April Newsletter 2018



Outdoor Boot Camp with Peter Loncto on Saturdays @ 9:00a

Fitness Fundamentals Class on Mondays @ 6:30p


Upcoming Events

New Member Meet & Greet - Tuesday 4/17 @ 6:30 pm
World Team Tennis – Sunday 4/22 (details coming soon)


Did You Know?

Additional TRX straps are available at the front desk. These can be used in the yoga room and the new outdoor area of the gym. Simply leave your car keys with the front desk and we will give you a strap. When you are finished exercising, return the strap and we will return your keys. 


GM Newsletter

imgDear Members,

We are excited that Ann Reeder has taken over editorial duties for the newsletter and one of her primary goals is to include content that members find helpful in their quest to live a healthier lifestyle. In that endeavor she will periodically be producing newsletters with a specific theme where various contributors provide content related to the month’s theme. The topic for this month is tennis elbow.

In a new medical section, Westlake Athletic Club member Dr. Greg Tchejeyan provides a detailed description of tennis elbow and the signs and symptoms of the condition. Greg also discusses both non-surgical and surgical treatments for tennis elbow and some new developments in the treatment of this condition. We are excited that Greg will be periodically submitting information on a variety of injuries that are common to tennis players, runners, swimmers, bikers and other athletes. Chris Dudeck and Peter Loncto follow up Greg’s article with ideas and exercises for preventing tennis elbow. Stay tuned for other themes throughout the year.

We recently added a 9 a.m. Saturday morning Boot Camp class to our group exercise schedule. Boot camp is a type of group exercise class that mixes calisthenics, body weight exercises, cardio, strength, flexibility, core and functional movements. You get EVERYTHING you need for a great workout!! These 1 hour classes will challenge your mind and your body and most importantly make fitness fun. Please join Peter for a high intensity, high paced workout that will push you harder than you push yourself and burns tons of calories. I am looking forward to see you out there!

With Spring in the air and the warmer temperatures upon us I thought it would be a good time to talk about hydration. Your body is made of between 60 and 75 percent water. Most of us know it is important to replace the water we lose during exercise but not everyone realizes it is important to replace sodium as well. Sweat is not just water; it is also made up of electrolytes, especially sodium, which makes up 90% of the electrolytes you lose when you sweat.

It is best to replace the fluids you lose with an electrolyte drink that has a similar concentration of sodium as your sweat. There are many options for sports drinks, but many of them are loaded with sugar and utilize artificial ingredients. One of the most natural drinks on the market is Skratch which is made up of less sugar, more sodium and only real fruit flavor. While many of our members already use Skratch, there are others who may not be familiar with it. Whether you are tennis player, runner, swimmer, biker or fitness enthusiast you should consider using Skratch for your sports replacement drink. Scratch is available at the front desk and is sold as a concentrate you mix with water. Flavors include: strawberry, lemon & lime, orange, green tea & lemon and passion fruit. Single serve packets are sold if you want to try a sample first. If you are just drinking water you are not replacing components your body needs to perform and should consider using an electrolyte replacement drink even if it is not Skratch.

Have a Healthy Day,
John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Doctor’s Notes

imgby Dr. Greg Tchejeyan

Tennis Elbow (AKA Lateral Epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain to the outside of the elbow. Racquet sports, overuse, vigorous repetitive work, even computer mousing can cause this condition. There are, however, several other sports/activities that can also put you at risk.

Tennis elbow is an inflammation and degeneration (microscopic tears) of the tendons that join the extensor forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow bone (humerus) on a part of the anatomy called the lateral epicondyle. Five muscles extend your wrist and fingers, called extensors. Usually, the tendon that is involved in tennis elbow is called the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB).
The forearm muscles and tendons breakdown from repetitive use and never completely repair themselves. The result is pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.

Most cases of tennis elbow are self-limiting. The treatment, in most cases, includes rest, ergonomic adjustments, modification of racquet grips and strings, injections, and often physical therapy.

