May Newsletter 2018

As I currently type this update we are in the middle of The Ojai Tennis Tournament. All things are looking great and hope that this year's tournament is a smashing success! May is always the month for parents (like myself) to start looking for Summer activities. Here at OVAC we will have awesome Swim and Tennis Camps throughout the Summer! For the first time, we will be having an all-day camp focusing on both Tennis and Swim. We will have two sessions and should be a blast. We have a sign-up poster located in the lobby. We will also be hosting a fun wine tasting event, May 25th with the amazing Bob Huey. His last event was great with many members trying out his amazing wines. We will have more details later in the month. I hope everyone has a great May!

See Ya at the Club!




We are planning another Friday night tennis and happy hour on May 4th from 5-7pm. Come and join us for some casual doubles and mixed doubles. The cafe will be open and will have happy hour pricing on drinks. Looking forward to seeing all of you.



This year we are also offering an OVAC sports camp that involves tennis, swim and other athletic activities. Don’t let your kids miss out. Sign up at the front desk.



Tadpoles Level 1- Water Skills and Safety (ages 3-5)
Preschool age beginners start breath holding and blowing bubbles while gaining arm stroke and kicking. Emphasizes water safety while having fun and gaining confidence
Minnows Level 2-Fundamental Aquatic Skills (ages 4-6)
Focus on front and back glide, breathing, freestyle, backstroke. Swimmers gain endurance and stroke skills
Manta- Level 3- Stroke Introduction (ages 5-9)*
Swimmers learn improved stroke mechanics and efficiency swimming longer distances, diving
and swimming in deep water pre-swim team readiness
*must be able to swim 15 yards unassisted and submerge head
*Non-member ADD $15
Register ONLINE at
Questions: Contact Wendy Hellstrom 805-204-6930


The Rec pool will start the summer season Memorial Day weekend with lifeguards on duty and the diving board open. Guards will be on duty Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Please remember to follow the pool rules--- we want you to have a fun AND safe start to your summer.


imgCost: $240
Dates: May 11th 5-9pm
May 12th 9am-5pm
May 18th 5-9pm
May 19th 9am-5pm

Limited space available. Must be 15 years old or older to participate. Must be able to swim 300 yards. Contact Elin at for more information.


imgMany of us know one of the most common freestyle drills, Catch-up stroke, forcing freestylers to overlap their stroke by touching each hand before releasing your arm into the under-water power phase of the stroke. Catch helps us be aware of what our body is doing and slows down stroke parts for more mindful freestyle. Catch-up can also be performed with backstroke! To do back stroke Catch-up let your arms catch-up at the top of the recovery, out of the water right above your chest. You may feel like you might start to sink, but just like in freestyle Catch-up, you will be slowed down and forced to have a stronger kick, always a benefit to any stroke!


imgJuly 12th- August 30th (8 classes)

Thursdays 4:30-5:15pm
$120 (Non-Member add $25)

Swimmers* (ages 8-14) learn synchronized swimming
techniques while rehearsing a choreographed routine to be
performed for family and friends.
*must be able to swim unassisted 15 yards and submerge head

Members register on our website
Non-Members pick-up/return registration form to front desk



Age 8 and up Friday July 20 4pm-6pm
Children enjoy an afternoon as mermaids!

*must be able to swim unassisted and submerge head
Activities include treasure hunt, underwater photos, games, snack, music, Short choreography swim routine and more! Bring your own mono-fin and play!

Contact whellstrom@caclubs for more information
Class Minimum 4---If minimum is not met class will be cancelled and registered swimmers will be offered a refund OR reschedule to another session




-Danielle Wommack, Fitness Director

We’ve all heard that we should avoid processed foods, but why? They are everywhere in the grocery store, at the gas station and in vending machines and so convenient. Not to mention heavily promoted and advertised. We don’t have to raise, harvest, process and make all of our food from scratch like our ancestors thanks to all this convenience. But, it comes at a price.

