Looking for an excuse to pamper yourself? We can help. Check out these great offers for November!

3 pack of 60 minute massages for $305

Making time for yourself can be challenging during the holidays. Give yourself the gift of relaxation this year with our 3 pack of massages!

Services expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply. Offer valid at all FFC locations except for FFC Elmhurst.

3 pack of FFC Facials for $280

It’s no secret that winter can leave your skin dry, cracked and irritated. Keep your healthy glow all winter long with our 3 pack of FFC Facials!

Services expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply. Offer valid at Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, West Loop, Oak Park and Park Ridge locations.

3 pack of No Chip Manicures for $125

Keep your hands holiday party-ready this year with our 3 pack of No Chip Manicures!

Services expire one year from date of purchase. Offer valid at FFC Lincoln Park. No two discounts apply.

Looking for new workout tunes? Look no further! This month’s playlist comes to us from Natalie Casper. Natalie is the new Marketing Manager for FFC, and she is so excited to be a part of the FFC Family. You’ll be able to find Natalie in the clubs attending HIIT, spin and yoga classes–be sure to say hello!

Check out Natalie’s featured playlist here:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4DSln655GsCufh86AHFkoP?si=Qir13Wj9Tea2X7rlhhh-Tw

Natalie Casper on spin bike

We’d like to welcome two new members to our team! Please help us give a warm welcome to Stephanie King and Ambrosia Rose.

Stephanie King is FFC Boystown’s newest membership representative.

Ambrosia Rose joins our team as a veteran massage therapist and is available for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The FFC Boystown Facebook group is your one-stop, all-inclusive location to learn about breaking news, events, staff, education and various other fun information. Stay up to date with everything happening in the club! Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/FFCBoystown.

Did you know your health insurance provider may cover Medical Nutrition Therapy with FFC Registered Dietitian Michael Glab? Insurance will cover nutrition counseling for weight loss, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and kidney disease.

If you have BlueCross Blue Shield, UnitedHealthcare or Cigna please email Michael at mglab@ffc.com for more information.

Pumpkin Apple Fall Facial $105

This corrective treatment has everything you need to revive dry summer skin. Packed full of nutritious pumpkin and rejuvenating apple wine extract, this is sure to generate results. Tightens and firms, infuses skin with potent antioxidant support and brightens skin tone for a beautiful fresh look!

*No two discounts apply. Service must be received in October.

60-Minute Massage for $101

School’s started and the slower pace of summer has been left behind – take the opportunity before the busy holiday season starts to take care of yourself! Book a massage for some zen in your life.

*No two discounts apply. Service must be received in October.

Ortanic Special

During the month of October, the Ortanic Monthly Membership is only $34.99 – with no initiation fee!

Check out FFC’s October playlist, curated by FFC Oak Park’s top trainer (and top trainer at FFC for 5 consecutive years, no big deal), Brian Cuellar!

About Brian: Brian Cuellar is a personal trainer at FFC Oak Park & has been named FFC’s Trainer of the Year for 5 years with certifications from the International Sports and Sciences Association, is a certified functional strength coach and a level 1+2 Sports Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting.

Why music is so important related to fitness: he says “music plays a significant role in your workout especially when you need a workout in the middle of a busy day! A song that helps me every time is ‘Rusty Cage,’ by Johnny Cash.”

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/27wglOgDpTaXpDiZtTqSZI?si=Q-OMQ5-aROK6ZK9Afa1QPQ

Imagine a Winter with less trips to the doctor, less days off school and work, more energy for sledding and holiday events, more time with friends and family. All this could happen if you can reduce or eliminate sickness throughout the Winter months. Creating and maintaining a strong immune system must begin before the deep Winter hits and before the holiday parties get going. As a Registered Dietitian, I’m a strong believer that food is medicine, and food and other healthy habits can truly prevent you from needing any medicine at all!

Immune Boosting Habit #1: Get plenty of sleep.

