October Parent’s’ Night Out – 10/21; 4 – 7 PM

Join us on Saturday, October 21 from 4 – 7 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 Chris at cirwin@ffc.com for more information and to reserve your spot today!

Last Field Market Days of the Season! – 10/14; 2 – 6 PM

Join us on Saturday, 10/14 from 2 – 6 PM on the South Terrace of the Field Museum for the last Field Market Days event of the season!

Enjoy fresh produce from local farmers, fruits, breads, honey, cookies, food provided by Field to Table Catering and Events, Craft beer specially brewed for The Field Museum, live music, children’s activities presented by Detour 2 Discovery & British International School South Loop and much more.

Stop by and visit some of the local businesses on hand including Gordon’s Ace Hardware (providing key cutting and knife sharpening services); Fitness Formula Clubs (fitness assessments, fun and give aways), and Pork & Mindy’s (selling their famous sauces). We’ll see you there!

Try This: Complimentary HYPERICE Foam Rolling Demo Series

Feeling sore? Enjoy one of the following complimentary HYPERICE foam rolling demos with a number of our personal training professionals. Check out the schedule below, and contact eonate@ffc.com for more information.

  • Michael Barajas:  Wednesday 10/4;  6:30 PM
  • Ben Timmis:  Thursday 10/12; 6:30 PM
  • Jose Vasquez:  Monday 10/16; 6:30 PM
  • James Griego:  Thursday 10/26; 6:30 PM

 

Join Us for a Freaky Friday Fitness Weight Training Workshop on 10/13!

On Friday, October 13, join us at 7 AM for a Freaky Friday Halloween weight training workshop that will focus on interval weight lifting training to help build mass with FFC trainers Jose and Ben.

For more information, contact jvasquez@ffc.com.

 

Congratulations to Ben Timmis!

Congratulations to FFC South Loop’s very own trainer Ben Timmis, who is now a certified massage therapist! Members and staff are already raving about the myofascial work that he has mastered.

Schedule up at the front desk or online to understand the healing power of various massage options.  Contact Ben at btimmis@ffc.com!

Halloween Events at FFC

It’s That Time Again – The Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Halloween Events at FFC

Can you believe Halloween is right around the corner?! Our annual employee pumpkin decorating contest is coming up soon and we will need all of your help with the voting and crowning our 2017 winner! 

Pumpkins will be on display near the front desk by the week of the Oct 22, when voting will commence. 

September Spa Specials

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!

Get Excited for What’s To Come: Upcoming Renovation Updates

We are thrilled to announce we will be starting some exciting renovations to the club toward the end of August. The biggest improvements will be in the locker rooms and will include new tile, glass showers, enhanced lighting and other aesthetic upgrades. Additionally, we will be changing some lobby tile, refurbishing the membership office and replacing the Fitness Desk with a smaller version, freeing up more floor space for you.

During portions of the construction, parts of either the men’s or women’s locker rooms will be unavailable as the phases of construction are completed. We will be supplying updates as frequently as possible throughout the process to keep you in the loop.

Please stay tuned for more details and communication throughout the club and thank you in advance for your patience as we make these upgrades to FFC South Loop!

August Parents’ Night Out – Saturday, 8/19; 4 – 7 PM

Join us Saturday, August 19 from 4 – 7 PM for the last Parents’ Night Out of the summer! We take the kids while you enjoy an evening at the theater, a romantic dinner, catching up with friends or simply quiet time with your partner. Our mini members will enjoy a night filled with fun, games & food!

Reserve your spot today! Email Chris Irwin at cirwin@ffc.com to inquire about pricing, or stop by the front desk to reserve a spot (as space is limited.)

Check out Field Market Days – 8/26, 9/23 and 10/14

Join us on the South Terrace of the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive) during the Saturdays listed and check out the newest farmer’s market on the Near South Side! Enjoy fresh produce from Midwest Foods, food from Field to the Table Catering and Events, and a craft beer specially brewed for The Field Museum.

