please join us for some fun.

We are also gearing up for summer camp. Camp begins on June 16th and runs through August 22nd. The format is similar to what it has been for the past 2 years but we will be scaling back on the number of participants to help minimize the impact on the members. Copies of the camp schedule are at the front desk for your review. Please check the schedule and adjust your schedule accordingly.

The evening masters swim program is back. Masters classes are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Tyler Berg, who was the varsity swim captain at CLU, will be coaching the workouts. In addition to his competitive swimming background, Tyler has also coached masters programs for Davis Athletic Club and the City of Winters. In order to participate in the program swimmers must be members at WAC. An unlimited monthly pass to the classes is available for $20.

Once again I would like to thank all of the sponsors for supporting the tournament. Without their generous support we would not be able to put on such a terrific event. Please help show your appreciation by supporting their businesses. Check the tournament section below for special offers from our sponsors. Sponsors for 2014 include: Infinity of Thousand Oaks, Nissan of Valencia, K-Swiss, Sotheby’s, Pick Up Stix, LuggageBase, Samsonite, Pelican Products, Camp Bow Wow, Law Offices of Mark Brenner, Daniel’s Design House, The Printing Press, Sport Court, Winston Promotions Inc, Nati Malibu, Bobolat, Conejo Valley Heating and Air and Vivo Pools.

Have a Healthy Day,
John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Member of the Month. In Memory of Eddie Etezad

imgIt is with great sadness that I announce the recent passing of Eddie Etezad. We have been so lucky to have had Eddie as a member since 1897. He was such a joy to all of us at Westlake Athletic Club. He has brightened many of our days with his warm smile, friendly conversations and ever so interesting life stories. When asked how he was doing his response was always “Excellent”! We smiled when we heard how he was the resident “dance instructor” at Westlake Inn, the ladies vied for the pleasure of dancing with him. Many great stories were told of his famous river raft trips on the Kern River with Jack Darrah and other club members. For several years the club took winter ski trips to Big Bear where Eddie provided great companionship during the day on the slopes and led us in singing each evening at dinner. If you were privileged to chat with him he could recount the most wonderful stories of his life. Yes, he will be remembered and sorely missed!

A Celebration of Eddie’s Life will be held at Bogies on June 15th at 7pm. Dine, dance and drink on Eddie. Just the way he wanted it! Bring your stories and help celebrate the wonderful life of our beloved Eddie. Please RSVP at the front desk if you plan to attend.

Men’s 45+ Tournament



Special offers: 

Infinity of Thousand Oaks – 1st month’s payment on Infinity of TO. Negotiate your best deal and then provide your WAC membership card and Infinity of TO will pay your 1st payment (up to $500).

Nissan of Valencia - 1st month’s payment on Nissan of Valencia. Negotiate your best deal and then provide your WAC membership card and Nissan of Valencia will pay your 1st payment (up to $500).

Sotheby’s – Receive $1000 towards closing costs with the purchase or sale of a home with Bana Zarrabian.

Pick Up Stix – Free Entrée with purchase of Entrée. See coupon for details. – Enter discount code Tennis45 and receive an additional 10% discount at checkout.

Daniel’s Design House – Present your WAC membership card and receive 20% of your fabric purchase and 10% off labor.

Camp Bow Wow – As a member of the Westlake Athletic Club and owner of Camp Bow Wow Agoura Hills, I’d like to introduce WAC members and their pooches to the Camp Bow Wow experience. If your dog has never been to Camp Bow Wow, give us a call at 818 889 2267 and make an appointment for a FREE behavioral assessment and COMPLIMENTARY full day of Day Camp (that’s a $32 value). Just mention this newsletter to arrange your tour of Camp, where you’ll meet the Certified Camp Counselors and learn why Camp Bow Wow Agoura Hills is a multiple Golden Paw Award winner. We know your dog will love our climate controlled indoor and turf covered outdoor play yards, engaging and interacting with other pups and the constant attention from our Camp staff. And you’ll love it when your dog returns home calm and relaxed after a full day of play, exercise and mental stimulation. If you and your pooch are already Camp Bow Wow customers, just mention this newsletter on your next visit and receive a COMPLIMENTARY bath for your pup. Camp Bow Wow Agoura Hills – where a dog can be a dog!


