April Newsletter

DSC07544We’re in the middle of spring, past most Spring Breaks, and looking forward to summer. You want to make sure you set yourself up for a successful summer by being in great shape with a great foundation. We have a lot of exciting things happening at Pat’s Gym, and you don’t want to miss out! Read more about these exciting events….

DSC00680A Healthy Pat Gilles Get Away – Pat Gilles is planning a healthy getaway next February 2019, where a group of Pat’s Gym athletes, including Pat Gilles’ Online Coaching athletes, will get away to a tropic destination. The goal of the Get Away 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. This trip will be one vacation where you come back in better shape than when you left the Madison airport. Learn more about the energy systems that workouts tap into, how to create strategies for the workouts/monthly challenges, and learn more about nutrition. There will be group workouts (we will utilize a beach), great food, great company and in a location that will be a great break from the Wisconsin winter weather which will be old by February. So far about 15 athletes have indicated their interest in such an event. You definitely will have a lot of free time to catch up on books or movies you haven’t had time to read/see, or you can explore the tropical destination. So, contact Pat Gilles at for more information, and to indicate your interest in going. There will be a limited number of spots so reserve yours today.

Screen Shot 2018-04-01 at 4.12.09 PMAthlete of the Month – This month is all about April, and this month we want to profile Aprilaire, a Research Products Corporation, who knows how to take care of its employees. Starting about five years ago, Aprilaire approached Pat’s Gym to see if there was a possibility of a partnership. Aprilaire wanted to implement a wellness program that reduced costs of its medical insurance programs, but also would keep its employees healthy, more productive and would help attract/retain employees. The partnership with Pat’s Gym has delivered on all these goals. Aprilaire invests in its employees and is reaping the benefits. Aprilaire employees value the benefits of working out at Pat’s Gym and can’t imagine leaving the Company because they could not imagine another company caring about its employees as much as Aprilaire. In addition, Aprilaire employees have experienced many benefits of working out at Pat’s Gym including weight loss, lower triglycerides, better heart rates, and stress reduction. Aprilaire is a company that engineers, designs and manufactures an entire family of whole-home indoor air quality products, including air purifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilation systems, thermostats, and controllers, and zoned temperature control systems. Listen to what Aprilaire has to say about the Pat’s Gym partnership, and also listen to what Aprilaire employees have to say about why they value this relationship….. watch the video


100,000 Meter Birthday Challenge – Pat Gilles recently celebrated his birthday with a workout in the gym that lasted approximately 5 ½ hours. Pat, with the help of his wife, Roza, and Antonio Cordova a close friend from NYC who is in great shape and a pro on the SkiErg. The Birthday Challenge was 100,000m Ski for time. The strategy Pat Gilles created for the team to follow was simple….protect each other, have each partner do their bit on the SkiErg, and make sure that the time was kept consistent throughout. With an ultra-marathon such as this, there is no room for error. The team wanted to get an average of 1:53/500m, but they ended up with an average of 1:41/500m. Great job. None of the 3 will be wanting to do a SkiErg ultra-marathon in a long time, but they were all pleased with their time. The event streamed live and received a lot of comments. In addition, athletes of Pat’s Gym were very supportive of the event with athletes coming into the gym during the 5 ½ hours, to cheer and support them with food. Click here to read more about the strategy of this time, and how they prepared going into it and how they recovered from it.


Online Coaching Group Workout – It’s amazing that with Online Coaching you not only get daily customized workouts based on your goals and schedule, but you will also get to attend some great educational seminars for free, there are 9 free workouts each year just for Online Coaching athletes, you get 24/7 Pat’s Gym access and can attend any class offered by Pat’s Gym for free. The Online Coaching Group Workouts will not only give you a great sweat, but there is an educational component to each of them to help you take your workouts to the next level. You don’t want to miss out. The next Online Coaching Group Workout is scheduled for April 14, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. at Pat’s Gym. If you’re not an Online Coaching athlete, you should become one today. Contact Pat at for more information.



Pat’s Gym Community Event – With summer just around the corner, the next Pat’s Gym Community Event will take place outdoors. The last few outdoor Pat’s Gym Community Events drew approximately 50 athletes, friends, family (including kids) and others. The workouts are always an EMOM using a deck of cards. It’s a Pat’s Gym original, and it’s a great workout. 
Stay tuned for more information about this event, but save May 19 at 9:00 a.m. for this event.





April Monthly Challenge – The April Monthly Challenge will only take 4 minutes, but it will definitely help you identify weaknesses. The score will be calculated based on total reps performed in 4 minutes of the following:

4-position KB Squat – Men use 70# kb, and women use the 40# kb. The positions will be as follows in the order listed, where the butt must touch a soft MB each time:

•      Scheme 3 + 5 + 3 + 5
•      R Front, R back, L front, L back

Check out this video to see how it’s done!  watch video here

March Monthly Challenge – The March Monthly Challenge tested overall physical fitness level. It is a test that is used by the Army to determine overall fitness for enlisted personnel. It was a great way, and a very practical way to test your overall fitness level. Those who tried it didn’t destroy, but definitely were surprised.

The March Monthly Challenge was based upon a scoring system designed by the Amy.  The Challenge consists of the following exercises.

•      Max push in 2mins
•      Max sit-ups in 2mins
•      Max pull-ups in 2mins
•      Two-mile run (this is going to be 3,219m ski)

The winners of the challenge were Dan Jagla for men with a score of 549, and Gretchen Z for women with a score of 611.  Congratulations to all who took the challenge. Now those athletes have a base from which to improve upon for the next challenge.