Sign and Symptoms
In most cases, the symptoms of tennis elbow develop gradually and begin as mild pain then slowly worsen over weeks and months. Often, there is usually no specific injury associated with the start of symptoms. The symptoms are noticed with certain forearm activity, such as holding a racquet, turning a wrench, or shaking hands. Common signs of tennis elbow include: pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow and weak grip strength

Examination and Imaging Tests
During the examination, your doctor will use a variety of tests to pinpoint the diagnosis. For example, your doctor may ask you to try to straighten your wrist and fingers against resistance with your arm fully extended to see if this causes pain. Routinely, x-rays are used to rule out arthritis of the elbow and look for calcification of the tendon. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is sometimes needed to confirm the diagnosis.


Nonsurgical treatment is effective in 80% to 95% of patients. The foundation of initial treatment is rest for several weeks. Ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) medicines, like aspirin or ibuprofen, can reduce pain and swelling. An equipment check of your racquet is important. Stiffer racquets and looser-strung racquets often can reduce the stress on the forearm. Additionally, an ergonomic evaluation of your respective work activity can be useful. Using a counterforce brace (tennis elbow strap) centered over the fleshy part of your forearm may also help relieve symptoms of tennis elbow. This can reduce symptoms by resting the muscles and tendons.

Physical therapy or occupational therapy is often utilized in the treatment of tennis elbow. In addition to identifying and modifying the offending activity, physical therapy can teach exercises to help strengthening the muscles of the forearm. Treatment also often includes ultrasound, ice massage, or muscle-stimulating techniques to improve muscle healing. A home exercise program teaching wrist stretching exercise with elbow extended is also helpful.

Steroid injections, such as cortisone, are very effective anti-inflammatory medicines and are often used in the treatment of tennis elbow.

Surgical treatment can be considered if all non-surgical treatments have failed and symptoms have not responded after 6 to 12 months of physician supervised treatment. The out-patient surgical procedure for tennis elbow involves removing diseased tendon and reattaching healthy tendon back to the bone. It involves either an incision over the elbow, or a camera surgery technique (arthroscopic) using miniature instruments and small incisions. Rehabilitation following surgery is imperative to achieve optimal outcome. Initially, the arm may be immobilized for one week, followed by light exercises to stretch the elbow and range of motion. Light, gradual strengthening exercises are started about 2 months after surgery. Return to activity/sport is usually 4 to 6 months after surgery. Tennis elbow surgery is considered successful in 80% to 90% of patients.

New Developments
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is currently being investigated for its effectiveness in speeding the healing of a variety of tendon injuries. PRP is a preparation developed from a patient's own blood. It contains a high concentration of proteins called growth factors that are very important in the healing of injuries. However, this method is still under investigation and more research is necessary to fully prove PRP's effectiveness.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy sends sound waves to the elbow. These sound waves create "microtrauma" that promote the body's natural healing processes. Shock wave therapy is considered experimental by many doctors, but some sources show it can be effective.

Gregory H. Tchejeyan, MD is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopaedic care possible, while utilizing the latest technological and cutting edge advancements. Along with a solid base in general orthopaedics covering a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions, Doctor Tchejeyan offers expertize and fellowship training in sports medicine, joint replacement and fracture care. Performing over 10,000 surgeries during the last twenty years, Doctor Tchejeyan strives to provide effective and personalized health care and a dedication to restore your active lifestyle

Gregory H. Tchejeyan, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery
250 Lombard Street, 1st Floor
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
O: 805.495.3687
F: 805.494.1828

Member of the Month

A Very Fun and WACky Couple: Karen and David Rosenberg

by Ann Reeder

imgKaren and David Rosenberg are one of those couples you enjoy watching. It is obvious they have a tremendous amount of respect for each other and enjoy having a lot of fun. The two of them have a Full Club Family membership and Karen’s adult son, Ben Markowitz, recently joined as Single Full Club member.

