February Spa Specials

Whether it’s a well-deserved time-out for yourself or a special surprise for someone you love, The Spa at FFC will fulfill all your Valentine’s Day gift needs. From our therapeutic and restorative massage menu to our effective and luxurious facial treatments, look no further than The Spa for a present they’re sure to love. Not sure which treatment to get? – a gift card in any amount allows the recipient to choose what’s best for them!

This month’s featured services:

*Please note, these specials are not currently available at FFC Park Ridge.

Chocolate Cherry Antioxidant Facial

Experience the sensory delights of chocolate & cherry essences while reaping the benefits of the rich antioxidants in this refreshing facial!

  • $89 for 60 minutes
  • Service must be paid for and received in February

Signature 75-Minute Massage

During this customized treatment, you will enjoy 75 minutes of massage using a combination of bodywork styles tailored specifically to your needs. This massage also includes scalp and neck work for a truly head to toe experience. 

  • One for $100 or two for $190, February only!
  • Both massages must be received by March 15 and may be shared with a guest

Sign Up Now for February Unlimited Pilates Group Apparatus Classes for $99!

It’s time to get back into a routine (or even try something new!) During the month February, get access to UNLIMITED Group Apparatus Pilates classes at your club for only $99! For a schedule of classes, visit your club’s Pilates Studio or Fitness Desk. Unlimited Group Apparatus Pilates promotion available at all clubs except FFC Oak Park.

Once you have registered for the $99 Unlimited, you can book your classes via the FFC app, or with your Pilates trainer at the club. For any questions, email Kristin Strom at kstrom@ffc.com. See you soon!

 

Message from the RDs: Celebrate National Cherry Month! By Alicia Huggler

When people think of cherries they might think of eating grandma’s homemade cherry pie, drinking a Shirley Temple topped with maraschino cherries, or nowadays eating cherries soaked in moonshine. While all the above can be enjoyed from time to time there are other ways to enjoy cherries in a healthier way to reap the health benefits cherries have to offer!

What’s the Scoop on Cherries?

Cherries come in 2 main varieties: sweet cherries (best eaten fresh and raw) & tart or sour cherries (develop a better flavor when cooked). Their deep red color comes from cyanidin which is a flavonoid from the anthocyanin group. Cyanidin is a powerful antioxidant that may aid in heart disease and cancer prevention. Cherries also contain anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce inflammation associated with arthritis and gout.
A study conducted in 2010 by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that consuming 12 oz of tart cherry juice 7 days leading up to a running event decreased post-run muscle pain. Cherries also contain a good source of vitamin C which has immune-boosting qualities can can reduce cold duration. They are also a good source of potassium and are electrolytes. Electrolytes help regulate fluid balance, help control electrical activity of the heart and other muscles, and counteract the effects of sodium which can help with maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Cherries can also help you sleep better since they contain the hormone, melatonin. 1 cup of fresh cherries is less than 100 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber to keep you regular and to help you feel fuller, longer!

Tips for Buying Cherries at the Grocery Store

Cherries are delicate and don’t ship well so you might not always find them in the produce section of the grocery store. Rest assured that you can also buy cherries in the frozen section, canned section (look for cherries packed in water instead of syrup!), dried fruit section (be cautious of the serving size and added sugar!), and 100% tart cherry juice or 100% tart cherry concentrate can be found in the juice aisle.

How to Add Cherries to Your Diet

Freeze cherries when they are in season (May-July in Illinois) to use during the colder months
Add them to a smoothie
Toss in a salad (see recipe below!)
Add cherry sauce to pork tenderloin
Add 1 Tbsp of 100% tart cherry concentrate, 2 oz of 100% tart cherry juice, or or a handful of frozen pitted cherries to sparkling water
Add cherries (fresh or dried) with nuts and/or seeds and a small handful of dark chocolate chips for a sweet treat!

California Cherry and Walnut Salad

Ingredients:
1 (10 ounce) bag mixed salad greens
1/4 cup walnut pieces
2 tablespoons dried tart cherries
4 ounces goat cheese, sliced
1/4 pound cooked chicken breast strips
1/4 cup raspberry vinaigrette

Directions:
Toss the salad greens, walnut pieces, and dried cherries together in a large bowl. Divide the salad into individual salad bowls or plates. Garnish each salad with two slices of goat cheese and a few strips of chicken breast. Have raspberry vinaigrette on the side. Enjoy! (adapted from allrecipes.com)

Warm Up This Winter with Discounted Tickets to These Upcoming Whiskey & Wine Festivals!

Warm up this winter with River North Whiskey & Wine Festivals! FFC has partnered with ChicagoTwentySomething to bring you discounted tickets to these awesome events.

Use code “FFC” for the discounted rate. The sooner you purchase, the bigger the discount will be!

River North Whiskey Festival, Sat 2/18 from 1 – 4 PM at Old Crow Smokehouse
Taste a variety of over 50 local, national and global whiskeys, bourbons and scotches, enjoy food, freebies and contests!
River North Wine Festival, Sat 2/25 from 12 – 4 PM at Moe’s Cantina/ Old Crow Smokehouse River North
Taste a variety of over 35 wines from all over the world available for sampling. Tickets include wine tastings, plus a cheese plate.