Being well rested improves your ability to make decisions, making the rest of these habits easier to achieve, but not only that – getting enough sleep can actually prevent you from getting sick. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein and targets infection and inflammation to improve your immune system. Wondering how to get better sleep? Creating a bedtime routine that includes going to bed at the same time every night and turning off blue lights well before bedtime would both be a great start.

Immune Boosting Habit #2: Consume 10+ servings of fruits and veggies per day, at least 5 colors!

‘Eating the rainbow’ doesn’t just look pretty for Instagram, it actually can reduce how often you get sick! This is because when you consume whole, real foods from multiple colors, you are consuming multiple different micronutrients and phytonutrients. These help your body to recover from stressors (think both mental and physical) in life, boost your white blood cells, and reducing inflammation. Don’t forget about flavor enhancers, too, such as garlic, turmeric, and ginger – these also improve your immunity!

Immune Boosting Habit #3: Consume ‘good bacteria’ through probiotics and keep those bacteria healthy by getting plenty of fiber.

Often times when we get sick, doctors quickly write a prescription for antibiotics. While this is necessary sometimes, the antibiotics wipe out all bacteria in your body, even the healthy ones in your gut that help boost your immunity. Seems counterintuitive, right? Protect your immunity by consuming these good bacteria (probiotics) through fermented foods such as plain yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, or tempeh. Probiotics need fuel, too, and their main source of fuel is the fiber you consume – that’s why eating the whole fruit or vegetable is so important!

Immune Boosting Habit #4: Drink lots of water, limit caloric, sugary, and alcoholic beverages.

While drinking sugary and/or alcoholic beverages can increase inflammation and put your body at risk for sickness, getting plenty of water will do the opposite. Water helps bring oxygen to your cells, making for a properly functioning body. It also helps to remove toxins from your body, so keep drinking your H20. Don’t like the taste? Try adding lemon or lime slices and mint or rosemary for a refreshing change of pace.

Immune Boosting Habit #5: Get regular exercise.

Regular exercise (with proper recovery time) can help to reduce the stressors in life that may cause lower immunity. Exercise, just like water, also helps move oxygen to the cells in your body, helping it to properly function. While regular exercise may prevent sickness, it’s important to understand when your body needs rest from exercise during sickness. A few rest days in order to recover properly is better than being sick long term!

Fall into routine with FFC’s RDs! Schedule a grocery store tour in combination with nutrition counseling to help you create a routine that matches your health goals. Contact your RD for more information and to schedule (or email asilver@ffc.com with any questions).

We’re wishing you a happy and healthy Labor Day on Monday, September 2! Please be aware of the following holiday schedule to help you plan.

Monday, September 2

  • FFC Union Station & FFC Old Town – closed
  • All other clubs: 7 AM – 5 PM

All other weekend hours will be normal.

*24-hour clubs reopen at 4:30 AM Tuesday, September 3.

Check out a welcome note from FFC’s newest Registered Dieitian, Michael Glab! Questions? Email him at mglab@ffc.com.

My name is Michael Glab and I am the new registered dietitian at the FFC East Lakeview and Boystown FFC locations. I very much look forward to getting to know you!

Here’s why I’m passionate about being a registered dietitian:

  • Nutrition is a very personal – what works for me or your friend may not work for you.
  • Nutrition is very powerful – it transforms lives both inside and out.
  • I know this firsthand as someone who has lost weight and kept it off for years with proper nutrition and exercise.

This experience led me to my passion: helping others achieve their health goals through the power of nutrition. I quit my 9 – 5 in 2012 and endured a four-year journey to get a Master’s in nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016.

My clients are highly motivated and work their butts off. They like working with me for the support and insight to take their nutrition and fitness goals to the next level.

Why work with a registered dietitian?

  • If you want to safely lose weight and keep it off, working with a registered dietitian is key.
  • If you want to gain 10 pounds of muscle safely, working with a registered dietitian will be instrumental to your success.

Whatever your nutrition goals are they will always be at the forefront when you work with me. Please let me know when you would like to schedule your complimentary consultation. I look forward to meeting you at the club and being part of your FFC wellness experience.