March Newsletter

Spring break means summer is just around the corner. Don’t delay another day to be in the best shape for your summer activity – running, biking, water skiing, wake boarding, hiking, or looking great in a swimsuit. Regardless of what it is, we have you covered at Pat’s Gym. We offer a lot of special offerings services to help get you into shape. 

Two Spring Specials to Get You and Your Friends in Shape – With summer quickly approaching, you want to make sure you get in “tip top” shape for those summer sports and activities. Regardless if it is having the physical stamina or power needed for that yard work that is waiting for you, you want to perform that work safely. If you want to focus on running, hiking, swimming, water sports or another physically demanding activity, then you need to start working on building that base that will help you enjoy those activities safely. 

At Pat’s Gym we’re here to support you. If you sign up for classes for 6 months, you will get a special rate to help keep you healthy. An added benefit we throw in for free, are the great athletes who will help support you on your journey. For those who travel in packs, we have specials for small group classes – with increased discounts – the bigger the package the better the discount. You need to use these packages no later than the end of September. This is a great way to help you survive this summer with a smile on your face. 

Pat’s Gym Athlete of the Month – March 2020

Rob Wood has been working with Pat Gilles for the past 9 months, and with his consistent and hard work, has improved his health/fitness level and has achieved his goals. 

Rob did his research before deciding who to work with. Rob found Pat on Instagram through shared contacts. Rob wanted to improve his strength, but laziness got in the way as it masqueraded as wanting a practical approach to more than just strength training. Rob is glad he contacted Pat, and has been with Online Coaching for 9 months now. 

As a child, Rob didn’t find athletics to be motivating. It wasn’t until he was 26 that he decided to focus on improving his physical fitness. It was when he turned 26 that Rob joined a CrossFit gym and that seemed to do the trick. However, Rob needed an additional goal. At that point he decided to add in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into the gym. At this point, Rob found a real world application for lifting weights. How Rob competes on a regional level, and is hoping to compete nationally this year. 

Now that Rob is in great shape, he loves to get outside of Washington – there are endless supplies of trails, and nature therapies is the best way to reset and get his mind right for the week ahead. In addition, to staying fit for his hikes and his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rob wants to be walking around in his 70’s and 80’s without assistance, being pain free and having freedom of movement. 

Rob loves working with Pat Gilles through Online Coaching because it’s easy, but yet effective. Rob loves the fact that he doesn’t have to think about what he needs to be doing; all Rob has to do is show up and feel the benefits of the well thought out workouts. Also, Rob loves the fact that he is now working on pats of his body that he would normally ignore if he would be writing his own programs. So now, Rob loves focusing on his weaknesses, that he might otherwise ignore. He loves the fact that by focusing on his weakness, he is overcoming those weaknesses and becoming more fit. 

Rob loves working with Pat Gilles through Online Coaching because it is a personalized service focused on his strengths, weaknesses and goals. Rob has done more generic plans where everyone gets the same fitness plan, but they are too generic to be effective. With Online Coaching with Pat Gilles, you don’t get the generic plan. You get a well thought out program, that is focused on specific goals, and it is a great high touch service based upon what Rob is feeling after every workout session. It’s a great high touch and personalized service. 

Rob has been inured to his sport – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Pat has worked with Rob, based upon the feedback Rob has given Pat, so that Rob can work around his issues. In fact, even with his injuries, Pat has worked around the issues, so that Rob would not lose ground and could recover faster. 

Online Coaching has positively impacted Rob’s life. Rob has felt great, and is in a better position to compete. Rob has felt the endurance and strength gains too. Rob feels that he has more strength and endurance to wear out his opponent while he feels fresh. Also, Rob has felt the benefits on his long backpacking trips, that go deep into the mountains – Rob can carry his own pack easily going up in the mountains, and coming back down. 

The March Monthly Challenge – March Monthly challenge is the “March Madness” format incorporated into the Pat’s Gym March Monthly Challenge. Each week a new workout will be released, and if you are in the top percentage of the athletes you will move on to participate in the next week. Workouts will be released every Sunday on the Pat’s Gym weekly schedule. The 5th week there will be a final four competing to see who wins the March monthly challenge. 

Workout 1:

9-6-3 RFT (reps for time):

Bikeerg calories 

Burpees jumping to a 45# plate 

Squat press 2×15/30# 

Looks like 9 bikeerg calories, 9 burpee plate jumps, 9 squat press, 6 bikeerg calories, 6 burpees plate jumps, 6 squat press, 3 bikeerg calories, 3 burpees plate jumps, 3 squat press

See if you time lets you advance to the next week. 

Stay tuned for future weekly challenges, and let’s see who wins! It will be fun, and let the most passionate person win!  

February’s Monthly Challenge – Last month’s monthly challenge was fun and definitely tested the upper body strength. The February Monthly Challenge was:

2min rope climbs max laps. 

  • 2min Rope climb making sure that the athletes followed these rules: 
  • touch the beam with one hand at the top 
  • no jumping down. Slow control at the bottom 
  • athletes could do do legless or use their legs
  • athletes could jump to the rope 
  • Max laps wins in 2 minutes  

The winners of the Pat’s Gym February Monthly Challenge are Katie for 6 rope climbs for women and we have a tie for men Chris and Logan for 8 rope climbs. Great showing, and great participation by all athletes who competed in this challenge.