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Fitness Stuff

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

imgTarget Heart Rate

When you exercise, your heart rate speeds up to meet your body’s energy needs. If you know your target heart rate, you can make sure you are exercising hard enough to get a good workout, but not too hard to strain your heart.

To experience the health benefits of aerobic endurance training, you should participate in prolonged aerobic exercise (eventually 20 to 60 minutes of continuous training) at an intensity that is 50 to 85% of your maximum heart rate. We refer to that as your “Target Heart Rate Zone.” If your target heart rate is too high, you’re straining your heart. So slow down. If it’s too low, and the intensity feels too light, push yourself to work a little harder.

Why a range and not a single number? It depends on your fitness level. If you haven’t exercised in a while or recently started, aim for a heart rate on the low end of your target heart rate, 50% to 65% of your maximum. If you are a regular exerciser, you should be in the middle of your range, 60% to 75% of your max. Very active people can pump to 70% to 85%, on the high end of the range.

To determine your target heart rate zone determine your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220 and then multiply that number by 50% and 85%. Your heart rate zone falls between these 2 numbers.

Now that you know your target heart rate range, you can check your pulse at regular intervals (every 5 to 7 minutes) during the workout session to be sure you are in the target zone. If your exercise heart rate is below the target range, increase your pace or effort slightly to achieve the proper intensity. If your exercise rate is above the target range, decrease your pace or effort slightly to remain in the range.

Your target heart rate range is not an absolute, but it’s a good tool to help ensure you are getting the maximum results from your cardiovascular workouts.

Swimming Tip

imgDo You have a Runner’s Kick?

Do you have a tough time with swimming drills because your kick is not propelling you forward fast enough?
Do you wear fins in workouts to “keep up”?

If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you may have a Runner’s Kick! Have no fear, there are things you can do. Even the worst kickers can develop an adequate kick for freestyle. Here are some remedies:

1) Vertical Kicking – This drill has been around for a long time. Head to the deep section of the pool where you can kick in place. Let go of the wall, cross your arms, and kick in place in a vertical position (keep in a straight line), pointing your toes and keeping your chin above the surface of the water. Get your power from your quads and hips on this drill. Try 20 seconds at a time. This will NOT be easy for the first couple of weeks!

2) Use Fins – If you have limited ankle flexibility use fins for a few weeks. Fins can increase your ankle flexibility, allow you to do swimming drills with ease, and strengthen the right muscles you need to kick.

3) Sit on Your Feet – For a more severe case of “Runer’s Kick”, sitting on your feet can greatly improve your ankle flexibility. In Yoga, just stay in “Child’s Pose” a little longer to help increase your flexibility. You can also try sitting on your feet during the commercials while you are watching TV. Start with 30 seconds and build from there.

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



Masters Swim

Meet Your Masters Coach: Tyler Berg

We are excited to announce that Tyler Berg has been hired to coach the workouts. Tyler is a student at CLU where he has been Captain of the Varsity Swim team for the past 2 years. Tyler earned All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors in 2014 with CLU finishing 5th in the conference for the 2nd consecutive season. In addition to coaching the swim team for the City of Winters, Tyler was also the master’s coach at the Davis Athletic Club. Please join me in welcoming Tyler to the WAC family.

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


Tennis Stuff

Video clip from Calle Hansen, 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.
Intermediate Live Ball
Mondays 6:00 -7:00pm Matt
Serious Tennis. Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Cardio Lite
Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Men’s Live Ball Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. Calle
Ladies Inter. Thursdays 10:30-12:00 a.m.
Live Ball Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. Calle, Matt
Cardio Lite
Sundays 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Cardio Hard
Sundays 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Match Finder

Steve Hamburger is looking for 3.5-4.0 players for singles and doubles. The group will play week days 8:30 to 11am. Steve will maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Steve at

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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