Try This Now: New TRX MAPS Technology

Stop by the TRX MAPS kiosk by the fitness desk and try the new industry-leading technology! TRX MAPS performs a complete body movement scan in under 30 seconds assessing mobility, muscle activation, posture, and symmetry. Results are delivered by email with targeted exercises to help you move better and crush your fitness goals.

January Parents’ Night Out Pajama Party – Saturday, 1/20; 5 – 8 PM

Join us on Saturday, January 20 from 5 – 8 PM for a pajama party!  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.  

Registration ends Friday, January 19.  Contact Nicole at nachille@ffc.com for more information and to reserve your spot today!

Sign Up for 30-Minute Children’s Swim Lessons! Beginning Feb 3 on Saturdays

Whether for exercise, safety or just for pure fun, check out our children’s swim lessons! Beginning February 3, the 30-minute classes will be held Saturdays (at 12 PM for ages 3 – 5 and 12:45 PM for ages 6 and up). Contact Nicole at nachille@ffc.com for more information and to reserve a spot as space is limited!

Parent & Tot Swim Classes – 8 Week Session Beginning February 3 on Saturdays & Sundays

Make a splash this winter and join us with your little ones for our Parent & Tot swim series! These classes focus on acclimating children 2 years and younger to the pool with a parent or guardian.

The 8-week session meets once per week and begins on Saturday, February 3. Choose between Saturdays from 1:30-2:00 PM or Sundays from 1:30-2:00 PM. Contact Nicole at nachille@ffc.com to reserve a spot and for more information.  

South Loop's Member of the Month Phyllis Yeager

Member of the Month: LeAnne Chow

South Loop's Member of the Month Phyllis Yeager

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

What does FFC membership mean to you?

Better health, more energy and less stress!

At FFC, you will find me doing...

Weight training.  The leg press is my favorite!

I workout to…

1980’s music!

New Equipment: Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowers, Life Fitness Integrity DX Treadmills, Integrity DX Upright Bikes & Recumbent Bikes

 

FFC Lincoln Park is excited to announce the addition of 21 Life Fitness Integrity DX Treadmills, 2 Integrity DX Upright Bikes, and 2 Integrity DX Recumbent Bikes in December.

We also added two Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowers.  The number of muscles recruited while rowing provides an effective full-body workout making rowing a huge calorie burner. These two new rowers increase the number of rowers to six total rowers. Check them out the next time you stop by the club!

 

PTC Challenge – “HIIT” This & Win Prizes! December 1 – 31

Performance Training Center Participation Contest

Join in the contest by enrolling in a Performance Training Center membership in December. Participation punch cards will be issued starting December 1. From December 1 – 30 complete the following milestones for these prizes!

  • Complete 4 classes = 1 free smoothie
  • Complete 8 classes = 1 raffle ticket
  • Complete 12 classes = 2 raffle tickets
  • Complete 16 classes = 3 raffle tickets  

At the end of the month one lucky winner will be chosen from the raffle and win a free month of Performance Training Center classes.

Nutrition 101: How to Stay on Track During the Holiday Season

FFC Lincoln Park registered dietitian Sarah Sobotka shares some tips for staying healthy during the upcoming holiday seasons!

The holiday season is upon us and unfortunately, calories are not free during this magical time of year. If you don’t want to be tempted by Grandma’s tower of cream puffs and Uncle Joe’s famous cheesy potato dish, then you need to come up with a game plan to avoid packing on the pounds this holiday season.

Here are a few ideas to help you stay on track toward your goals.

