Club Information

UPCOMING CLASSES

Wednesday, July 23
6:15am Spinning Interval
7:00am Ballet Sculpt
9:30am Zumba
10:15am FitCore
12:00pm Spinning Interval
5:45pm Pilates
5:45pm FitCore
6:15pm Urban Athlete
6:15pm Spinning Interval
6:30pm Core Yoga
7:15pm Body 360
Thursday, July 24
6:00am Hatha Yoga
9:30am Chisel
12:00pm Pilates
5:45pm Chisel
6:00pm Vinyasa Yoga
6:30pm Spinning Interval
6:30pm WERQ

PHONE

ADDRESS

Off the Red Line Roosevelt stop

CLUB HOURS

Mon – Thu: 4:30am – 11:00pm
Friday: 4:30am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 9:00pm

FREE PARKING FOR 2 HOURS

South Loop Latest News

Turkey Burn!

turkey-burnThe holidays are fast approaching, and so are our special group fitness classes for Thanksgiving! Make the most for your turkey, or tofu, day and double up your workouts with two great group fitness classes at any of our nine locations.  If you like to splurge at the dinner table, no worries. We have you covered on the day after for Black Friday Body Blast! This format is always a combination class, incorporating a heart-pounding, calorie-torching, and fat-burning cardio format, partnered with either resistance training and/or an hour in the mind body studio.

-Lois Miller, Regional Group Fitness Manager


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FREE Injury Screening with NovaCare

novacare-logoCongratulations!!!!! You trained for 20 weeks, encountered multiple blisters and possibly lost some toe nails while conquering the 26.2 miles the Chicago Marathon put in front of you. The blood, sweat and tears couldn’t keep you from that finish line, as millions of fans cheered you along the way. Digging deep and grinding through the last .2 miles up Mount Roosevelt, you’re challenged by “why am I doing this and I want to stop” to “I think I can do better next year”.

You’re now a few weeks removed from the marathon. The adrenaline has worn off, and you’re wondering “am I still sore, or do I have an injury”?” By now, general muscle soreness from the marathon should have worn off, and you should be walking, sitting, and performing your normal activities with little to no pain. If you’re still hurting, you may have inflamed tissue and/or injured tissue. Don’t be alarmed; knee pain, foot pain and lower leg pain can be common places for injuries after such a long run. Contact the NovaCare Hotline (866-TRY-NOVA) or see the schedule of complimentary injury screens provided to FFC members below. This service can help guide you on your next steps to recovery. Our clinicians also participate in endurance races (marathons, triathlons, Iron-Man, etc) and understand first hand the pain and soreness that goes along with competing in these races.

If you’re feeling good and are eager to return to training, start with caution. Your body needs 4-6 weeks of full recovery before returning to training, especially if this was your first marathon. Maintain some low mileage of walking or cross train with biking or swimming, but keep the intensity low. Your body and joints just pounded against the concrete for 2.5 to 6+ hours, and it needs ample time to fully recover. Don’t worry about “losing your fitness.” It is much better to go into the winter and spring healthy and not nursing a nagging injury.

I too ran in the marathon this year, and it was my tenth one. The best advice is to listen to your body and acknowledge when it doesn’t feel right. Time and time again, marathon runners will “wait out” an injury, only for it to return when they start to run in the spring or train for the Shamrock Shuffle. Don’t let marathon injuries turn into chronic winter and spring running problems.

Jason Garner, MPT
Physical Therapist
NovaCare Rehabilitation @ FFC Union Station

 

November Complimentary Injury Screening Schedule:

  • East Lakeview FFC – Tuesday, November 5, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Oak Park FFC – Thursday, November 7, 5:00-7:00pm
  • Halsted FFC – Tuesday, November 12, 5:00-7:00pm
  • Lincoln Park FFC – Wednesday, November 13, 5:00-7:00pm
  • Union Station FFC – Tuesday, November 19, 11:30am-1:30pm
  • West Loop FFC – Tuesday, November 19, 5:00-7:00pm
  • South Loop FFC – Tuesday, November 26, 5:00-7:00pm

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FFC Performance Center Opening Soon!

ffcfitsquareWhether you are a beginner interested in supervised circuit training or an athlete looking for high intensity conditioning, the new Performance Center at FFC Lincoln Park is the place to be.
The new space will be equipped so that members can perform functional exercises designed to optimize fitness. Join motivating small group training sessions or utilize the center on your own.

