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

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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.   

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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.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie of the Month

Smoothie of the Month: Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie of the Month

It’s that season, and we have the perfect pre or post-workout treat for you – our Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!

Don’t fear the indulgent taste; this nutritional smoothie only packs 120 calories. Plus, you’ll get 21g of protein, 3g of fiber, and it’s low in sugar (8.5g)! Enjoy a great workout and then treat yourself in our local’84 Cafe.

Support World Bike Relief During Our “ONE DAY 100 BIKES” Event – 10/15

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Join your friends and make new ones during an unforgettable one-day festival of fun and fundraising to provide bicycles for students in rural Africa on Saturday, October 15 at FFC Lincoln Park. The day will include a morning group ride, clinics, contests, time trials in the CompuTrainer studio, spin classes with celebrity instructors, and an evening celebration with food, drinks, live music, exciting raffles, and a silent auction.

Contact Scott Lewandowski for more details at slewandowski@ffc.com.

Take Time for Me Thursdays at FFC Lincoln Park

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Throughout the month of October, stop by the fitness desk to participate in one of our health promotion activities. Every Thursday from 5:30 – 7:00 PM, check out one of the fitness tests or screens we are offering to help you set your goals or train more efficiently!

  • October 6 – The Muscle Fiber Test
  • October 13 – VO2 Test utilizing the Korr Metabolic Cart
  • October 20 – Muscle Imbalance Diagnostic Evaluations
  • October 27 – Body Fat Testing

Contact Scott Lewandowski to register for a specific time or for more details at slewandowski@ffc.com.

FFC Seminar: Train Smart with Heart – 10/24; 7 PM

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On Monday, October 24 at 7:00 PM, come learn about the Move2Win Challenge and how you can “train smart with heart”!  Become a “better butter burner” to melt away body fat and get the most out of your workouts – all while competing for fun prizes with motivation from FFC’s signature fall workout challenge.

Email endurance@ffc.com for more details and any questions!

Fall Member Appreciation Party – 9/29; 6 – 9 PM

 

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Enjoy the first Thursday of the fall season on our sun deck with fellow members and FFC Lincoln Park staff! Bring a guest to work out and/or enjoy the party on us as a thank you for being a loyal member.  

Light food and drinks will be served from 6-9 PM. RSVP for the event at https://goo.gl/forms/4aeYNLbpObM5jYf92. All members’ guests must be registered to attend. For more information or any questions, contact Kristin Duklewski at kduklewski@ffc.com! 

Parents’ Night Out – 9/24; 5 – 8 PM

 

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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. This month’s Parents’ Night Out event will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 5 – 8 PM.

Parents’ 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. For more information and to register, contact Nneka Ahmad at nahmad@ffc.com!

Join the Adventure (Twice!) Sign Up for 2 August Adventure Runs

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Join Road Runner Sports for not one, but TWO Adventure Runs during the month of August! The first run is a special run with the CARA program and will take place on 8/3 from 7 – 8 PM.

The second run will happen on 8/10 from 7 – 8 PM. Walk or run at your own pace to collect FREE raffle tickets at checkpoints (including FFC Lincoln Park!) for amazing prizes.

During both events, Vendor Village will start at 6:00 PM and the run will start at 7:00 PM! RSVP now!

Sign up: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-chicago-road-runner-sports-adventure-run-tickets-20019637274

Get more information: https://www.facebook.com/Adventure-Run-Chicago-332321426958345/

Lincoln Park Unplugged: Weekly 30-Minute Guided Meditation Sessions

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No matter if you call it 30 minutes of uninterrupted, blissful meditation or 30 minutes of “me” time, it’s the same thing!

Join us every Wednesday night from 7 – 7:30 PM in Studio 3 for our Unplugged meditation session. For more information and to save your spot, email Kathleen Weber at kweber@ffc.com!

Attention Members: Showers Out of Use for Renovations July 3 – 7

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Due to renovations to the men’s locker room, the showers in both locker rooms will be completely shut down and not available for use from July 3 to July 7.

Showers will be available for use Friday, July 8. Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve the club!

Last Chance – 50 Minute Private Pilates Apparatus Sessions for Just $35!

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Train with a Pilates Apprentice as he/she works toward completing Classical Pilates Formula certification. Sessions available through July 15 – visit the Pilates Studio for more info!

This is the LAST chance for a $35 FULL Pilates Session with a teacher-in-training! Offer expires July 15, 2016 – visit the Pilates Studio or Fitness Desk for more info and to sign up!

Lincoln Park Unplugged Meditation – 7/6; 7-7:30 PM

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Take some time for yourself every week and join us every Wednesday evening for Lincoln Park Unplugged!

Enjoy a 30-minute meditation session in Studio 3 from 7 – 7:30 beginning July 6. Contact kweber@ffc.com for more info!