February Newsletter

February is a month where winter may seem long, but spring is around the corner. February is a time to look forward to spring and summer goals and get after it! Don’t delay too much longer or you will be playing catch up. Check out what we have going on in February and be inspired!

A Pat’s Gym Special – Pat’s Gym is offering a special of private coaching and unlimited classes to help our athletes be inspired and achieve great results in 2019. This is a great way to take advantage of the services that Pat’s Gym has to offer, to get specialized attention, and to set yourself up for success. Pat’s Gym will offer you 10 private coaching sessions (which must be used by April 1), a month of all you can train classes, and access to our coaches during coach’s hours from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Our coaches will be available to help you with questions that you may have about working out, nutrition, stress management, recovery, and mental toughness. Package prices can be obtained by emailing The services contained in the packages need to be used by April 1, 2019, and payment must be received prior to starting the services. Why wait, the discount will be approximately 50% off of our standard rates.


A Healthy Pat Gilles Get Away – Pat Gilles is planning a healthy get away next February 2019, where a group of Pat’s Gym athletes, will get away to a tropic destination. The goal of this tropical Get Away Destination Vacation is to have a blast with other fun Pat’s Gym athletes, stay in shape, and learn a bit more about fitness and to discuss strategies to excel in the Pat Gilles and Pat’s Gym type workouts. The dates are February 14-18th. We are headed there! We will be eating great food, having great workouts, and resting up. Stay tuned for our posts as we enjoy the nice weather and the beach, have great workouts, and enjoy our down time. We are planning another trip in 2020, so stay tuned…..




A SkiErg World Cup Competition – The SkiErg expert Australian Jane Erbacher has created a world competition for the Concept2 SkiErg. Although this competition is worldwide, only 15 Gyms will be sponsoring the competition, although athletes don’t have to belong to these gyms to participate. You must sign up by January 14, 2019. It costs $85 to participate, 5% of all proceeds to go the Boys and Girls Club in Madison, WI. The event will take place on February 9 – 10, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The following is the schedule of events:
Saturday, February 9, 2019 Events:
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Partner 5K
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Individual 500m
12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Quad Workout 1 “Erg Lung”
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Partner “Hulk Smash”
Sunday, February 10, 2019 Events:
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Quad Workout 2 – “Quad City”
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – 1000m Individual
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Partner Workout “Rude Interruption”
2:00 – Finish – Quad Workout 3 “Half Marathon Relay”
You can sign up for every event and it will be a great opportunity to do it with a partner of the same sex and/or a group of four athletes. It’s always fun to train for a specific goal especially this time of year so sign up today!
More details will be forthcoming. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the fun, and a great way to get into great shape! Stay tuned for more exciting news….. For now, review the information here:

Athlete of the Month – At Pat’s Gym, we profile those athletes who are passionate about improving their health, who have goals, and who achieve them. This month we are profiling one of the athletes who has set a new bar; he is driven, down to earth, and very passionate. He is a great member of our community; Here is Patrick!
Patrick has been with the gym for about 6 months now. He wanted to find new athletes to train with and a place that would support a healthy culture. His wife worked with Pat, and he is glad she recommended Pat’s Gym.
When he started working with Pat and Pat’s Gym, Patrick was in a rut, and wanted to focus on prehab and focus on injury prevention. Also, he wanted to “climb out the dad bod, weekend warrior where he had been stuck.
At first Patrick didn’t think he had any weaknesses; however, after working with his coach, they realized that Patrick had a weak grip and was lacking upper body strength. Now, the grip is stronger, and he now has in sight 100 pull ups as a “warm up.”
Overtime, Patrick’s goals have changed from more generic goals, to lifestyle goals. Now his goals are evolving toward eating better and taking better care of himself to perform more consistently. Not more reps or more weight but being able to sustain pushing himself to his limits.
The continued personal growth keeps Patrick coming back. Patrick loves the community at Pat’s gym, knowing that others are putting in their work, motivates Patrick to buckle down and push through. Patrick loves the monthly challenges and the fun events (like the Ski World Cup event). These activities are great ways to hang out and make fun healthy choices together.
Patrick loves Online Coaching. At first, Patrick didn’t understand nor was he interested in Online Coaching. However, after working with Pat Gilles with Online Coaching, Patrick is impressed with how it works so smoothly and makes a lot of sense. It is so flexible, and the workouts are very thought out, and they can be done any day, anywhere, and in any situation. Pat Gilles has designed various workouts for him such as airport travel day workouts, vacation partner workouts, and hanging out on the beach with kids’ workouts. It’s amazing that the workouts will always kick your ass, fit your time budget, and make you feel better. Patrick is in awe, but finds it hard to accurately describe how it works….but it does work.
He is amazed in general when he travels and does different sports and activities how much more endurance and power he has and now can push longer, like 100 instead of 8. He’s sticking with Pat’s Gym and Pat Gilles for Online Coaching. He is glad he found the community and remains motivated!

The February Monthly Challenge – The February Monthly Challenge is a complex movement, that involves Olympic lifting. Don’t be deterred or intimidated but inspired and feel the challenge. Many athletes feel intimidated with Olympic lifts, with a snatch being the most difficult. This challenge involves the basic movements and does not involve a snatch. The clean is the most basic Olympic lift, with a press and jerk being a close second. Don’t shy away from this challenge, use it to discover movements you need to focus on. Let’s see how fast you can do it!
The February Monthly Challenge is simple, so not understanding it is not an excuse. Try this one, and see what your time is:
30 Clean and Press/Jerk @ 75% BW for time
The Barbell must touch the ground each rep

The January Monthly Challenge – The January Monthly Challenge was short, but fun. It helped our athletes get into 2019 with a bang! It was a lot of fun, and we had great participation. The January 2019 Challenge was:
10 burpees
8/10 cal ski
Score is total calories and total burpees
The Challenge continued until an athlete could not complete the amount round of exercises in a minute
The winners of the Pat’s Gym January Monthly Challenge are Patrick H with a score of 115, and Gretchen with a score of 144. Great job!