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The American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb – 3/6/16

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The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. By joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are helping to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission of the American Lung Association while training to climb the stairs of the Presidential Towers – participants can choose to climb 1, 2, 3, or all 4 towers! Come climb with the American Lung Association on Sunday March 6, 2016 – registration and full event details can be found at www.FightForAirClimb.org!

FFC Members – register for ONLY $15.00 – use discount code FFC16 when you sign up!

Spin to Break the Cycle – Saturday, 4/9/16

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Spin at the House of Blues Make a Difference in Chicago!

On Saturday, April 9, Spin to Break the Cycle takes over the iconic House of Blues creating an indoor cycling experience like none other. Every hour 100 people step up to the bike – spinning to the beat of a live DJ’s high-energy music mix. Off the bike the celebration continues with a special reception and an area for rejuvenation.

Spin to Break the Cycle participants take part in more than a memorable fitness event – they join together to break down fear and invest in hope so all of Chicago’s youth have the opportunity to dream, succeed, and survive.

There Are Three Ways to Help:

  • Register to Spin – FFC members receive $5 off registration with promo code FFC16.
  • Donate – FFC is trying to raise over $20,000 to support this important cause and every donation makes a difference.
  • Attend a FFC Charity Workout – throughout the month of March, FFC will be hosting special workouts at our clubs. Classes will ask for a suggested donation of $10.

Visit http://ffc.com/break-the-cycle/ for more information on each of these ways to help and register for your spot in 2016 Spin to Break the Cycle NOW!

Guarantee Your Spot in the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Team Bright Pink

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Be part of a team that will raise over $500,000 in 2016 to save countless lives from breast and ovarian cancer. Run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Team Bright Pink and your entry fee and training costs are FREE (a combined value of $771!). World-class marathon training is provided by Fitness Formula Clubs, including group runs, strength training, interval track workouts and a ton of fun. This incredible experience is yours for just a $1000 fundraising commitment.
Guaranteed entries are limited. Learn more and join the team here!

Run For a Cause With Team to End AIDS

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Team to End AIDS (T2) Chicago is the endurance training charity program benefiting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). For over 10 years, T2 has trained more than 5,000 athletes and raised in excess of $10 million benefiting AFC and HIV/AIDS-related community charities.

Whether this is your first race or your 50th, T2 partners with Fitness Formula Clubs’ certified coaches to offer training programs for multiple endurance events for participants of all abilities.

T2 is about the journey as much as the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable.

A $55 registration fee includes race entry, Fitness Formula Clubs membership, coach- led training, personal fundraising support, training/race apparel, VIP race day experience and fundraising participant center.

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RUN PROUD with T2, register today at T2EA.com!

FFC will make a donation to each member of T2 for anyone who is an FFC member as of May 1. This donation will count toward the fundraising minimum for each participant.

List of Upcoming Events

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon – August 28, 2016

Fundraising minimum options: $2,000 (T2 paid training) ($1,000 for participant paid for training)

Chicago Half Marathon – September 25, 2016

Fundraising minimum: $1,000

Bank of America Chicago Marathon – October 9, 2016

Fundraising Minimum: $1,200 (register before April 12), $1,700 (register after April 12)

TCS New York City Marathon – November 6, 2016

Fundraising Minimum: $2,500

Individual Challenge – choose your own event or turn your passion into a successful fundraiser. From a 5k or lemonade stand to a destination marathon or golf outing. Turn your idea into reality!

Ride for AIDS Chicago – Join the T2 Team for Test Positive Aware Network Ride for AIDS Chicago July 9 & 10

SPIN TO BREAK THE CYCLE

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Chicago youth and communities continue to struggle against the devastating impact of violence. Every day there are stories about the devastating impact violence is having on our community and on the lives of youth across Chicago.  In 2013 alone, were more than 370 homicides and over 1,500 shootings.  Something needs to be done to break the cycle of violence.  

EVENT OVERVIEW

Spin to Break the Cycle was a high-energy, indoor cycling event held at the House of Blues Chicago (329 N Dearborn St). The funds raised support the work World Sport Chicago is doing to make a tangible impact on addressing violence in Chicago.  On March 8th, 2014, Fitness Formula Clubs’ instructors lead 8 hours of spin sessions to give individuals, corporations and the greater Chicago community a unique and inspiring way to be a part of the solution. In addition to a rewarding workout, participants enjoyed fundraising incentives, prizes, a complimentary event tech t-shirt and a reception following each spin session. As the official Health Club sponsor, FFC donated 50 spin bikes that were auctioned off.  The collective participants’ fundraising efforts and sales from the bikes brought in $160,348!