February Complimentary Injury Screenings Presented by Nova Care

Don’t quit now! Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the tools to keep you conditioned, stretched and injury-free so you can keep up with your new year’s resolutions. Stop by for a complimentary injury screening this February during any of the times listed below!

FFC East Lakeview – Thursday, 2/16; 4:00 – 6:00pm

FFC Halsted Street – Wednesday, 2/8; 4:00 – 6:00pm

FFC Lincoln Park – Thursday, 2/23; 4:30 – 6:30pm

FFC Oak Park – Wednesday, 2/15; 3:00-5:00pm

FFC Park Ridge – Monday, 2/6; 5:00 – 7:00pm

FFC South Loop – Tuesday, 2/7; 8:00 – 10:00pm OR Thursday,, 2/9; 4:00 – 6:00pm

FFC Union Station – Wednesday, 2/8; 12:00 – 1:00pm OR Wednesday, 2/22; 4:00 – 5:00pm

Complimentary Dance Cardio Classes at Navy Pier! Feb 2 – March 30

FFC has partnered with Navy Pier to host a number of their Resolution Revolution events – a series of free, amped-up winter fitness classes designed to give your New Year’s resolution a good kick in the rear!

Enjoy high-energy BollyX, WERQ and Zumba dance cardio classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 – 7 PM in the southwest corner of the New Food Experience, across from Ben & Jerry’s. There will even be a guest Samba event. We hope to see you there!

TH 2/2 – Bolly X
T   2/7 –   Zumba
TH 2/9 – WERQ
T   2/14 –  My Sweaty Valentine Zumba
TH 2/16 – WERQ
T   2/21 –  Zumba
TH 2/23 – Guest Instructor – Samba
T   2/28 –  Zumba
TH 3/2 – WERQ
T   3/7 – Zumba
TH 3/9 – WERQ
T   3/14 – Zumba
TH 3/16 – Zumba
T   3/21 – WERQ
TH 3/23 – WERQ
T   3/28 –  Zumba
TH 3/30 – WERQ

Register for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with T2!

Register for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with T2!

T2 participants receive:

  • 18 weeks of coach-led training beginning in June 2017 and a training plan
  • Guaranteed race entry
  • T2 training shirt
  • T2 run singlet
  • Pre-race Celebration Dinner
  • VIP race day experience
  • Personalized fundraising website page and toolkit
  • Staff-provided fundraising advice and assistance
  • Private social media group to converse with athletes, coaches and staff

T2 fundraising minimum: $1,700

Registration is $55 and includes all the amenities that come along with being a charity runner. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. RUN PROUD with T2! Visit http://events.aidschicago.org/site/TR?fr_id=1350&pg=entry to sign up today!

This Valentine’s Day, Treat Yourself to a VIP Marathon Experience

Who needs a date on Valentine’s Day when you can experience the one-of-a-kind community, friendship and support that comes with running with Team Bright Pink all year long?

Upgrade your marathon experience this year with paid entry fee, free access to 18 weeks of our FFC Endurance Training and a VIP race weekend. Also included are the warm, fuzzy feelings you’ll get from helping Bright Pink save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer. Sign up by February 14th and mention FFC to get a $100 fundraising credit!

CORE4® Challenge School Holiday Camps – 2/3, 2/20 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

School’s out? We’ve got you covered! Join us on 2/3 and 2/20 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM and drop your kid(s) at FFC Lincoln Park for a fun day of games and activities… and new skills they don’t get in school. Adventures in cooking, money goals, obstacle courses and more!

In this engaging program, kids rotate through the CORE4® curriculum, learning practical life skills in a fun, nurturing environment.

Lunch included – prepared by the campers.

Cost is $89. Sibling discount. Learn more. Register at core4skills.com/register.

Additional School Holiday camp dates for 2017: April 7, 2017

New activities each time! For more information call 773-231-7414 or email cheryl@core4skills.com

Get Scuba-Certified at FFC Lincoln Park & FFC Union Station!

So, you have a thirst for adventure! Perhaps you dream of scuba diving among porpoises in the Caribbean or floating through space like an astronaut on a deep wall dive in Mexico. Most of us never dare to act on our dreams or admit to a great inner desire for adventure.

Fitness Formula Clubs offers a Scuba Certification Course through Divemax Scuba. Enroll in one of the two orientations to sign up for the upcoming class.

Orientations are from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, February 15 at FFC Union Station

Wednesday, February 22 at FFC Lincoln Park

Class is from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Sunday, February 26 at FFC Union Station

Sign Up Now for the 2017 FFC Lose2Win Challenge!

Don’t just make health and wellness a resolution – make it a lifestyle change. Register now for Lose2Win!

Lose2Win is an FFC 30-day weight loss challenge with weekly events and motivation from Monday, January 30 – Tuesday, February 28. Everyone will have the chance to win – earn $5 in FFC Bucks and 1 entry into a grand prize drawing for every percent of body weight lost.

