Katie And Mike

Katie and Mike are married, have two daughters (ages 4 and 2), and have demanding careers. They have made fitness a priority in their life, and a way to share something special. They started out doing classes, successfully completed the Get Cut Program, and are now doing Online Training. They were athletic before coming to Pat’s Gym, but after having been at Pat’s Gym for about a year now they have gotten “cut”, “leaned up” and “bulked up” in the right places. Working out consistently, they now have more energy and can do it all. They are fitness fiends, have energy to play with their kids, and compete in various local races. It is not unusual to see them at the Gym on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with their kids, doing their second workout for the day. They serve as an inspiration to us all.

Wade Ferkey

I work out at Pat’s Gym five days a week. I work for Aprilaire and they have a corporate program with Pat’s Gym where our classes are subsidized by our company. It’s a great perk!
I was committed to lifting regularly during college; however, after college, I slowly transitioned to, mountain biking, sprint triathlons and running, eventually completing my first (and last) marathon.  After having kids, I found it difficult to stick to any regular routine. I found myself getting more and more out of shape.  As I was reaching 40 I could tell I was at a crossroads of getting it together or going to a point where it would be really hard to come back from.   About the same, the Aprilaire corporate wellness program was kicking off its partnership with Pat’s Gym.   I was reluctant to try it at first because I had not worked out in a class environment in the past, and I didn’t think it was my thing.   I was encouraged by a coworker to give it a try, and I am glad I did.

I now attend classes at Pat’s Gym five days a week. I’m committed to attending unless I’m in China or dead. I was overweight before I started working out. However, after starting at Pat’s Gym I gained 10 lbs as I regained strength, and then lost 30 lbs as my metabolism began to speed up and I improved my diet.

I now feel I have a good general level of fitness, and that I can come of the couch and participate in most athletic activities. I still have goals to achieve, but they are less intense. Through the classes and Pat’s Gym challenges, I continue to find weaknesses or things that I am not good at; my new goals are focused on attacking my weaknesses.  Like right now I lack the strength, balance and/or mobility to do Pistol Squats.  Once I can do those things, I will probably focus on beating my co-working on pressing weights.
What I like about Pat’s Gym is that the programming is consistent, but each trainer comes at it from a different background, and they put their own spin on the workouts. This means that each day of the week will be unique.  I love that they are also continuing to learn and try new things themselves.  After three years I am always happy when the coaches throw new things at us….which is quite frequently. I think that Pat’s has created a great community of athletes and trainers.  The gym continues to change and evolve in simple ways that keep it fresh and engaging while at the same time not moving away from the basic principles that got me hooked in the first place.

Nick Balazs

I started working out at Pat’s Gym because I was out of shape and getting winded going up and down the stairs at my house. I had back and knee pain, and wasn’t able to do the things with my kids that I wanted to do. I felt I was on my way to a heart attack.
I work for Aprilaire and they have a corporate program with pat’s Gym. I started to work out a couple of times a week, but then I started to see the results and I realized I needed to come more often. Through the core strengthening and the mobility exercises, I have gotten rid of the back pain, and I have lost from 25-30 pounds, and I am now able to do things I couldn’t do in my 20’s.
My goal at Pat’s Gym has changed. I love the environment of classes. People motivate one another and are very supportive. There is healthy competition, but never anything negative. Also, my goal for next year is to beat a couple of my co-workers for the November Concept2 Ski Challenge, which is 1000m for time.

The Coaches at Pat’s Gym are great. They all have a unique style, but they are firm believers in the Pat’s Gym philosophy. I love the environment at Pat’s Gym. The camaraderie is great, and there isn’t a lot of useless equipment cluttering the space.

Katie Hurtis

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

Brian Ross

I was excited to be asked by Pat to provide a testimonial about my experience with Online Coaching. I can honestly, and without hesitation say, that Online Coaching has met and exceeded my expectations. I found out about Online Coaching from my IG feeds. I started reading about some of the workouts that were posted. The workouts looked very challenging, and not like anything I had experienced before.
I was intrigued by Online Coaching because my schedule is very busy and being able to meet a trainer at specific times would be difficult, if not impossible. With Online Coaching, I love the fact that it allows me to workout where and when I want. Also, when I’m traveling, Pat Gilles can program workouts that can be done at any gym, a hotel room, or outside. It’s very flexible.
In addition, I felt that I had plateaued with my training. I wanted to push myself to a higher level. I feel so far, after months of training, that I have no longer plateaued. My expectations have been exceeded, and I have made great gains so far.
In addition, to the benefits I get personally, I involve my kids in some of the workouts. It’s a great way to show them the way to fun workouts, but also, I can model the way for them.