  1. HIT THE GYM: usually, people give you plenty of notice as to when holiday parties will be held, so plan your workout routine accordingly and make sure you hit the gym if you are planning to have a treat at the holiday gathering. Don’t skip the gym just because it’s the holidays.
  2. One plate, One drink: moderation is the name of the game here. Whether its gathering with a sit down meal or one where you are carrying your hor d’oeuvre plate around, only have one plate and one drink. This is especially helpful if you have more than one holiday party to attend in a single evening. And after you’ve had your one plate and one drink, remember let’s try to stick to water.
  3. Avoid trigger foods: if you know having even a taste of that pecan pie with spiced rum frosting is going to lead to an all out derailment of your diet, avoid it until you are able to enjoy it in moderation. If just have to cave or the holidays won’t be the same then practice the three-bite rule for moderation. You’ll get that first taste of sweet nostalgia, a second savory bite, and a third satisfying bite to wrap up and you’ll still feel good. You want the holiday season to be filled with happy memories, not regret and remorse for something you ate.
  4. Just say NO: willpower is like a muscle- work it and it’ll get stronger. Your friends and family aren’t working toward your goals, you are, and you’ve got to practice saying no to what doesn’t make you feel good. Friend and family have a frustrating way of making us feel bad for being mindful about what we put in our bodies as if somehow the party is less fun if we don’t stuff our face. Say no anyways. People will judge harshly what they do not understand but you can feel good knowing you set boundaries for yourself and keep your goals in mind.

Celebrate with Us: FFC Lincoln Park Turns 8!

Come celebrate FFC Lincoln Park’s 8 year anniversary on Thursday, November 16 from 6:30 – 8 PM with an evening of food and drinks from local vendors!

Bring a complimentary guest to work out throughout the day as a thank you for being a loyal member. Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com for additional questions.

new equipment arrival

New Arrivals: New Workout Equipment

FM i11.9 Incline Trainer with iFit Live

(2) brand new Incline Trainers located on the 5th floor have an impressive 30% incline and -3% decline that allows users to recruit more muscles, targeting their quads and glutes.

The Incline Trainer is equipped with a high definition 10 inch (25.4 cm) tablet featuring iFit® and Google Maps™, allowing users to create a new workout every time. 1-STEP™ Controls make this treadmill ideal for HIIT workouts and functional training and simulates actual terrain for realistic walk/run conditions.

Jacobs Ladder

The new Jacobs Ladder will be located on our 4th floor and is designed to work out both the upper and lower body with ladder-type rungs on a non-motorized continuous treadmill. It’s self-paced, so the faster you go, the faster it goes. Jacobs Ladder is preferred by pro football teams, the FBI, the Army, the Navy, West Point and numerous Division I universities to improve their strength and conditioning programs.

Meet Our Featured Massage Therapist, Allison Webb

Allison (Allie) believes the first step to being healthy is listening to what’s going on inside of us and finally committing to changing a few keystone habits.

With her clinical education from the Soma Institute, combined with years of hands on experience, Allie helps those seeking massage first by identifying what the body is trying to tell them about their daily activities and stressors. With that knowledge, an individually-customized treatment plan is created.

Contact Allie at awebb@ffc.com for a complimentary consultation or massage!

Free Food Sampling Event – Friday 11/3 & Saturday 11/11

Want to try new exciting foods? Want to learn more about nutrition? Join Sarah Sobotka, FFC Lincoln Park’s Registered Dietitian at her food sampling table on Friday, November 3 from 7 – 9 AM and Saturday, November 11 from 9 – 11 AM in the lobby. Receive recipes and learn how to make food fun!

Black Friday Children’s “Mini Member” Fitness Class – 11/25

Enroll your child for this one-day class on Friday, November 25, designed for children ages 5-9. Mini members will participate in exercise activities on the turf field to improve coordination, agility, and strength while meeting new friends. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.  

November Parents’ Night Out Friendsgiving Event – Saturday, 11/18; 5 – 8 PM

Join us on Saturday, November 18 from 5 – 8 PM for a celebration of friendship and fun! 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.

Registration ends Friday, November 17.  Contact Nicole at nachille@ffc.com for more information and to reserve your spot today!

Run More Efficiently – Special Workshop with NovaCare Rehabilitation – 11/14; 6:30 PM

Maximize your Running!

Join Mike Kelly, PT of NovaCare Rehabilitation on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM on the 5th floor Performance Training Center Turf Field for a workshop during which he will review the best biomechanics, exercises, and drills to practice for a stronger and faster run. Registration is not necessary. Guests are invited. For more information contact Scott at sl@ffc.com.

Free Kettlebell Workshop – 11/28; 6:30 – 7 PM

Take your workout to the next level! Members are invited to a complimentary Kettlebell swing workshop on Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30 – 7 PM on the turf! All members who attend receive a complimentary Performance Training Center HIIT class!