They have been at WAC for about three years after previously being members of the Westlake Village Inn Tennis Club. When that club closed a few years ago, they were looking for a new tennis facility to join. As they explain it, “One day we saw Karl Akkerman marching down Lindero Canyon Road, playing a flute (that’s not unusual for Karl) with dozens of other tennis players we know marching behind him. Eventually we all reached WAC and quickly joined up” Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Karl or participating in his Wednesday and Sunday Clinics can truly visualize his “pied piper” ability to get everyone excited about playing tennis. He has a tremendous enthusiasm for all aspects of the game and enjoys teaching both new and experienced tennis players. I have had the pleasure of taking a lesson from him and can attest to his relaxed, but infectious enthusiasm for the game.

Karen and David both love playing tennis with their friends at WAC. They often play mixed doubles together socially and on USTA teams out of the club. “We each play individually on Ladies’ and Men’s In-House Leagues, as well as together on mixed doubles teams”

Karen has played tennis for most of her life but David started just a few years ago. They both say “it takes a village” to create a tennis player and for David, many people have coached him along the way and he is now a fairly competitive 3.0 plus player and is “totally addicted to the sport”. Karen came back to tennis after back surgery a few years ago and with her temporary handicap, felt it was a good time to get David started since she could now play down to his level (their words, not mine!)

Besides tennis, they both enjoy taking Holly Butler’s Resistance, Strength and Stretching class, as well as her TRX class at WAC. “She is an amazing instructor. Holly has the ability to make everyone feel they are getting individualized instruction” no matter how many people are in her class. I notice this is a recurring theme when members describe her classes. They went on to say “She is also patient, encouraging, and enthusiastic and makes the tough workouts a lot of fun.” After taking her classes, David has lost 25 pounds and is more toned and flexible than ever before and Karen feels she is much stronger and brings this newfound strength to her tennis game.

Their health and wellness is a huge focus in their lives both as individuals and as a couple. They have made it a priority to attend the group fitness classes together and push each other to attend the classes. Both are convinced that they are “more fit” since incorporating these classes into their workout routine.

Finally, I asked them what their favorite thing about being Westlake Athletic Club members is, and both responded that it “is our home away from home. We love everyone that works here and have become close to so many of the members” We are so glad you have made us you “home” club and we look forward to watching you out on the courts and in the fitness classes for a very long time!


Tennis Stuff

Match Finder

Margo Yunker is looking for 3.0 and 3.5 level players to play doubles at 8:30 am week days. She can be reached at [email protected].

Howard Perlstein is also looking for 3.5 players to play at 8:30 am several mornings a week. You can contact him at [email protected].

Steve Hamburger and Bill Ries are looking for USTA or self rated 3.5 players for doubles and mixed doubles. The group plays 8:30 am several mornings a week. Steve and Bill maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Steve at [email protected].

Preventing Tennis Elbow

by Chris Dudeck, Director of Tennis at WAC

Tennis News

BNP Paribas Open by Karl Akkerman

Most of you have heard about the two epic finals at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Desert. This exciting event is only a two hour drive from our area and is one of the premier tennis events on the ATP and WTA Tour. It is a mandatory event for both men and women and they are now offering a Million Dollar Bonus if the singles champions are also the doubles champion. This encourages the top singles players to play doubles and adds to the enthusiasm for the event. No one won the million dollar bonus this year, but it sure brought out the singles stars to play doubles and gave all of us spectators more opportunities to watch them play.

It is a beautiful venue and all of the players enjoy coming out to the desert to compete in this event. Larry Ellison, Oracle Co-owner, has made this a world class affair and it is considered the 5th Slam on the West Coast. One major difference in this tournament is that they do not have a mixed doubles competition, but this does not prevent it from being gratifying for the spectators.

