September Newsletter

Fall is always an exciting time at Pat’s Gym. We’re changing up our classes based upon what our athletes want. We’re focusing on having new equipment and incorporating those tools into classes, privates and Online Coaching. Also, the cooler temperatures mean we have to hit the workouts harder to stay warm and keep pushing forward. Set your goals, have focus, and stay consistent! 

There is more fun in the Gym! Come see what it’s all about – At Pat’s Gym, we’re still adding in more new equipment. We’ve added Kevlar balls, Purmotion equipment, a Rogue heavy KB’s, rings and new straps, specialty bars, and the Peg Board. We also got in more rowers and new BikeErg. We also added in an AirRunner which has been in constant demand. And we’re expecting a new piece of equipment that will keep our athletes healthy, while allowing them to push their boundaries. At Pat’s Gym, it’s all about our athletes, keeping the workouts challenging and fresh, and making sure that injuries aren’t a common occurrence. The new piece of equipment is being made just for us. It takes 12 weeks to make and should be arriving in about 11 weeks. The last clue was it will come in 12 weeks, this week’s clue is it is made in Ohio – it’s not the obvious answer, so research some more and guess again. 

We celebrate the successes of our athletes – This month Jim Gallegos, the SVP/General Counsel/Corporate Secretary of Alliant Energy was recognized for giving back to various communities in Wisconsin. Jim was recognized by the Professional Hispanic of Greater Milwaukee for his work in helping aspiring young professionals in Wisconsin through mentoring and development as they start their careers. Jim has worked with Pat Gilles for the past 4+ years. He started to work with Pat to help deal with stress, but also to help improve his health. Jim has always been healthy, but he wanted to be healthier. After 4 years, the results don’t lie. Jim has improved his health, controlled stress, and is more effective than ever! Check out Jim’s recent award and be inspired….

Meet this week’s athlete of the Month – We’re proud to introduce to you Sarah – an athlete who has goals and is passionate about achieving her goals.

Sarah came into Pat’s Gym looking to gain strength after having had two injuries due to hypermobility. Also, Sarah was looking to learn and change her life. Sarah had heard about Pat’s Gym at a Pat’s Gym event hosted by Alliant Energy/MGE/Findorff for various charities, also sponsored by Heritage Tavern, Metcaff’s and Lululemon. Something about Pat’s Gym kept drawing Sarah in. Finally, in February of 2019, Sarah made the leap and started to work out at Pat’s Gym. 

For most of her adult life, Sarah has done activities that were physical. She grew up around athletes, and physical fitness was simply part of life. Although, Sarah was always active, she never was a competitive athlete. 

Sarah loves the people at Pat’s Gym. She loves the feel of the community vibe. People are kind and there is no pretentiousness or egos around. Sarah loves the workouts because no workout is ever the same, and she likes being pushed. The workouts have made Sarah realize that physically and mentally she is more capable of doing things than she ever imagined.

After working out at Pat’s Gym for six months, Sarah feels stronger in her shoulders, arms and quads. Her injuries, which made her feel broken, are going away. Her new goal is working on doing pull ups and working to gain better endurance. She has a goal and is passionate and consistent – Sarah will definitely achieve her goals. 

Sarah loves being part of Pat’s Gym and doing Personal Training and Online Coaching. Sarah loves going into Pat’s Gym because it d place where she feels empowered and inspired. She also loves the fact that each workout kicks her butt, but she never feels defeated. Sarah is seeing and feeling the results – it’s a great accomplishment.  

Sarah use to spend a lot of time in the gym, but she found it boring. She would focus on cardio and minimal weight training because she was not educated. Working with a coach at Pat’s Gym has opened her eyes and mind to a whole new world of physical fitness. Sarah feels empowered because she will take this knowledge and use it forever. Sarah’s journey has just started, but she already feels like she has learned so much. She is so grateful for what Pat’s Gym, Roza Gilles, and Pat Gilles have taught her.  

Also, what Sarah loves is the empowerment. It’s not only the empowerment at the Gym that Sarah loves, it’s how it has expanded into her everyday life which ultimately feeds her self-confidence. It’s brought on a lot more energy, and overall happiness. It’s been a great journey so far, and Sarah is excited about where this will take her. 

September Monthly Challenge — This month’s challenge is a fun one, but incredibly challenging. It’s a lot of volume and involves some Olympic lifts. There is a challenge for coaches, and another for our elite athletes. Pick which one is right for you and get after it! This is one that you will want to do early in the month, mid-month, and later in the month; you will see improvement throughout the month. 

Coaches weights:

2 rounds for time of

20 clean and jerks 135/95

20 box jumps 24/20

20 wall ball 20/14

20 hang snatch 95/65

20 box jumps 24/20

20 wall ball 20/14

20 squat cleans 135/95 

Non coaches’ weights:

2 rounds for time of

20 clean and jerks 115/65

20 box jumps 24/20

20 wall ball 20/14

20 hang snatch 65/45

20 box jumps 24/20

20 wall ball 20/14

20 squat cleans 115/65 

Get through this as fast as possible 

We are giving two options: One for the coaches and one set of weights for non-coaches or anyone who wants to go up on the weight.

The August Monthly Challenge – The August Monthly challenge was a fun one, using a piece of new equipment at the gym. It was doing as many laps on the new peg board as possible without touching feet on the ground. The ground rules were:

  • The athlete had to start on the third set of holes from the bottom with both pegs 
  • The athlete had to hit the top to holes with both pegs
  • If the athlete can’t do a lap she/he had to hang for time and hands need to be below your head (45sec = 1 lap)

The winners of the Pat’s Gym August Monthly Challenge were Chuck Mckain with just over three laps, and Annie Hughes with over two laps. Great job!