New Arrivals: Life Fitness Integrity Treadmills, Upright Bikes & Recumbent Bikes

FFC Lincoln Park is excited to announce the addition of 6 Life Fitness Integrity DX Treadmills, 2 Integrity DX Upright Bikes, and 2 Integrity DX Recumbent Bikes. Keep an eye out and give them a try the next time you’re in the club!

Halloween Events at FFC

October Haunted Spa Day – Tuesday, 10/31

Halloween Events at FFC

Visit the spa if you dare on Tuesday, October 31 for a transformed space of ghostly therapists, treats, and fun! Pre-book your 60-minute massage for $70 – available only on 10/31!

Contact the spa to take advantage of the one day spooktacular offer.

October Parents’ Night Out – 10/21; 5 – 8 PM

Join us on Saturday, October 21 from 5 – 8 PM for a costume party! 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.

Something’s brewing and it will be fun, a wicked good time for everyone!

Registration ends Friday, October 20. Contact Nicole at nachille@ffc.com for more information and to reserve your spot today!

Mom, Pop + Tots Yoga – Every Sunday Starting 10/15; 8:30 – 9:15 AM

Kids and parents will experience a fun and energy-releasing class that introduces the kids to the practice of yoga. Beginning Sunday, October 15, join instructor Mandy Goode from 8:30 – 9:15 AM in Studio 3.

Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks. Minimum age to participate is 8 years of age. Cost for the 8 week program is $120 for the first child of the family and the cost of the 8 week program for additional children is $100.

Maximize Your Running with NovaCare and the PTC! – 10/24; 6:15 PM

Join Mike Kelly, PT of NovaCare Rehabilitation on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:15 PM on the 5th floor Performance Training Center Turf Field for a workshop where he will review best biomechanics, exercises, and drills for you to get stronger and faster. Register is not necessary. Guests are invited. For more information contact Scott at sl@ffc.com.

Outdoor Deck Party – Tuesday, 9/19; 6:30-8 PM

Join us Tuesday, September 19 from 6:30 – 8 PM for an evening of food and drink with your favorite FFC Lincoln Park staff on the outdoor deck. Bring a complimentary guest to work out throughout the day as a thank you for being a loyal member. Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com for additional questions.

Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting – Wednesday, 9/13; 6 – 7 PM

Join Sarah Sobotka, RD, LDN on Wednesday, September 13 from 6-7pm in the community room to learn about intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Intermittent fasting is a dieting pattern that sounds too good to be true. Is it? Could fasting help you lose weight, boost energy and improve your overall health? Get the facts!

RSVP to this event by emailing Sarah at ssobotka@ffc.com.

New: Iso-Body Boot Camp – Demos Start 9/6, Boot Camp Starts 10/2

Add a challenge to your health and fitness regimen with FFC Lincoln Park’s New Iso-Body Boot Camp.  The class will consist of a combination of progressive isometric and body weight exercises designed to increase strength and flexibility while helping you burn fat and build muscle!

Boot Camp Demo Classes to be held on September 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 5:30 AM. Boot Camp Begins October 2, 2017. Sign up for 4 or 8 classes! Contact Bill Busch for more information at wbusch@ffc.com

September Spa Specials & Welcome New Team Members!

Recover at the Spa in September

We’re heading into marathon season and we’ve got recovery on the brain! Bounce back from your workout and prevent injury with a 60-minute sports massage for $89 in September!

Welcome New Spa Team Members!

Please welcome Carrie Campana, Allison Webb, and Carlye Pollack to the FFC Lincoln Park Spa team!

Carlye Pollack, LMT graduated from the National Holistic Institute of San Francisco.. She aims to provide her clients with comfort, relief, and knowledge so they can continually take part in their own wellness.  Her sessions are infused with an amalgamation of modalities including deep tissue, ortho-bionomy, and myofascial release to reduce pain and hypertonicity.