Processed foods don’t add value to our body or our health. Most processed foods are high in calories with very minimal nutritional value. They are usually high in sugar, salt, artificial color, preservatives and/or industrially processed fats. They are designed in a chemist’s lab to make you over-eat them and still want more. You find it difficult to know when you are truly hungry or full.

In our country, processed foods make up over 50-75% of our intake. Yes you read that correctly - most people eat food that is mostly highly processed. And what is the result? People who eat a lot of processed foods generally will have trouble regulating their appetite, will be poorly nourished, will have metabolic health issues, and/or will have carry more body fat.

So what can you do about it? Fill up on the “food stuff” so there’s less room for the junk food (i.e., processed foods). For example, commit to having a piece of fruit before reaching for the afternoon snack bag. Also, make a list of healthy substitutions for your most commonly consumed processed foods (having an orange instead of orange juice is one example). Challenge yourself to be just a little bit better. Can you do natural peanut butter instead of regular peanut butter? Or high fiber noodles instead of plain white pasta? Finally, pay attention to your behavior patterns. Are you more likely to eat processed food at certain times or in certain situations? By recognizing a pattern you can work to break this habit.

The Rock Your Diet 21 Day Makeover gets in depth about the havoc processed foods wreak on our body. Plus, you are given a simple, proven, clear cut solution.


Begins May 6th (Enrollment Ends May 3rd)
$129  SALE! $99

If you're like most people, you were taught the same things growing up that I was: being skinny or fat is largely genetic and success at losing weight is a matter of effort and willpower. I can tell you that is simply not true. No matter your current weight or your background, I am convinced you can upgrade your diet and lose weight with the Rock Your Diet 21 Day Makeover.

I'm not making some lofty, melodramatic promise. This is a science based, real life tested program that is proven successful. This past year has been a rough one for me. After suffering from a serious infection, my body changed dramatically. I continued to exercise and eat the same but suddenly I felt tired all the time. I felt every bit of my 49 years and the weight kept coming on no matter what I did to eat "clean" or exercise. So I decided it was time to re-invent the wheel and became a Certified Nutritionist. This journey taught me about how inflammation and hidden food intolerances dramatically interfere with our ability to lose weight. I was able to shed 14 pounds effortlessly and the Rock Your Diet 21 Day Makeover was born. I feel great, energized and have found that it's not unusual for people to lose between 10 to 15 pounds in 21 days once they realize the roadblocks in the way.

So what is the Rock Your Diet 21 Day Makeover? Quite simply it's an anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, gut healing, weight loss inducing, recovery plan. And it's very specific - it outlines exactly what to eat every meal every day for the entire 21 days, as well as how to carry forward after that. It offers relief from a hidden epidemic of pain and suffering caused by the foods we eat, even the apparently healthy foods. This straightforward nutrition plan is supported by healing recipes so your body finally has the ability to shed pounds. You do not need to meet with me, meet with a personal trainer, or do any workouts to follow this plan (although I do think exercise is a good idea!). It is completely self-guided and delivered to you via pdf's in your email inbox. There are even recipes for vegetarians and vegans!
The Rock Your Diet 21 Day Makeover is going to show you how certain healthy foods sabotage your weight loss effort, energy levels, skin, sleep, mood and your overall sense of well-being. Each of the 21 days will focus on utilizing anti-inflammatory nutrition principles to heal your gut and re-train your taste buds to make sugar cravings a thing of the past. You will learn how to smoothly implement lifestyle behaviors that will optimize hormone, metabolic and immune function automatically. You will learn how to build a healthy plate that gets you the results you desire and still leaves you feeling satisfied. You will experience appropriate meal spacing to allow for a stabilization of blood sugar and your liver to begin to burn body fat optimally in a plan that is sustainable for life.

