April Newsletter 2017
We never realize how much we miss something until it is taken away, and that’s exactly how most of us probably felt about the upstairs bathroom closing. Well the great news is the wait is finally over, and they are now open again and are beautiful. Please remember that they are now single occupancy bathrooms and you need to lock them when you enter.
We have already begun to rebuild the stairwell on the poolside of the clubhouse and should have it reopened in three to four weeks. We have also begun prep work for the new outdoor seating areas on the tennis side and rear of the clubhouse. The current tennis viewing area will be expanded and will include new bench seating on the rear wall, and new tables and chairs on the top level. On the lower level we’ll have areas for six new love seats with tables, and a stool area in front next to the courts.
A new patio will be built around the back of the clubhouse and will include a fire pit and four additional seating areas towards the rear of the property. Behind the clubhouse we will be building an outdoor bar area with large screen TV, built-in barbeque and seating for six to eight members. Additional table and chairs will be placed on the patio behind the bar area. The patio will continue to wrap around the poolside and with more chairs and tables provided.
A new covered outdoor workout area will be added adjacent to the current fitness center. Our goal is to create the ultimate outdoor training zone with customized suspension anchoring, built in storage racks, dynamic training zones and flexibility areas. A customizable 14 foot bridge supports up to 14 TRX suspension trainers and will function as the anchor for our small group circuit training classes. Additional cardio and body weight stations will be added to complete the circuit. This new training zone will be a terrific area to develop strength, flexibility, balance, and core stability. The estimated timeline to complete all of these projects is between four and five months, we of course thank you in advance for your patience while we complete these improvements, to make WAC a premium club experience for you, our valued members.
Have a Healthy Day,
By John Sutcliffe, GM
We continue to get great feedback from members who complete the Medallia survey. We have had quite a few requests for water fitness classes and have decided to begin offering these classes in June. Waters natural buoyancy protects against injuries while providing resistance for muscle toning and cardiovascular endurance. We are excited to announce that Tamara Goulden has joined our team and will begin teaching our Water Fitness classes in June. Sample classes will be offered Memorial Day weekend on Saturday at 11, Monday at 10:30 and Tuesday at 4pm. We’ll announce the regular schedule in May.
Swim Lessons with Kevin Lane:
We are excited to announce that Kevin Lane will be expanding the hours that he will be teaching swim lessons at the club. Beginning May 1st Kevin will available for lessons on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 to 12 and on Saturday from 9 until 4. These will be the only hours Kevin will be teaching and the slots will fill quickly so if you or someone you know is interested in swim lessons please have them contact the front desk in the next couple of weeks.
Kevin is the Assistant Coach of California Lutheran University Men’s and Women’s Swim Team. In addition to coaching at CLU, Kevin is a USMS (US Masters) Certified Level 2 Coach. Growing up in Connecticut, Kevin swam through his teen years on the club and YMCA level. Kevin helped set many Connecticut State relay records and competed at the YMCA National Championships. He represented Connecticut Swimming as an all star team member where he traveled and competed against other all star teams. Moving on to Southern Connecticut State University, a top ten NCAA Division II School, he competed at the NCAA National Championships and set school records in the in the 200 fly and in relays. In his senior year he was elected captain of his team.
Pickleball Demo Clinic with Karl Akkerman:
Spring has finally arrived at WAC. As this lovely season brings forth new flowers, animals and fish, WAC is bringing in new things too – Pickleball – one of the fastest growing sports in the US. Karl Akkerman will be offering an introduction to Pickleball on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. A representative from the United States PickleBall Association will be on hand to introduce us to this new sport and its different rules and scoring. Paddles, balls, and nets will be provided for this fun introductory class. We will have at least 4 courts of doubles going. If you have already played Pickelball, come out and help me introduce other WAC members to this new and fun sport. If there is enough interest, we may start a drop in Friday night Pickelball class or form a league.
Very Berry Super Shake
By Anna Griffin
Smoothies are a great way to get a nutrient-packed meal or snack, stat. They can provide everything you need—protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits—all in a to-go cup.