During the ten-plus days of the BNP Paribas, you can watch many of the best players in the world, as well as up-and-coming players like this year’s women's champion and unseeded Naomi Osaka. With her improved movement and consistency, the unseeded Osaka rumbled through the women’s draw; dismissing the former No. 1 players Maria Sharapova and Karolina Pliskova and the current No. 1 seeded Simona Halep. She reached the final, where she defeated fellow newcomer Daria Kasatkina, 6-3, 6-2, on Sunday afternoon.

On the Men's side, we saw Roger Federer play magnificent, but so did Juan Martin del Potro. Anyone lucky enough to attend this match in person or to watch it on the television will say it was an amazing match to witness. Juan Martin del Portro eked out a win over Federer; defeating him 7-6 in the final.

All of us from WAC who have gone to BNP Paribas before enjoy the early day matches where we can stand and hear the players on the side of the warm-up courts and be within a few yards of them. They are very friendly and will take pictures with you, as well as sign autographs.

Below are some pictures of many WAC members who have attended this event many times over the years. You can get your tickets around August and I recommend you reserve a place to stay even earlier, as the town fills up every year.

This is one event you will want to add to your tennis resume and it is right here in our own backyard.

Kelly Vandergeest, Renae Saliano, Marlene Cunningham with Patrick Mouratoglou (Serena’s coach since 2012)

Eddie Torres, Lynn Jackson, Lori and Don Mealer, Nancy and Karl Akkerman, Susie and Joe Dotzler and Tim Roche

Sherry Hamilton, Judy Caparon, Lisa Shepherd and Melissa Sherline

Adult In-House Leagues by Shari Gianini

The Winter 2018 In-House League Season has come to a close. Despite the rain, a great time and competitive matches were had by all. Congratulations to all the winners of the Winter 2018 season:

Monday AM Ladies: Laksamee Weilage

Monday Men's Singles: Landon Coe

Wednesday Mixed – Flight A: Curt Cutting & Karen Walker (L)

Wednesday Mixed – Flight B: Mary & Scott Feldstein

Thursday Men: Michael Schatz & William Morris

Thursday Mixed: Karl & Nancy Akkerman

Spring In-House Tennis Leagues

The In-House Tennis League Spring season will begin the week of April 16. Registration is takes place from March 20 through April 5. Players have the option to play in doubles, mixed doubles, or singles leagues at a variety of levels. $35/Member; $70/Non-Member. Register at the Front Desk.

Tennis News

by Christa Nonnemaker

World Team Tennis – Sunday, April 22

World Team Tennis is a format of co-ed teams playing both singles and doubles with various levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5. Lets are allowed, music is played, and cheering is encouraged! Register at the Front Desk.



Spring Fling Bring a Friend Tennis Party, April 21
On Saturday, April 21, WAC is hosting a Bring a Friend Tennis Party! This is a great chance for players who attend clinics, Junior League or Junior Team Tennis to invite a friend to join them. There will be drills, games, music, food and fun for all! Beginners are welcome and racquets will be provided. This is open to all levels, from Beginner through Ranked players.

Summer Camp

June 11-August 17, 2018
Details are provided below but make sure to take advantage of Early Bird sign up date by April 21! Tennis camp is an excellent way for juniors to build a solid foundation of tennis skills during the summer break.

Fitness Stuff

Various Leg Stretches Using the Yoga Wall by Holly Butler

Variations of the Side Plank to Keep Scoliosis at Bay by Katie Whittaker

Exercises to Help Prevent Tennis Elbow

by Peter Loncto

Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus....Extensor Carpi Ulnaris...sound confusing? Well, these are just a couple of the muscles that are part of one of the most commonly overlooked areas of the human body: the wrist and forearm.

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and these simple exercises, done on a regular basis, can help keep you on the courts and out of the doctor’s office. While the prevention and mitigation of painful tennis elbow involves the entire arm and shoulder region, it’s usually the biceps and triceps that get all the attention while the wrist and forearm are ignored.

Try these simple exercises. Use light (2,3,5 lb.) dumbbells, try one set of ten repetitions and work your way up to three sets with a brief 30-60 second rest between sets.

