Club Information


Monday, July 28
6:30am Spinning Interval
11:30am Modern Mat
12:00pm Spinning Interval
12:15pm Chisel
12:15pm Vinyasa Flow
4:30pm Tread
5:15pm FitStrength
5:15pm Spinning Interval
5:30pm Pilates
6:00pm Zumba
Tuesday, July 29
7:00am Vinyasa Yoga
11:30am Body 360
11:30am Tread
11:30am Motiv8
12:15pm Vinyasa Yoga
12:15pm FitCore
12:15pm Spinning Interval
4:45pm Modern Mat
5:15pm Spinning Interval
5:30pm Chisel
5:30pm Vinyasa Flow
6:15pm FitCore



Between Canal & Chicago River


Mon – Thu: 5:00am – 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 3:00pm


Union Station Latest News


Team Trek

1-team-trek-best-chicago-gymAre You Up for a Challenge? Join Team Trek!

Race across America with three fellow members to four separate destinations! Stay motivated this summer with the help of your team and win prizes as you get fit. For six weeks, your team’s exercises will be converted into mileage to move your game piece along our map of the United States. Clubs will display the progress of their teams on a map and prizes will be awarded at each destination reached.

The 6-week program begins Monday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 31. Registration is $49 and includes a 2014 Team Trek Shirt. Participants are eligible for 10% off fitness program purchases July 14–27.

Click here to register.

For more information contact your club’s Team Trek administrator:

East Lakeview – Marissa Panzeri (
Gold Coast – Stephanie Metzler (
Halsted Street – Stacy Lane (
Lincoln Park – Cheryl Brown (
Oak Park – Mike Radice (
Old Town – Megan Konor (
South Loop – Josh Finfrock (
Union Station – Keith Marszalik (
West Loop – Sarah Lund (

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Navy Pier

3-Navy-Pier-best-chicago-yoga-zumba-gymFitness Formula Clubs, aka Chicago Magazine’s Best Chicago Gym, is teaming up with one of Chicago’s most iconic destinations to bring you yoga and Zumba on the Pier! Every weekend from Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, Aug. 31*, get outside and get your fitness on! Classes will be $5 for members, $10 for non-members and parking will be available for $5 with a voucher you’ll get at class.

Saturdays, 8:45 am: Yoga on the North front lawn
Sundays, 8:45 am: Zumba on the back East sundeck

Click here to register!

*Classes will NOT be held on the Air & Water Show weekend – Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17.

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Eating Seasonally, Fueling Locally

2-farmers-market-best-chicago-weight-loss-nutritionWhat if we told you there was something you could eat to fuel your body, improve your skin, aid in weight loss, and lower your risk for several chronic diseases? And that by buying it you’d be supporting your community? Well, it’s true! We’re talking about fruits and vegetables, and this time of year, your local Farmers Markets are chock-full of these nutrient-dense foods that not only offer several health benefits, but also taste fantastic. Buying local food also benefits the environment and the local economy, and promotes safer food supply practices.

What can you find in Chicago’s Farmers Markets in July? Fresh fruits available now include blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries and strawberries. You can also find a wide variety of vegetables, including artichokes, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, green onions, kale, lettuce, okra, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, sprouts, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes and turnips.

Click here to find a Farmers Market near you! Here’s a delicious, healthy recipe you can make with the ingredients you find on your next Farmers Market excursion!

Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables
Servings: 6
Serving size: 1 cup


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
½ cup white wine, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 medium summer squash or zucchini, halved and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese


1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
2. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.
3. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil.
4. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
5. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
6. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.

Nutritional Fact Per Serving: 92 calories; 4 g fat (1 g saturated 2 g monounsaturated); 2 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 3 g protein; 158 mg sodium; 290 mg potassium

Article written by FFC’s Registered Dietician Carrie Linke, MS, RD, LDN. To contact Carrie email

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Cool Everyday Deals

4-Best-chicago-spa-massageYour skin has been through a lot. Your emotions have been toiled with. It was a rough winter. And it wasn’t the greatest spring. We think you deserve some high quality spa time to get you ready for what is sure to be a fun (and hopefully sun) filled summer. For the month of July, Fitness Formula Clubs is offering a spa deal every day of the week, valid until 3 pm.