Plus, the top overall participant with the highest body weight loss percentage and MYZONE MEP winner will win too! Visit https://ffc.com/lose2win/ to register now and commit to getting fit this year!!

 

January Spa Specials

Happy New Year! 2017 has officially started, and so has resolution season. Whether you vowed to make more time for yourself, take time to mindfully slow down, relax or meditate more often, or even to achieve new fitness goals or surpass last year’s personal best, we can help you get in the right state of mind. Take advantage of this month’s spa specials!

Work out. Recover. Repeat. 

  • 3 30-Minute Massages for $165
  • 3 60-Min Massages may be purchased for $245

Say goodbye to training pain & hello to a quick recovery with expert therapeutic bodywork at the spa!

Available at all FFC Spas except FFC Park Ridge.

*6 months to use. Offer expires 1/31/17.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts or shared.

 

Peel Back the Years 

Gentle but effective facial peels help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.

Three Peels for $265 (reg. $315)

Available at FFC Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, West Loop and Park Ridge .

*Offer expires 1/31/17.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Message from the RDs: Improving your Nutrition in the New Year – Setting Yourself up for Success by Mark LeVine

It’s hard to believe, but another year has come and gone, and it’s time again to set those health goals for 2017. If you’re like many, you may be feeling frustrated or disappointed that you were unable to reach the health goals you set for yourself the past year.

The most common New Year’s resolutions usually involve losing weight and improving eating habits. In this fast-paced world we live in, specifically when it comes to weight loss, we want results and we want them fast. With our unlimited access to information and so called “experts” offering their opinions, it can be very tempting to succumb to fad diets to get the promised quick results. Be aware though, that any diet or eating plan that emphasizes or eliminates a specific food or food group should raise a red flag! This goes against the principles of healthy eating, balance, variety, and moderation.

In addition, fad diets are usually too low in calories and can result in lethargy and moodiness, which make them unsustainable. The belief is that fad diets are something that you go “on” and then you go “off”. After coming off one of these diets, most people regain any weight they may have lost and then blame themselves. They get caught in a vicious cycle of trying different extreme tactics, and when they fail they think the reason was for lack of discipline or willpower. The real problem though, was that they are going about weight loss the wrong way.

The reason many people don’t reach their goals, is that they don’t define them or consider them achievable. When you consider what nutrition or weight loss goals you want to pursue, it’s important to realize that a “lifestyle”, rather than “diet”, refers to the way we eat throughout our lives. It’s including all foods in moderation, and the changes you want to make are permanent, not something you only do for 2-3 months.

When it comes to setting nutrition goals, remember that small changes can lead to big rewards, and no change is too small. Once you see where you can make changes, choose a place to start. It will be much less intimidating to focus on one or two dietary changes rather than trying to completely overhaul your entire way of eating. Once you see how much of an impact making the small changes has, it is easier to stay motivate to continue incorporating other healthier eating habits.

When it comes to eating healthier, those who have the most success are not the ones who choose to give up all desserts and their favorite foods. The most successful people are the ones who realize that change is a process, and it takes patience with themselves, and to sustain long-term changes it’s best to start small and continue to build upon their accomplishments.

Happy holidays and New year!

Join Chicago Woman Magazine & FFC for the GO! Health Kick Event! 1/14; 8 AM – 12 PM

START YOUR NEW YEAR OFF WITH A KICK! 

Join Chicago Woman magazine along with FFC and a number of other motivational speakers and fitness and wellness personalities at the GO! Health Kick event for breakfast, inspiring speakers, 3 workouts, and yoga with meditation with swag bags of healthy treats and products. Get your inspiration and motivation to keep healthy and fit for 2017!

DATE Saturday, January 14, 2017
TIME 8:00AM – 12:00 PM
LOCATION Germania Place, 108 W. Germania Place, Chicago, IL 60601

To purchase tickets, visit this link!

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SCHEDULE

8 am Check in and Breakfast
8:15 am Welcome
8:30 am Workout Gideon Akande, Men’s Health Trainer of the Year
9:00 am Workout with Fly Girl Dance, Zumba with Kymberlee Raya
9:30 am Health Inspired Panel  with Dr. Nicole Williams, Dr. Joanna Slusky & Lifestyle & Weight loss Coach, Step it Up with Steph.
9:50 am Break Soothe Massage Breaks Start
10:00 am Workout with Fitness Formula Clubs
10:30 am Fashion Showcase Athleta Wear Is Your Confidence
10:45 am Break Gluten Free Pizza with Smart Flour
11:00 am Workout Keeping Fit Andrea Metcalf
11:20 am Workout Yoga
11:50 am Closing

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TICKETS

To purchase tickets, visit this link!!
Advance: $25
Door: $35
*Group discounts available

ActivTrax Transitioning to New Results & Workout Tracking System

As of January 1, 2017, we are transitioning away from the ActivTrax platform and creating an FFC-powered results tracking tool. We are also leveraging MYZONE as a fitness feedback and engagement tool to help increase results and performance. This allows us to better control content and product quality, as well as customer support to make sure you receive the best experience possible.

