Welcome New Staff

Welcome Sarah Sobotka, RN, LDN!

Welcome New Staff

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new registered dietitian, Sarah Sobotka!

Sarah is a credentialed professional who is inspired by the science of nutrition and believes in the power of food, fitness, and lifestyle balance. She aspires to serve as a guide to everyone she has the opportunity to meet, leading them on the path to success, while making positive differences in their lives. Contact Sarah at sobotka@ffc.com to schedule a complimentary consultation.  

Free Guest Day at FFC Lincoln Park!

Thursday, June 8 is National Best Friend Day and to celebrate, FFC Lincoln Park is offering a free guest day to share a workout with your closest friends, along with a buy one get one free smoothie offer for the day!

For more information or any questions, email Scott at sl@ffc.com.

Children Swim Lessons – Starts June 10

Make this summer a splash! Children swim lessons are returning to FFC Lincoln Park starting Saturday, June 10. Sessions will be held on Saturdays at 12 and 12:45 PM for ages 3 and up. Contact Scott at sl@ffc.com for more information and to reserve a spot!

Outdoor Deck Group Fitness Classes – Starts June 6

Starting June 6 and weather permitting, the Tuesday 6:30 PM Heated Vinyasa Yoga and Friday 9:30 AM Vinyasa Yoga will be held on the outdoor sun deck for the summer. The Tuesday 6:30 PM Heated Vinyasa Yoga will be a Power Yoga Class.

Visit the group fitness schedules for updates.

June Parents’ Night Out – Saturday, 6/17; 5 – 8 PM

Join us Saturday, June 17th from 5:00-8:00pm as we kick off  Summer Break with a tropical luau party!

We take the kids while you enjoy an evening a romantic dinner on the beach, running on the lake, or quiet time with your partner.

Our mini members will enjoy a luau style dinner, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, and they’ll get to create their own tropical sand art bottle! The evening will be filled with fun for mini members of all ages. Reserve your spot today!

Registration ends Friday, June 18

Please contact Melissa at mscott@ffc.com for more information.

Outdoor Deck Party – Tuesday 5/23; 6:30 – 8:00 PM

You are invited to an evening of food and drink with your favorite FFC Lincoln Park staff to kick off the official opening of the outdoor deck. Bring a complimentary guest to work out throughout the day as a thank you for being a loyal member.  

RSVP for the event at https://goo.gl/forms/4aeYNLbpObM5jYf92. Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com for additional questions

Free MYZONE M3 Belt!

Be one of the first 5 members in May to enroll in a full month of unlimited HIIT Training workouts at FFC Lincoln Park and receive a MyZone M3 Belt valued at $99.95. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is designed to spare precious muscle, increase cardiovascular strength, and elicit EPOC (Excess Post-Oxygen Consumption) proven to leave you burning calories up to 24 hours after you walk out of the gym.  Enroll at http://ffc.com/shop/fitness/performance/performance-training-center/.

Contact Scott Lewandowski at sl@ffc.com for details.

Punch, Kick & Mitts! Thursdays; 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Fitness meets real life self-defense in this workout led by Andres Roldan that covers the basics of Tae Kwon Do, boxing, core strengthening, stability, and balance. All levels are welcomed. Class meets Thursday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the Performance Training Center. Contact Andres Roldan, Master Trainer and 2nd Degree Blackbelt at aroldan@ffc.com for more information and to sign up.

Parents’ Night Out – Saturday, 5/20; 5 – 8 PM

Join us Saturday, May 20th from 5:00-8:00pm for a Superhero Party at Kids’ Club! We take the kids while you enjoy an evening at the theatre, a romantic dinner, catching up with friends, or quiet time with your partner.

Our mini members will enjoy comic book story time, dinner, a movie, and they’ll get to create their own superhero mask! The evening will be filled with fun for mini members of all ages. Registration ends Friday, May 19. Reserve your spot today by contacting Nneka Ahmad at nahmad@ffc.com for more information.

Active Release Technique® (ART) at NovaCare Rehabilitation at FFC Lincoln Park

Active Release Technique® (ART) at NovaCare Rehabilitation North Avenue Lincoln Park Clinic

Active Release Technique is a soft tissue movement based treatment technique to address problems in muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia. ART has been shown to be helpful for a variety of conditions including low back pain, tendonitis (Achilles, golfers/tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, etc.), runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, upper back or neck pain, tension headaches and more. It is particularly effective at treating overuse injuries.  

Stop by or call our NovaCare clinic at North/Sheffield in Lincoln Park to set up a free injury screen with Emily Grimm, PT, DPT or to learn more about how ART treatments can help you!