Even better: Shakes may be the fastest food of all. “There’s no prep work, no cooking, no cleanup. Just put stuff in a blender and go,” says Brian St. Pierre, M.S., R.D., C.S.C.S., sports dietitian and nutrition coach at Precision Nutrition.
St. Pierre drinks a smoothie every morning as one of his four daily meals. But you can have one to replace lunch or dinner, help you recover after a workout, hold you over between meals, or satisfy a sweet craving, without ingesting an overload of sugar calories.
“The Very Berry Super Shake is packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, phyto-nutrients, and probiotics,” says St. Pierre. “It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.” (And it’ll help you lose weight).
12 oz filtered or alkaline water
1 cup spinach
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp walnuts
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
Pop all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend until you reach a smooth consistency. Sit back, relax and enjoy, knowing you are giving your body the healthy fuel it needs to get you through your day. As always, opt for organic produce where possible, to avoid unnecessary and harmful toxins. As they say in France, “A Vôtre Santé,” or in other words, cheers to your health!
Ready, Set, Action!
By Karl Akkerman
Most of our men in the Monday night and other league nights, know Todd Isroelit, but many don’t know exactly what he has done over the years. He has a very interesting story.
Todd Isroelit is currently a Senior Vice President of Visual Effects for 20th Century Fox Film Studios. He is responsible for creative assessment, budget, and scheduling for all the visual-effects films he manages. Within this division Todd must collaborate with the filmmakers and studio teams to create the unique visual effects work required to enhance the overall storytelling for the film. He was the VFX Executive on the Academy Award nominated visual effects for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. In addition to those films, he has been involved in many other high profile films like; X-Men: First Class and Apocalypse; the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief series, and Baz Luhrmann’s Australia. He’s currently working on Tim Burton’s next creation, Miss Peregrines Home for Odd and Peculiar Children, and Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant.
Prior to joining the executive ranks at Fox, Todd was a VFX producer in the feature film department at world-renowned visual effects house Digital Doman. There, he was the VFX Producer on Star Trek – Nemesis along with Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man and The Missing. He also VFX produced on The Day After Tomorrow, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Looney Tunes Back in Action. Before joining Digital Domain’s feature film group, he was a Senior VFX Producer in their commercial department during which time he won two Golden Clio awards for the ground breaking VFX work on Michael Bay’s Levi’s invisible campaign and Jan de Bont’s Coca Cola Skydiver spots. He also worked on numerous other projects for such clients as Toyota, Budweiser, Chevrolet, Miller Beer and Gillette.
His entry into the Visual Effects world of film and television came when he was part of the Emmy Award winning team in the Outstanding Special/Visual Effects category on the CBS film called Miracle Landing. He was also the co-owner of a production company called Parthenon Pictures, which specialized in animation and VFX. Prior to that he was a freelance producer working on various commercials and music videos.
Todd loves his tennis. He is a real student of the game. He has many friends he has made here at WAC. So next time you see Todd, say “Hey Todd . . . Ready . . . Set . . . Action!”
Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC
Video clip from Calle Hansen, Co-Director at WAC
By Christa Nonnemaker
The Adult Tennis Camp takes place on April 1st and 2nd with high-energy drills, games and conditioning to keep all players fit and ready for their social and competitive tennis schedules! Led by Calle Hansen and Chris Dudeck, the camp will include lunch and refreshments.
On April 22nd and 23rd, Westlake Athletic Club will host World Team Tennis (WTT). WTT is a fun format for players because it allows for substitutions during matches, playing of let balls and for participants to sit on the court and cheer on their teammates! Teams are co-ed and levels include 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5. For more information, contact Calle Hansen.
On April 7th, a Junior Davis Cup and Bowling Night is on the agenda for junior players! For the Davis Cup Tournament, junior players will be divided into teams and then compete as countries against each other with drills, games and matches. The country with the most points will win! Following Davis Cup, players will head out to a local bowling alley for some dinner and bowling. It’s a great way to start off Spring Break or just to have a great time!