2 – 6 PM during the following Saturdays:

  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 14, 2017

Presented by Near South Planning Board. For more information, visit www.theNSPB.com.

Join us for Fitness At The Field, Now Through August 20 – Sundays, 8 – 9 AM

Join us every Sunday morning 8 – 9 AM from July 9 – August 20 on the Northwest Terrace of the Field Museum for outdoor fitness classes that are guaranteed to make you sweat! Check out the schedule below – contact Sherry at ssteele@ffc.com for any questions!

July Parents’ Night Out – 7/29; 4 – 7 PM

Join us Saturday, July 29 from 4 – 7 PM for our July Parents’ Night Out!

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 & food!

Reserve your spot today! Email Chris Irwin at cirwin@ffc.com to inquire about pricing or stop by the front desk to reserve a spot as space is limited.

Fitness at the Field: Outdoor Fitness Classes Every Sunday AM at the Field Museum this Summer!

Join us every Sunday morning 8 – 9 aM from July 9 – August 20 on the Northwest Terrace of the Field Museum for outdoor fitness classes that are guaranteed to make you sweat! Check out the schedule below – contact Sherry at ssteele@ffc.com for any questions!

Field Market Days At the Field Museum – June – October

Join us on the South Terrace of the Field Museum during the Saturdays listed and check out the newest farmer’s market on the Near South Side! Enjoy fresh produce from Midwest Foods, food from Field to the Table Catering and Events and even craft beer specially brewed for The Field Museum.

2 – 6 PM during the following Saturdays:

  • July 15
  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 14, 2017

Location: The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, South Terrace

Presented by Near South Planning Board. For more information, visit www.theNSPB.com

Parents’ Night Out – Saturday, 6/24; 4 – 7 PM

Join us for this month’s Parents’ Night Out event on Saturday, June 24 from 4 – 7 PM! Drop the kids off and enjoy the beautiful weather, get something crossed off your to-do list or enjoy a special date night!

Cost: $30 for 1 child, $5 for each additional child

Contact Chris Irwin at cirwin@ffc.com to sign up or stop by the front desk to reserve a spot!

Sign Up for K9 University’s Dog Body Language Workshop! – 6/17; 1 – 3 PM

Join Sarah Koppel, a certified dog trainer, for a special event hosted by K9 University Chicago and Pawsitively Balanced Dog Training at FFC South Loop on Saturday, June 17 from 1 – 3 PM. (There will also be a second event at FFC Gold Coast on Saturday, June 10 from noon to 2 PM.)

Sarah focuses on positive reinforcement to create or correct behavior. She can help you read dog body language so you can better understand how your dog thinks.

This event is free, but registration is required since space is limited. Visit www.ffc.com/K9URSVP to choose your club and date of event.

Also be on the lookout for a table with information in the lobby on Thursday, June 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM to learn more!

Field Market Days at the Field Museum – June – October

This summer, enjoy fresh food, live music, and lakefront views at a monthly farmers market in The Field Museum’s own backyard!

Shop local produce, prepared foods, craft beer, and other goods offered by local businesses and vendors. Field Market Days are free events presented by the Near South Planning Board. Families and all ages are welcome.

The farmers market takes place rain or shine on the Museum’s South Terrace on the following Saturdays, from 2 PM to 6 PM on 6/24, 7/15, 8/26, 9/23 & 10/14.

Save the Date: 12th Anniversary Party for FFC South Loop! 5/23; 5 – 7 PM

Save the date because FFC South Loop is celebrating 12 years as part of the South Loop community. On Tuesday, May 23, stop by the club from 5 – 7 PM for some great local food and beverages, plus activities, and celebrate with us!

Take Your Picture With the Trophy!

Been wondering about this huge trophy up front?  Thanks to all of our amazing members and team, we won this 2016 Champion’s Cup trophy in a friendly competition between FFC clubs. Way to go South Loop!

Pictured below are just a few people that helped make this happen. We encourage you to take your picture with the trophy and post online with #FFCChicago – it is as much your trophy as ours!