Get Scuba-Certified at FFC! Orientations 5/24 & 5/25, Class 6/1

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, May 24 at FFC Lincoln Park
  • Thursday, May 25 at FFC West Loop

Class is from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Sunday, June 4 at FFC Lincoln Park

Contact Captain Darrick at captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com for more information

Last Chance to Sign Up for the Indoor Tri on 4/15!

This is your last chance to be take part in the 18th Annual Indoor Triathlon!  The indoor triathlon is a 10-min swim (pool), 30-min bike (Keiser spin bikes), and 20-min run (treadmill) and a great event for all fitness enthusiasts of all levels. Register today for the April 15th event at ffc.com/triathlon today!

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Meet This Month’s Featured Trainer: Lindsay Heck

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Lindsay recently joined the FFC Lincoln Park personal training team. Years of athletic training alongside dancing professionally for the Chicago Bulls has equipped her with knowledge, passion, and determination when it comes to health and fitness.

She not only sees fitness as a lifestyle, but as an endless opportunity for one to overcome all doubt and achieve anything they set their mind to. Let Lindsay motivate you towards becoming the best version of yourself in a healthy and realistic way. Set up a complimentary consultation and training session by contacting Lindsay at lheck@ffc.com.

How to Get a Better Golf Swing in the Gym

Golf season is here!  Take the opportunity to improve your golf swing this season by setting up a consultation with Kyle Pecka at kpecka@ffc.com. Want to learn more about the workouts and how they will actually improve your swing? Check out Kyle’s latest blog post at  http://blog.ffc.com/how-to-get-a-better-golf-swing…-in-the-gym

Parents’ Night Out Pajama Party – 4/15; 5 – 8 PM

Join us Saturday, April 15 from 5 – 8 PM for a Pajama Party you don’t want to miss!

We take the kids while you enjoy an evening at the theatre, a romantic dinner, catching up with friends, or quiet time with your partner. Our mini members will enjoy a scavenger hunt, crafts, dinner, and a movie. The evening will be filled with fun for mini members of all ages. Reserve your spot today!

Registration ends Friday, April 14. Please contact Nneka Ahmad at nahmad@ffc.com for more information.

Maximize Your Time In The Gym With HIIT

Try HIIT Training on the turf. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is designed to spare precious muscle, increase cardiovascular strength, and elicit EPOC (Excess Post-Oxygen Consumption), proven to leave you burning calories up to 24 hours after you walk out of the gym.

Welcome new coaches Austin Head and Ellyse Kummer!  Contact Scott Lewandowski at sl@ffc.com to schedule a trial class.  

Sign Your Child Up for CORE4 Challenge School Holiday Camps! – 4/12; 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

CORE4 Challenge School Holiday Camp – April 12,  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

School’s out? We’ve got you covered! Next school holiday is April 12th. Plan ahead.

Drop your kid(s) at FFC for a fun day of games and activities… and new skills they don’t get in school. Expect lots of fun 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.
New activities each time! For more information call 773-231-7414 or email: cheryl@core4skills.com

Tournament 68 Party – Tuesday 3/14; 6:30 – 8 PM

You are invited to an evening of food and drink with your favorite FFC Lincoln Park staff to kick off the college basketball tournament!

Stop by the party in the lobby and play in our bracket raffle to win exciting prizes. Bring a complimentary guest to work out throughout the day as a thank you for being a loyal member.  RSVP for the event at https://goo.gl/forms/4aeYNLbpObM5jYf92. Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com for additional questions.  

New Equipment! Life Fitness GX Rowers & HD Elite Half Rack and Platform

FFC Lincoln Park is excited to announce the addition of 2 Life Fitness GX Rowers and HD Elite Half Rack and platform in the month of March. Give them a try the next time you’re at the club!

Parent’s Night Out – Saturday 3/18; 5 – 8 PM

Join us Saturday, March 18 for a celebration of spring! Enjoy an evening at the park, a romantic dinner under the moonlight, or a quiet run on the lakefront with your partner.

Parent Night Out rates:

  • FFC childcare members: one child $25, two children $35, each additional child $5
  • FFC childcare non-members: one child $30, two children $40, each additional child $5

Deadlines for rescheduling are on the Thursday night before the event by 8:00 PM. Contact Nneka Ahmad nahmad@ffc.com with additional questions or to register.

Check Out Our New Programming for March!

Virtual Golf Tournament

Participant in the inaugural virtual golf tournament starting March 27 and improve your stroke prior to the outdoor golf season. Contact Kyle Pecka at kpecka@ffc.com for details.

Interested in Burning Calories? 

Try HIIT training on the turf! High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is designed to spare precious muscle, increase cardiovascular strength, and elicit EPOC (Excess Post-Oxygen Consumption) proven to leave you burning calories up to 24 hours after you walk out of the gym.

Take advantage of your one-time complimentary 3 class pass by emailing Scott Lewandowski at sl@ffc.com!