THE IMPACT

Spin to Break the Cycle sponsors and participants took part in a memorable fitness event and joined together to raise funds of over $160,000 to support these programs that are addressing violence in Chicago:

Becoming a Man – Sports Edition (BAM – Sports)
BAM-Sports changes lives through the combination of an in-school social/emotional counseling curriculum and after-school sports. A research trial by the University of Chicago Crime Lab proved that participation in BAM-Sports led to a 44% lower incidence of violent crime arrests and significant improvements in school engagement. Learn more about BAM-Sports.

PlayStreets Chicago
In Chicago access to existing parks or playgrounds can often be obstructed by gang territories and drug trade. A collaboration of private, public and community-based entities, PlayStreets Chicago is a community-driven initiative aimed at reclaiming public spaces and transforming residential streets into places for safe family play. Learn more about PlayStreets Chicago.

About World Sport Chicago
World Sport Chicago (WSC) is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization that teaches positive values and leadership through sport. The organization acts on the belief that sport has the power to strengthen individuals, and in turn, Chicago’s communities. World Sport Chicago promotes programs and events as well as collaborates with several community partners, public agencies and Chicago’s professional sports teams to deliver impact and change. Learn more about http://www.worldsportchicago.org.

FFC and Gift of Hope Urge Members to Get Fit for Life

fit-for-life-donorFitness Formula Clubs and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network are partnering to raise public awareness of organ and tissue donation.  We set out to encourage people to register as organ and tissue donors through the network’s month-long Fit for Life Campaign, conducted throughout National Donate Life Month in April.

In late 2013, FFC named Gift of Hope its charity partner for FFC’s 2014 Year of Wellness Contest. That partnership continues during National Donate Life Month, as we work together to promote donation through special events and a series of donor registration drives at all nine FFC locations during April. (See schedule below.)

Our premier event will be held at FFC Union Station on Wednesday, April 16. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Jesse White Tumblers will be on location to show their support for organ and tissue donation, while showcasing their acrobatic prowess. Kidney transplant candidate and 2013 FFC Year of Wellness Contest winner Quinetta Taylor also will be on hand to share her personal story of donation and transplantation. Please join us for this special showcase event.

The schedule of donor registration drives being held at FFC locations can be found below. Make plans to stop by to register as a donor or show us that you’ve already registered and receive a complimentary gift.

  • East Lakeview: Saturday, April 5, 8am – 12pm
  • Old Town: Monday, April 7, 4:30 – 8pm
  • West Loop: Wednesday, April 9, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Lincoln Park: Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 – 8pm
  • Union Station: Wednesday, April 16, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • South Loop: Saturday, April 19, 8am – 12pm
  • Gold Coast: Monday, April 21, 4:30 – 8pm
  • Oak Park: Wednesday, April 23, 7 – 10:30am
  • Halsted: Tuesday, April 29, 4:30 – 8pm

For more information about the Fit for Life Campaign, e-mail Daniela Spaid, FFC’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, or call her at 312-648-4666, ext. 229.

Team Bright Pink

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LOOKING FOR A GUARANTEED SPOT FOR THE 2014 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON? TEAM BRIGHT PINK HAS A BIB WAITING FOR YOU!

Commit today. FFC will help you get to the finish line.

2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Date: 10.12.14

Great Incentives:
-FREE Registration
-FREE 18-week FFC marathon training program
-Customized Team Bright Pink Jersey
-Spa Night
-Pasta Party
-Celebration Party
-Prizes for Top Fundraisers

Fundraising Minimum:
-$1,000 (before 4/7/14)
-$1,500 (after 4/7/14)

Commit Today! Questions? Wendy@BeBrightPink.org

Everest Challenge

Everest_Challenge_bannerJoin FFC member, Joe Rudy, as he prepares to tackle the North Face of Mt. Everest this Spring for LGBT rights. Joe’s quest symbolizes the uphill battle that LGBT Americans face everyday.

