December Newsletter

DSC00922With the year about to end and a new year starting, Pat’s Gym is offering you a lot to help make it through the holidays and to start off 2018 with a bang! But, before I explain 2018, a lot is going on in December……

Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 3.46.38 PMPat Gilles – A ReebokOne Most Inspiring Trainer Finalist

Pat Gilles and Pat’s Gym want to thank you for supporting Pat on the Reebok One Most Inspiring Trainer Competition. Pat was selected out of thousands of trainers nominated. Pat was nominated by his athletes. Voting took place through November 26th, with the winner announced in early December. The winner of this competition will get a one-year contract with Reebok and will be featured in Well+Good Magazine throughout 2018.

Pat has received positive press from Madison Magazine (here) and News 3 (here). It’s an exciting journey.

DSC04210Concept2 Holiday Challenge – Get in shape while giving to your favorite charity!

Until December 24th, you can participate in the Concept2 Holiday Challenge and earn money for the charity of your choice. The details are as follows:
Row, ski and/or ride 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters until 11:59 p.m. December 24th.
Concept2 rower, SkiErg and BikeErg meters only. You can combine meters from each machine to reach the challenge goal. Note: BikeErg meters are counted as half when applied to the challenge.
This year’s charities designated by Concept2 are indicated below.
This is an individual challenge.
The Kids’ Holiday Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 50,000 meters.
Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 50k, 100k, or 200k levels.
Deadline for entering meters: 11:59 pm GMT (6:59 pm ET), January 4th.
Charity Details:
For every person who rows, skis or rides 100k during the challenge, Concept2 will donate $.02 per kilometer (1000 meters) to your choice of this year’s charities. Once you get beyond 100k, Concept2 will donate $.04 per additional kilometer. In order for your meters to count, however, you must choose a charity from the front page of your Logbook (or select “Let Concept2 Choose” if you don’t have a preference). For kids and adaptive participants, the $.04 rate will take effect at 50k. Note: BikeErg meters count for half the distance when calculating your Holiday Challenge meters and any related donation.
The 2017 charities are:
Global Giving—Puerto Rico and Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund
Climate Reality Project
Union of Concerned Scientists
Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
To find out more about how to participate go to It contains all the details you need. Keep Pat Gilles aware that you’re participating in the event as we would like to profile it in the next Newsletter.

DSC00662Holiday Special – Save an additional 5% off of already discounted packages in December!

Pat’s Gym is taking away your excuses for not getting in shape! During the month of December, you can purchase packages of classes and private sessions, and save an additional 5% off of already discounted packages. The best way to get in shape is by being consistent, so Pat’s Gym classes are definitely an option for you. However, if you like personalized workouts based on your own goals, then private sessions are the way to go. Contact Pat Gilles at for more details.

4 get cutGet Cut Program Class starts January 3rd, 2018 –

The Get Cut Program has helped many athletes jump-start their workout routine, and achieve amazing results in only 35 days. It’s a comprehensive program that combines effective workout routines, nutrition, and recovery. The pictures don’t lie!

And every year, Pat’s Gym hosts a class for the athletes in this class to come workout with each other. It’s a great way to hold each other accountable, meet good people, and start great friendships.

The class will start at Pat’s Gym at 7:30 a.m., weekday mornings, starting on January 3rd, 2018. Price for the Get Cut Program class is $325.00.


DSC07988 Train for a Triathlon with Pat’s Gym

If you’re thinking of running a triathlon, then think of training at Pat’s Gym with Coach Greta. Greta will teach a strength class to help you be strong during your race and to help you avoid injuries and imbalances. In addition, Greta will lead a cycling class at Pat’s Gym that is focused on helping you excel during your race and motivate you to ride when its cold outside. Lastly, Greta is teaching masters swimming at a local pool and she can help you become more efficient during your swim. It’s a great way to have one coach to help you through your entire race, and of course, Pat Gilles will oversee it. Contact Pat at for more information. Classes will start in January 2018.

DSC02899 Two Holiday Classes Taught by Pat Gilles

For the holiday season, Pat Gilles will be teaching two-holiday classes. The first class is a Pat’s Gym Community Class that will take place on December 16th, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Pat’s Gym. This is one class that will get you in the holiday mood, and help you burn away calories in a great team environment. The second class is for Online Coaching athlete only. The Online Coaching Group Workout will take place on January 1st, 2018, and will start at 9:00 a.m. These Online Coaching workouts are a great way to get an amazing workout and learn about the whys of what you’re doing. Plan on attending these two workouts. If you need more information about these events, contact Pat at

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Pat’s Gym Holiday Coat Drive – Bring your hats, gloves, and coats and donate them for needy families

From December 6th through December 24th, Pat’s Gym will be collecting old coats, gloves, and hats that have a second life in them. There are a lot of needy families in Dane County who can definitely enjoy your coats, gloves, and hats that you don’t need any longer. Pat’s Gym did this two years ago, and the response was overwhelming. Come workout, get a good workout and help a family stay warm for the winter. It’s a great way to share with others in Dane County during the holiday season.

Our Athlete of the Month – Katie won the Concept2 World SkiErg 1000m Competition.

I have been training with Pat Gilles with Online Coaching for about 15 months. I have never regretted a moment of it. It has helped me come back from a broken leg. I broke my leg playing football. After the leg was healed, I was out of shape. I was struggling physically and emotionally. I didn’t know where to start in terms of getting my strength and fitness back while rehabbing from the injury. So, when I started at Pat’s Gym, I was really just wanting to rebuild a solid foundation – rebuilding my strength and mobility and starting to even out imbalances. After 15 months of Online Coaching, I’ve become a much more well-rounded athlete, and have been happier and more productive in my day-to-day life. Read more

DSC03451The December Monthly Challenge

Each year at Pat’s Gym, the Monthly Challenge rings in the holiday. Also, it will put you in the mood for the festivities! The December Monthly Challenge is the 12 Days of Christmas. It consists of the following:

1 GTS 100/70# SB
2 DL with 100/70# SB
3 Man Makers 2×30/2×15 Dbs
4 Burpee Box Jumps 20”
5 Pull Ups
6 Weighted Walking lunges 30/20# (each side)
7 calories ski
8 KBS 70/40#
9 TTH or KTE
10 Push Ups
11 Weighted deck squats 30/20#
12 Wall Walks

The workout should be done just as ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ song is sung.
Every 3mins stop and do 6/10 calories on the bike (females do 6 calories and men do 10 calories). There is a 60min cap on time. Have fun with this one!

You get scored on how fast you go through the exercises. Count each one carefully, and enjoy the song!

The November Monthly Challenge – Each year, Pat’s Gym participates in the Concept2 World Competition SkiErg for the 1000m race for the best time. This year, as in similar years we’ve had our athletes place extremely well. We even had the top individual overall as well as set a World Record. This year, Katie won in her age group with a time of 3:28.3 and set a new World Record. Great job Katie! Also, Pat’s Gym had 13 women in the top 10% of the 880 women who participated in the event. Pat’s Gym also had 6 men in the top 10% of the 1272 men who participated in this event. We are so happy with the showing of the Pat’s Gym athletes. No other gym had such a strong showing. As Concept2 said “that is a pretty amazing showing! Congratulations!!!”

At Pat’s Gym for the month of November the Monthly Challenge consists of 1000m on the SkiErg, and the athlete with the best time wins. This year the winners are Katie Hurtis with a time of 3:28.3, and Dan Jagla with a time of 3:11. Good job!