March Newsletter 2018
March 15-25 Pool Closed for Deck Resurfacing
March 15 USTA Captain’s Meeting @ 6:00pm
March 24 - Pickleball Tournament
April 1 – Easter, Club Hours: 9am – 3pm. No Group Classes/Clinics/Jr. Programs
Did You Know?
All members can take advantage of our one-time $99 special for three 1-hour training sessions with a WAC Personal Trainer? This is a tremendous savings and a great way to get familiar with the benefits of working with a trainer.
We would like to take a moment to congratulate Calle and Rosie on the birth of their son Henry Bjorn Hansen. Sounds like they are hoping Henry follows their Dad’s footsteps into tennis! We want to thank everyone that stopped by this past Saturday to say farewell to Calle. It was a large turnout and Calle was able to spend plenty of time filling everyone in on his move to Eugene, Oregon. We are sad to see Calle go but excited for him as he ventures into a new chapter in his life. Calle has said he hopes to play more tennis in Eugene so hopefully we see him back as a player in National 45s! Best of luck Calle. We will miss you!!
We are excited to announce we will be resurfacing our pool deck. Beginning on March 15th and lasting through March 25th the pool and Jacuzzi will be closed during this resurfacing. We have made arrangements for members to have access to the community pool at CLU for lap swimming while the pool is closed. Members will not be charged to use the pool but will be required to sign in with the lifeguard when they enter the pool area. We will not be able to conduct either our masters swimming or water fitness classes at CLU. Parking is available in the lot immediately adjacent to the community pool. Members will not need a parking pass to use this lot. Changing rooms and outdoor showers are available on the pool deck. Locker room facilities are available but are located in the building behind the pool. Access cards to the locker rooms can be obtained from the lifeguard on duty but cards are limited so we recommend members walk to the locker rooms in small groups. Lap swimming hours are:
Mon/Wed/Fri 6:00-9:00am & 10:30am-2:30pm
Tue/Thur 10:30am-2:30pm & 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday 6:00-9:00am & 12:30-3:30pm
We are excited to announce that we are hosting our Inaugural Pickleball Tournament at the club on March 24th from noon to 3pm. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong. It is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn and can develop into a quick, fast paced, competitive game for experienced players. There will be beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions with 4 teams of men and women in each division. The Member fee will be $35 and will include Hors-d’oeuvres, beer, wine and beverages. If you have not played pickleball, we encourage you to come out and give it a try.
We have added a “Local Excursions” section to the newsletter and this month we are featuring 14 Cannons Brewing Company. Opened in 2017, 14 Cannons is a production brew pub and showroom. Award winning Master Brewer Nic Bortolin creates a great selection of craft beers on site. Available on tap are Tyrannicide IPA, Spice Island Chai Tea Brown Ale, Patient Pilsner, Bestlake Blonde, Easy Does It Pale Ale and more. With flat screen TVs strategically placed around the pub there isn’t a bad seat in the house for viewing sports. On Monday nights WAC members can take advantage of a 15% discount when showing their membership card. 14 Cannons is located at 31125 Via Colinas in Westlake Village. Head on over and enjoy an evening with friends and family.
Have a Healthy Day,
Member of the Month
It’s a Family Affair for these WAC Members
by Ann Reeder
I think I speak for most of the Front Desk Staff when I say we love to see Westlake Athletic Club members who take advantage of all aspects of the club and even more so when it is a whole family. The Johnson family is a great example of members who spend a lot of time at WAC. Whether it is a group fitness class, tennis lessons, tennis clinics, Junior Team Tennis, camps or one of our social events, you will most likely see at least one of the Johnsons participating.
Doug Johnson is the leader of the pack which includes his two children Jacob (13 years old) and Sarah (11 years old). The kids started coming to Westlake Athletic Club Junior Clinics almost four years ago. The whole family had just completed their 1st and 2nd degree black belts in Karate and Doug required the kids to continue with some sort of physically active sport. Jacob decided he wanted to try tennis and began attending our Junior Clinics with Chris Dudeck. Sarah soon followed. This required Doug to spend a lot of time in our WAC front lobby waiting for the kids to finish their lessons. We got to know Doug pretty well before he became an official member of the club.