Spin with Pedal4Life – 3/25; 9:30 AM

On Saturday, March 25, the 9:30 AM Spin Interval Class will be dedicated to Pedal4Life. Join FFC Lincoln Park in supporting this great cause, which assists veterans and civilians battling addiction. Visit www.pedal4life.org to donate and more information.

Join Us for a Super Bowl Pre-Game Party – Thursday 2/2; 6:30-8:00 PM

You are invited to an evening of food and drink with your favorite FFC Lincoln Park staff to kick off Super Bowl weekend! Members who stop by the party will receive a Super Bowl square and have the opportunity to win exciting prizes.  Bring a complimentary guest to join you for a work out throughout the day as a thank you for being a loyal member.  

RSVP for the event at https://goo.gl/forms/4aeYNLbpObM5jYf92.  Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com for additional questions.  

Couples Massage at FFC Lincoln Park

Couples Massage

Treat yourself and your spouse, partner, or significant other to a couples massage in the month of February! Couples will enjoy a 60-minute massage, champagne and strawberries. Register in the Spa. Contact Amanda Wilhem at awilhem@ffc.com for more information.

  • Sunday, 2/12 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 2/14 from 3:00 – 9:00 PM
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Check Out These 3 Brand New Training Options At FFC Lincoln Park, Plus New Equipment!

Golf Anyone?

Now that the holidays are over, we have officially reached the turning point between “it’s too bad the golf season is over” and “golf season is right around the corner”.  In recent years, golf has made a shift from a casual weekend game to a sport – one that now more than ever requires a high level of athleticism.  

Work out the kinks in your golf game using FFC’s (3) step process to determine what areas need to be targeted to improve a player’s game.  First, a swing simulator will be used followed second by a video and finally the development of a series of exercises will be designed to improve your golf swing improving performance and precision of your golf game.

If you’re interested in learning more about golf fitness, contact Kyle Pecka at kpecka@ffc.com.

Couples Training

The accountability factor of buddy training is unmatched. Not only will it push you to make it to the gym to workout together, but the bond you share will keep spirits high throughout the workout, and continue outside of the gym by maintaining a healthy lifestyle with one another.

Contact Kara Mraz at kmraz@ffc.com to schedule a complimentary partner session in the month of February.

HIIT Training on the Turf

Efficient and proven High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is designed to spare precious muscle, increase cardiovascular strength, and elicit EPOC (Excess Post-Oxygen Consumption) proven to leave you burning calories up to 24 hours after you walk out of the gym. Training will be performed with short bouts of high intensity work followed by rest periods that improve cardiovascular fitness.

Take advantage of your one-time complimentary 3 class pass by emailing Ashley Peterson at apeterson@ffc.com.

Matrix C5x ClimbMill

FFC Lincoln Park is excited to announce the addition of 2 Matrix C5x ClimbMills in the month of February. The ClimbMill is the perfect option for members who want the benefits of a stair-climbing workout. Plus, it’s a great way to burn a ton of calories!

Parent’s Night Out – Saturday 2/11; 5:00-8:00 PM

Parents, enjoy a pre-Valentine’s Day evening, and we take the kids! Drop the kids off on Saturday, February 11 and from 5 – 8 PM enjoy an evening at the theatre, a romantic dinner, catching up with friends, or quiet time with your partner. Let the kids enjoy three full hours of fun times with friends, including games, activities, a healthy dinner and a feature film planned for each evening.

Parent Night Out Rates:

  • FFC Childcare Members: one child $25, two children $35, each additional child $5
  • FFC Childcare Non-Members: one child $30, two children $40, each additional child $5

Deadlines for rescheduling are on the Thursday night before the event by 8:00 PM. Contact Nneka Ahmad nahmad@ffc.com with additional questions or to register.

4th Annual “Name that Movie” Spin Class – 2/26 10:15 AM

4th Annual “Name that Movie” Spin Class

Participate in the Oscars’ themed spin class with Kristin Johansson on Sunday, February 26 at 10:15 AM.  Those who attend will have the chance to win exciting prizes.

Parking Validation Exit Reminder

Remember to exit the garage within ten (10) minutes once a validated parking ticket has been put through the pay stations on either the third or first floor. Exiting beyond the ten (10) minute allowance will result in a being charged the 2-3 hour parking rate of $10.   

Eucalyptus Chilled Towels

Have You Tried Provancè + Maxine Yet?

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!

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.

 

 

 

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Suzi Birz, FFC Lincoln Park’s January Member of the Month! We asked Suzi about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

 

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

It’s the place where I go to focus on my health.

When at FFC, you will find me:

Taking private Pilates or training, taking advantage of the free classes and equipment, relaxing in the spa; and always thanking Kristin Strom for the encouragement and training ideas.

I work out to:

Live

Set Those 2017 Goals with Help from a Fitness Professional at FFC Lincoln Park!

