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

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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

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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

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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.

Fitness at the Field Museum & Field Market Days Now – September

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Fitness at the Field – Sundays through August 28 only

There’s a lot happening this summer outside at the Field Museum! Join us Sundays from 8 – 9 AM on the Northeast Terrace of the Field Museum for tons of awesome fitness classes. Shake up your routine and try something new! Stop by the fitness desk to see what classes will be offered.

Field Market Days – Saturday, August 20 & Saturday, September 17

There are only TWO more Field Market Days left this summer! Join us from 2 – 6 PM on Saturday, August 20 and Saturday, September 17 on the South Terrace of the Field Museum 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, craft beer specially brewed for The Field Museum, music, bag toss competition and more. Meet some great people and businesses from the Near South/South Loop area. Plus, it’s just a 10-15 minute walk from our club!

Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, South Terrace

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

Pilates in the Park & Group Apparatus Classes Now Available!

Pilates In The Park

Enjoy the benefits of Pilates indoors AND outdoors with our special classes led by FFC South Loop’s very own Madison Geoghegan!

50-Minute Group Apparatus Classes in the FFC Pilates Studio

  • Tuesdays 6:30 AM
  • Saturdays 7:30 AM
  • Mondays 6:30 PM

Pilates in the Park

  • Every Thursday morning at 6:30 AM
  • Every Thursday evening at 5:45 PM

For more information, contact Madison at mgeoghegan@ffc.com.

New Fitness Programming This Month!

Group Fitness

Personal Training – Push Masters Competition with Shaka Mitchell

Prove you’ve got what it takes and complete the Push Master competition with Shaka Mitchell all month long! Win a free FFC drawstring bag with the completion of the following:

  • Male: 90 push ups
  • Female: 45 push ups

Contact Shaka at smitchell@ffc.com for more info!

Runner’s Club – Gait Analysis with Dylan Spratt

Suffering from lower body or chronic pain you think may be associated with running or walking? Complete a gait analysis with Dylan Spratt all month long in the treadmill area Mondays and Thursdays anytime between 5 – 6 PM.

Benefits of gait analysis include an informed overview of your running habits, shoe suggestions and stretching, among other benefits. Contact Dylan for more info and to sign up by emailing him at dspratt@ffc.com!

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

The entire FFC South Loop team would like to welcome our new Membership Director, Julia Groves! Julia joins our team on August 1. Julia was previously at FFC East Lakeview. Make sure you stop by and say hi the next time you are in the club!

New! Breath-Centered Meditation

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Join us Thursdays from 7 – 7:15 PM beginning August 4 immediately after Vinyasa Yoga for 15 minutes of breath-centered meditation.

Adam will lead us in safe, accessible breathing techniques (based on the yogic art of pranayama) to calm the mind and strengthen the mental muscles of concentration.

Fitness at the Field Museum & Field Market Days Now – September

 

Fitness at the Field

There’s a lot happening this summer outside at the Field Museum! Join us for Fitness at the Field AND Field Market Days during Saturdays and Sundays this summer from now until September for fun programming, music, food & more!

Fitness at the Field

Join us Sundays on the Northeast Terrace of the Field Museum for tons of awesome fitness classes. Shake up your routine and try something new!

Check out the flyers at FFC South Loop or ask the fitness desk for full class offerings and times!

  • July 10: 8 – 9 AM
  • July 17: 8 – 9 AM
  • July 24: 8 – 9 AM
  • July 31: 8 – 10 AM
  • August 7: 8 – 9 AM
  • August 14: 8 – 9 AM
  • August 21: 8 – 9 AM
  • August 28: 8 – 10 AM

Field Market Days

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, Craft Beer specially brewed for The Field Museum and music by Laura Joy (2:30 – 3:30 PM), Bryan Wilkinson (3:45 – 4:45 PM), Mississippi Gabe Carter (5 – 5:45 PM) and Ethan Taylor Sellers (6 – 6:45 PM). Meet some great people and businesses from the Near South/South Loop area!