Guest Barre Intensity Class with Miss Chicago to Benefit Children’s Miracle Network – Sunday, May 7 12:15 – 1 PM

Get toned for the tots and join us on Sunday, May 7 from 12:15 – 1 PM with Miss Chicago Alexandria Strother as she guest teaches a Barre Intensity class for a great cause. The class will be held at FFC South Loop and there is a suggested donation of $15 – $20 that will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

This class is open to both FFC members AND guests! To RSVP and make a donation, visit www.ffc.com/misschicago

Parents’ Night Out – Saturday, May 20; 4 – 7 PM

Steal some time for yourself and relax, or catch up on tasks completed so much more easily without the kids in tow and take advantage of this month’s Parents’ Night Out on Saturday, May 20 from 4 – 7 PM!

To sign up and inquire about pricing, contact Chris Irwin at cirwin@ffc.com or stop by the front desk to reserve a spot, as space is limited.

New Equipment: Octane Lateral X Machines

new equipment arrival

Octane Lateral X Machines

Keep an eye out for our two brand new Octane Lateral X machines! You will burn more calories than traditional cross trainers. This cross trainer offers adjustable 3D movement that transitions from a vertical, stepping motion to a lateral motion for greater challenge and results.

 

 

Iron Grip Urethane Encased Olympic Lifting Plates

FFC South Loop gained 1600 lbs this month! (Sometimes that’s a very good thing.) Be sure to check out our brand new additional Iron Grip Urethane Encased Olympic lifting plates (made in America) as well as additional Rogue bumper plates.

 

MYZONE Mayzone Challenge at FFC South Loop – 5/7 – 5/27

Join us with MYZONE for the Mayzone Challenge! The Mayzone Challenge is a three-week competition focusing on different types of exercise to give an average workout program the kick and redirection it needs to start seeing significant gains. This program will allow you to have a better overall knowledge on how different heart rate zones affect your workouts. Specifically, through our Mayzone challenge, you will gain an understanding of how to target fat loss, overall weight loss, caloric expenditure, and how to increase your fitness levels.

  • Sunday May 7 – Saturday May 13 – High Intensity (Red/Yellow Zones)
  • Sunday May 14 – Saturday May 20 – Low Impact (Blue/Green Zones)
  • Sunday May 21 – Saturday May 27 – High Intensity Interval Training (Red/Green Zones)

Prizes & Awards: Prizes and awards for this challenge will be awarded at the end of each week as each weekly challenge is its own separate competition. The prize of 1 free personal training session and 1 free smoothie will be awarded to winner at the end of that weekly challenge.

Zone Key 

Red/Yellow Challenge (High Intensity): a type of strength training that focuses on performing quality weight training repetitions of max effort until muscular failure. High intensity training takes into account number of repetitions, the amount of weight, and the amount of time the muscle is exposed to tension.

Additional Benefits

  • Maximizes the amount of muscle fiber recruitment
  • Improves aerobic fitness levels
  • Maximum caloric expenditure
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Improves overall muscular endurance

Blue/Green Challenge (Low Impact Fat Burn): low impact exercises are made up of movements that deliver less direct force to the body resulting in less muscular and joint stress (in most cases done for longer amounts of time). This type of workout proportionally burns more fat than carbohydrates as a fuel source as well.

  • Additional Benefits
  • Helps lower your LDL (cholesterol)
  • Reduces hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Improves heart function
  • Aids lung function
  • Assists in healing and recovering damaged joints
  • Aids weight loss
  • Minimal stress to joints

Red/Green Challenge (High Intensity Interval Training): otherwise known as HIIT, ensures you get the maximum benefit of your workout in a shorter amount of time. This type of training uniquely preserves muscle growth and gain while also targeting fat loss.

