New: Pilates for Back Pain – Tuesdays/Fridays at 6 AM Starting January 2

Do you have lower back pain when you wake up – or any kind of back pain, for that matter? Join Lisa Leverett as she creates a Pilates programming using Mat Pilates that will focus on getting you back into a fully functional, less painful state.

Classes will start January 2 and run Tuesdays/Fridays at 6 AM in the racquetball room. Price is $78 for 6 sessions. Email lleverett@ffc.com for more information and to sign up. Classes will be filling up quickly!

TRX Tuesday

TRY TRX: Small Group TRX Training – Wednesdays, 6 AM

TRX Tuesday

Join Master Trainer Eric Alexon and challenge yourself with TRX! This class has everything – cardio, strength, balance, flexibility, core building and most importantly, fun. Get ready to start the new year right!

Classes run Wednesdays at 6 AM at FFC Old Town. For more information and to sign up, email Eric at ealexon@ffc.com!

Get Results with Performance Training – Monday – Saturday, Times Vary

January may be time for resolutions, but this January, instead of just making a resolution, do something about it. Join PTC and we guarantee you will see change. Get unlimited classes and special perks for just $99 per month. Classes run Monday – Saturday, times vary.

First class is always complimentary – for more information or to sign up, email Ryan Oswald at roswald@ffc.com.

New: Try Krav Maga Before Unlimited Class Pricing Rises!

Ever wondered about learning self-defense?  This is not about martial arts, but is also about learning to truly defend yourself in case the situation ever arises.  

Krav Maga teaches you the fundamental skills needed to protect you and your family in tough situations.  On January 1, 2018, pricing of the unlimited classes will rise, so come take advantage of locking in the lower rate through the end of the year.  First classes are always free.  Contact Jeff Horvitz at krav@ffc.com  for more information!

Veteran’s Day Open House at FFC Old Town – 11/11; All Day

On Veterans Day, this Saturday 11/11, FFC Old Town will be offering free guest passes to anyone in the military (active or retired) or police force. Our normal PTC classes will take on a special format, and all are welcome to participate.

Alpha Krav Maga Chicago will be offering free trials to all their beginner-level classes on both Saturday and Sunday as well. Thank you to all those who are serving and have served! For any questions, please email Ryan at roswald@ffc.com.

#BurnBeforeTheBird Pre-Thanksgiving Boot Camp – Thursday AMs; 6 AM

Get your burn on before the holidays with our 4-week #BurnBeforeTheBird boot camp on Thursday mornings at 6 AM, starting October 26.

Classes are in session but registrations are still welcome. Email Jordan at jward@ffc.com for more information, questions and to sign up!

 

Donate or Volunteer for Bread of Life this November! – 11/11; 2 – 3:15 PM

FFC Old Town member Cristina Alvarado participates in a non-profit outreach called Bread of Life, who is looking for donations and volunteers for their upcoming event on Saturday, November 11 from 2 – 3:15 PM. 

Want to be a part of giving back? Please reach out to Cristina Alvarado for more information by emailing her at ms.cristina@att.net.

 

About Bread of Life

Bread of Life is a non-profit homeless outreach ministry that partners alongside multiple churches and the community of Chicago. It serves as many as 150 individuals weekly by providing meals and clothing.

Try This Now: Performance Training Classes – Completely Customized For Your Fitness Level

PTC classes are now in full swing, and during August our theme will be endurance. Join us as we challenge your muscles to resist fatigue and build strength, all in time for the last of beach season.

Classes can now be booked via the FFC app, with a maximum reservation of 16 per class. Unlimited classes are $99 per month and are held Monday through Thursday at 7 PM, and Saturday mornings at 10 AM. Contact Ryan Oswald roswald@ffc.com for more information.

Try Group Apparatus Pilates at FFC Old Town! – Saturdays at 9:30 AM & Thursdays at 6:30 PM

Group apparatus classes are a great way to enjoy the benefits of Pilates in a small group training environment. Join Lisa Leverett on Saturdays at 9:30 AM and Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM every week as she brings back the most popular Pilates format in the country to FFC Old Town!

To sign up and for more information, contact Lisa at  lleverett@ffc.com.

The Performance Training Center at FFC Old Town is NOW OPEN!