From April 10th through 14th, Spring Break Camp will take place from 10:30-1:30 daily. Each sessions starts off with conditioning followed by drills and practice and then some games. Campers will receive a short break everyday for snacks. Suitable for ages 4 through 18, campers are divided according to age and skill level. WAC uses red dot, orange dot, green dot and regular yellow balls in order to facilitate the best learning environment. Advanced through Ranked-level players will receive special focus on match play positioning and strategy.
For more information, call Westlake Athletic Club at 818.889.6164 or visit wac.caclubs.com.
A Little Thank You . . .
By Holly Butler
Thank you so much to the WAC community for supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through the generous donations of Play-Doh this holiday season! Below is a photo of some of our Teen Guild members with the Play-Doh that was collected. The Associate & Affiliate division of CHLA was so excited to receive the donations on March 20th. Play-Doh is used in every division of the hospital and because it needs to be sterile, each bin can only be used once. They go through hundreds of pounds per month!
This side of 50 on the Tennis Court – BNP Paribas, Indian Wells
By Karl Akkerman
This past month, many of our WAC members spent time at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This amazing tournament is home to one of four mandatory 1000 Tier Events for the WTA and ATP players, and it’s only three hours away. What an opportunity to see more than 60 top ranked players in both women and men’s draw, up close and personal. In addition to the main draw, you can watch the qualifiers play the week before – a whole tournament in itself. The 4 top qualifiers get to play in the main draw. Also throughout the week, many top players are warming up and doing their workouts on practice courts that you can watch up close and personal. I even ran into some really fine up and coming WAC junior players who one day could play in this tournament.
Everbrook Zhou, Jonah Dennis, Andrew Whitehouse, Max Nudell and Karl with a K.
Enjoy these pictures taken by some of our fellow WAC members, and next year consider attending this amazing tennis event.
Our very own Brandon Lam was a hitting partner for both
John Isner (above) and Gael Monfils below.
Simon Romanus and his buddy Novak Djokovic
Sheri Hamilton and Melissa Sherline having a cool one.
Kelley Vandergeest and friends from Ventura
Kim Connelly and Renae Saliano picture perfect.
Ron gave good coaching advice to the eventual doubles winner, Jaime Murray.
Ron is still coaching our very own Curt Cutting too every Monday night.
And thanks to Ron’s wife Barbara, here is a drop box of great pictures.
Barbara is quite the photographer.
Twist on Bosu Ball
By Patti Markowitz
When it comes to abdominal exercises, the twist is a gut-busting staple. Add the instability of the Bosu ball, and the move becomes even more challenging. This move works the abs, especially the obliques, as well as the muscles that support the spine.
Holding a 4 or 6-pound ball at your chest, sit just forward of the center of the BOSU. Take your time to find the spot for your balance. Bring your knees toward your chest, lifting your toes off the ground and twisting to the left. Maintain your body position as you twist to the right, and focus on the motion coming from your ribs, not your low back or shoulders.
Do three sets of 15 reps each. If you need to work up to this variation, try the move without the weighted ball.
Video Fitness Tip from Holly Butler
Have A Ball!
By Peter Loncto
Sometimes the most innocent items can have the most profound influence on your health and wellness. Today I would like to talk about the lowly medicine ball.
Hippocrates, the "Father of Modern Medicine", is said to have stuffed animal skins for patients to toss for "medicinal " purposes, and the term "medicine ball " dates back to at least 1876 when an American named R J Roberts popularized the term. His observation of the Native Americans use of the "medicine bag" inspired the invention of what we now call the medicine ball.
Medicine balls come in various sizes, weights and coverings. Here at WAC we have a variety of options for the lifting, chopping, throwing, and slamming motions possible in all imaginable planes of movement. Technogym offers the blue Waterballs, the yellow Medicine Ball, and the yellow Air Balls. We also have various weights of hard shell balls both in the gym and upstairs in the group exercise room.
Here's a simple, but not easy, medicine ball exercise you can incorporate into your daily exercise routine; an overhead arm raise- from squat to stance. The main activated muscles are the Deltoids, Quadriceps, Gluteus and Hamstrings.