Additional Benefits

  • Builds endurance
  • Burns fat and calories in shorter periods of time
  • Effective energy use
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Continues to burn fat and calorie after workout is completed
  • Minimal equipment necessary
  • Targets fat loss and excludes muscle loss
  • Heart health benefits

New Spring 2017 Group Fitness Schedule

It’s April and that means it’s time for a new spring group fitness schedule! Effective April 3, check out some of these amazing new class opportunities & add some life back into your routine!

  • Tuesdays Esau Escobar brings the world rhythms to life with Zumba at 6:30 PM
  • Wednesdays Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will amp up your Spin workout, don’t miss his spin expertise in action at 6:15 PM
  • Thursdays “limited time only” David Deleon introduces Bollywood to South Loop with BOLLYX dance cardio!

 

Welcome New Staff

Welcome Back! What’s New With the Group Fitness Schedule

Welcome Nazha Abushalanfah back to the group fitness schedule at FFC South Loop!

Wednesdays

Nazha will be teaching Wednesday nights:

  • FitCore at 5:45 PM
  • FitSport at 6:15 PM
  • Yoga Sculpt at 7 PM – our brand new format that incorporates light strength & cardio work with a yoga flow

Sundays

Nazha will also be premiering “B.A.S.I.C. the workout” on Sundays at 11 AM.

B.A.S.I.C. stands for Balance and Strength Integrating Choreography. This class format focuses on the strength and stability that comes from balance postures and functional exercises. The class is geared for ALL age groups but moves at a slower, controlled pace. Try it out!

Parents’ Night Out – Saturday, 4/29; 4 – 7 PM

Join us on Saturday, April 29 from 4 – 7 PM for a Parent’s Night Out you don’t want to miss! Take some time for yourself to recuperate and relax or catch up on tasks completed so much more easily without the kids!

 

Contact Chris Irwin at cirwin@ffc.com to inquire about pricing or stop by the front desk to reserve a spot as space is limited.

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Nicole Gillig, FFC South Loop’s March Member of the Month! We asked Nicole about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does FFC Membership mean to you?

My FFC Membership means that I get the chance to be a part of a fit family! Working out at the FFC South Loop has changed every aspect of my life. Everyone from the staff to the other members are warm and welcoming. I genuinely feel like everyone there wants to see me succeed and are there to support me along the way… what other gym has ever given you that feeling? None! The cost of the membership has been nothing compared to what I have gained from being part of the FFC family, I mean I see these people more often than my actual family!

When at FFC you will find me…

…loving life! Usually I can be found lifting and laughing with my personal trainer, Angelina Iovino. When I’m not with Angelina, you will find me on the treadmill or stair master trying to build up my endurance. After completing my first 5K in 2016, I have developed a slight obsession with running – words I never thought would come out of MY mouth!

I work out to…

…feel good about myself! I have been working out regularly at the FFC South Loop location since February 2016 and have lost 82lbs in the process! Living a fit healthy lifestyle has helped me to develop a more positive attitude and to not sweat the small stuff. There are so many things we don’t have control of in life but the one thing we do have control of is our bodies and how we feel about ourselves. Working out helps me feel strong and fabulous!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Andrea Slattery, FFC South Loop’s February Member of the Month! We asked Andrea about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Membership at FFC means exercise is as enjoyable as exercise can be. The staff is friendly and helpful. The facility is clean, and equipment is always available (even when I’m looking for an excuse to go home).

When at FFC you will find me…

At FFC you’ll find me hardly able to walk because Brooke insists on destroying my legs every week.

I work out to…

I work out to try to fight flab and gravity.

New Arrivals: Octane Lateral Machines

We are excited to announce that we will be adding 2 new Octane Laterals during this upcoming month!

Octane’s multiple award-winning LateralX elliptical machine is a complete reinvention of cross training, with adjustable, lateral movement combined with a vertical stepping motion in multiple planes. Exercisers can move up and down, forward and back and side to side – for valuable muscle confusion and conditioning – all on one machine. Studies show that exercisers burn 27% more calories and use 30% more of the inner and outer thighs on the LateralX going from the lowest to greatest lateral width setting. Keep an eye out for these new machines!