  • Is your goal to:
    • Increase speed & endurance?
    • Improve agility & flexibility?
    • Build posture & strength?
  • As a group participant you will be coached through:
    • Explosive athletic drills
    • Heart-pumping plyometric moves
    • Powerful Olympic lifts
    • Core-strengthening suspension exercises
    • Cardiovascular challenges
  • You can expect to achieve maximum results with:
    • Specialized fitness equipment
    • Heart rate monitoring systems
    • Encouraging, friendly competition
    • Safe turf training area

Look for the official Performance Center to open in November. For more information contact Scott Lewandowski at sl@ffc.com


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A NEW YOU in 12 Weeks!

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Choose your club below for additional information:


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Bootcamps for All Levels

bootcamp2Click here to get an idea of why our Show the Ropes, Whip into Shape and Master Your Skills Bootcamps are some of the best bootcamps in Chicago. New sessions begin the week of November 18 for all three formats. 8 sessions/$215 or 4 sessions/$120. Click here for days and times and to register.

 

 

 

Show the Ropes
This bootcamp will begin the week of November 18. The four-week program is $215/2x a week and $120/1x a week.

  • East Lakeview: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00am
  • Gold Coast: Mondays 5:30pm and Thursdays at 7:00am & 6:00pm
  • Halsted Street: Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00pm
  • Oak Park: Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00am
  • Old Town: Tuesdays at 6:00am and Saturdays at 10:00am
  • South Loop: Tuesdays at 6:00am and Saturdays at 12:00pm
  • Union Station: Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00am
  • West Loop: Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30pm

Whip into Shape
This bootcamp will begin the week of November 18. The four-week program is $215/2x a week and $120/1x a week.

  • East Lakeview: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00am
  • Gold Coast: Tuesdays 6:00pm, Wednesdays 7:00pm, Fridays 6:00a
  • Halsted Street: Mondays 6:00am, Wednesdays 6:00am, 8:30am, Saturdays 11am
  • Oak Park: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00am & 6:30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00pm, Thursday 7:00pm
  • Old Town: Wednesdays at 6:00am and Saturdays at 11:00am
  • South Loop: Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00pm
  • Union Station: Tuesdays at 6:30am and Thursdays at 7am
  • West Loop: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm

Master Your Skills
This bootcamp will begin the week of November 18. The four-week program is $215/2x a week and $120/1x a week.

  • East Lakeview: Tuesdays at 7:00pm and Saturdays at 12:00pm
  • Gold Coast: Tuesdays 6:00pm, Wednesdays 6:00pm, Saturdays 9:00m
  • Halsted Street: Wed 7:00pm
  • Oak Park: Mondays at 6:00pm and Thursdays at 8:00am
  • Old Town: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00pm
  • South Loop: Wednesdays at 6:00am and Saturdays at 12:00pm
  • Union Station: Tuesdays at 2:00pm and Thursdays at 3:00pm

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FlyFit

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Join us at FFC Gold Coast for an Introduction to FlyFit on Thursday, November 14, from 7:30pm-8:30pm!  Melissa Bowen and Paula Biu will instruct a new class format that blends hand balancing, core work and partner acrobatics. Lift and balance a partner in various poses that enhance creative expression and improve flexibility. Yoga experience is helpful, although this class is tailored for beginners. Come alone or with a partner.  All you need is an open mind… and maybe a bottle of water! Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Melissa Bowen at mbowen@ffc.com


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Feeling salty?

salt-shakerDid you know that the human body only requires about 500 mg of sodium per day, all of which is easily consumed eating a healthy, plant-based diet without adding salt? Did you know that, on average, Americans consume 3400 mg of sodium per day? Sodium is a vital electrolyte in our bodies, but we tend to overeat it constantly. Excess consumption of sodium becomes a problem, as it can increase your blood pressure which requires your heart to work harder.