We are excited to announce that the Performance Training Center is now open at FFC Old Town!

What is performance training?

The PTC features group training classes built on achieving optimal fitness results through progressive lifting and metabolic conditioning. We have state of the art equipment from Life Fitness, so come check it out.  Our class schedule is Monday through Thursday at 7 PM, and Saturdays at 10 AM. The price is $99 for unlimited classes and as always, the first class is complimentary.  

Welcome New Staff

Welcome Lisa Leverett!

Welcome New Staff

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Pilates instructor, Lisa Leverett!  

She comes from a strong background in fitness and dance, and brings her years of experience to our club.  She is offering complimentary Pilates sessions during the month of July, so come check out how Pilates can help you! Contact her at lleverett@ffc.com.

Coming Soon: Performance Training Classes at FFC Old Town!

Performance Training is coming to Old Town! By now you have heard about our renovations, and we are getting ready to start our Performance Training Center classes. This new area of functional training is outfitted with the latest offerings from Life Fitness. We are so excited to have this show-stopper at our club that we want to invite you to come try a class for yourself!

Email roswald@ffc.com for more information about class sign up.

About PTC

  • Unlimited classes are just $99 a month.
  • Class schedule will start Mon – Thurs 7 – 8 PM and Saturday 10 – 11 AM. Area will be reserved exclusively for class use starting 10 minutes prior to class. Please plan your workouts accordingly. Thank you.

Check Out These 2 New Small Group Training Options at FFC Old Town

TRX-Specific Group Training with Eric Alexon

  • Tuesdays 6:30 AM and Wednesdays 6:30 PM

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the TRX and the ways it can challenge your muscles? Eric Alexon is starting a TRX-specific training class, designed to challenge your core, improve your flexibility, and really push your fitness to a whole new level. Email ealexon@ffc.com for more information.

Small Group Training with Lisa Dobie & Eric Alexon

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 PM

While we have always had small group training here at FFC Old Town, the addition of Eric Alexon as an instructor will truly enhance your experience.  Eric brings 20 years of professional tennis coaching to truly up your fitness game this summer. Tag-teaming with Lisa Dobie, who has been an elite volleyball coach for 10 years, will produce some of the most fun, challenging classes FFC Old Town has to offer.

Classes are filling up fast, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to work with these two legends! Email Lisa at ldobie@ffc.com or Eric for more information and to sign up!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Stephanie Fritze, FFC Old Town’s April Member of the Month! We asked Stephanie about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

A place where I can dedicate time to my wellness, while also balancing my weekly tasks.

When at FFC you will find me…

On the Stairmaster.

I work out to…

Kanye West

Try the Hot 2017 Small Group Training Trend at FFC Old Town!

Small group classes are one of the top training trends for 2017!  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to achieve results, have fun, and meet people all at once! For options and new classes, contact Andrew Lee at alee@ffc.com.

Test Your Strength – Atomic Pushup Contest – 4/10; 6 PM

Join us with FFC Old Town personal trainer Eric Alexon on April 10 at 6 PM on the fitness floor for an Atomic Push-up contest. Winners will get a complimentary personal training session with him!

For more details, email Eric at ealexon@ffc.com.

 

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Scott Zimmerman, FFC Old Town’s March Member of the Month! We asked Scott about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Hard work

When at FFC you will find me…

The weight area or the TredClimb machine

I work out to…

To make everyday life easier

New Small Group Training Offerings!

As small group training continues to grow at Old Town, we are adding more classes.  In addition to our current schedule, Andrew Lee (alee@ffc.com) has openings for his new 6:30 PM class Tuesday evenings. Please RSVP directly to Andrew for more information.

Small group training offers everything you love about boutique fitness programming – motivation, the opportunity to challenge yourself and make new friends – all in one place!

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

If you haven’t met our newest trainers, come by and say hi!  

  • Eric Alexon (ealexon@ffc.com) is a former tennis pro that has more than 20 years of experience in training and fitness.  
  • Jordan Ward (jward@ffc.com) comes to us from working in a clinic with overweight patients, and can really help you jumpstart your workouts.  

Email them to set your complimentary personal training session today!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Emily Benson, FFC Old Town’s February Member of the Month! We asked Emily about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

It means getting my butt kicked and loving it.