 

Allison believes the first step to being healthy, is listening to what’s going on inside of us and finally committing to changing a few keystone habits. With her clinical education from the Soma Institute combined with years of hands on experience, Allison helps those seeking massage first by identifying what the body is trying to tell you about your daily activities and stressors. Allison then creates a customized plan that includes regular massage maintenance in the form of deep tissue, trigger point work, passive stretching, hot stone and so forth to achieve substantial differences in: range of motion, stress management, athletic performance and improving over-all body-mind connection.

 

Carrie has been a LMT for 6 years in Chicago. She currently is an instructor for the Cortiva School for Massage Therapy. She specializes in deep tissue, prenatal, and Swedish work.

September Parents’ Night Out – 9/16; 5 – 8 PM

Join us on Saturday, September 16 from 5 – 8 PM for a Roald Dahl themed evening! 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 games where they’ll get to test their brain power, dinner, a movie, and a back to school giveaway! The evening will be filled with fun for mini members of all ages!

Registration ends Friday, September 15. Contact Nicole at nachille@ffc.com for more information and to reserve your spot today!

Get Scuba Certified! Orientation 9/20; 6 – 7:30 PM, Class 9/24; 1 – 8 PM

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 the orientation being held on Wednesday, September 20 in the Community Room at FFC Lincoln Park from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  

Class is from 1:00 – 8:00 PM on Sunday, September 24 at FFC Lincoln Park.  

Contact Captain Darrick at captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com for more information and to enroll for the orientation.

Rooftop Skyline Massage Now Available!

Enjoy a therapeutic massage on our rooftop overlooking the beautiful Chicago skyline this summer. Individual and couple massages are available. Stop by the spa to schedule a massage or contact Amanda at awilhelm@ffc.com for more information. Please note, appointments are weather permitting.

Member Update: Fix Me! Stickers

 

You may have noticed “Fix Me” stickers on our equipment. We have implemented a new system in order to decrease the downtime of our equipment for you.

The sticker contains a number that you can use to text the machine number and problem you are experiencing directly to our maintenance if needed. For any questions, contact sl@ffc.com!

August Parents’ Night Out – Saturday, 8/26; 5 – 8 PM

Join us on Saturday, August 26 from 5 – 8 PM for a Back to School Bash! 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 games where they’ll get to test their brain power, dinner, a movie, and a back to school giveaway! The evening will be filled with fun for mini members of all ages!

Registration ends Friday, August 18. Contact Melissa at mscott@ffc.com for more information and to reserve your spot today!

Make a Splash with Children’s Swim Lessons

It’s almost time to head back to school and children’s swim lessons start back up again! The next session of children swim lessons begin on Saturday, August 26.

Sessions will be held on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 and 12:45 PM for ages 3 and up. Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com for more information and to reserve a spot!

Mom, Pop, & Tots Swim Classes

 

Get your  toes in the water! Mom, Pop & Tot classes are focused on acclimating children 2 years and younger to the pool with a parent or guardian.

Choose between Saturdays from 1:30 – 2:00 PM or Sundays from 1:30 – 2:00 PM. Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com to reserve a spot and for more information.  

Outdoor Deck Party – Monday, 7/17; 6:30 – 8:00 PM

You are invited to an evening of food and drink with your favorite FFC Lincoln Park staff on Monday, July 17 from 6:30 – 8 PM on the outdoor deck.

Bring a complimentary guest to work out throughout the day as a thank you for being a loyal member! Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com for additional questions.

Parents’ Night Out – 7/15; 5 – 8 PM

Step right up and join us Saturday, July 15th from 5:00-8:00pm for a night at the carnival!

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 night filled with fun, games, prizes, & food!

Registration ends Friday, July 14 – reserve your spot today or find out more by contacting Melissa at mscott@ffc.com.

Mom, Pop & Tots Swim Lessons – 7/15 (Runs 8 Weeks)

Make this summer a splash! Mom, Pop, & Tot classes are focused on acclimating children 2 years and younger to the pool with a parent or guardian. The 8-week session meets once per week and begins on Saturday, July 15.

Choose between Saturdays from 1:30-2:00 PM or Sundays from 1:30-2:00 PM.  Contact Melissa Scott at mscott@ffc.com to reserve a spot and for more information.  

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.