Mondays: $39/30-minute massage or facial
Tuesdays: $69/60-minute massage or facial
Wednesdays: 20% of waxing services
Thursdays: $99/90-minute massage
Fridays: 20% off any single item in the Spa or Sport Shops
Weekends: $109/90-minute Vitality Signature Treatment

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5 ortanic-best-custom-airbrush-spray-tan-chicagoGet A Polished Look For Summer
Let’s face it, after the cold harsh winter, your skin is likely to feel and look a little more like a crocodile’s than a baby’s. That’s where we step in! In July, come to the Spa at FFC for a quick and fantastic Body Polish for just $29 (normally $55). A finely ground coffee scrub invigorates and detoxifies skin, sloughing away dry, dead skin cells to leave you feeling soft and smooth. Having a body polish before an Ortanic Airbrush Tan guarantees a smoother all-over application of the tanning solution, allowing it to set more evenly. Also this month, upgrade your Ortanic Tan to a Deluxe for just $6 (normally $9), which includes pre-and-post-spray balancers that extend the life and beauty of your tan by ridding your skin of oils & dry spots and finally, “sealing” in the tan with a mist. Come over to the spa and we’ll give you just the look you need to put the wow in your summer wardrobe!

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now. May not be combined with other offers and may not be applied to membership.

*Restrictions may apply.

Tan Custom. Tan Smart. Ortanic.

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FREE NovaCare Injury Screenings

6-novacare-best-chicago-gym-physical-therapyDo you have an injury that pops up now and again, or a persistent pain that won’t go away? Stop by one of Fitness Formula Clubs’ following locations for a complimentary injury screening, courtesy of NovaCare.

All locations’ screenings will be 5:30-7:30 pm, except Union Station:
Wednesday, July 2: Halsted Street
Tuesday, July 8: West Loop
Wednesday, July 9: Lincoln Park
Tuesday, July 22: East Lakeview
Wednesday, July 23: Union Station (11:30 am-1:30 pm)
Wednesday, July 23: South Loop

NovaCare physical therapists are running specialists!

Training for your first 5k, 10k, half, or even full marathon? Don’t fret—NovaCare is here to get you to the finish line injury-free!

Runners in the Chicago community have trusted our therapists to address their injuries and equip them with the tools they need to achieve their goals. With you in mind, here are a few tips to prevent those injuries and keep you running strong!

1) Rolling toys! Every runner should invest in a foam roll. It will become your best friend, or close to it! Foam rolling is a great way to achieve an improved range of motion and to decrease pain. It’s what we in the therapy world call “soft tissue mobilization.” How does it work? The connective tissue encompassing our muscles is called fascia . When fascia becomes restricted, it needs is a little TLC to help keep muscles nice and loose, alleviating pain, or preventing certain musculoskeletal injuries such as ITB Syndrome and Runner’s knee. The most common running injury is knee pain, and with proper use of a foam roll, a good massage helps loosen the otherwise tight connective tissue. We even recommend using a foam roll after a run. Foam rolling, combined with drinking plenty of water, will help release lactic acid, which builds up in your muscles after a run and causes soreness. Foam rolls are available for purchase at any of our NovaCare locations! Visit to find the location closest to you!

2) Stretching! When do you stretch? Before a run, afterward or both? Not all stretches are created equal! We recommend you perform dynamic/active stretches before running, followed by static or dynamic stretching after your runs. Proper stretching is designed to loosen, activate, and mobilize your muscles, fascia, nerves, blood vessels, and lymph vessels, and all must be mobile for optimal performance! Think of it this way: we are three-dimensional creatures, so our tissues need to move and stretch in multiple directions. Stretching at different angles helps mobilize the entire muscle. Before you perform an activity, you need to alert your muscles to the task at hand. Doing active/dynamic stretching sets off the brain’s “task reminder.” Last but not least, never stretch into pain; listen to your body! Check out the stretches here:!