Alison Prange

Alison is a talented and driven athlete. Alison has a demanding job, but Alison wants to spend quality time with her daughter. Because Alison’s life is so busy, she needs her workouts to be efficient and tailored to her busy schedule. Working with Pat Gilles through Online Coaching, Alison has successfully competed in marathons, triathlons, and other races. In 2016, Alison won the World Championships for the Concept2 8th Annual SkiErg World Sprint for her age group. Pat is coaching Alison to compete in the IM-Madison in 2018. The goals that Alison and Pat have are to prepare Alison mentally and physically for the tri, but also to keep her injury and imbalance free. Please cheer Alison on, when you see her working out, or participating in a class at Pat’s Gym.

Annie Hughes

Pat Gilles has worked with Annie for the past 8-9 years. Pat successfully coached Annie through her first Ironman in Madison, where she qualified to participate in IM-Kona. Pat has consistently worked with Annie to keep her injury and imbalance free. Annie was able to successfully compete in IM-Kona. Annie is a very competitive athlete, whose drive and passion have taken her far, and will continue to propel her into other competitive events. We’re so proud of Annie. Annie is now working with Pat with Online Coaching.

Cody Markel

Cody worked directly with Pat Gilles having 3-5 personal sessions a week while working another 1-2 days a week on his own. Cody was a high school student who wanted to compete in D1 football. Specifically, Cody wanted to gain strength, muscles and remain injury free. After working with Pat over a period of time, Cody gained approximately 30 pounds of muscle. Cody was signed by Vanderbilt where he playing football. Cody’s drive, dedication, strength, and talent will take him fall. Way to go Cody!

Dan Fox

I have been going to Pat’s Gym going on two years now. At Pat’s Gym, I have seen immediate and long-term results. I’ve seen a 100% change in my mental and physical health. My friends, family, and peers who have known me for a long time equally notice a significant change in my physical physique. Additionally, my coworkers and employees have noticed a positive change in my disposition and stress level. I love working at Pat’s Gym and working closely with Pat Gilles.


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Erin Haroldson

I was introduced to Pat Gilles and Pat’s Gym by a friend of mine whose arms and “pipes” I’ve admired. I checked out Pat Gilles’s Online Coaching and have been impressed since I started. Being a small business owner, I own a veterinary clinic, I find it difficult to find time to get to a gym. Therefore, I found Online Coaching with Pat Gilles to be very attractive. As I started to work with Pat, I’ve achieved nothing but positive results from the very start. Online Coaching has done so much for my physical being and even more for my stress level. Through my work with Pat I have discovered that the biggest challenges were mental toughness and recovery. Because the workouts are so varied, I am hooked and make working out a priority. Also, Pat’s focus on recovery didn’t become a priority for me until I realized that if I wanted a healthy body I had to focus on recovery. Pat incorporates recovery into my workouts, which has allowed me to challenge myself physically since I am 100% healthy and am injury-free. I hope to find myself signing up for a sprint or Olympic triathlon in the future and know that I can rely on Pat Gilles to provide training tips, words of wisdom, and a whole lot of support. I am so grateful to be training with Pat Gilles and part of the Pat’s Gym community!
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Amy Miller

About three months ago, I was introduced to Pat’s Gym, and based on social media I thought it was a “little too hard core” for someone like me.   Nearly three months later, I admit that I was pretty much dead wrong. Prior to joining Pat Gilles’ Online Training, I was taking a variety of different fitness; however, the scheduling was a challenging. I am impressed by Pat’s Gym on soooo many different levels!  From the start, Pat listened to my goals, which were pretty shallow since they mainly included just to look better.  Three months in, I’m noticeably more toned and leaner.  I actually have a few abs poking out and am no longer self-conscious about my stomach. I am definitely a person who is motivated by results. I have achieved quantifiable results with Pat.  I’ve gone down one size in pretty much all of my clothes, lost a few pounds, and definitely lost some inches.  My overall fitness level has also improved and this shows up in nearly everything else I do.  From golf to a hectic day running errands, I feel stronger and more productive.  I’m hooked…. read more here

Ida Jo

Pat Gilles and Pat’s Gym have really met and exceeded my expectations. After working with Pat Gilles for 30 days with the Get Cut Program, I saw the results and was energized. I, therefore, ended up signing up for the Online Coaching using the platform he created to make the athlete experience very good. Pat has empowered me to progress by not only designing great workouts, but he also has explained the why behind what we do. With Pat, I realize that my fitness goals are a work in progress. We are always talking about where I am, and what should be my next goal. I love the fact that the workouts change along with me, or I change along with the workouts! I’m motivated to keep going because there’s always something new to be working on.
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Katie Frank