How do you know if any of this applies to you? Remember all health begins in the gut. Rock Your Diet will rock your world if any of these sound familiar to you:

Muscle aches
Joint pain
Sinus congestion
Post-nasal drip
Excessive sinus issues
Foul-smelling stools
Sleep problems
Difficult concentrating
Food cravings
Water retention
Trouble losing weight
Skin problems
Canker sores
Puffy, dark circles under your eyes
Premenstrual syndrome
Other menstrual disorders
Bad breath
Even cellulite, the bane of many women's existence, is associated with food intolerance.

What do you get with the Rock Your Diet 21 Day Makeover?
• 21 days of easy meal planning including breakfast recipes, lunch guidelines, dinner recipes, and weekly shopping lists (vegetarian & vegan recipes are provided also)
• A clear cut plan of action that takes out the guesswork
• Goal setting and inspiration guides, a system to track changes to your body, and self awareness worksheets
• Access to a private Rock Your Diet Facebook group to ask questions and share the journey with other participants, as well as receive information and support from me.

This journey is designed to empower and motivate you without making you feel intimidated so that you can:
• Lose up to 7-20 pounds in 21 days
• Reclaim your energy and overcome fatigue (priceless!)
• Boost sex drive and reset your hormones
• Never have to count calories or go hungry again
• Learn to avoid weight re-gain
• Eat healthy meals your entire family will enjoy
• Reclaim your overall health

What you'll need to succeed:
• A PROMISE to yourself that you are WORTHY enough to take care of your health
• The WILLINGNESS to try something new and to HANG IN THERE when you feel challenged
• The COURAGE to reach out if you have struggles, questions or need help

How to join:
• Claim your spot by emailing
• The next Rock Your Diet 21 Day Makeover begins May 6th (enrollment deadline is May 3rd)
• You will receive your emailed pdf material the preceding Thursday
• Your account will be charged $129 SALE! $99 prior to receiving your materials

Danielle Wommack has been the Ojai Valley Athletic Club's Fitness Director and leading weight loss expert for over a decade. In addition to holding multiple Certified Personal Training credentials, she is also a Certified Nutritionist, Manual Therapist, and Licensed Massage Practitioner. Danielle says, "My passion in life is to empower others to reach goals they never imagined possible, especially in the area of weight loss. Changing lives and experiencing real results with real people every day is why I love coming to work every day."


Becoming mom is such a special time, so much joy but also confusion and worry when it comes to our bodies. Expecting moms have concerns and questions like:
Can I keep running while pregnant?
What can I do about gestational diabetes?
I wasn’t exercising prior to pregnancy, can I start now?
What types of exercises should I be doing?

There is a lot of advice on the internet and from our friends who have already had children but often this advice isn't grounded in science or research. That's why OVAC is honored to have on staff two expert certified personal trainers who hold advanced level training and certifications specifically in pre and post-natal exercise. Both Sarah Sidote-Ortiz and Erin Foley have been extensively trained in the most recent evidence-based research in this field. Their background includes knowledge of nutrition, exercise, rest and recovery for pre and post-natal women, as well as the ability to help women understand the changes they are experiencing both physically and psychologically during pregnancy and beyond. Sarah and Erin are able to create exercise programs that are safe, effective and specifically designed with a pre and post-natal woman in mind, no matter what level you are at.

Being pregnant is a special time with physical demands (growing a baby!) while still trying to handle the rest of life. And after the baby is born it is incredible all that a new mother goes through physically in a day- bending over while placing a sleeping baby in a crib, running and playing with small children, carrying a child (or two!), juggling all the normal day to day tasks. Both Sarah and Erin are moms and they know 100% what you should expect on your journey and how you can best take care of yourself and your unborn baby. Self-care is the only way you will be ready to truly care for the rest of your family to the best of your ability.
Being a mom doesn’t mean you need to give up on your health, your exercise or your well-being. To let Sarah or Erin help both you and your growing baby, simply call to schedule your first complimentary session. You and your baby deserve the best.