It’s finally feeling like spring and what better time to refresh and rejuvenate before the summer weather (and wardrobes) come out to play? Take advantage of these spa specials this month at FFC!

Two Signature Massage or Two Signature Facials for $199

*Offer expires 5/31/18. No two discounts apply. Sessions must be used by 7/31/18.  See spas for details.

Spa Pedicure for $40

*Offer available only at FFC Lincoln Park & expires 5/31/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in May 2018.

Brow Waxing for $18 extended through end of May

*Offer available only at FFC Union Station & expires 5/31/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in May 2018.

Three Ortanic Tans for $119

Don’t let sunburn ruin your fun or your outfit.  Ensure a flawless look for your special summer events.

* Offer available at Ortanic locations, within FFC Gold Coast, FFC West Loop and FFC Lincoln Park. Offer expires 5/31/18.  No two discounts apply. All tans must be used by 09/30/18.

You’re invited! As a thank you for being part of the FFC Family, we invite you to celebrate with us through the rest of April!

Check out the schedule below for some very special Member Appreciation days, including food, fun, fitness & more. Keep an eye out for specific details in the clubs in the coming days!

  • FFC Boystown – Thursday, April 26
  • FFC East Lakeview – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Gold Coast – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Lincoln Park – Monday, April 30
  • FFC Oak Park – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Old Town – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Park Ridge – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC South Loop – Monday, April 30
  • FFC Union Station – Monday, April 30
  • FFC West Loop – Friday, April 27

 

Join us for sweat and sips in April during these two complimentary classes!!

  • Barre & Bubbly – Thursday, 4/12 at 6 PM – get a great workout during Midnite’s Barre Bootcamp & stick around for some post-class bubbles. Register by emailing ktownsend@ffc.com!
  • Pilates & Prosecco – Saturday, 4/28 at 11 AM – join Jill Weinberg & Kati Murray for a team-teach Pilates class and then enjoy some Prosecco/Mimosas! Register by emailing kmurray@ffc.com.

Congratulations to Justin DeJong, FFC Boystown’s April Member of the Month! We asked Justin about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

My membership helps me focus on my physical well-being to achieve my health and fitness goals.

When at FFC, you will find me doing…

Pilates, group classes, strength and conditioning.

I work out to…

Improve my core strength and flexibility to reduce my chronic lower back pain.

 

As you have probably noticed, FFC’s website has gone through an incredible transformation that we are very proud of. As you poke around and get used to this new interface, we’ve put together a list of quick links for your reference that will take you to some of the most important areas of the site. We can’t wait to share this experience with you!

Member Hub – on this page you’ll find everything you need to access at FFC as a member, including

  • Member Login
  • FFC Bucks Login

Store

Refer a friend, get some swag!

Club Programming/eNews

Group Fitness Schedule

Blog

Club Pages – you can get to all of our club pages by visiting the club location map, or by hovering over the “Clubs” menu item

Have more questions or feedback? Please feel free to email us at mmarzoni@ffc.com!

 

Help Your Friends Spring into FFC!
We’ve heard your feedback; we’ve read your surveys. You’ve asked for guest passes; you got it! In April, we are putting 2 free guest passes on every member’s account. Bring in your friends, family and co-workers to experience everything you love about FFC. Passes expire April 30.

Warm weather finally seems to be here and to get you ready we’ve got a ton of specials happening at the spa! Check out the offers below and head into the new season with a spring in your step!

  • One 75-Minute Signature Massage for $105
  • A Signature Facial for $110
  • 20% off leg or arm waxing services

Offers available at all clubs & expire 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

No-Chip Manicure for $42

Offer available only at FFC Lincoln Park & expires 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

Brow Waxing for $18

Offer available only at FFC Union Station & expires 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

Ortanic Offers for April

Take $20 off any Deluxe Ortanic tan Mondays & Tuesdays!

Offer available only at FFC West Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park and  expires April 30, 2018. No two discounts apply

Injuries can happen at any moment—at the gym, in the workplace, in your car or even in your own home. Without proper diagnosis and timely treatment, recovery can often become a slow and painful process.