Initially, the workout program and design component that you are familiar with through ActivTrax will not be available, but we are working to create a functional alternative. Until then, we would like to offer a complimentary personal training session to keep you on track with your exercise program and help you reach your goals. Visit the fitness desk at your club for more information!

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New! Provancè + Maxine Products Now Featured

Have you noticed FFC’s brand new, custom-blended Provancè + Maxine products? They are dye-free, phosphate-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, have no artificial colors and undergo no animal testing. In addition to being healthier and conscientious, the hair & body wash and conditioner feature our signature scent: a blend of lemongrass, lavender and bergamot.

The products are regionally produced in Michigan and exclusively blended and private labeled for FFC. Try them out the next time you are at the club!

Complimentary Injury Screenings Presented by NovaCare

If your New Year’s resolutions include taking better care of yourself, surpassing a personal best or even trying a new fitness format, you need to take advantage of NovaCare’s complimentary injury screenings! Train harder, recover faster, beat chronic pain and prevent injury. Visit a NovaCare location during any of the times listed below in January!

FFC East Lakeview 1/11 4 – 6 PM, walk-ins welcome

FFC Halsted Street 1/17 4 – 6 PM, walk-ins welcome

FFC Lincoln Park 1/10/17 – 4:30 – 6:30 PM, walk-ins welcome

FFC Park Ridge – 1/9/16 6-8 PM , 1/11/16  4 – 6 PM, walk-ins welcome

FFC South Loop – walk-ins welcome during regular business hours

FFC Union Station – 1/11/17 12 – 2 PM, walk-ins welcome

FFC West Loop – 1/17/17  3:30 – 5:30 PM, walk-ins welcome

Make 2017 the Year You Check ‘Run a Marathon’ Off Your List with Bright Pink!

If you can run a mile, you can run a marathon. Get the motivation and support you need to keep your New Years Resolutions by running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Team Bright Pink! They’ll cover your entry fee and 18 weeks of FFC Endurance Training that includes group runs, strength training, and interval track workouts. Get a VIP marathon experience and help save lives from breast & ovarian cancer. Get your spot now at TeamBrightPink.org.

Sign Up for the Mommy & Me Movement Workshop – 1/21: 12:15-1:30 PM @ FFC West Loop

FFC Moms, join us for a special Mommy and Me Movement Workshop with FFC trainer and new mom Suzanne Ko at the West Loop Group Fitness Studio on Saturday, January 21, 2017! Cost is $30/per mom.

The recommended minimum age is 2-3 months. Contact Suzanne Ko to RSVP or for additional questions sko@ffc.com. Please bring some of your child’s toys. Mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

It takes babies up to a year to learn how to walk. They earn this skill through each developmental progression – tummy time, rolling, sitting, rocking, crawling, standing, and squatting. These progressions are our body’s natural resets. When we are in pain or healing, these resets restore our body’s natural movement. As a mom, these resets promote healing of the core and pelvic floor.

West Loop trainer Suzanne Ko created this workshop to teach moms how to help their babies with the developmental milestones while also making time for movement. She will show you various tummy time variations, as well as teach you how to roll, rock, and crawl with your baby.

“When my twins were 6 months old I was looking for places where my babies could play, learn and socialize with other babies.

The Mommy and Me Workshop offered me all of the above and also the opportunity to workout while playing with my kids. This was a great push to me to come out of my pregnancy shell and be more active and playful with the kids. My babies always enjoy coming to the workshop and love rolling, crawling, rocking and squeaking along with their friends.

Last but not the least, I feel Suzanne is the most appropriate trainer for the workshop. Being a mother herself she knows just the right mix for fun and activities for moms and the kids. She is very patient with the babies and tries to teach both Mommy and baby something new in her class each time.” I love spending time at this FFC workshop and will definitely recommend it to all new parents!” – FFC Member, Anushree M.

 

 

 

How to Find a Fitness Class at Any Age for 2017

FFC Oak Park Group Fitness Manager Nazha Abushalanfah shares how you can pick the perfect fitness class to try in 2017!

 

No matter your age, you can find a class at FFC that fits you and your schedule. For those looking for lighter workouts, we have several new FFC Signature Classes. Please note, classes can vary by location. Please check the group fitness schedule here for more information!

The first of these classes is Tai Chi, which uses martial art self defense techniques to promote stress and anxiety relief. The second of these classes is Fitness Fundamentals, which focuses on smaller weights to tone and strengthen your muscles, using workouts derived from Pilates.

For those that looking for moderate intensity workout we have a variety of classes ranging from Zumba to FITCORE. Zumba uses a fusion of Latin and international dance beats to promote a rhythmic workout. Zumba classes require low impact dance moves to break a sweat and have a fun workout.

FITCORE is a FFC brand class that concentrates on abdominal and lower back muscles. This 30 minute class can be done at any point in an individual’s workout to strengthen their core. Moderate intensity workouts come in many varieties, ask a fitness represent at your gym today to see what they recommend for the type of workout you are looking for.

For those that want high intensity workouts we have a plethora of fat burning and sweat inducing classes for you. For an all around workout we have our FITSPORT class, which challenges not only your cardiovascular strength, but every muscle in your body. This is achieved through a combination of cardiovascular segments and compound weight lifting, to make sure every major muscle in the body gets a workout.

