Club Information

UPCOMING CLASSES

Wednesday, July 23
6:15am Spinning Interval
6:15am Formula 94
9:45am Hatha Yoga
10:00am FitKick
11:15am Pilates
12:00pm Body 360
5:45pm Motiv8
5:45pm Candlelight Yoga
6:00pm Spinning Interval
6:30pm Chisel
7:15pm Heated Vinyasa Flow
Thursday, July 24
6:00am Sunrise Salutations
6:15am Motiv8
6:15am Spinning Interval
9:45am Power Yoga
10:00am Chisel
10:00am Hydro-Fit
12:00pm Ballet Sculpt
5:45pm Formula 94
5:45pm Total Body Blast
6:00pm Spinning Interval
6:30pm Body 360

CLUB HOURS

Mon – Thu: 5:00am – 10:30pm
Friday: 5:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 8:00pm

FREE PARKING FOR 2 HOURS

Gold Coast Latest News

Team Trek

1-team-trek-best-chicago-gymAre You Up for a Challenge? Join Team Trek!

Race across America with three fellow members to four separate destinations! Stay motivated this summer with the help of your team and win prizes as you get fit. For six weeks, your team’s exercises will be converted into mileage to move your game piece along our map of the United States. Clubs will display the progress of their teams on a map and prizes will be awarded at each destination reached.

The 6-week program begins Monday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 31. Registration is $49 and includes a 2014 Team Trek Shirt. Participants are eligible for 10% off fitness program purchases July 14–27.

Click here to register.

For more information contact your club’s Team Trek administrator:

East Lakeview – Marissa Panzeri (mpanzeri@ffc.com)
Gold Coast – Stephanie Metzler (smetzler@ffc.com)
Halsted Street – Stacy Lane (slane@ffc.com)
Lincoln Park – Cheryl Brown (cbrown@ffc.com)
Oak Park – Mike Radice (mradice@ffc.com)
Old Town – Megan Konor (mkonor@ffc.com)
South Loop – Josh Finfrock (jfinfrock@ffc.com)
Union Station – Keith Marszalik (kmarszalik@ffc.com)
West Loop – Sarah Lund (slund@ffc.com)


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Navy Pier

3-Navy-Pier-best-chicago-yoga-zumba-gymFitness Formula Clubs, aka Chicago Magazine’s Best Chicago Gym, is teaming up with one of Chicago’s most iconic destinations to bring you yoga and Zumba on the Pier! Every weekend from Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, Aug. 31*, get outside and get your fitness on! Classes will be $5 for members, $10 for non-members and parking will be available for $5 with a voucher you’ll get at class.

Saturdays, 8:45 am: Yoga on the North front lawn
Sundays, 8:45 am: Zumba on the back East sundeck

Click here to register!

*Classes will NOT be held on the Air & Water Show weekend – Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17.


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Eating Seasonally, Fueling Locally

2-farmers-market-best-chicago-weight-loss-nutritionWhat if we told you there was something you could eat to fuel your body, improve your skin, aid in weight loss, and lower your risk for several chronic diseases? And that by buying it you’d be supporting your community? Well, it’s true! We’re talking about fruits and vegetables, and this time of year, your local Farmers Markets are chock-full of these nutrient-dense foods that not only offer several health benefits, but also taste fantastic. Buying local food also benefits the environment and the local economy, and promotes safer food supply practices.

What can you find in Chicago’s Farmers Markets in July? Fresh fruits available now include blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries and strawberries. You can also find a wide variety of vegetables, including artichokes, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, green onions, kale, lettuce, okra, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, sprouts, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes and turnips.

Click here to find a Farmers Market near you! Here’s a delicious, healthy recipe you can make with the ingredients you find on your next Farmers Market excursion!

Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables
Servings: 6
Serving size: 1 cup

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
½ cup white wine, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 medium summer squash or zucchini, halved and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
2. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.
3. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil.
4. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
5. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
6. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.