Physical therapy uses a variety of evidence-based treatments and physical exercises to begin the rehabilitation process at the onset of injury or pain. Through these treatments and exercises, physical therapy can efficiently and effectively strengthen your body, reduce pain and prevent future injury.  

With our  comprehensive programs and services and convenient hours and locations we can help return you to what you love doing best. Don’t forget NovaCare provides you with your very own physical therapist and athletic trainer! You can call or email them at 866.TRY.NOVA or injuryhotline@novacare.com.  Find a complimentary injury screen date during April at your nearest Fitness Formula Club – check out the schedule below!

  • FFC East Lakeview – 4/4; 5:30 – 7:30 AM & 4/28; 9 – 10:30 AM
  • FFC Boystown – 4/7; 9 – 11 AM
  • FFC Lincoln Park – 4/19; 4 – 6 PM
  • FFC Oak Park – 4/11; 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge – 4/7; 9 – 11 AM
  • FFC South Loop – 4/28; 6:30 – 8 PM, walk-ins during regular business hours
    FFC Union Station – 4/18; 12 – 1 PM
  • FFC West Loop – 4/17; 4:15 – 5 PM

Let’s talk about metabolic adaptation. Many of you have probably heard the term “metabolic damage”, which essentially refers to a metabolism that is not working “properly” or “efficiently” for the individual. However, your metabolism cannot really be “damaged”, so there is some controversy around this word.

Essentially, when the metabolism is in a slowed stated (examples would be eliminating carbs or a hypothyroid condition); it’s become that way due to factors that forced it to be there. Sometimes these factors are seemingly “out of our control” but more often than not these factors are our own doing.

So how does a slow metabolism occur? One of the number one culprits is fad dieting, such as eating low calorie or low fat foods for a prolonged period. When you drop your calories too low, the body eventually responds by slowing the metabolism down. This means it can be hard to drop body fat percentage, gain lean muscle, etc. This is how our system keeps us alive, so it’s definitely not a bad thing. If our metabolism didn’t slow down, we would starve to death much more quickly and easily. However, restrictive dieting typically goes hand in hand with yo-yo dieting and/ or binge eating behaviors. These behaviors are why so many struggle with being overweight while simultaneously having a non-optimal metabolism. The combination of gaining weight with a slower metabolism is exactly why so many people get stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting and feeling “trapped” like they cannot get out. Restrict/binge habits of overeating and slowing the metabolism more can cause you to gain more weight from a slowed metabolism, which continually repeats.

So how do you get out of this cycle? I was there once, with a metabolism that didn’t seem to work for me if I ate over 1200 calories a day. But today I am eating 2,700+ on most days. The key is REVERSE DIETING. This is why so many clients are put on a reverse diet, to get the metabolism working in their favor again. Reverse dieting is not only for weight loss, but can also help with muscle gain and fat loss.

Want to learn more about reverse dieting, or have other metabolism related questions? Set up a complimentary consultation with Sarah by emailing her at ssobtka@ffc.com!

There is still time to register for Spin to Break the Cycle on Saturday, 4/7,  at the iconic House of Blues! Join us with World Sport Chicago for a one-of-a-kind, high energy spin event for all ages and ability as we help break the cycle and invest in the future of Chicago’s youth – creating stronger, safer, and healthier communities.

This high-energy spin (indoor cycling) event raises funds to support World Sport Chicago’s initiatives that leverage the transformative power of play and sport to mobilize communities to collectively make lasting change in their own community. Some of the city’s most recognized personalities, fitness instructors and organizations will enhance the excitement of the day in a spin event like none other. Get involved 4 ways:

Register and donate to spin in one of the sessions

Donate to help a team reach their goal

Buy a crew pass to help support riders and enjoy the festivities during the day of the event

Volunteer

DATE: Saturday, April 7, 2018
LOCATION: House of Blues Chicago
TIME: First session arrives at 8 AM; a new workout session arrives every hour through 1 PM.

www.spintobreakthecycle.com