We also have a few untraditional high intensity workout classes like our Urban Athlete. Which uses the fundamentals of boot camp styled classes to make a nonstop anaerobic experience for your body. This class utilizes different types of drills,heavy rope training, and a nonstop group experience that is unlike any other workout.

From lighter workouts to high intensity workouts, and everything in between, we have a class for you. If you have not yet tried a group exercise class at FFC, go ahead and find a time and date that fits your schedule and explore how multifaceted a workout can be. Group exercise is a great way to break away from a routine and challenge your body in different ways. When you reach a plateau in your results, changing up your exercise regimen is a great way to reach new heights!

 

Nazha started in the fitness industry by working out to lose weight. After losing 73 lbs (because she was a gymrat), the manager of the gym was so impressed she hired her to teach classes. The rest is history. She loves what she does and she will do it until she can’t anymore! Have questions about group fitness or want to try a complimentary class? Email Nazha at nabushalanfah@ffc.com!

Become a Better Fat Burner: Metabolic Efficiency 101 Seminar – Monday 1/23; 7-8 PM

Join us on Monday, 1/23 from 7 – 8 PM for a Metabolic Efficiency 101 Seminar – get tested and become a better fat burner!

 

What is Metabolic Efficiency (ME)? Stop by to learn more about how endurance athletes can learn to train their metabolism to become “better butter burners” and maximize their ultra distance racing performance potential for marathon and triathlon!

Come to FFC Lincoln Park 3rd Floor Community Room and check out the seminar!

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Sign Up for the 2017 18th Annual Indoor Triathlon & Duathlon Series!

Fitness Formula Clubs is proud to present our 18th Annual Indoor Triathlon & Duathlon Series – the largest and longest running indoor triathlon & duathlon series in Chicago!  In 2017, our event offerings are expanding with more locations and events for all ability levels – so sign up to compete to test your fitness and win great prizes! Register online at ffc.com/triathlon today!

2017 Race Series

  • January 14, 2017 – FFC South Loop – Duathlon only!
  • January 21, 2017 – FFC Lincoln Park #1 – with Draft-Legal Sprint
  • February 4, 2017 – FFC Gold Coast
  • February 11, 2017 – FFC East Lakeview
  • February 25, 2017 – FFC Oak Park
  • March 4, 2017 – FFC West Loop
  • March 25, 2017 – FFC Park Ridge – new location!
  • April 8, 2017 – FFC Union Station
  • April 15, 2017 – FFC Lincoln Park #2 – with Sprint & Olympic

TriMonster – Triathlon Training Programs + Free Swim Lessons!

Training program are available through the FFC TriMonster Triathlon Club (ffc.com/trimonster) both online and in-person at FFC West Loop (starting January 10th) and FFC Lincoln Park (starting February 21st) – contact endurance@ffc.com or attend an information session to learn more and even enjoy a free swim lesson!

Triathlon Training Information Session & Free Swim Lessons!

  • January 3 – 6:30 PM @ FFC West Loop (Pool Deck) + free swim lesson!
  • January 3 – 6:45 PM @ FFC Oak Park (Pool Deck) + free swim lesson!
  • January 5 – 7:30 PM @ FFC Lincoln Park (Pool Deck) + free swim lesson!
  • February 13 – 7:15 PM @ FFC Lincoln Park (Spin Studio)

12 Days of Fitness: Refer a Friend Now – 12/14 & Score Awesome Prizes When They Join!

Visit your club and ask the membership team about the 12 Days of Fitness or click this link to refer your friend now!

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2016 Club Holiday Hours

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2017 is just around the corner and the holidays are here! Please be aware of our holiday schedule and plan plenty of time for those invigorating and stress-reducing workout sessions that are much needed this time of year. FFC wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Saturday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)

  • FFC Union Station: regular club hours
  • All other clubs will close at 5 PM

Sunday, January 1 (New Year’s Day)

  • FFC Old Town, FFC Union Station: closed
  • All other clubs will close at 3 PM

Monday, January 2

  • All clubs will resume regular club hours

FFC Park Ridge’s Grand Opening is Almost Here!

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We’re so close, FFC!

Like all of our Fitness Formula Club facilities, FFC Park Ridge will be a welcoming oasis for fitness lovers that will combine innovative programs and offerings with energizing and recharging social spaces.

Though the club will be filled with many amazing dedicated fitness spaces, studios, aquatics areas and more, the highly qualified staff and superior customer service are what will perpetuate the friendly, supportive and engaging environment that members have come to expect from their FFC experience.

Stay tuned for more exciting details as we approach the end of the year and the grand opening of FFC Park Ridge!

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December Spa Specials

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Bundle up and save for the holidays – take advantage of these amazing packages for yourself & those you love most!

Gear up for holiday party season, snuggle up in a cozy robe and get out of the cold, and spend a little extra time on yourself during this special time of year. You’ll feel rejuvenated and refreshed heading into the new year!