You may not notice any significant changes, but strengthening your wrists and forearm muscles will allow you to continue to play the game that you love.


Tri-Tip of the Month

by Logan Franks



As an endurance coach, teaching athletes about race day nutrition, is one of the more important jobs I have. I would even be willing to say that teaching an athlete about race day nutrition, is more important than the physical training. The fact is, you can be in the best shape of your life but have a terrible nutrition plan, and you risk not finishing. On the other hand, you can have a great nutrition plan and be undertrained, and still do well.

Two months ago, I signed up for a Marathon with about 2 weeks of run training under my belt. I’m not saying I wasn’t training at all; I just wasn’t running. I was mostly cycling, working on core, and lifting. I thought it would be a good idea to spend 2 weeks focusing on running before the marathon. I ran about 3-4 times a week and I didn’t run more than 6 Miles.

This is a classic example of undertraining. Going into that marathon, I knew that I would have to depend on a stellar nutrition plan. Fitness wasn’t going to be a tool that I would have readily accessible. So, how did I go about this? I knew that my body had about 80,000 fat calories and about 1,700 carbohydrate calories, I could use as fuel. I knew that my heart rate was naturally going to be very high, because I was fat and out of shape. The only way I was going to be able to finish this race, was by running off heart rate and making sure I stayed aerobic. The word aerobic means “with oxygen.” In order for a fat to be utilized as a fuel source, it needs to bind to oxygen. If your heart rate gets too high, you will have less oxygen and your body with covert to using carbohydrate as a fuel source.

I understood that I needed to focus on using my aerobic energy system during the race. I then designed my nutrition plan. I made sure I only drank electrolyte beverage during the race. Water is a blank, it replaces nothing, and I needed calories, carbs, and electrolytes. I also took down a gel every 30 minutes and staggered the caffeine to make sure my heart rate was constantly stimulated. The result? I ran a 3:29 marathon and kept the entire race aerobic. I ran the entire time, I never bonked, and I couldn’t walk for a week.
I use this race to demonstrate the importance of a good nutrition plan. It goes back to the “Nutrition is more important than fitness,” that I mentioned earlier in this article. I’m currently working on the fitness part, now. When fitness and nutrition come together, that’s when an athlete can truly be successful. Before your next race, spend your long rides and runs getting your nutrition dialed in. Figure out what works and what doesn’t. Write it down and practice it! If you ever have questions, I’m always here as a resource.

Happy Training,
Coach Logan
American Multisport Strategies

Healthy Recipes

by Ann Reeder

I have a terrible sweet tooth but at least I have the strength to resist it unless the intended dessert is so yummy, it is worth the calories. The recipe below satisfies my cravings without ingesting a large amount of calories and the added berries give me some healthful nutrition to help me justify my indulgence.

Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Olive Oil Cake by Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE

Organic olive oil cooking spray
1 ½ cups all-purpose unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
5 teaspoons Meyer lemon zest, divided
3 eggs (or ½ cup egg substitute plus one whole egg)
½ cup olive oil
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
¼ cup plus 2 ½ teaspoons Meyer lemon juice, divided
Fresh berries

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line the bottom of a 9” round cake pan with parchment and coat with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and 4 teaspoons of the zest
  4. In a larger bowl, thoroughly whisk together the eggs, olive oil, sugar, buttermilk and rosemary
  5. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and whisk together. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Take cake out of the oven and place on a rack to cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate.
  6. After another 10 minutes, poke the cake all over with a heavy for. Mix together ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar with ¼ cup Meer lemon juice. Spoon he syrup over the top of the cake, letting the syrup fill all the holes and spreading it around with the back of the spoon.
  7. Let the cake completely cool. Just before serving combine the remaining confections’ sugar with 2 ½ teaspoons Meyer lemon juice. Coat the top of the cake with the glaze and sprinkle the remaining zest on top
  8. Cut into wedges and garnish with fresh berries
    Serves: 8, Calories per serving: 295