Currently, I am currently working directly with Pat Gilles with Online Coaching. I started with the Get Cut Program which was intense, and the results amazing. After that Program was over, I knew I wanted and needed more. When I first started working with Pat Gilles, I found that my strength when pulling was shit. I didn’t know that I had this weakness until Pat Gilles identified it. Pat is great at creating a personalized program for me which are focused on achieving my goals. With Online Coaching, Pat will follow up with me and hold me accountable through the Online Coaching platform he created. It’s a great way to communicate. Pat is very knowledgeable and applies his knowledge in a way that is very understandable regardless what your goals are. I’m glad I met Pat Gilles.
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Jeff and Katelyn Klein

Jeff and Katelyn are dedicated athletes focused on living healthy lifestyles. They started working out at Pat’s Gym about 3 years ago, and started Online Coaching with Pat Gilles about 2 years ago. Online Coaching is a great way for them to train because of their crazy-busy lives.

Jeff and Katelyn have incorporated fitness into their life style. Each Tuesday night, they have date night that involves a great workout at Pat’s Gym, followed by a dinner with fellow Pat’s Gym athletes. They also workout together on weekends with Pat Gilles designed partner workouts. Their mutual dedication for fitness serves as a great role model for their girls, and has helped solidify their already strong relationship.

Jeff and Katelyn have achieved their goals with Pat Gilles, but continue to focus on getting better, faster, and stronger. They have prioritized fitness in their lives, and don’t regret a moment of it. They love the flexibility of Online Coaching, and how it is tailored to their goals and lifestyle. When life gets too complex, they can just text Pat for a modified workout for that day, and it is done. They love the accountability of Online Coaching, and are living the results.  Read more

Kelly Rae

Kelly is a driven and passionate athlete. Kelly has been coming to Pat’s Gym for quite sometime. She is a competitive athlete and is currently getting ready for the 2016 Ironman – WI. She is always improving her fitness level. She is always game to jump in and help out a team whether it by at FYF or a Level 3 class. Kelly is also an athlete who successfully completed the Get Cut Program. She says that “it was one of the toughest programs I have ever done from a mental and physical perspective.” Kelly learned a lot from the program about how your body burns fat through workouts and proper nutrition. After the program, Kelly lost 15 pounds, but more importantly, had a new respect for her body. After the Get Cut Program, she was more motivated to challenge herself. Kelly is now working with Pat Gilles through Online Training to prepare for the Ironman – WI. Pat is sure that Kelly will do well in that competition because of her dedication to training, her passion, her persistence and attitude that she can have it all.

Matthew Dooley

Matt is an inspiration for us all. Matt successfully completed the Get Cut Program at Pat’s Gym. His results were very impressive. The Program challenged Matt in many ways, but he was up for the challenge. He quickly noticed that his weight quickly started falling, but more importantly he noticed that he was physically and functionally more fit. He dove headfirst into Pat Gilles’ philosophy, and walked away with more than confidence, he felt a sense of accomplishment and has learned to enjoy suffering through a workout. Following the Get Cut Program, Matt went on to the Strength, Lean and Defined Program. Matt felt that this program was just as beneficial as the Get Cut Program. He learned how to eat healthy, and even sometimes earning that cheat meal. Matt is leaving Madison to attend school in Chicago, but he has decided to continue training with Pat Gilles through Online Training. Matt has found Online Training to be very effective and is excited to continue seeing the results he has seen in the past year. Matt is another example of what you can accomplish by working with Pat Gilles and Pat’s Gym.

Jim Gallegos

Jim came to the Gym in search of a cure for a chronic pain in his lower back. After having been accessed by Pat, he jumped right in and started taking private sessions 5 times a week. As a result of being coached by Pat, Jim’s lower back pain went away. It was due to a lack of strength in his core. Jim also lost 25lbs initially, but is now starting to bulk up, while remaining lean. Jim is mixing in Online Training with personal training because of the flexibility it offers. Jim is a corporate executive in Madison, whose schedule is chaotic and unpredictable, and Online Training allows Jim to continue to achieve his fitness goals even with a demanding work schedule and personal life – Jim has two kids with way too much energy. Jim is 55 years old, which shows us all that age is not an excuse for not working out hard, and making gains.

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