  • Favorite Things – 30 Minute Massage + 30 Minute Facial + Airbrush Tan = $150 (Save $32)
  • The Perfect Pair – 60 Minute Massage + 60 Minute Facial for $160 (SAVE $25)
  • Two of A Kind – Two 60 Minute Massages or Facials for $160 (Save up to $30)

Message from the RDs: Beat the Belly Bulge: 5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain by Chelsea Rice

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The holidays are right around the corner and along with it comes drinks, food, sweets, treats and everything in between! I’ve put together 5 tips to avoiding holiday weight gain. Check them out!

Focus on fitness, not food.

With many holiday parties and family gatherings on the calendar, we all find it difficult to keep up with our exercise routine. This holiday season, think outside of the box when planning events to sneak in some physical activity.

Take the family ice skating, walk around the city to view holiday lights, or sign up for a holiday fun run. Staying active during the holidays not only helps to keep you on track, but it also helps to relieve stress and increase energy levels.

Budget your calories.

One of the biggest mistakes individuals make during the holidays is saving up calories throughout the day for evening events. “Banking” your calories lead to consuming excess amounts of poor food choices. By sticking to your regular schedule and eating breakfast, lunch, and snacks, you can curb your appetite before holiday gatherings. This allows you to continue enjoying holiday foods while not over indulging.

Stay hydrated.

Drinking water throughout the day helps not only to keep you hydrated, but it also helps to keep your hunger satisfied. Make it a goal to drink a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages and before meals. This will give you more energy than you ever imagined and keep your hunger levels under control.

Don’t restrict yourself.

Holidays are not a time to feel deprived and restricted. It is OKAY to treat yourself a cookie (or two) that your family makes every year. Although it is always important to keep in mind your health goals, don’t let it take over the holidays.

Enjoy the treats, but also have the willpower to say “no” when you know you have hit your limit. Holidays are the best time to embrace mindful eating and pay attention to your hunger and energy levels.

Get back on track.

Many individuals feel defeated by the holidays. Once the new year rolls around, we all feel the need to overcompensate what did or didn’t happen during the holiday season. Don’t wait until the new year.

Instead, begin getting back on track now. You ate everything on the buffet at your work holiday party last night? Well, there is no reason you should not get right back on track today. Instead of waking up feeling overwhelmed for your decisions, focus on a healthy well balanced breakfast to give you a kick start to a new day.

FFC & Green Curtain Events NYE 2017: Where Will You Be When the Ball Drops?

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As the #1 party night of the year approaches, it’s important to take some time and “dedicate to celebrate”. This year, FFC has partnered with Green Curtain Events to showcase the finest New Year’s Eve destinations in all of Chicago.

With ten events to choose from; and locations extending from River North, Old Town, Gold Coast, and Wicker Park… you’ll be sure to find the perfect countdown for you & friends. Contact nick@greencurtainevents.com for all inquiries.

FFC members also receive $10 off all tickets and VIP table options with promo code FFCNYE!

Full Event Details at: www.greencurtainevents.com

Late Night NYE

Resolution Brunch

18th Annual FFC Indoor Triathlon & Duathlon Series + Training Program

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Make it your new year’s resolution to swim, bike, run, and have more fun in 2017! Join TriMonster®, Fitness Formula Club’s beginner-friendly and 100% intimidation-free triathlon training club and learn to improve your swim, bike, and run fitness as you train toward FFC’s 18th Annual Indoor Triathlon Series – Chicago’s largest indoor triathlon & duathlon series!  

Whether you are a first timer learning to swim and complete your first race or a veteran who wants to meet and train alongside like-minded endurance athletes and build up for an early season Sprint, Olympic, or Draft-Legal (new in 2017!) indoor triathlon, this program is perfect for all experience levels.  

With 2 months of the TriMonster “Endurance Membership” you’ll have access to over 40 weekly swim, bike, run, and performance-oriented strength classes including two weekly workouts focused specifically on indoor triathlon training. You’ll also enjoy support from USA Triathlon (USAT) certified coaches, team gear, sponsor discounts, and more! This 8-week training program is bound to show you why FFC was rated “Best Club to Train for a Triathlon” (Examiner)! Contact endurance@ffc.com for more information or visit ffc.com/triathlon to sign up.

Complimentary December Injury Screenings Presented By NovaCare

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Marathon season may be over but that doesn’t mean it’s time to rest – training season is just getting started! Not to mention, 2017 is right around the corner.

Visit NovaCare during any of the times listed below to take advantage of a complimentary injury screening and benefit from all the prevention and rehabilitation services we have to offer!

FFC East Lakeview – 12/28; 4 – 6 PM

FFC Halsted Street – 12/13; 4:30-6:30 PM

FFC Lincoln Park – 12/15; 5 – 7 PM

FFC Oak Park – 12/14; 11:30 – 1:30 PM

FFC South Loop – walk-ins welcome during regular office hours

FFC Union Station – 12/21; 1 – 2 PM

FFC West Loop – 12/15; 3:30 – 5:30 PM

‘Tis the Season to Give the Gift of Fitness!

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Give a gift, get a gift! From November 3 through December 24, get a $25 bonus for every $100 worth of gift cards you purchase. Gift Cards are good toward any FFC product or service, but may not be applied to FFC membership dues. Purchase your gift card at the club or click here to purchase online! 