When at FFC you will find me…

Making faces at Natasha.  

I work out to…

Whatever 80’s music Natasha feels like making me listen to. 

The Number One Trend In Fitness: Small Group Training – Try It Today!

Small Group training is the number one trend in the fitness industry right now, so don’t miss out on these fun, interactive classes happening at Old Town. They are the perfect complement to starting your fitness routine off right! Email Ryan Oswald at roswald@ffc.com for more information. The current schedule is as follows:

  • Saturdays 9 AM
  • Tuesday 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday (intermediate level) 6:00 AM
  • Thursday 7:00 AM

How Matt Damon Became Jason Bourne: Krav Maga

Ever wonder how Matt Damon learned all those moves to become Jason Bourne?  His secret was Krav Maga, and you too can learn all of them here at FFC Old Town.  

Come try a class, and with the new MYZONE heart rate monitoring, see how effective this program is at shredding calories and teaching you something at the same time!  Classes are conveniently held in the mornings and evenings, so there is no excuse to not get started today. Contact Ryan Oswald at roswald@ffc.com for more information.

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Meet new FFC Old Town trainer Eric Alexon! Eric brings years of training experience to our facility and is ready to help you out. His background includes professional tennis (both as a player and coach) as well as equipment ambassador. Contact him today atealexon@ffc.com to set up a session and learn from one of the greats!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

 

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Sean Oliveira, FFC Old Town’s January Member of the Month! We asked Sean about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

It means continuing to push myself to be stronger and faster than I was the day before.

When at FFC you will find me…

All around, trying new stuff!

I work out to…

Maintain a healthy lifestyle… while consuming lots of pizza.

Saturday Morning High Intensity MYZONE Workouts at 10:00 AM

In order to keep up your workouts and blast some MEPS, we are continuing the Saturday morning group workouts throughout January! These workouts are open to everyone (and complementary) and completed in an “every minute on the minute” style.  

Meet at the fitness desk and burn off those holiday calories! Email roswald@ff.com for more information or to sign up.

This Year Resolve to Try Krav Maga

We live in a dangerous world; prepare yourself to fight like Jason Bourne, all while getting an intense workout at the same time. Our Krav Maga program is one of the highest rated in the country, so come learn something, and get a great workout!

Classes are available every day except Sunday. Times vary. For more information and to sign up, email krav@ffc.com!

Welcome New Staff

Congratulations to Ryan Oswald, FFC Old Town’s New General Manager!

Welcome New Staff

Western South Dakota is among the most remote places in the United States, so just the fact that I am from there should be testament enough to who I am. In case there are any doubters, I wanted to take a moment to let you know a little bit about me as I step into the General Manager role at FFC Old Town. I have been with FFC since 2007, starting as a personal trainer at the Halsted location and working my way up to Fitness Director in 2013. I have worked with a lot of great people over the years, and gained a lot of knowledge of the fitness industry. Prior to me joining FFC, I lived in the UK, where I studied exercise physiology.

I have always enjoyed fitness so it was natural to undertake it in college. I have played soccer my whole life, including captaining my collegiate team and some semi-pro. I love all sports, and now I have transitioned into the easier joint activity of cross country skiing.

I look forward to meeting all of our members, and helping to make sure they have the best experience of any health club in Chicago. I wish everyone a happy holiday season, filled with intense workouts at FFC Old Town powered by Myzone! Thank you!

-Ryan Oswald, FFC Old Town General Manager

Thank You THE LEDGE FFC Old Town Staff!

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Truly remarkable people cross our paths very few times in our lives, so when they do, we must take notice.  Tom Petraitis is one of those people, and over the years has solidified himself as the “rock” of our climbing program even more than our wall.

However, as unbelievable as he is, increased competition for climbing in the city has forced us to make the difficult decision to permanently close THE LEDGE – OLD TOWN. The final date for climbing here will be December 20, after which, we will be moving in a new direction with the space.

Tom will continue to carry the climbing torch onto a new horizon, our Park Ridge location hopefully opening by the end of the year. He will be managing the beautiful new version of THE LEDGE – PARK RIDGE Climbing Wall there. Tom was heavily involved in the design of this new wall, and we know it will be another stunning climbing destination within FFC. Be sure to check it out!  For more information on climbing at LEDGE-2 at FFC Park Ridge, please contact tpetraitis@ffc.com.