When I interviewed Doug for this article, he talked about how he has always been determined to make their activities a family affair and made a conscious decision that they would do things together. Beginning with Parent-Toddler groups and continuing with his volunteering in their classrooms at school, Karate and now tennis.
As his kids progressed in tennis and began participating in Junior Team Tennis and Junior Development League, he decided to give tennis a go for himself. He started taking clinics with Chris Dudeck and Lorene Whitehouse and a few lessons. It did not take long for him to get the tennis bug and he joined the club with a Full Club Family membership in May 2017. Within 6 months he was playing matches and last fall he began playing in our In-House Leagues. He said he lost a lot in the beginning but by his second season of In-House Leagues he came in first place with his mixed partner, Susie Castle in the C Flight on Wednesday evenings.
Aside from tennis, Doug often takes advantage of our Group Fitness Classes as well. He loves Holly’s TRX and Strength, Stretch and Resistance classes because she makes him feel like he is getting lessons from a private instructor and she “always keeps the training different and fresh” He also participates in our Yoga classes several times a week. He says he loves the physical art of yoga – not just the stretching and strengthening aspects of the practice. All these classes “provide a balance to his tennis playing” and he says he is in better shape now than he has ever been.
Doug appreciates that tennis has taught his children perseverance and a strong work ethic while also being fun. The whole family is inspired by the older tennis players at the club and Doug believes he and the kids are training their bodies for the long term. I loved that he said “Happiness is an inside job, but WAC makes it easier” That means a lot to us, Doug!
Do not be surprised if you see Doug around the grounds with a tool belt or jack hammer working on some project. He is both a General Contractor and Electrical Contractor by trade and has often stepped in to help around the club. Now you can stop and say “hello” to him and see if he’s up for a tennis match when he is done with his work. More than likely he will have his tennis racket and other gear in the car ready to go!
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].
Video clip from Chris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC
Hitting to the Open Court by Chris Dudeck
By Christa Nonnemaker
The Winter Olympics Tennis Social featured some wonderful food along with fun tennis! Teaching pros, Lorene Whitehouse and Karl Akkerman, along with Tennis Director, Calle Hansen ran the tennis drills and games. Like the Winter Olympics, there was competition as well as camaraderie. As this was Calle’s last time running a tennis event at WAC, this was a special time!
On March 24, Karl Akkerman will be hosting a Pickleball Tournament! Pickleball is a fast-growing sport in the United States and appeals to a wide range of people, from youth to seniors. Using paddles and wiffle balls, the court is about a quarter of the size of a tennis court. For tennis players especially, it is easy to get the hang of it and lots of fun!
Junior League and Junior Team Tennis are starting for the Spring Season! Junior League and Junior League Development will start on March 3 on Saturday afternoons. Junior League Development is for beginner players and uses orange dot balls and lasts for 1 hour from 1-2 PM. Junior League is for Advanced Beginner through Intermediate players and uses green dot balls as well as regular yellow balls. The first hour includes drills and practice with the second hour focusing on supervised match play where pros provide instruction. There are two divisions of Junior League, 10u and 14u. 10u will go from 1-3 PM and 14u from 3-5 PM.
JTT matches will start on Sunday, February 25 and go through early May. Junior Team Tennis is competitive-level match play so all players need to be match-play ready. This season Westlake Athletic Club will have six teams: 10u Satellite captained by Ming Fei, 12u 2.9 captained by Gina Reese, 12u 2.9 captained by Douglas Johnson, 14u 2.9 captained by Tanja Daniel, 14u 3.4 captained by Christa Nonnemaker and 18u Girls captained by Brooke Gabbey.
WAC hosted a Ventura County Junior Tennis Association (VCJTA) Novice Tournament on February 24 and 25. All VCJTA tournaments feature round robin matches in preliminary rounds which afford players a greater chance to play against multiple players. Some of our WAC JTT players made it to the finals: Christopher Kasparian in Boys 10u, Garrett Reese in Boys 12u and Stella Chudleigh in Girls 12u.
Above: Christopher Kasparian, 10u
Above, Garrett Reese, 12u
The Value of TRX Functional Training
by Holly Butler
I had the pleasure of attending a TRX Functional Training course for instructors on February 10th. For any Real Housewives of Orange County fans (don’t judge), you’ll be excited to know that it took place in Rancho Santa Margarita at CUT Fitness… yes, Eddie checked me in and I saw Tamra working out! Enough about my brush with celebrity…
Functional Training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. This TRX Functional Training course was broken down into seven sections: Plank, Push, Pull, Rotate, Hinge, Squat, and Lunge. These seven movements are the foundation of functional training. When done correctly, they become the building blocks of non-injurious movement both in daily life and in athletics.
