May Newsletter

It’s official! Summer’s coming! Although, it doesn’t officially begin until June 21, the weather is getting warmer, and athletes are around town on bikes, running, and even on the lakes! Take advantage of it before it’s gone. At Pat’s Gym, we have some fun things happening, so read this newsletter and see how you can participate.  

Seminar – I am excited to be part of a seminar put on by Scott Lamps and Ida Pajunen. It’s a yoga seminar, and I’ll be talking about functional movements and strength, especially, focusing on how to avoid imbalances with yoga. With yoga, it’s a great way to remain flexible, but it focuses a lot on pushing, but doesn’t really focus on pulling. This can lead to imbalances. Specifically, I will be talking about how the body works, what the big muscle groups do, and how you need to train the smaller muscles too. I will also add in a bit about mental toughness, and how that will help with dealing with stress.

Also, I will be talking about nutrition and how to keep it simple. I will briefly address macros, and micros, but really focus on eating with a purpose. Eating for your workouts, that will vary with energy systems, and how to eat for recovery. 

Ida and Scott always put on a great seminar, so plan on attending. You can reach Scott at and Ida at

Athlete of the Month – Meet a busy individual who prioritizes his health;the athlete we’re profiling this month is someone who is an enthusiastic athlete who makes sure he attends Pat’s Gym classes and has seen the results 

Aaron was exposed to Pat’s Gym, by Pat’s sister. Jenny brought Aaron to a class, but it took Aaron a while to join as a class member. Aaron is on the “all you can train” class pass. Aaron has been working out at Pat’s for about 1.5 years.

Growing up, Aaron hated sports. Aaron was the guy you say in the outfield playing in the glass. It wasn’t until the end of high school that Aaron started to run long distances. This is how he became interested in how the body supports the mind, and how the mind can limit the body. 

Aaron like Pat’s Gym for many reasons. Aaron likes the challenging workouts, the camaraderie, and the fact that in classes Aaron doesn’t have choices to make. The design of the class, done by Pat Gilles himself, determines the workout. When Aaron went to the gym by himself, he couldn’t always convince himself to do something challenging. Aaron even liked those classes where 100 burpees were included in the design. It’s challenging, but fun.

Aaron’s family has a rich history of heart disease and diabetes, so Aaron is all
about functional fitness and working out to maintain a healthy life. Also, Aaron finds that Pat’s Gym classes will help him forget his busy/stressful life for an hour a day, and he can concentrate on a series of concrete physical tasks versus what is next to do on his list. The mental break is priceless for Aaron.

Aaron has used Pat’s Gym to help him stay interested in physical activity after a knee injury and surgery. Aaron has started to find that he is interested in strength, power and endurance – before, Aaron was limited with running long distances. Aaron is also finding more pleasure in setting small goals—like improving hanging grip strength—and working slowly to get there.

As with most Pat’s Gym athletes, Aaron has found what keeps him coming back are the coaches. They are talented. In addition, the other athletes are amazingly supportive. The classes are changing Aaron’s perceptive of being an unathletic person, and it has helped empower him with regard to his athletic capabilities

Aaron loves working out at Pat’s Gym. For someone who is not competitive, the workouts at Pat’s have helped round out his fitness level with balances of cardio and strength in a supportive community environment. Aaron loves the genuine and warm people at Pat’s Gym. There is no gym in town that is friendlier than Pat’s. 

Come into Pat’s Gym and see what it’s all about. You will definitely see Aaron working out in a class. He’s such an inspiration.  

The May Monthly Challenge – This monthly challenge is short – only 20 minutes — but will definitely test your efficiency. It is focused on strength endurance, but it is not as tough as it sounds. This is another challenge that you want to do early in the month, mid-month, and then later in the month. You will definitely see how much your mind impacts your performance.  

May Monthly Challenge 

  • 4min AMRAP
  • 20/15 calories machineBikeErg + 15x burpee
  • Max reps on double unders or lateral bar hops for those that haven’t developed the skill of double unders. 
  • Rest 1:1 (4min)
  • 3 rounds 
  • Your score is the average number of jumps across all sets

The April Monthly Challenge – This monthly challenge was short, and definitely tested mental toughness. It was focused on strength endurance. It exposed a lot and tested mental toughness. 

The Challenge was:

  • Max bar hold for time – Males #45 barbell, Females 33# barbell
  • Arms needed to be fully extended and at shoulder height
  • The bar must have rested on your forearm of your elbow crease or right in front of your elbow crease

The winners of the Pat’s Gym April Monthly Challenge are Erick S with a time of 2:30, and Kristen F with a time of 2:08. Great job!