September Newsletter 2019
What a beautiful summer we have had! But it's not quite ready to let go! It has been a hot start to September. Please do not forget to keep yourself hydrated while you are exercising. Especially with the recent increase in humidity which zaps you more.
Last month we began offering Pilates on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm and we are excited to say that the response has been terrific. Pilates is a total body workout that increases strength and flexibility and improves balance. We encourage everyone to come out and give it try.
The 2019 Tennis Club Championships are nearing the end. Many members have come to us and told us how much they like the new format. In particular they think the flexibility of setting up their own matches has made it so much easier than in the past . The finals are scheduled for October 6th and we hope you will come on out and cheer for your friends. Good luck to all of our finalist!
In August we hosted our first Pickleball Demo Day and it was a big success with 60+ participants. We have our second one scheduled for September 13th from 5 to 8 pm. Ronnie from Prolite will be here again with plenty of demo racquets for people to try. If you have been thinking about giving Pickleball a try this will be a good opportunity to come on out and learn about the game. Our one and only Miguel Enciso will be offering beginner clinics for anyone interested. Hope to see you out there.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been having issues with our new court lights and have been working hard to resolve the problem. We believe that we have resolved all of the problems but it will take a few weeks to come up with a definitive answer on that. Thank you for your patience.
Have a Healthy Day,
Car Break in Warning
Over the past couple of months we have had a number of cars broken into in both the parking lot and on the street. In each of these cases either gym bags or other valuables have been left visible in the car for the thieves to see. These are smash and grab thefts that only happen when the thieves see something they think is valuable. We do not recommend that you leave anything visible in your car while you are in the club. We are looking into security cameras that we hope will be a deterrent to the thieves but even after they are installed we do not recommend that you leave anything visible in your car.
• Tennis Club Championships rescheduled for October 6th
• Pickleball Demo Night September 13th (5-8pm)
• Pickleball Demo Night October 11th (5-8pm)
Healthy lifestyle here we go….
- 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Nail this and a lot of the other aspects of healthy living fall into place. While we are all different when it comes to the amount of sleep we require to be our best during the day, 7 to 9 hours a night is an accepted norm. Know how much you need and do your best to protect this requirement by organizing your commitments accordingly.
- Vegetables. The wider the variety of the colors the better. Having these in your diet 5 days a week should be the minimum. Steaming or frying your vegetables in coconut oil will ensure the produce maintains much of its nutrients.
- Limit Sugar. If you take sugar in your coffee, ask yourself whether or not you can do without the sugar. Look for small ways to cut back on sugar.
- Exercise 30 minutes 5 times per week. Is there a type of exercise that you've enjoyed in the past? Start there and build. Variety is the key to ensuring you don't get bored, so change it up as much as you can. Change your exercise, change your route, and change your company.
- Stress-relief plan. Stress is a reality of life. Have a plan for how you will deal with it. Meditate, exercise, watch a movie, read a book or talk with a loved one. Take a proactive approach by giving yourself a set time each day for your own wellness.
- Socializing. Setting time aside to connect with your friends and family is great for your health.
- Routine. Building a pattern of behavior up over a long period of time will make it easier for you to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day!
Pick and choose a couple of things that you can change or add to your current routine. Start small and build some momentum with those little changes and you'll be encouraged to add a couple of more in time.
Did You Know?
• Outdoor Bootcamp with Peter is offered Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 9am
Row your Way to Health
Did you know that rowing has been a competitive sport for hundreds of years, and an official Olympic event since the modern games began?
At lower intensity levels, rowing is a great training tool. As long as rowing form is correct and efficient, people of all ages, sizes and abilities will enjoy better cardiovascular and muscle function from rowing regularly. And, used properly, there is little risk of injury.
As an aerobic activity, we have to look at the sport of rowing in relation to running, biking, walking, cross country skiing and swimming. The biometrics of rowing are pretty simple – the activity uses just about every muscle group! In fact, research has shown that we use approximately 70% of our muscle mass while rowing.
Rowing has some unique advantages that are often overlooked:
• Rowing works more muscles groups than most exercises
• Rowing improves range of motion
• Helps with rhythm and balance
• Adds variety to your workout program
• Works both upper and lower muscle groups
• Does not put a lot of stress on your joints
When compared with rowing, there is no other single aerobic exercise that utilizes so many muscle groups in a coordinated fashion through such an extended range of motion. And the level of force integrated into the workout is completely determined by the user. This means that the most deconditioned individual can receive as much benefit as the most competitive athlete. The nature of rowing makes it an ideal exercise activity for any fitness level or age as witnessed by the growth of rowing programs for school kids as well as masters age groups.
As with all exercise, there is a right way to use the rowing machines in our outdoor cardio area. Feel free to check in with Peter to see how it's done. It is easy to learn and fun to do.
Welcome Amy Alcini
We are excited to announce that Amy Alcini has joined our tennis staff. Amy specializes in helping tennis players who are currently pursuing competitive tennis goals: from HS tennis teams, to Men's/Women's NRTP/USTA leagues, to tournament players who are working on their game, to meet their next competitive tennis level/goal.
Amy has been competing since the age of 9 & played Division I college tennis at The University of Florida and on The WTA Women's Tour 1989-1991. Also since 2000 Amy has earned (18) singles & doubles USTA National Senior Tennis Titles and (2) USTA/ITF World Cup Titles in 2010 & 201.
Please join me in wishing Amy a warm welcome to Westlake Athletic Club.
Club Championship Finals
Sunday Oct. 6
Rotating Doubles for Prizes 11-1
Matches for Everyone
Anyone can participate
Free for Club Championship Participants
$20 for all other members
Club Championship Finals 1-5
Lunch served 1:00 (BBQ burgers and dogs)
Everyone is welcome to come out Oct. 6th to play some fun rotating doubles for prizes, then enjoy a bbq while we watch the club championship finals. The doubles will be from 11:00-1:00. Lunch and the finals will begin at 1:00. All participants in the club championship can attend for free. All other members can play and eat for $20
Come on out and cheer your friends on!
Video Clip from Chris Dudeck
3 Easy Ways to Improve your Pickleball Game
- Get up to the kitchen line quickly and do your best to hold that position. If you have to move back to return a shot always move back up quickly.
- Stop before you hit your shot. Stopping and being set before you hit the ball will result in a much more accurate shot and help you with your shot selection.
- Be SMART not FANCY! Hit the smart shot not the hard shot! Try to force your opponent to make the unforced error. Be patient and wait for a really good shot.