Offering accountability, motivation and a structured plan for success, our team of fitness professionals will help you see results this year! 

Cathy Villegas – stay on track with your 2017 fitness goals! Schedule a complimentary training session to discuss your fitness regimen for success. Contact cvillegas@ffc.com to schedule a time that is best for you.  

Darnell Jones – ready for a body transformation? Schedule a complimentary training session to begin your road to a New You in 2017. Contact djones@ffc.com to schedule a session.

CORE4® Challenge School Holiday Camps – 1/16, 2/3, 2/20, 4/7 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

School’s out? We’ve got you covered! The next school holiday is January 16. Plan ahead.

Drop your kid(s) at FFC 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.

Plan Ahead for The Rest of the Winter/Spring!

School Holiday camp dates for 2017:

Jan 16, Feb 3, Feb 20 & Apr 7

Sign up for all 4 and get 10% discount! New activities each time! For more information call 773-231-7414 or email cheryl@core4skills.com.

Parent’s Night Out – Saturday 1/21; 5:00-8:00PM

Join us on Saturday, 1/21 from 5 – 8 PM for our January Parent’s Night Out – we take the kids, you take the night off! Let the kids enjoy three full hours of fun times with friends, including games, activities, a healthy dinner and a feature film planned for each evening.

Parent Night Out Rates:

  • FFC Childcare Members: one child $25, two children $35, each additional child $5
  • FFC Childcare Non-Members: one child $30, two children $40, each additional child $5

Deadlines for rescheduling are on the Thursday night before the event by 8:00 PM. Contact Nneka Ahmad nahmad@ffc.com with additional questions or to register.

Healthy Holiday Eating Workshop – 12/12; 5:30 – 6:30 PM

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How do you maintain your healthy eating habits during a family feast? Join us on Monday, December 12 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM as our own registered dietitian, Chelsea Rice, will be available to provide healthy holiday tips and answer questions. Stop by our table in the lobby to participate, and to become eligible for a free month of Nutrition Solutions!

Experience Muscle Activation Techniques!

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Muscle Activation Techniques help our bodies build more muscle mass and strength by training the muscular system to work together at a high level. MATRx is a total body process based on a 43-pattern neuromuscular hierarchy that can deliver even greater results from head to toe.

Schedule a complimentary MAT consult with Bill Busch, Mat Specialist by emailing him at wbusch@ffc.com. Want to know more about MAT? Watch a short video from the developer of MAT, Greg Roskoph at https://youtu.be/SUDOI8yqVO4!

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Performance Training Center Party – 12/15; 6:30 – 7:30 PM

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FFC Lincoln Park members – join us on Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM for a Performance Training Center party, to celebrate our 3-year anniversary!

Stop by the 5th floor turf field for food, drinks, and prizes. Performance Training Center participants in attendance will receive a special gift. For more information or questions, contact Ashley at apeterson@ffc.com or Scott at slewandowski@ffc.com!

Chocolate & Wine Tasting Party – Tuesday 11/29; 6:30-8:00 PM

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Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party – Tuesday 11/29; 6:30-8:00 PM

Mark your calendars for an evening of chocolate and wine and mingle with fellow members and your favorite FFC Lincoln Park staff! Join us from 6:30 – 8 PM on Tuesday, 11/29, plus bring a free guest to workout and/or to the party as a thank you for being a loyal member!

RSVP for the event at https://goo.gl/forms/4aeYNLbpObM5jYf92.  All member guests must be registered to attend. Contact Kristin Duklewski kduklewski@ffc.com for additional questions.

Parent’s Night Out – Saturday 11/19; 5:00-8:00 PM

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We take the kids, you take the night off! Join us for PNO on Saturday, 11/19 from 5 – 8 PM and let the kids enjoy three full hours of fun times with friends, including games, activities, a healthy dinner and a feature film planned for the evening.

Parent Night Out Rates:

  • FFC Childcare Members: one child $25, two children $35, each additional child $5
  • FFC Childcare Non-Members: one child $30, two children $40, each additional child $5

Deadlines for rescheduling are on the Thursday night before the event by 8 PM. Contact Nneka Ahmad at nahmad@ffc.com with additional questions or to register.

Core4 Challenge School Holiday Camps – 11/4 & 11/11 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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Not sure what to do with your children on Friday, November 4 or Friday, November 11? Send them to the Core4 Camp!

In this engaging program, kids rotate through the Core4 curriculum, learning practical lessons from the main concentrations of food, fitness, finance, and friendship in a nurturing environment.  The camp runs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM with early drop off and late pick up options available. Lunch included – prepared by the campers. Cost is $89.

To register, visit www.core4skills.com/register.  Contact Cheryl Cepuran at 773-231-7414 or cheryl@core4skills.com for more information.