The climb up Mt. Everest takes 65-70 days and is considered one of the most physically and mentally demanding challenges in the world. Over the course of the climb up Everest, Joe will cover the height of the mountain three times as he travels up and down to the camps along the mountain. All the while acclimating his body to the oxygen deprivation, he will finally arrive at the summit within 65-70 days. On the summit day, it takes most climbers 7 hours to walk the last mile to the summit.

Your challenge is to complete the total distance to the summit in 5 weeks,
by performing specific activities in the club.

Height of Mt. Everest: 29,035ft.
Distance traveled over 65-70 days: 29,035ft x 3 = 87,105ft (130,657 steps)

Earn raffle tickets for each level attained. Prizes include:

Sports photography package valued at $500
$250 REI gift certificate
FFC Spa certificates

Program dates: February 15 – March 22, 2014

Price: $49members/$99 non-members with all the proceeds benefiting Everest4Equality.org

Enroll today!

Fitness Formula Clubs’ “Year of Wellness” Contest Returns to Help Another Local in Need

YOW_2013_BannerChicagoans can submit nominations for year-long access to FFC’s classes, trainers, spas and equipment, plus prizes from other local sponsors valued at over $13,000.  

Would you or someone you know like to win a year of wellness? Submit your photo and in 300 words or less, tell us why you should win a Year of Wellness. Entries must be received by midnight on December 15, 2013.

Fitness Formula Clubs began its second-annual “Year of Wellness” contest Monday, November 25. FFC hopes that 2014’s winner will get as much out of the experience as last year’s winner, Quinetta Taylor.

FFC’s Year of Wellness contest gives one winner full access to all of FFC’s nine multi-use health, sports, fitness, and spa centers, along with weekly personal training/pilates sessions to achieve his or her health goals in 2014. FFC’s 2014 Year of Wellness contest is presented by One Medical Group, and this year’s prize package also includes contributions from Divvy Bikes, Mark Bar, Protein Bar, NovaCare, Mario Tricoci, Argo Tea and Ortanic — a prize total valued at more than $13,000.

2014’s “Year of Wellness” nominations will be accepted on www.ffc.com/Year-of-Wellness from November 25 through December 15, and voting will begin on December 16, 2013. Contestants will be encouraged to gather votes from friends, family and colleagues via social media and link voters back to the voting site. Voters will be validated and allowed to vote one time only. Voting will end at midnight on December 31. Winner will be selected from the top five contestants with the highest votes, by a panel of judges. The final winner will be chosen in January of 2014 and awarded their prize on January 9, 2014.  Through the campaign’s nominating, sharing and voting process last year, thousands of people shared inspirational stories city-wide. Contest winner Quinetta Taylor’s story of optimism through her health struggles exemplified the importance of healthy living.

Quinetta has chronic kidney disease and needs a kidney transplant to live, but her weight made her ineligible for the national kidney transplant waiting list. So she turned to FFC for help. Taking advantage of the wellness services made available to her as last year’s Year of Wellness contest winner, Quinetta dropped 120 pounds, making her eligible for the transplant waiting list. Quinetta and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, the Itasca-based organization responsible for coordinating organ and tissue donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana, are partnering with FFC to launch the second annual Year of Wellness contest. “I feel like I’ll be the FFC poster girl for the next 12 months,” she said. “I’m so excited to see how many other people I can encourage to get healthy, improve their quality of life and enjoy doing it. I am so blessed and so thankful. I don’t feel worthy, but I thank God that He has chosen me to fulfill this assignment.” Learn more about Quinetta’s story here.

One_MedicalOne Medical Group is an innovative primary care doctor’s office designed around patients’ needs – with a modern, comfortable location in the Loop (and dozens more nationwide). They’re in-network with most insurance plans and offer same-day appointments, email access to your doctor, and online/mobile services such as appointment scheduling and prescription renewals.

The Year of Wellness winner will receive complimentary membership to One Medical (worth $199), and all participants are eligible for 3 free months of membership!

Start 2014 off right by establishing a relationship with a One Medical physician. They’ll take the time to listen to your needs and provide you with personalized, comprehensive care to meet your health goals. Plus, with appointments that start (and end!) on time, seeing your doctor will fit seamlessly into your busy lifestyle.

To receive your 3 free months, simply use code YOW2014 during registration at onemedical.com. (Valid for new members only – expires 2/1/14).