Choose an appropriate weight allowing you to maintain proper form while presenting a challenge. With feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed straight ahead, grasp the ball with both hands and assume a sit-down squat position. As you stand up from the squat, raise the ball up to you chest, and in one smooth motion, press the ball overhead and rise up on your toes. Bending at the knee, lower again into a squat and repeat.
The number of exercises available with the simple medicine ball is limited only by your imagination. For more suggestions, feel free to ask me anytime. I'll be happy to show you how to "have a ball" on your wellness journey.
What Makes Us Slow Down When We’re Ahead in the Race?
Scholars reveal how to beat the thinking that causes late-stage motivation to flag.
Written by Louise Lee
Originally posted on Stanford Business School’s website, February 15, 2017
Leaders can maintain motivation by focusing on personal standards rather than the competition. Photo Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria
Picture yourself in a competition — a triathlon, say, or a gamified sales contest. Early on, you’re in the lead and feeling confident, which seems to make you try even harder. You hold your frontrunner status into the late stages, but then your motivation flags, you begin to underperform, and you run the risk of losing.
That’s a common mental sequence for competitors of all sorts, according to new research by Szu-chi Huang, an assistant professor of marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and her collaborators Jordan Etkin of Duke University and Liyin Jin of Fudan University. The work, forthcoming in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, shows that in the early phase of competition, being in the lead boosts motivation by convincing the participant that winning is possible, while leading later in the contest actually decreases motivation by reducing the perceived amount of additional effort required to achieve victory.
Szu-Chi Huang. Photo Credit: Gabriela Hasbun
“Sometimes being ahead boosts our motivation and performance and sometimes it actually hurts,” says Huang.
However, late-phase leaders can sustain their motivation if they focus not on their position as leaders but on some other high standard, such as their own strong performance in prior contests. That additional point of comparison often induces more effort.
The research is relevant to organizations that use competition as a way to motivate employees to work toward a goal, such as selling more products, reducing waste, or raising money for charity. Knowing when participants might become demotivated and how to reinvigorate them at that stage can help maximize their participation and output.
Early in a competition, Huang says, the novelty of the event and uncertainty about your opponents’ and your own abilities make you wonder if winning is even possible. So if you jump ahead early, it gives you a sense that winning is attainable and feeds motivation. But once participants stop fretting about attainability, they begin to calculate how much additional effort is needed to win.
“People who are leading underestimate the effort they need to invest, hence they relax prematurely,” Huang says.
In one of several studies, 136 participants each competed against one other opponent for a cash prize in a five-round competition. In each round, participants were asked to memorize lists of five colors and recall if they appeared in a subsequent list of colors. To measure whether winning appeared attainable and how much effort winning would require, participants in both early and late stages of the contest answered the questions “how difficult will it be for you to win?” on a 1 to 10 scale, and “how many more points do you think you need to earn in order to win?” in an open-ended text box.
The researchers measured motivation by tracking how much time participants spent memorizing the lists of colors. They found that in the early phase of the competition, participants who led their opponents and felt they could win spent more time memorizing colors. Later in the competition, those who believed they were ahead spent less time memorizing because they’d determined that winning would require less effort.
In an attempt to find ways to counteract such drops in late-stage motivation, the researchers performed a separate study in which they invited more than 2,500 students from two campuses of a public university to participate in a book-donation drive for the school library. Students at each location were told they were competing against the other campus. The one that donated the most used books would receive $500 to purchase new books.
To measure motivation during the six-day competition, the researchers tracked how many of the 2,500 students signed up to contribute and how many books they actually donated. On the fourth day of the contest, all of the students learned whether their campus was leading or trailing the other. Some students on the leading (and trailing) campus also received an extra notice informing them that, “signups at our campus are still 10% lower than our best year.” The rest of the students didn’t receive the extra notice.