Meet Our Trainers

imgKate Jayne Beletic
RYT-500, Yoga Alliance
YogaWorks 200-hr training / YogaWorks 300-hr Professional Program
YogaWise Yin Yoga training with David Kim

A native New Englander and perennial pedestrian, Kate believes in the magic that is wrought by precise, thoughtful actions over time. Her classes are purposefully-sequenced, challenging, and playful explorations of the dynamic ways in which we balance ourselves. She seeks to empower students with knowledge and enthusiasm, and to help them discover freedom through structure and grace.

imgBita Peck – RYT500

Why I teach: Author and spiritual master Amit Ray writes: “Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” It is this concept of addition that has driven my love for yoga and my passion to spread its message.

Since I was so privileged to have the opportunity to find yoga and learn from the best, I feel compelled to uphold this individualized level of fostering, the key groundwork for the proper introduction of yoga to students and a strong foundation for students’ self-development in the years to come. Yoga is a wonderful addition to one’s life, and one that is embraced when shared properly.
I embody a careful, thoughtful process when teaching students so yogis can get in touch with their intuitive senses and better understand the importance of pace, alignment and inward connection – a mindful approach that is equally beneficial to practitioners of all skill levels.

When practiced mindfully, yoga asanas (body postures), the third limb of the eight-limbed path that forms the structural framework for yoga practice, can provide many of the same benefits as more formal meditation practices. It embodies and unites all aspects of oneself – body, mind, breath and soul – to find awareness, acceptance, and mindfulness.

Teaching mindful yoga is my passion and awakening your inner grace, poise, flexibility, balance, strength, and present moment awareness is a vital practice for students wanting to embrace yoga as a lifestyle.
The driving factor of my teaching is sharing the gift of “mindful yoga” for life, one person at a time.

imgLeticia Willingham (RYT 500)
Training Certifications: YogaWorks Teacher Training 200-Hour, YogaWorks Teacher Training 300-Hour Professional Program

Leticia discovered yoga while trying to help herself deal with anxiety. The results of practicing yoga were dramatic . . . providing the ability to calm the mind, find inner peace, and strengthen the body.

Leticia’s classes focus on form and personal progress, providing each student, whether they have just been introduced to yoga or if they have been practicing for years, with insight, encouragement and the opportunity to help guide them on a positive journey and achieve their own personal goals. “I know how amazing the benefits of yoga can be because I have experienced them first hand. Yoga truly changed my life and I want to provide the opportunity for others to affect positive change in their lives as well.”

imgPatti Markowitz
Patti Markowitz has been helping people stay healthy & fit for over 25 years as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructor. Her tenure at the Westlake Athletic Club (WAC) began back in 1993 where she has trained hundreds of members who continue to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle augmented by hours spent building strong bone, muscle, and piece of mind through exercise & resistance-training. Patti believes that when you change bodies you change lives, and that being a Personal Trainer is about much more that just knowing the exercise or routine, it’s about living the lifestyle, and being able to motivate and inspire others to move toward healthier and happier lives.

As one of WAC’s leading Certified Personal Trainers, Patti specializes in designing customized programs in training for strength, weight loss, and functional fitness. Her attitude and presentation makes workouts fun and motivating; never routine, dull or boring. As your trainer, she will take your health & wellness personally, working alongside you to help achieve ALL of your fitness goals.

An accomplished marathon runner, avid swimmer, and someone you will most likely bump into in a Yoga class at the Club, Patti’s attention to her own fitness reflects her commitment to well-being. With your determination and her dedication you can make anything happen.

For an opportunity to train with Patti, you can call her directly at (805) 208-9578, or inquire at the front desk at WAC.
[email protected]

imgKatie Whittaker
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.

[email protected]

imgPeter Loncto
Peter Loncto is a longtime resident of Westlake Village and a National Association of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, with TRX Suspension Training, TRX Group Training and dotFit PT and Nutrition accreditation. He blends his passion and enthusiasm for fitness with his knowledge and experience to motivate and challenge his clients to feel their best.

