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SCUBA Diving

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Are you for SCUBA?!

Have you ever dreamed of swimming alongside the beautiful, exotic aquatic life in the crystal blue waters of the continental coasts (or anywhere, for that matter)? Dive into your deepest adventurous desires and get SCUBA certified!

Guaranteed to provide the utmost safety and success of your dive training experience, Fitness Formula Clubs and Captain Darrick Lorenzen’s Divemax Scuba Schools, rated Number One SCUBA training agency in the Midwest, organize and guide fundamental dive training during various sessions throughout the year.

All individuals considering enrollment must attend a complimentary orientation*, then complete your basic skills course**.

*Orientation from 6-7:30 pm

  • Halsted Street: Tuesday, Nov. 4
  • Union Station: Wednesday, Nov. 5
  • Lincoln Park: Thursday, Nov. 6
  • Oak Park: Tuesday, Nov. 11

**Basic Skills Course from 7:30 am – 4 pm

  • Union Station: Sunday, Nov. 9
  • Oak Park: Sunday, Nov. 16

For more information, or to confirm your attendance at the free orientation, please contact Captain Darrick at 773-732-8972 or captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com. Special scheduling can be accommodated. Additional fees apply for open water dives and equipment. Non-members welcome!

Fitness Trick or Treat

Monday, October 27 – Friday, October 31. Free for all 353 Fitness Center Members.
Let’s trick or treat in fitness style! For every check in you log during the week of October 27, you will select a card, which has either a “trick,” an exercise to perform, or a “treat,” discounts on products and services for giveaways! For more information, please contact Jennifer Dahl at jdahl@ffc.com.

Spooky Spinning – 90-Minute Spinning Class Returns!

Monday, October 27, 5:30-7 pm. Free for members and their guests.
Burn twice as many calories with our fun, fast-paced 90-minute Spinning class! This class features a series of interval rides, increased and decreased resistance, hill climbing, sprints and much more – all set to Halloween-themed music for an extra special treat. Costumes are welcome! It’s guaranteed to be so much fun, it’s scary! For more information, contact Jennifer Dahl at jdahl@ffc.com.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Throughout the month of October, the 353 Fitness Center will be fundraising for Bright Pink! Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals. All members who make a donation to Bright Pink will have their name posted in the Club. For more information, or to make your donation, visit http://www.brightpink.org/. Thank you for your support!

Breast Cancer Awareness Donation Class

Monday, October 27, 12-12:45 pm, Mesirow Financial Auditorium. Free for all 353 N Clark building tenants*. *Suggested $20.00 donation
Join Jennifer Dahl for a WERQ Dance Fitness class to sweat for a great cause! WERQ® is the fiercely fun dance fitness workout set to current pop, rock and hip-hop music. The warmup previews the dance steps used in class, the cool down includes balance and yoga-inspired poses. Clear cueing helps you follow along easily so that you can WERQ® songs you know and love, and burn some serious calories! WERQ® is appropriate for all levels of fitness and dance ability. For more information, please contact Jennifer Dahl at jdahl@ffc.com.

Complimentary Injury Screening from NovaCare Rehabilitation at the 353 Fitness Center

Wednesday, October 29, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Have you been experiencing minor, but persistent, ankle, knee, back (or other) pain? Have it assessed during your workday – at no charge! Stop in to see a Licensed Physical Therapist from NovaCare Rehab who will assess your injury and help you decide whether you need a revised exercise and stretching routine, or determine if further medical attention is required and recommend a physician. Schedule your 15-minute complimentary screening by contacting Jennifer Dahl at jdahl@ffc.com or 312.445.5242 by Monday, October 27. Walk-ins will also be welcome. For more information about NovaCare Rehabilitation, please visit http://www.novacare.com/chicagoland.htm.

Save the Date – 353 Fitness Center Turns 5 in November!

Join us for a month full of fun, fitness and special festivities as we celebrate five amazing years! Guest passes, activities, discounts, prizes and giveaways will be offered throughout the month with a culminating special event. A full list of evens will be sent out by October’s end, and will be listed at www.ffc.com/353fitnesscenter. Thank you for another amazing year- we wouldn’t be here without the support of our valuable members!