Motivation among the students at the leading campus who didn’t receive the late notice fell; their participation rate declined to 3.9% and they gave an average of 1.52 books per person. But those who did receive the notice contributed on average 2.8 books per person and had a participation rate of 8%.
“By focusing on another standard that’s higher than where you are, you’re able to sustain motivation,” says Huang.
Member Getaway: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii:
An Athlete’s Paradise Found
By Anna Griffin
The first signs of summer have us yearning for beach days and a tropical getaway from it all. However, for athlete’s wanting to maintain their training and fitness goals, they don’t need to go by the wayside, as relaxation and activity effortlessly merge at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii. This resort’s rich past provides an elegance and refined sense of tradition and peace.
A beloved resort since it opened in 1965, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was founded by noted conservationist, Laurance S. Rockefeller, who spotted the perfect white sand crescent of Kauna‘oa Bay and visualized an elegant, luxury resort that reflected the spirit of the location. The resulting Mauna Kea Beach Hotel –Hawaii Island’s first resort – provides its guests with a perfect mix of exceptional golf, tennis, ocean and cultural activities, as well as serene and luxurious relaxation on the Big Island.
Guest rooms and suites, all with either ocean or golf course views, are carefully maintained to honor Rockefeller’s tradition of understated tropical elegance, while providing modern comforts and connectivity.
For the ultimate luxurious experience, choose a villa with complimentary concierge included.
Among the world-class activities offered, guests can partake in Big Island golf, spectacular tennis, multiple ocean sports and activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, boogie boarding, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, seasonal whale watching, canoe rides and stand-up paddle boarding. Or relax and exhale on a Cosmic Glow Paddle, a memorable evening on the ocean in an illuminated, outrigger canoe while taking in a beautiful sunset, Mauna Kea twilight, and the majestic Manta Rays of Kauna'oa Bay.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Seaside Tennis Club has been named one of the Top 10 tennis resorts in the world, and its hallmark 11 courts sit at the ocean’s edge. The Seaside Tennis Club is one of the largest and most highly sought-after tennis experiences in Hawaii and provides all the services available at the best private luxury tennis clubs. Enjoy daily clinics, round robin tourneys and private and group lessons, offered by Director of Tennis Craig Pautler, Head Tennis Pro Wayne Barnes and Tennis Pros Hector Mendoza and Dan Klug. After your game, relax in the shade on the club’s comfortable lanai overlooking the sea with a cold beverage in hand.
Challenge yourself and experience the beauty of Mauna Kea Resort's championship, ocean side golf courses. With two to choose from, it might be challenging to decide where to play. Or elevate your energies in their 2,500 sq.ft. Fitness Center, where Life Machines stand ready for your workout, as do group fitness classes and yoga.
When in need of a magical and rejuvenating escape, the Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara offers a combination of Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired therapies. Choose from a variety of massage, body treatments, aromatherapy and skincare services featuring their signature Elemis product line. Their full service facility offers five luxurious treatment rooms including a couple’s suite with balneotherapy.
Hawaii is known for its rich culture, and the Mauna Kea Resort offers Hawaiian Hula lessons giving you a chance to move to the rhythms of the island and tell a graceful story with your hands; classes in the art of flower lei-making, or exploration on their Mauna Kea Collection Tour, giving deeper insight into the Pacific and Asian art surrounding you. The Aloha experience is never ending.
When feeling peckish, there are many dining options available. From the resort’s finest oceanfront establishment to its casual beachside restaurant, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is acclaimed for its culinary excellence. The freshest food, which is locally sourced from the Big Island whenever possible, 100 percent Kona coffee, and even a celebrated luau and a seafood buffet – all served in settings of unsurpassed beauty.
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.
Skills, Thrills & Drills
Mon & Wed
12.00 pm-1.00 pm
Mon & Wed
Resistance Strength Training
|Tri X Training ||6:30-7:30 am||Peter|
Adult Beginner Tennis
Live Ball (3.0+)
Tue & Thurs
Resistance Strength Training
Men’s Live Ball (4.0+)
Adult Tennis Drills
|Tri X Training|
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.
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.
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
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 [email protected].