2 – 6 PM during the following Saturdays:

  • July 30
  • August 20
  • September 17

Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, South Terrace

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

Attention Members: Studio 2 Closing June 30 – July 5

Floor Reno

Attention members: Studio 2 will be closed for floor refinishing during the afternoon of Thursday, June 30 and will  reopen the afternoon of Tuesday, July 5. Members will have access to all other club locations during this time frame. Thank you for your understanding!

Pilates in the Park – Thursdays in July; 6:30 AM & 6 PM

Pilates In The Park

Sign up now for Pilates in the Park! Enjoy the beautiful sights, sounds & smells of Chicago in the summer, all while getting an amazing workout in.

  • 6:30 AM & 6:00 PM
  • July 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • 4 sessions for $120

*BONUS: receive 2 complimentary 30-minute private sessions when you register for Pilates in the Park! Contact Pilates Trainer Madison for more info and to sign up by emailing her at mgeoghegan@ffc.com.

Gait Analysis Training with Dylan

Pilates For Running

Suffering from aches and pains associated with running or other physical activities? A gait analysis consists of a slow-motion video breakdown of your body’s kinematics. Benefits of a gait analysis include:

  • Footstrike evaluation
  • Shoe-type recommendation
  • Increase in energy utilization efficiency and assess and correct muscle imbalance
  • Injury prevention
  • Kinetic chain assessment
  • Learn about a variety of recommended training exercises: running, squatting, functional activities, etc.

For more information regarding this service contact trainer Dylan Spratt at dspratt@ffc.com.

Showdown Boot Camp – Wednesdays; 6 :15 – 7 AM

Bootcamp

Join us Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7 AM as we pit Military Fit VS Athletic Power for a high-intensity workout you won’t find anywhere else! Our 2 personal trainers Juan and Shaka will whip you into shape with a mix of fitness routines to help you get that summer bod – or just get FIT.

Email Juan at jgonzalez@ffc.com or Shaka at Smitchell@ffc.com for more info and to sign up! Note: you MUST schedule ahead of time to participate!

  • 4 for $120 ($30/each)
  • 8 for $215 ($26.88/each)

MUST SCHEDULE YOUR SPOT IN ADVANCE!

Fitness at the Field Museum & Field Market Days, June – September

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Fitness at the Field Museum – Sundays June 26 – August 28

South Loop members: try something different this summer! Join us for Fitness at the Field with The Field Museum for outdoor fitness classes every Sunday, June 26 – August 28.

Check out the schedule of events featuring classes from FFC, Tejas Yoga,Phenomenal Fitness & bites from Field to Table Catering & Events. Visit www.theNSPB.com for more info!

Field Market Days – Saturdays June – September

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, Craft Beer specially brewed for The Field Museum and music by Laura Joy (2:30 – 3:30 PM), Bryan Wilkinson (3:45 – 4:45 PM), Mississippi Gabe Carter (5 – 5:45 PM) and Ethan Taylor Sellers (6 – 6:45 PM). Meet some great people and businesses from the Near South/South Loop area!

2 – 6:45 PM during the following Saturdays:

  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 30
  • August 20
  • September 17

Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, South Terrace. Presented by Near South Planning Board. For more information, visit   www.theNSPB.com.

 

Attention Members: Studio 2 Closing June 30 – July 5

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Attention members: Studio 2 will be closed for floor refinishing during the afternoon of Thursday, June 30 and will reopen the afternoon of Tuesday, July 5. Members will have access to all other club locations during this time frame. Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve the club!

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest personal trainer Dylan Spratt! Dylan recently completed his masters in exercise physiology at Western Michigan University after earning an undergraduate degree in athletic training. He is a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Areas of expertise include pre/post-rehabilitation, injury prevention, gait training (including slow-motion video breakdown), sport performance, weight loss, strength/hypertrophy and high intensity interval training. His philosophy is to strive for progress not perfection! Please reach out to Dylan either in the club or via email for a complimentary consultation – you can email him at dspratt@ffc.com.