As the general manager of FFC Old Town, I’d like to personally thank Tom and all of his LEDGE staff, for contributing so much to the success of FFC Old Town over the years.  In addition, I want you all to know that your dedication, passion, and hard work have been the bedrock of the wall and without you, it would not have enjoyed the success it did. We wish you nothing but the best in continuing the challenge of building a new climbing community in Park Ridge, and truly thank you for your service here.

Please take the opportunity to thank Tom and his staff, and to get one last climb in on THE LEDGE – OLD TOWN before December 20. I will follow up with more details when plans have been solidified. For more information, please email roswald@ffc.com.

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Joe Bolokowicz, FFC Old Town’s December Member of the Month! We asked Joe about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

That I have the freedom and flexibility to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

When at FFC you will find me….

At FFC Old Town, on the climbing wall somewhat successfully trying to defy gravity. At FFC South Loop, burning off the day’s stress with the free weights and FreeMotion machines.

I work out to…

Stay healthy and fit; both mentally and physically, and for the challenge of pushing myself to my limits and the sense of accomplishment that comes with it.

 

Old Town Holiday Charity Drive – 11/29 – 12/20

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FFC Old Town will be participating in this year’s Old Town Holiday Charity Drive. From 11/29 – 12/20, FFC Old Town will be one of the 15 designated drop off locations in Old Town where you can bring nonperishable food items, new or gently-worn winter clothing, and household supplies/toiletries to support Deborah’s Place and Chicago House.

By bringing in items for the charity drive, you can receive a 3-day guest pass for a friend (if you are already a member) or yourself, if you are not yet a member of our FFC family! Tis the season of giving, so we are DELIGHTED to be a part of it! Visit the membership department for more details.

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Linda Bontempo, FFC Old Town’s November Member of the Month! We asked Linda about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share: 

Membership at FFC means…

Friendly, welcoming staff and a clean facility.

When at FFC you will find me…

Working out with the many knowledgeable instructors.

I work out to…

My favorite instructors – I love the variety of workout classes!

Men’s “Movember” Cancer Awareness Month at FFC Old Town

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As we have in past years, we again celebrate this November with our support of those fighting and involved with the fight against cancer as well as honoring our “Movember Mustache Monday”, taking place on November 14.  We will have mustaches available at the front desk to wear during your workout to show your support! Turn it in and you will receive a complimentary guest pass added to your account to bring a friend to FFC Old Town for a workout!

November is a special month for me, as many of you know, I lost my fiance Marshall Klemmt to complications with his testicular cancer in April of 2000. November 11, he would have been 40. He was one of the most amazing individuals I ever had the honor of having in my life, so while I move forward, I never forget and always try to honor him, as so many others are affected by this horribly devastating disease. Happy Birthday Marshall! In your honor, and those loved ones also lost, we will continue this fight for so many that need us. FFC Old Town will always play a part! – Lisa Gregorich, FFC Old Town General Manager

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Drew Fries, FFC Old Town’s October Member of the Month! We asked Drew about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

This club is really just a great group of people coming together to better themselves. I am very proud to be a part of it.

When at FFC you will find me…

I spend most of my time with weights. My routine varies by rotating muscle groups to avoid any muscular imbalances which is why I never skip leg day!

I work out to …

Be mentally and physically healthy. Working out simply makes me happy.

Train Hard, Get Results: 1 Free Week of Krav Maga at FFC Old Town

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For the month of October, Krav Academy will be offering 1 free week to members to experience what all the buzz is upstairs! Not only a full-body workout that will get you results like you’ve never seen, Krav makes learning self-defense fun. Please call Jeff Horvitz at (312) 474-0224 to schedule your free week.

This will be a one-time offer and all 7 days must be in a row and can not be split over a period of time. We train and play hard so please feel free to stop by and check it out. See you soon.

FFC Old Town’s Cancer Awareness Day – 10/18

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October is National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. FFC Old Town always joins the fight against cancer in any way that it can. Show your support of the fight on Tuesday, October 18 by wearing pink and receive a complimentary guest pass to your account by adding your name to our list of supporters at the front desk.

