You’re invited! As a thank you for being part of the FFC Family, we invite you to celebrate with us through the rest of April!

Check out the schedule below for some very special Member Appreciation days, including food, fun, fitness & more. Keep an eye out for specific details in the clubs in the coming days!

  • FFC Boystown – Thursday, April 26
  • FFC East Lakeview – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Gold Coast – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Lincoln Park – Monday, April 30
  • FFC Oak Park – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Old Town – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Park Ridge – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC South Loop – Monday, April 30
  • FFC Union Station – Monday, April 30
  • FFC West Loop – Friday, April 27

 

We’d like to give a warm welcome to our new group fitness manager, Heather Hamilton! Heather is excited to be at FFC Gold Coast and will be overseeing group fitness programing and performance training at the club, among other things. Heather has an extensive background in fitness, including many certifications degrees in kinesiology and applied health science. Be sure to say hi when you see Heather around the club!

Join us on Saturday, April 21 from 5 – 8 PM for a evening out of this world! 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. The evening will be filled with fun for mini members of all ages.  

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

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. Participation in the orientation is required to participate in the class.

  • Orientation is Wednesday, April 11 from 6:00-7:30 PM in the community room at FFC Lincoln Park.
  • Class is Sunday, April 15 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at FFC Lincoln Park.

Contact Captain Darrick at captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com to enroll in the orientation.

As you have probably noticed, FFC’s website has gone through an incredible transformation that we are very proud of. As you poke around and get used to this new interface, we’ve put together a list of quick links for your reference that will take you to some of the most important areas of the site. We can’t wait to share this experience with you!

Member Hub – on this page you’ll find everything you need to access at FFC as a member, including

  • Member Login
  • FFC Bucks Login

Store

Refer a friend, get some swag!

Club Programming/eNews

Group Fitness Schedule

Blog

Club Pages – you can get to all of our club pages by visiting the club location map, or by hovering over the “Clubs” menu item

Have more questions or feedback? Please feel free to email us at mmarzoni@ffc.com!

 

Help Your Friends Spring into FFC!
We’ve heard your feedback; we’ve read your surveys. You’ve asked for guest passes; you got it! In April, we are putting 2 free guest passes on every member’s account. Bring in your friends, family and co-workers to experience everything you love about FFC. Passes expire April 30.

Warm weather finally seems to be here and to get you ready we’ve got a ton of specials happening at the spa! Check out the offers below and head into the new season with a spring in your step!

  • One 75-Minute Signature Massage for $105
  • A Signature Facial for $110
  • 20% off leg or arm waxing services

Offers available at all clubs & expire 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

No-Chip Manicure for $42

Offer available only at FFC Lincoln Park & expires 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

Brow Waxing for $18

Offer available only at FFC Union Station & expires 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

Ortanic Offers for April

Take $20 off any Deluxe Ortanic tan Mondays & Tuesdays!

Offer available only at FFC West Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park and  expires April 30, 2018. No two discounts apply

Injuries can happen at any moment—at the gym, in the workplace, in your car or even in your own home. Without proper diagnosis and timely treatment, recovery can often become a slow and painful process.

Physical therapy uses a variety of evidence-based treatments and physical exercises to begin the rehabilitation process at the onset of injury or pain. Through these treatments and exercises, physical therapy can efficiently and effectively strengthen your body, reduce pain and prevent future injury.  

With our  comprehensive programs and services and convenient hours and locations we can help return you to what you love doing best. Don’t forget NovaCare provides you with your very own physical therapist and athletic trainer! You can call or email them at 866.TRY.NOVA or injuryhotline@novacare.com.  Find a complimentary injury screen date during April at your nearest Fitness Formula Club – check out the schedule below!

  • FFC East Lakeview – 4/4; 5:30 – 7:30 AM & 4/28; 9 – 10:30 AM
  • FFC Boystown – 4/7; 9 – 11 AM
  • FFC Lincoln Park – 4/19; 4 – 6 PM
  • FFC Oak Park – 4/11; 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge – 4/7; 9 – 11 AM
  • FFC South Loop – 4/28; 6:30 – 8 PM, walk-ins during regular business hours
    FFC Union Station – 4/18; 12 – 1 PM
  • FFC West Loop – 4/17; 4:15 – 5 PM

Let’s talk about metabolic adaptation. Many of you have probably heard the term “metabolic damage”, which essentially refers to a metabolism that is not working “properly” or “efficiently” for the individual. However, your metabolism cannot really be “damaged”, so there is some controversy around this word.

Essentially, when the metabolism is in a slowed stated (examples would be eliminating carbs or a hypothyroid condition); it’s become that way due to factors that forced it to be there. Sometimes these factors are seemingly “out of our control” but more often than not these factors are our own doing.

So how does a slow metabolism occur? One of the number one culprits is fad dieting, such as eating low calorie or low fat foods for a prolonged period. When you drop your calories too low, the body eventually responds by slowing the metabolism down. This means it can be hard to drop body fat percentage, gain lean muscle, etc. This is how our system keeps us alive, so it’s definitely not a bad thing. If our metabolism didn’t slow down, we would starve to death much more quickly and easily. However, restrictive dieting typically goes hand in hand with yo-yo dieting and/ or binge eating behaviors. These behaviors are why so many struggle with being overweight while simultaneously having a non-optimal metabolism. The combination of gaining weight with a slower metabolism is exactly why so many people get stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting and feeling “trapped” like they cannot get out. Restrict/binge habits of overeating and slowing the metabolism more can cause you to gain more weight from a slowed metabolism, which continually repeats.

So how do you get out of this cycle? I was there once, with a metabolism that didn’t seem to work for me if I ate over 1200 calories a day. But today I am eating 2,700+ on most days. The key is REVERSE DIETING. This is why so many clients are put on a reverse diet, to get the metabolism working in their favor again. Reverse dieting is not only for weight loss, but can also help with muscle gain and fat loss.

Want to learn more about reverse dieting, or have other metabolism related questions? Set up a complimentary consultation with Sarah by emailing her at ssobtka@ffc.com!

Nothing goes better with a sweat session than a great playlist. Whether getting you into a zen zone or helping you pound out that last half-mile or set, music can really do wonders. Check out all of our playlists by visiting https://open.spotify.com/user/ffc_chicago!

FFC curated Spotify playlists