To support Functional Training, we can break down each of these seven foundational movements into Standards. A Standard answers the question, “What is stable and what is mobile?” For example, the Standard for a TRX chest press is mobile elbows and shoulders while everything else is stable; the Standard for a TRX lunge is mobile knees and hips while remaining stable in the rest of the body. Once this concept is understood for each foundational movement, the movement becomes functional, and functional movement leads to less injuries.
Within our foundational movements there are Common Faults, or problems that can occur that are universal for most bodies. For instance, a Common Fault in TRX plank is to sag at the hips. A Common Fault in squats is to send the knees forward over the toes. It is imperative to be able to look for, identify, and correct Common Faults when implementing Functional Training.
Common Faults can be corrected by Swing Thoughts, or short phrases that remind students of the correct alignment and action for each movement. For example, to keep the hips from sagging in TRX plank, a Swing Thought might be “Pull the navel towards the spine as you keep the hips in line with the shoulders”. A Swing Thought to keep the knees from sliding towards the toes in a squat might simply be “can you see your feet?”
Knowing the Standards of these seven foundational movements, diagnosing Common Faults, and using Swing Thoughts to correct these faults will lead to fewer injuries whether you are on the court, in the gym, or unloading groceries from your car. Make sure Functional Training is a priority in your life!
Video Fitness Tip from Holly Butler
One Armed Chest Press from a Plank Using the Yoga Wall
Video Fitness Tip from Katie Whittaker
A Demonstration of the Yoga Breath
Tri-Tip Cornerof the Month
Using Caffeine in Your Training
By Logan Franks
The triathlon season is approaching quickly. I’m often asked, “If you had one tip regarding nutrition during a race, what would it be?”
Often times, athletes focus primarily on calories, carbohydrates, and sodium intake. They often overlook caffeine intake. Caffeine can be a great tool during a race, if used properly. I often recommend that athletes stay away from having coffee on race morning. I recommend drinking tea instead. Coffee has around 100mg of caffeine in 8oz; Tea has about 35mg. If you stagger the caffeine through the course of the race day, your energy levels can remain more consistent. If you’re using GU gels for a 70.3, proper use of caffeine would look something like this:
Mount bike: 0mg gel
:30- 0mg gel
1:00- 0mg gel
1:30- 0mg gel
2:00- 20mg gel
2:30- 20mg gel
:30- 20mg gel
1:00- 35mg gel
1:30- 35mg gel
So, stagger that caffeine, avoid coffee on race morning, and have a great first race of the season!
American Multisport Strategies
by Ann Reeder
Every Valentine’s Day my sister invites her single clients to a healthy cooking class at the California Health & Longevity Institute in The Four Seasons at Westlake Village and I am lucky enough to be included on the list of invitees. As much as I love all the recipes I leave with, I always walk away with at least one interesting fact or tidbit about eating healthy. This year was no different.
Paulette Lambert, Director of Nutrition, California Health & Longevity Institute was our teaching chef that day and she talked to us about the importance of eating foods that are loaded with antioxidants which help fight inflammation in our bodies. She mentioned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a list of the “Fabulous 41” foods that contain the highest level of antioxidants per serving. She challenged us to guess what we thought was the number one food on the list. Of course many of us guessed spinach, broccoli and kale. Although these vegetables were in the top twenty, the number one leafy vegetable on the list was…Watercress. Yes…Watercress!
Luckily I have a favorite recipe that incorporates this spicy little green and I am happy to share it with you below. This recipe comes from Sunset Magazine and allows you to prepare a couple of the ingredients ahead of time and put them in your freezer until you are ready to use them. The parsley, green onions and lemon are also on the Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables list.
For the complete list of foods on the “Fabulous 41” table and more details on how the list was created, go to:
Total Time: 20 Mins
Yield: Serves 2
This recipe comes from Sunset Magazine
Built in layers so you get dressing and watercress in every bite, this tabbouleh can be served as a side with roasted or grilled meat or fish, or with hummus and pita bread to make a vegetarian dinner.