Nutritional Fact Per Serving: 92 calories; 4 g fat (1 g saturated 2 g monounsaturated); 2 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 3 g protein; 158 mg sodium; 290 mg potassium

Article written by FFC’s Registered Dietician Carrie Linke, MS, RD, LDN. To contact Carrie email clinke@ffc.com.


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Cool Everyday Deals

4-Best-chicago-spa-massageYour skin has been through a lot. Your emotions have been toiled with. It was a rough winter. And it wasn’t the greatest spring. We think you deserve some high quality spa time to get you ready for what is sure to be a fun (and hopefully sun) filled summer. For the month of July, Fitness Formula Clubs is offering a spa deal every day of the week, valid until 3 pm.

Mondays: $39/30-minute massage or facial
Tuesdays: $69/60-minute massage or facial
Wednesdays: 20% of waxing services
Thursdays: $99/90-minute massage
Fridays: 20% off any single item in the Spa or Sport Shops
Weekends: $109/90-minute Vitality Signature Treatment


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Ortanic

5 ortanic-best-custom-airbrush-spray-tan-chicagoGet A Polished Look For Summer
Let’s face it, after the cold harsh winter, your skin is likely to feel and look a little more like a crocodile’s than a baby’s. That’s where we step in! In July, come to the Spa at FFC for a quick and fantastic Body Polish for just $29 (normally $55). A finely ground coffee scrub invigorates and detoxifies skin, sloughing away dry, dead skin cells to leave you feeling soft and smooth. Having a body polish before an Ortanic Airbrush Tan guarantees a smoother all-over application of the tanning solution, allowing it to set more evenly. Also this month, upgrade your Ortanic Tan to a Deluxe for just $6 (normally $9), which includes pre-and-post-spray balancers that extend the life and beauty of your tan by ridding your skin of oils & dry spots and finally, “sealing” in the tan with a mist. Come over to the spa and we’ll give you just the look you need to put the wow in your summer wardrobe!

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now. May not be combined with other offers and may not be applied to membership.

*Restrictions may apply.

Tan Custom. Tan Smart. Ortanic.


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Save the Date!

FFC Gold Coast will be hosting its annual Rooftop Member Appreciation Party Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6-9 pm. Those of you who have attended in the past know it is not an event to be missed! New members, join us to celebrate 20 wonderful years!


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We’d Like to See You Upstairs

8-Gold-Coast-best-chicago-green-roof-clean-air-gymDid you know that our beautiful rooftop deck is also a functioning green roof, helping to reduce stormwater runoff and improve air quality? And that it’s the perfect place to hold your next private event? Whether you want to host a work party, fundraiser, or just gather together family and friends, our rooftop’s views are the perfect backdrop. Contact General Manager Larry Duncan at lduncan@ffc.com for more information.


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Pool Area Closed

9-Best-Chicago-gold-coast-indoor-swimming-poolThe FFC Gold Coast pool will be closed from Sunday, July 20-Tuesday, July 22 for annual deep cleaning and maintenance. The sauna, whirlpool and steam room will remain open. We apologize for any inconvenience and invite you to use any of the other FFC pool locations for your swim workouts.
Thank you for your understanding as we strive to improve your member experience.


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Happy Fourth of July!

american-flag-best-chicago-gymIt’s summer in Chicago. And it finally feels like it! Join us for a class or workout during modified holiday hours before your weekend of fireworks and festivities. Follow the links below if you need some extra ideas for fun to fill your weekend. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Thursday, July 3

  • All clubs close at 8pm

Friday, July 4

  • 7am – 3pm: Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, South Loop
  • 7am – 5pm: East Lakeview, West Loop
  • Closed: Old Town, Union Station

Saturday, July 5

  • All clubs open at regular time

Where to watch the fireworks
Neighborhood festivals
The Sox are in town
Other things to do
And a few more


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Gifts for Athletes, Dads and Grads

Spa-best-Chicago-massageNot sure what to get those special people in your life?  Any athlete, Dad or Grad would be thrilled to have their hard work pay off with a relaxing massage or two.  Choose from Two: 60 Minute Massages for $145 or 90 Minutes for $199. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here. Packages are available for purchase through June 30, 2014 and expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply.


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