*Max $100 bonus per person. Other restrictions may apply.

 

November Spa Specials

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November is one of the hardest months on the skin – the seasons change, humidity levels change and those fluctuations can wreak havoc. Take advantage of these two amazing deals to get yourself ready for the holiday season!

Revitalize & Recover at the Spa

Get a 90-minute Vitality Treatment with Exfoliation and Hot Stones included for just $125 in November – SAVE $25! Guaranteed to help with sore muscles, inflammation, circulation and common joint problems.

Face Facts

Cold weather is tough on the skin. Let our estheticians help you look your best in ANY season. 30-minute facial in November for just $55 (save $15!)

2016 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

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In observance of the 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday, please be aware of the following schedule. FFC wishes you a very happy, safe and healthy holiday!

Wednesday, November 23: all clubs close at 8 PM

Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving)

  • South Loop, West Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Halsted & Belmont, East Lakeview, Oak Park:  7 – 2 PM
  • Old Town, Union Station, Park Ridge:  closed

Friday, November 25: all clubs open from 7 – 6 PM

Saturday, November 26: all clubs resume regular hours

Message from the RDs: Think Outside of Pumpkin by Amy Silver

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Pumpkin-flavored lattes, soups, oatmeals, pies, waffles, bread, donuts… you name it, there’s a pumpkin version for it. While pumpkin is a great source of vitamin Athere are many other in-season vegetables that may not get the spotlight they deserve. Try out these 6 nutrient-packed choices for a change of pace!

Beets 

Why we recommend: beets are high in folate, manganese, and potassium, and also contain the phytonutrients betalains, which provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxification benefits (no more detox diets!)

How to enjoy: you can purchase beets already cooked or pickled, or cook them yourself. These naturally sweet root vegetables are perfect for adding to salads, pasta dishes, or smoothies. Combine beets and cocoa for a great post-workout, detoxifying smoothie!

Cabbage 

Why we recommend: this cruciferous vegetable comes in many forms and colors, giving it a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals (which fight off cancer).

How to enjoy: eat it raw or cooked, or fermented in the forms of sauerkraut or Korean kimchi, which provide probiotic benefits.

Carrots 

Why we recommend: also high in vitamin A (due to their orange hue), carrots can improve your eye health, immunity, and skin.

How to enjoy: carrots can give you a satisfying crunch by pairing them with hummus during a stressful work day. If you’d rather cure a sweet tooth, drizzle with honey and roast in the oven as a perfect side dish.

Peas 

Why we recommend: this nutritional powerhouse is packed with plant-based proteins and fiber, aiding in keeping you satiated between meals. Peas are also rich in B vitamins, providing you lasting energy for your busy day.

How to enjoy: while they’re in-season, buying fresh peas is best, then take the peas out of the pod and sauté them in a little water or broth. Add peas to salads, mix into your chicken or egg salad, or simple mix with vegetables for a side dish. You can also blanch whole pea pods and carry them with you as a quick snack!

Turnips

Why we recommend: turnips are another nutritionally dense food, providing many nutrients, including fiber and potassium, for a small amount of calories. Fiber, as mentioned above, can help with satiation, and potassium aids in lowering blood pressure.

How to enjoy: buy turnips with the leaves attached, if possible, so you can utilize both the root and the green. Use the roots in place of potatoes and the greens in place of spinach or mustard greens.

Acorn Squash

Why we recommend: this squash is packed with nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. These nutrients will help your immune system fight winter woes and your improve your heart health.

How to enjoy: my personal favorite of the winter squashes, acorn squash can be cut in half and roasted, then stuffed with ground turkey and beans for a comforting complete dinner.

Tell us how you use cold-weather vegetables at @FFC_nutrition on Twitter!

Complimentary November Injury Screenings Presented by NovaCare

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Visit NovaCare for a complimentary injury screening during any of the times listed below during the month of November!

FFC East Lakeview: 11/29 – 4:00 – 6:00 PM

FFC Halsted & Belmont: 11/28 – 4:30 – 6:30 PM

FFC Lincoln Park: 11/27 – 5:00 – 7:00 PM

FFC Oak Park: – 11/14 – 3:30 – 5:30 PM

FFC Union Station: – 11/10 – 1:00 AM – 1:00 PM

FFC South Loop: – walk-ins welcome during regular business hours

FFC West Loop: 11/17 – 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Take Advantage of This Discount Code & Sign Up for FFC TriMonster!

 

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Become a triathlete with the FFC TriMonster Triathlon team and join us at the 2017 Chicago Triathlon!

Register with discount code at www.chicagotriathlon.comRegister for swim and triathlon training at www.ffc.com/enduranceContact endurance@ffc.com to get your team discount code!

Questions? Contact endurance@ffc.com.

Sign Up for FFC SwimMonsters!

 

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Register for “FFC SwimMonsters” U.S. Masters Swim Club at www.usms.org and become part of the FFC Swim Club & compete at local swim meets & events! 