We appreciate our members supporting the fight for such a devastating disease.

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

Phillip Bridges is a new personal trainer at FFC Old Town. He initially became a trainer because of his passion for movement, and demonstrates his passion each day in how he trains those he trains. His training philosophy is based on what he learned when working in the strength and conditioning department at the University of Dayton. The exercises and practices he used with NCAA Division I collegiate athletes are the same techniques he uses with his clients and athletes to help them reach their goals. Ultimately, Phillip works to improve and change people’s lives at FFC through movement and nutrition coaching.  

Interested in working with Phillip? He can be reached at pbridges@ffc.com or any time you see him in the club. He loves to talk sports, training and fitness and is happy to assist with any questions you may have!

Participate in Old Town’s LIVE WELL Health & Wellness Series – Oct 3 – 8

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FFC Old Town is so excited to be part of the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association’s LIVE WELL Health & Wellness Showcase!

From October 3 – 8 leading up to the Chicago Marathon, we will be featured amongst the diverse and abundant wellness establishments with special discounts, activities, an active Old Town Scavenger Hunt, and more!

For more information, visit http://oldtownchicago.org/events-archive/live-well-health-wellness-showcase/.

 

Krav Maga: The Best New Workout You’ve Never Heard Of

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Did you know we offer Krav Maga classes at FFC Old Town?! 

Krav Maga is a total-body workout. The Israeli military form of fighting is a very real world-based martial art that can help you not only get stronger, but also protect yourself against home invaders, car jackers, or even active shooters. The skills you will learn in Krav Maga will also teach out how to defend yourself against weapons and multiple attackers. These life-changing and life-saving techniques will protect you and your loved ones. Come check it out! For more information and to sign up, contact Jeff at jhorvitz@ameritech.net.

Our partners, Alpha Krav Maga Compound, cannot host great classes without their fantastic instructors to teach them!

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Lou Velez

Lou teaches our morning classes and is a certified Alpha Krav Maga coach, Level 3 Krav Maga Force Training Division, LEO certified, Alpha Krav Maga Blue Line Division Member and a SWAT Operator.

 

 

 

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Al Ramos

Al teaches early morning and weekend classes and is a certified Krav Maga instructor/ Expert Level, and certified LEO/Force Training Division. He holds a ranking of 2 Dan in HapkiDo, 1 Dan in Tae kwon do, and has over 20 years of experience as a Chicago Police Officer and Tactical Response Officer.

 

 

 

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Becky Abelson

Ms. Becky Abelson is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Certified Level 1, Certified Kav Maga Instructor (Phase B) and has practiced Krav Maga since 2007.

 

 

 

More about Alpha Krav Maga Compound

In addition to Krav Maga classes, Alpha Krav Maga Compound also teaches Weapons Training, Boxing, Kickboxing, BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and Muay Thai self defense-based classes, as well as Knock Out Bag, Core and Core 30 Bag, X-Fit and Yoga fitness classes.

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

FFC Old Town would like to extend a warm welcome to Brian Hanneman!

Brian is our newest trainer here at FFC Old Town. He recently finished the ACE FFC personal training certification program and also took part in the USA Weightlifting Sports Conditioning certification course. He has been involved in sports and fitness since he was young and has a passion for exercise and healthy living. His family is from Chicago, born on the northwest side of the city. Brian stayed active in after school activities and enjoyed the outdoors. He is excited to share his enjoyment of fitness with his coworkers and members alike!

FFC Old Town’s Unlimited Group Apparatus Pilates Schedule for September

 

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It’s time to get back into a routine (or even try something new!) During the month September, get access to UNLIMITED Group Apparatus Pilates classes at your club for only $99! For any questions, email Kristin Strom at kstrom@ffc.com. Check out FFC Old Town’s Unlimited class schedule below!

  • Monday: 6 AM and 9 AM – Anne
  • Tuesday: 6 AM and 9 AM – Anne
  • Tuesday: 6:30 PM – Natasha
  • Wednesday: 6:30 AM – Natasha
  • Thursday: 6 AM and 9 AM – Anne
  • Friday: 9 AM – Anne
  • Saturday: 10 AM and 11 AM – Anne