Fitness became a 7 days-a-week priority at age 50, and he started marathon running at 58…with his older brothers! 10 years later his running was derailed by a diagnosis of several genetic heart defects and subsequent open chest surgery. His commitment to maintaining a high level of conditioning resulted in a speedy and complete recovery. Peter’s own journey proves his core belief…that regular exercise is the key to a happy and productive life.

With an emphasis on functional strength and real world conditioning, Peter’s goal is to insure that one hour a day in the gym will guarantee that the other 23 hours will be better. No matter what your current level of fitness, he will be happy to show you that it’s never too late to start, and that when you put in the work, the results are guaranteed!
Holly Butler
Influenced by growing up in Boulder, CO (aka the fittest city in America), Holly Butler has always lead an active lifestyle. As an adult, she was drawn to non-impact fitness, starting with the athleticism of Vinyasa yoga. While practicing yoga she discovered and fell in love with Barre classes and Body Sculpting classes using resistance training. Her 3 daughters were all in school and Holly thought it was the right time to get her certification and go back to work, doing something she loved. Holly spends her “off” time coordinating many school drop-offs, pick-ups and dance carpools for her daughters, being involved in charity work for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, volunteering school, and playing tennis at WAC with her husband. We are pleased that Holly will be teaching the Body Sculpting class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30pm.


imgTamara Goulden
Learning to swim at a very young age, Tamara fell in love with being in the water, playing water polo and swimming competitively with her local Parks & Rec throughout middle school, and competing on the school swim team in high school. Playing on the women’s UCSB water polo team in 1988, Tamara competed in the State Championships, and by teaching swim instruction and aqua fitness, was able to pay for graduate school at LMU, earning her Masters in counseling psychology in 1995. Tamara established her company, Premiere Aquatics, in the early ‘90's in which she uses water as a therapeutic milieu for swim instruction, exercise, personal training, phobia counseling, and injury rehabilitation.  She finds teaching water fitness at WAC a fun and rewarding way to engage with members and see them benefit by this unique type of workout, as she herself is happiest when in the water.

imgAnnadelis Suarez
Annadelis is a Yoga Alliance (RYT 500) certified Yoga teacher that has been teaching Yoga in the Ventura County area for over three years.

Her journey began 10 years ago back in Venezuela where she is from. She was drawn to yoga since her first class for its reverence of the mind-body relationship and immediately felt in love with the Eight-Limb path of the practice.

She has studied with prominent yoga teachers such as Lisa Walford, Chad Hamrin, Annie Carpenter, Manouso Manos and many others including her mentor at YogaWorks, Lainie Devina.

Her classes encourage movement of the body to invigorate the breath and to maintain a present and attentive mind. Precise, safe, clear alignment instructions and intelligent sequencing are the foundation of her teaching, providing her students a well-balanced practice.

Annadelis is also a Certified Yoga for Kids Teacher. She supports the importance of teaching the little ones how to use their bodies in a healthy way. She is imparting trainings to those who would like show children the multiple benefits of a yoga practice at their age.

Group Class Schedule

Click here for a pdf of the fitness schedule


Masters Swim

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

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

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

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

imgKevin Lane, Swim Instructor & Coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Hershman

imgHead Varsity Boys and Girls Swimming Coach at Calabasas High School for 38 years

Coached Calabasas High School to a 1987 Boys CIF-Southern Section Swim Team Championship, 2015 Boys CIF-Southern Section Swimming Team Runner-up

US Swimming Age Group Head Coach at Lake Lindero, Assistant Age Group Coach at Conejo-Simi Aquatics

4- time Ironman Triathlon World Championship finisher in Kona, Hawaii

David lives in Newbury Park and is Married to Kristin and has three sons and three grandchildren.


Masters Swim Schedule
Mon & Wed 5:30-6:30am Logan
Mon & Wed 12-1 Kevin
Tues & Thur 6-7pm David
Sat 7:15-8:30am Logan