Are you looking to make lasting changes to your eating habits in 2019? Are you tired of going on and off plan and feeling deprived? Are you struggling to lose weight, control your blood sugar, or improve your digestive health? For these reasons and more, your insurance may cover Medical Nutrition Therapy with little to no out of pocket costs!

FFC’s registered dietitians are credentialed with three major health insurance carriers: Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Cigna.

To find out in you are covered, reach out to the registered dietitian at your club to set up a quick, complimentary screening to see if you qualify, or email Amy at asilver@ffc.com.

Come join us for the return of Zumba at 353 Fitness Center Tuesdays from 11:15 AM to 12 noon and Thursdays 4:30 – 5:15 PM. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin/international rhythms and movements.

These easy to follow moves feature interval training sessions with fast and slow rhythms. In some classes, resistance training is integrated to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. No prior experience necessary. See you in the studio! Questions? Email Staci at sbrown@ffc.com.

Grab your bingo card and get ready to have some fun! From June 1 – 30, complete a class and have your instructor sign off on the square. Once you have signatures that complete a row in any direction (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal), you win a prize!

Plus, all winning cards will be entered into a grand prize raffle. Good luck!

Try a new class, take a favorite and challenge yourself. Questions? Email sbrown@ffc.com!

As a personal trainer, lawyer, wife, mother and member of the “baby boomer” generation, Linda brings both a professional and personal appreciation for how a busy life can make it difficult to fit in exercise. She also appreciates how this can contribute to underutilization of muscles needed for not only recreational sports and fitness, but also simply to perform activities of daily living.

“I can personally attest to having turned to make a point at a meeting and try to restrain showing that my neck hurt”, says Linda.. “Or reaching for an item and feeling my shoulder not cooperate. But it was the diagnosis of knee arthritis that really made me sympathize with what my clients experience, and it made me focus even more on appropriate strengthening exercises and modifications to encourage even the most hesitant person to improve their fitness.”

In addition to personal training, Linda holds an advanced certification in orthopedic exercise , a spin cycling certification and is currently working on another advanced certification geared toward members who face the inevitable challenges of the aging process. This summer, Linda will be leading a spin bike cycling class that will no doubt provide a fun, energizing and challenging workout.

For more information, email Linda at lgoldberg@ffc.com or give her a call at 312-445-5253!

Did you know nutrition plays a key role in work performance? Consider ways to enhance healthy lifestyle habits to enhance your work-life balance. If you are planning future activities for your company, consider adding a wellness component to add value to your coworkers and their health.

In my experience creating programming that highlights nutrition for corporations, I have organized lunch & learns, nutrition talks and nutrition coaching for members and employees building-wide. Recently, I did a wellness screen nutrition talk discussing health labs and provided strategies to incorporate healthful dietary habits to improve overall health, providing answers to numerous nutrition questions inquired by employees.

Whether it’s a simple ‘healthy tips’ event or debunking nutrition myths such as carbs and caffeine, I can provide information on any nutrition topic in a fun, collaborative and supportive atmosphere! Bring nutrition to your company and improve health in your workplace. For more information, email me at suren@ffc.com.

Registered dietitian Suren shares a delicious recipe for chocolate lovers, full of tasty flavor but also healthy oats. Check it out! Questions or want to set up a complimentary consultation? Email her at skanchanavaleerat@ffc.com!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TB peanut butter
  • 2 TB chocolate chips
  • ½ banana, sliced

Directions:

  • Microwave rolled oats with water for 2.5 to 3 minutes on high heat.
  • Add peanut butter, chocolate chips, and bananas as toppings.

When new members enrollment for either single, multi-club access, or Premier membership, their $100 enrollment fee will be waived for the entire month of May. Come on down and join us! Contact sbrown@ffc.com for more information.

Staci is a fitness professional with over 12 years of experience in the industry. She began her career in the recreation center before graduating from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology in 2006. From there Staci earned her PT certifications from ACE as well as PTA Global and Primary Group Exercise from AFAA along with Zumba, Pound, Bellicon, and many other specialty certifications in order to keep up with the ever evolving fitness world.

Along with her fitness career Staci has pursued an education in business administration. She has always felt like it was important to have a full understanding of the moving parts of an industry to be successful in said industry. Staci started her MBA program in internet and social media marketing at the University of Phoenix and completed it at Saint Xavier University in 2014.

Questions, concerns or comments? Email her at sbrown@ffc.com or give her a ring at 312-445-5242.

Join us in the 353 Cafe on Wednesday, April 24 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM for our 6th annual fitness fair! Enjoy food, interactive health and wellness demos and giveaways. Participating vendors include Airrosti, Anatomy & Alchemy, Cafe 353, Concierge Unlimited International, Fitness Formula Clubs Spa and Nutrition, Monster Energy Co, Revolution Physical Therapy & Weight Loss, RXBAR and more!

Stop by the FFC table to drop in your business card and be entered into our raffle to win prizes from 353 Fitness Center and all participating vendors! This event is free and open to all 353 N Clark tenants. Questions? Email Heather at hmoore@ffc.com!

Spring clean your workout routine with our new group fitness schedule. Modern Mat and Running Club are back every Thursday afternoon! We are also excited to announce that 353 Fitness Center is now offering VIRTUAL CLASSES! These classes are available in the group fitness studio during designated time slots. Everything is preprogrammed and ready to go! Please note: there will be no live or virtual instructor.

Check out the website or FFC app to see the most up-to-date schedule including our new virtual classes.

Try This in April: Class Challenge – Win a Foam Roller!

For every 5 classes you complete in April, you will receive one raffle ticket for your chance to win! Want to learn how a foam roller can enhance your athletic performance? See one of 353 Fitness Center’s instructors or trainers for a free demo! Questions? Email Heather at hmoore@ffc.com.