If too much sodium is not good, how can you minimize your sodium intake? Read the food label! A good guideline to follow is to choose foods that have 140 mg sodium or less per serving. Try to keep your daily sodium intake between 1500 and 2300 mg. Unprocessed foods like fresh fruits and veggies contain some sodium, but processed foods really pack it in. For example, one Healthy Choice Grilled Basil Chicken microwave meal contains 610 mg sodium, which is 1/3 of the daily recommended amount. Making your own grilled basil chicken is only 140 mg sodium for one serving. Leave the salt shaker off the table, and use salt-free spices like Mrs. Dash in your cooking.

Endurance athletes require extra sodium and electrolytes during training, but most casual exercisers do not. Are you a salty sweater? An easy way to determine this is to look at your clothes and skin after your next workout. Let your sweat dry – is there a white residue around your eyes, temples, and nose? Are there white marks on your shirt? If so you’re a salty sweater and you may have increased sodium needs post-workout. Most sports drinks, like gatorade, contain sodium and other electrolytes to help you replenish what is lost in sweat.

If you’re already struggling with high blood pressure or are looking to cut down on the salt in your diet, check out the DASH diet to help improve your sodium intake. Click here for the diet overview, restaurant tips, recipes, and more.

Contact your FFC Dietitian, Sara Kevern with questions: Skevern@ffc.com.


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The Spa is Giving Back $!

massage2All month long, we’ll be giving you $20 back in Spa Bucks with each purchase of a 6-pack of 30- or 60-Minute Performance Massages.  We customize your treatment every time because we know YOU are not like everybody else, and Performance Massages get the job done in the amount of time that YOU have.  Book online, shop in our e-store, or stop by the spa for more information or to purchase your package today!

This Month’s Featured Services:  Signature Specials – $20 Off Vitality Massage Treatment or Signature Facial.

Plus!  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping now, and we’ll reward you with $5 in Spa Bucks for every $25 spent in the shop. Shop now and beat the rush, then kick back and relax at the spa!

All spa offers expire on November 30, 2013.  No two discounts may be applied.  Vitality Treatment and Signature Facial must be bought and received in November.

 


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You Show Us Yours And…

Ortanic beforeafter square…We’ll show you the reward!  Show off your Ortanic tan, and we’ll reward you with 10% off — here’s how to participate:

 Step 1: Make an Ortanic appointment

Step 2: Take a photo right before you go in for your custom airbrush tan.

Step 3: Share your after picture on Twitter, Ortanic’s Facebook page, or on Instagram.

Step 4: Show us your post, and we will give you 10% off your next visit.

Don’t forget to use #Ortanic when you post!

Book your Ortanic appointment now.

 


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Pilates for Pregnancy

Pilates for PregnancyAre you pregnant, thinking of having a baby or did you just become a new mom?  Pilates may be exactly what you need.  Learn how Pilates can help you prepare for pregnancy, stay in shape during those nine long months, or get you back into pre-baby shape quickly!

Find out more at your FFC Club below:

Gold Coast: Attend a complimentary workshop on Monday, October 14 from 9-10 am.  For more information or to register, contact Rachel Omell at romell@ffc.com

Halsted Street: Attend a complimentary workshop on Sunday, October 20 from 10:30 – 11:30 am.  For more information or to register, contact Kristin Strom at kstrom@ffc.com

Lincoln Park: Attend a complimentary workshop on Tuesday, October 15 from 5-6 pm.  For more information or to register, contact Liv Berger at lberger@ffc.com

Oak Park: Attend a complimentary workshop on Sarah Rosner Thursday, October 17 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.  For more information or to register, contact Cameron Jarrett at cjarrett@ffc.com

Old Town: Attend a complimentary workshop on Sarah Rosner Monday, October 14 from 5-6pm.  For more information or to register, contact Sarah Rosner at srosner@ffc.com

South Loop: Attend a complimentary workshop on Sunday, October 20th from 11am-12pm.  For more information or to register, contact Kelsey Schmeltzer at kschmeltzer@ffc.com

Union Station: Attend a complimentary workshop on Wednesday, October 16 from 11:30am-12:30pm and Thursday, October 17 from 5:30-6:30pm.  For more information or to register, contact Jill Clark at jclark@ffc.com

West Loop: Attend a complimentary workshop on Tuesday, October 15th from 12-1pm.  For more information or to register, contact David Bohn at dbohn@ffc.com


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