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 1 cup Freekeh with Parsley and Onions (recipe follows)
• 2 Persian cucumbers, cut into 1/4-in. dice
• 1 cup lightly packed whole flat-leaf parsley leaves
• 3 medium thinly sliced green onions
• 1/2 cup diced feta cheese (about 2 oz.)
• Small handful of watercress leaves, most of stems trimmed
How to Make It
Make the vinaigrette: In a bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, sea salt, and pepper.
In a serving bowl, toss freekeh (recipe follows), cucumbers, parsley leaves, green onions, and feta with 2 tbsp. vinaigrette. Taste and add more vinaigrette if you like.
Arrange tabbouleh on an oval or rectangular platter and top with watercress.
Freekeh with Parsley and Onions
Total Time: 1 Hour
Yield : Makes 5 1/2 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)
RECIPE BY Sunset
Middle Eastern freekeh has a sweet-smoky flavor and a juicy, chewy texture. It's deli¬cious in burgers, with lentils, and strewn over salads--as is, or fried until crisp. You can use store-bought vegetable broth.
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (about 1/2 medium)
• 2 cups freekeh (roasted green wheat)* or farro
• 1 teaspoon dukkah*
• 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
• 3 1/2 cups Hearty Vegetable Broth (see headnote above) or store-bought
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice
• 1/3 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
How to Make It
Heat oil in a 4- to 6-qt. pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in freekeh, dukkah, and salt.
Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until liquid is absorbed and the grains are tender, 25 to 35 minutes (if using farro, drain off excess broth and save it for soup, if you like). Remove from heat and let steam, covered, 10 minutes; then stir in lemon juice, parsley, and salt to taste.
*Find both freekeh and dukkah, an Egyptian spice blend, at well-stocked grocery stores, Middle Eastern markets, and online. To make your own dukkah, blend 1/4 tsp. each sesame seeds, ground coriander and cumin, dried thyme, and finely chopped roasted hazelnuts.
Notes: I usually double the recipe for the freekah and make the dukkah and vinaigrette ahead of time. I freeze any leftovers to use at a later date. The local Trader Joe’s carries a dukkah as well.
Even if you are not a beer connoisseur, you cannot help but notice all of the micro breweries popping up around the United States and Westlake Village, like many other cities is home to several of these brew houses. This month we are highlighting one of these micro breweries - 14 Cannons Brewing Company. If you were lucky enough to attend our Member Appreciation event in December 2017 you may be familiar with their beers. As an added bonus, they are offering Westlake Athletic Club members a 15% discount on Mondays if you mention our name. So invite a few friends to join you at this wonderful addition to Westlake Village.
Constructed in 2017, 14 Cannons is a production brewery and showroom that showcases the industry’s leading vendors while also producing beer by award winning brewer Nic Bortolin. It’s the ideal training ground for any craft beer enthusiast looking to build a brewery.
Marshall Haraden is the builder and owner of 14 Cannons Brewery and Showroom. The name 14 Cannons is a tribute to his great, great, great, great uncle, Jonathan Haraden who captained the American war ship Tyrannicide in 1777. The ship was part of the Massachusetts State Navy fleet and was armed with 14 Cannons.
The showroom is a working operational teaching facility for brewers and novices alike. It features top of the line equipment from Premier Stainless, Microbrew Water, ProBrew, Blome Tile, Airgas, Pro Chiller, Keg Credit, and GF Piping System.
Nic Bortolin - Head Brewer
Nic is originally from Reno, NV and is a former music teacher and professional trumpet player. He began home brewing in college and his passion for craft beer was intensified while studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Nic got his start professionally at a start-up brewery outside of San Diego under the tutelage of a former ‘macro beer’ Brewmaster. There he enjoyed brewing aggressively hoppy beers and helped develop an award winning barrel program while working his way up to the role of Head Brewer. After moving to California’s Central Coast, Nic became part of a brewing team that was known for brewing classic styles and honed his skills in lager brewing. There he was a part of 6 Great American Beer Festival medals, a World Beer Cup gold medal, California Craft Brewery of the Year, and dozens of other local and international awards. He is a graduate of the American Brewers Guild Brewing Science and Engineering program and is a member of the Master Brewers Association.
Meet your Trainers
Leticia 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.”
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Head 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