Contact endurance@ffc.com to join the email list and Facebook group! FFC SwimMonsters is part of the FFC TriMonster Triathlon Club. Learn to Swim, Group Training, Private Lessons, and Underwater Video Analysis available – contact endurance@ffc.com or visit www.ffc.com/endurance.

Mommy & Me Movement and Play Workshop – Saturday, 11/12; 12:00 – 1:00 PM

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Playtime is very important for baby’s development, but movement is also important for mom! Learn how to make the most out of your baby’s playtime with West Loop trainer Suzanne Ko. She will show you various tummy time variations, as well as teach you how to roll, rock, and crawl with your baby. She will also teach you how to safely exercise with your baby. Please bring a few of your baby’s toys. Workshop will meet in the West Loop Group Fitness Studio on Saturday, 11/12 from 12 – 1 PM. Floor mats will be provided.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot by emailing Suzanne at sko@ffc.com.

Sign Up Now: Our All-Club Move2Win Challenge is Back!

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It’s back! Get moving with FFC and join our Move2Win Challenge, powered by MYZONE, to win prizes for your effort.

Sign up for the challenge and work out during the contest period from 10/24 – 11/23 and win prizes for your effort. Compete individually and help your club win too!

Exercise with your MYZONE heart rate belt and earn points “MEPs” to reach milestones and win great prizes. MYZONE helps keep you motivated by offering some of the most accurate tracking of your effort levels and workout results available on the market through heart rate monitoring technology.

Whether you’re in the gym watching your live feed or out on the street viewing your tile through the MYZONE app, you can rest assured you’re earning MEPs and tracking your effort anywhere you go. Ready to get started?

Click here to register for the challenge!

About MYZONE

The MYZONE MZ-3 belt is the most relevant, versatile and one of the most accurate fitness trackers on the market that provides real-time feedback on heart rate, calories and effort, ensuring you get the most accurate feedback however you choose to train.

Effort points (MEPs) are earned for every minute spent exercising in your personal intensity zones, based on your heart rate. MEPs level the playing field and standardize effort measurement. Use the app to monitor food intake, connect with friends to get motivated and participate in challenges, and set up automatic emails to get feedback on your workouts. Check out this video for more on the MYZONE HR belt.

About the Move2Win Challenge

Anyone can win! Earn MEPs and win FFC Bucks, PLUS raffle tickets for a GRAND PRIZE worth $720. Depending on the milestone you finish at when the challenge ends, you will win the following:

  • 1300 MEPs – a total of $25 FFC Bucks & one raffle ticket to win grand prize
  • 2000 MEPs – a total of $50 FFC Bucks & two raffle tickets to win grand prize
  • 3000 MEPs – a total of $75 FFC Bucks & three raffle tickets to win grand prize
  • 4000 MEPs – a total of $100 FFC Bucks & four raffle tickets to win grand prize

Grand Prize – the participant with the winning raffle ticket will receive a prize package valued at $720 including:   

  • Three 60-minute massages
  • Three 60-minute personal training sessions
  • Three months free dues

Top MEPs Prize – the one participant with the overall highest MEPs earned will receive:

  • One 90-minute massage
  • One month free dues
  • MYZONE watch ($125 value)

Top Club Challenge Winner – the club with the highest average MEPs per participant will win an exclusive happy hour party to celebrate their Move2Win victory!

FFC Club-Wide Renovation Project Update

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What’s new? FFC is committed to constantly reinvesting in our clubs to continually improve our member’s experiences. Here is a brief outline of some of our current projects taking place across all our club locations.

East Lakeview

We are in the home stretch of the Women’s Locker Room renovation, and we hope you are as excited as we are to see the updated finished product and begin using this part of the facility again! We anticipate reopening the Women’s Locker Room on Monday, October 10, the same day that we will shut down the Men’s Locker Room to begin renovations to that part of the facility.

During these projects, we will be completely renovating the showers and sink/vanity areas with brand new tile, flooring, counter tops, updated waterproofing, electrical outlets, a brand new swimsuit extractor, Dyson Blade hand dryers and more! We can’t wait to show you your new facilities.

Oak Park

We are in the final stages of the completion of turning one of our tanning rooms into our Registered Dietitian office. We are very excited to complete this project. If anyone has not met Amy Silver, she would be happy to set up a complimentary 30-minute session to discuss your goals. Email her at asilver@ffc.com!

West Loop

Progress is being made on some much-needed structural improvements to the Cardio 1 floor. We anticipate the project will continue for the next 5 weeks.

Union Station

We are excited to announce that the renovated massage rooms will open next week! Additionally, our brand new local’84 cafe is only a few weeks away from completion. Finally, the new NovaCare space in the lobby should be completed in the next 2-3 weeks.

Gold Coast

We are happy to announce the property landlord has completed a significant upgrade on both elevators. This upgrade will significantly improve the overall operation of our elevators. Thank you for your patience while accommodating these improvements.

We will also be replacing our entire air handling system at the end of October. We have scheduled the replacement with regard to doing our best to minimize the impact on your workouts with us. We will post further details as soon as they are available.

FFC Park Ridge

We are rapidly approaching the end of construction of our newest club location in Downtown Park Ridge. We are on target to open by the end of the year!

 

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