FFC South Loop February Parent’s Night Out – 2/4; 4 – 7 PM

Have some time to yourself to recuperate and relax or catch up on tasks (completed so much more easily without the kids!) Join us on Saturday, 2/4 from 4 – 7 PM for our February Parents’ Night Out. Email Chris Irwin at cirwin@ffc.com to inquire about pricing or stop by the front desk to reserve a spot, as space is limited!

Holiday Shopping at Kids Club

Parents Shopping Network – 12/10 & 12/17; 1 – 4 PM

Holiday Shopping at Kids Club

Drop the kids off and get your holiday shopping done! Join us on Saturday, 12/10 and Saturday 12/17 from 1 – 4 PM while we take the kids and you get those to-do list items done. Contact Chris Irwin at cirwin@ffc.com or call the club for more info and to RSVP!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Lee Michaels, FFC South Loop’s November Member of the Month! We asked Lee about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share: 

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

It means a much happier life! Nothing compares to the feeling of knocking out a great workout day after day. I walk out of here every single time ready to high five the people getting off the EL at Roosevelt! This year I knocked out my 4th Chicago Marathon. With the help of my trainer, Shaka Mitchell, I beat my previous best by 15 minutes, putting me in the top 10% among all runners. I couldn’t have done it without him!!!!

When at FFC you will find me…

Lifting. Weights. I love both sides equally, but I spend most of my time near the dumbbell racks on racks on racks. (Pardon my hip hop…)

I work out to…

Keep myself in check. Who cares what you did yesterday… what did you do today? New day, new goal… Get it!

Kids’ Club Costume Party – 10/31; 8:30 AM – 2 PM & 4 – 8 PM

halloween-kids

Everyone’s a winner! Join us in your best costume on Monday, October 31 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and enjoy ghoulishly good treats for all. We can’t wait to see your costumes!

South Loop Employee Pumpkin Decorating Contest

pumpkin

Pumpkins will be on display in the lobby for judging before Halloween. Please place your vote for your favorite pumpkin, decorated by your South Loop team!

Halloween Events at FFC

Parents’ Night Out

Halloween Events at FFC

Parents: escape for some Halloween fun on your own and let your kids enjoy costumes, candy, and The Great Pumpkin on Saturday, October 29 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at FFC South Loop.

Contact Chris Irwin for more information or to sign up by emailing him at cirwin@ffc.com.

Costume Fun with the South Loop Team

sl-halloween

Feel like you didn’t get to wear that great costume long enough at your parties over the weekend?

Join the South Loop team with your costume anytime on Halloween on Monday, October 31. We will have treats you can spoil yourself with after your workout!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie of the Month

October Smoothie Of The Month: Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie of the Month

It’s that season, and we have just the nutritional boost for you – our Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!

Don’t fear the indulgent taste; this treat 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.

Spooky Spin with Keith Kimble – 10/28; 9:30 – 10:15 AM

spooky-spin

Come enjoy a sweat-packed spin class on Friday, October 28 from 9:30 – 10:15 AM surrounded by your favorite scary, spooky movies play on the big screens around you!

 

 

Personal Trainer of the Week

Check Out Your Personal Training Options with James!

Personal Trainer of the Week

Hate working out alone? Grab a friend and train with James! James will help supply the added motivation you need to meet your goals in a fun, encouraging environment. If you need a partner, don’t worry. James will help you find someone at your same fitness level.

Contact James for more information and to get signed up at JGriego@ffc.com.

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Gerald Devore, FFC South Loop’s August Member of the Month! We asked him about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Membership at FFC is like going to your second home. The friendliness, as well as the superb customer service, are second to none.

When at FFC you will find me…

When at FFC South Loop, I can be found working the treadmills, using resistance equipment or engaged in friendly chatter with the knowledgeable and willing-to-serve staff.

I work out to…

I began working out at FFC as a way to lose weight. I now work out to combat health issues and engage in the social culture of fitness clubs.