3) Strengthening! This is probably the most important tip. Remember, our bodies are three-dimensional, moving in multiple planes of movements. That’s why it’s important to strengthen all the muscles in your body. Specifically, we recommend balance, lateral gluteal work and core exercises. If you have a strong foundation and strong ankles, you reduce your risk of injury! Check out the recommended strengthening exercises here:!

4) Form Meets Function! Why do some people who use the foam roll and perform their core exercises still get injured? This is often the product of poor running form and running mechanics. Why not sign up for a Video Gait Analysis (VGA) at our FFC Union Station location, 444 W. Jackson Blvd., and find out how you could be a more efficient and injury-free runner? Call 312-407-0143 for more information on scheduling and costs.

5) Ice, Ice, baby. If something feels sore after a run, put some ice on it! Get a bag of frozen peas or put ice cubes in a Ziplock bag with some water and apply to the sore muscle or joint. Keep it there for 15 – 20 minutes. However, if pain or soreness persists, give us a call and we can help you out! Our injury hotline is here to provide you with answers and the recommended health care you need! Call 866-TRY-NOVA.

NovaCare is happy to provide the highest quality of care. Should you sustain an injury, trust NovaCare’s licensed physical therapists to offer unmatched compassion and expertise to help you return to running pain-free, and be ready to take on your next race with confidence!

Guest blog by Jason Garner, NovaCare Physical Therapist at FFC Union Station
NovaCare Rehabilitation

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New Equipment

18-Union-Station-Chicago-best-gym-elliptical-stairmaster-power-rackFFC Union Station is getting new equipment! Seven new pieces will be added to the floor, including the Hammer Strength HD Elite Power Rack, which will allow you to perform upper body, lower body and band exercises, and features additional accessories to add variety to your training. There will also be two Octane LateralX machines, which go from a vertical elliptical stepping motion to an active side-to-side motion for a functional exercise that challenges the entire body. Two Cyber Arc Trainers are proven to be gentler on your joints, and the three-in-one cross country/elliptical/stair climbing machines can burn 16% more calories than an elliptical! Two Precor 835 Open Stride AMTs round out the new equipment, with their patented open stride, providing you with an infinite variety of motion planes and a stride length up to 36 inches.

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New Blowouts at ReMarked

19-remarked-best-chicago-spa-blowout-hair-cutHave you paid a visit yet to the ReMarked Salon, conveniently located in Chicago’s Best Gym, your very own FFC Union Station? First timers will receive 20% off! For all you gentlemen in a hurry to get somewhere after your workout, a 15-minute quick trim is $20. Have a little more time at the end of the day? A 30-minute haircut is $35. Ladies wanting to look fabulous can get a blowout, complete with shampoo, condition and style for $30.

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Happy Fourth of July!

american-flag-best-chicago-gymIt’s summer in Chicago. And it finally feels like it! Join us for a class or workout during modified holiday hours before your weekend of fireworks and festivities. Follow the links below if you need some extra ideas for fun to fill your weekend. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Thursday, July 3

  • All clubs close at 8pm

Friday, July 4

  • 7am – 3pm: Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, South Loop
  • 7am – 5pm: East Lakeview, West Loop
  • Closed: Old Town, Union Station

Saturday, July 5

  • All clubs open at regular time

Where to watch the fireworks
Neighborhood festivals
The Sox are in town
Other things to do
And a few more

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Gifts for Athletes, Dads and Grads

Spa-best-Chicago-massageNot sure what to get those special people in your life?  Any athlete, Dad or Grad would be thrilled to have their hard work pay off with a relaxing massage or two.  Choose from Two: 60 Minute Massages for $145 or 90 Minutes for $199. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here. Packages are available for purchase through June 30, 2014 and expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply.

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