Limited Time BollyX Dance Workout

BollyX

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. This cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time. At the very core of a BollyX workout is the inspiration it draws from the music and dance of Bollywood, the film industry of India.

Join David Deleon for this very limited time dance workout  during the first three Sundays in May at 4 PM – only at FFC South Loop!

FFC South Loop 11th Anniversary Party – 5/31; 5 – 7 PM

SL 11th Anniversary

Join us on Tuesday, May 31 from 5 – 7 PM for a celebration! FFC South Loop is celebrating our 11th Anniversary and would like you to join us in our cafe and lounge area for some appetizers, beverages and music. The complimentary food and drinks will come from some of our own South Loop neighbors and vendors. Hope to see you there!

Field Days at the Field Museum – Saturday, 5/28

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Join us along with other near south neighboring businesses on Saturday, May 28 on the South Terrace of the Field Museum for fun activities and events, including amazing produce from locally sourced farmers! Visit the fitness desk for more details.

May Parents’ Night Out

PNO

We take the kids, you take the night off! Three full hours of fun times with friends, including games, activities, a healthy dinner and a feature film planned for each evening.

Parent Night Out Rates:

  • FFC Childcare Members: one child $25, two children $35, each additional child $5
  • FFC Childcare Non-Members: one child $30, two children $40, each additional child $5

Drop-off time is between 4:45 – 5:00 PM

Contact Chris Irwin for more information and to register your family cirwin@ffc.com!

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

Please join us in welcoming our newest staff members!

Juan Gonzalez

Juan joins our personal training team as an Army combat veteran and and a former professional rugby player with the Alaskan Manu Bears. He is looking forward to making FFC South Loop his new home. Stop in and get a complimentary session scheduled today or contact jgonzalez@ffc.com!

Madison Geoghegan

The newest member of our Pilates team, Madison has been involved with Pilates for several years and became certified last year. She was previously a professional ballet dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and we are excited to have her join our amazing Pilates department here in the South Loop!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

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

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

It means getting back in shape and starting/maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Everyone has been so nice on staff, especially the trainer they set me up with, Cliff. In just a few months he’s managed to help me greatly with my balance and confidence and I have no doubt he’ll be able to get me into the shape I want to be.

When at FFC you will find me…

Working out in group classes with my friend Isabelle. I love Keith’s spinning class on Tuesday nights. I also train with Cliff on Thursday nights.

I work out to…

Regain strength, flexibility, confidence and to feel better overall… and try to have fun doing it!

Lose 2 Win Winners Announced!

FFCLose2WinWinners

Congratulations to our South Loop Lose 2 Win Winners Curtis Colbert & Heather Hoornaert. Great job – we are so proud of you!!

Blarney Blast Winner Announced!

Blarney Blast

Congratulations to Megan Farrell, our grand prize Blarney Blast winner for participating in the most Blarney Blast training events. Great job Megan!!

New Group Fitness Classes for Spring!

Group Fitness Classes

Awaken to our newest spring 2016 group fitness class formats – TIGR Training and BollyX!

 

TIGR Training – Fridays at 12 PM with Ron Mendoza

TIGR Training (which stands for Tread Intervals with Group Resistance) ramps up the typical treadmill routine with weighted strength exercises built into cardio drills. TIGR Training delivers a full body, comprehensive workout in just 45 minutes!

BollyX – Sundays at 4 PM with David Deleon starting 4/10 (7 weeks only – don’t miss it!)

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. This cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time. At the very core of a BollyX workout is the inspiration it draws from the music and dance of Bollywood, the film industry of India. Join David Deleon for this “limited time only” dance workout only at FFC South Loop!!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

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

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

My membership means committing to my goals and working towards a healthier, stronger me. The FFC staff is always inviting and encouraging, as well as my trainer James who pushes me and is always there for help and advice.

When at FFC you will find me…

You will find me going through a torturous workout with personal trainer James, partnering up with my friend Kim and in group fitness with Ron, Keith, Leslie and Amy.

I work out to…

I work out to tone, keep in shape and to maintain my flexibility.