We are so excited to welcome you back to the club! We have set the following dates for reopening our 11 FFC locations:

Wednesday, July 1: East Lakeview, Elmhurst, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, Park Ridge, South Loop and West Loop

Monday, July 6: Old Town and Union Station

TBD: Boystown

Please note: all members will have ACCESS TO ALL CLUBS beginning July 1 for the month of July.

To see hours for each location, please visit ffc.com/club-locations.

For more information on our new operating procedures, please visit ffc.com/safety.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Visit ffc.com/reopening-faqs for answers to your most pressing questions.

Safety has always been one of our five Core Values (Safety, Superior Service, Friendliness, Integrity, and Improvement). As we move forward with reopening our clubs, we want you to know that the health and safety of our members and staff is our highest priority.

In order to ensure a clean and safe club environment for all, we have implemented new cleaning procedures and installed new technology in all of our locations.

To read more about our new cleaning policies and procedures, please visit ffc.com/safety.

We’re wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July holiday! Below are the hours for all clubs* for this year’s holiday:

Friday, July 3: 7 AM – 4 PM

Saturday, July 4: 7 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, July 5: 7 AM – 4 PM

*Please note that our Union Station and Old Town clubs will not be reopening until Monday, July 6. The reopening date for our Boystown club is to be determined.

 

THERAGUN GIVEAWAY RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

FFC’s Theragun giveaway ends Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be notified by Friday, May 1, 2020 by Instagram Direct Message. Two separate winners will each receive one G3PRO, protective travel case, two external lithium-ion batteries and six pro attachments with case. Enter to win by following @ffc_chicago on Instagram and tagging a friend in the comments on the post. Limit one entry per account. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. Both FFC members and non-members are eligible to win. Winner will be selected at random using a randomizer software platform. No purchase necessary. Purchase does not enhance the chance of winning. Void where prohibited. You must be 18 years of age or older and hold a valid photo ID with an Illinois address to be eligible to enter. Shipment of product will come directly from Theragun. Product will only be shipped to addresses within the continental United States.

NovaCare has two great resources for FFC members during this stay at home order.

#1. Stretches to do when you are sore at home – READ on our blog!
While we are confined to our homes, we may find ourselves resorting to new forms of exercise as we develop a fitness routine outside the gym. Bodyweight workouts, running and yoga all come with their own sets of aches and pains, so we asked NovaCare Rehabilitation Physical Therapist Katie Wax to share her favorite stretches to alleviate soreness and discomfort from at-home workouts. <<<Read More>>>

#2. If you are having pain at home during this time, NovaCare is here to help! Having neck and back pain from working from home? Home workout gone wrong?  Injured yourself painting the ceiling? NovaCare physical therapists are offering their complimentary injury screens for any of your needs.

What to expect? Email the PT for your club and they will arrange a time to connect with you via Zoom or Facetime and give you some tips to get you back on track!

Free Virtual Injury Screening Contacts:

FFC is committed to the health and safety of our members and staff. As flu season continues into March and the CDC provides more information about COVID-19, we want to make you aware of the actions we are taking at the clubs to prevent the spread of disease and how you can help.

Here’s what FFC is doing to prevent the spread of disease:

  • In addition to stocking up on disinfecting gym wipes, we have ramped up our cleaning routines. We are doubling our efforts with our high touch-point areas, from dumbbells and locker handles to doors and drinking fountains.
  • We are encouraging our members to be more attentive to the courtesy of wiping down equipment with disinfecting gym wipes, an act that is now a precautionary measure to minimize bacteria on the non-porous, hard surfaces.

Additional FFC Cleaning & Safety Efforts:

  • From Saturday, March 14 – Friday, March 20, all 11 of our club locations will go through a proactive, overnight deep cleaning process. This is being facilitated through an outside, 3rd party professional cleaning vendor, using a using a hospital grade disinfectant recommended by the CDC. Operating hours will not be affected.
  • Cleaning sweeps for high touch areas of the clubs are happening at least once an hour at all clubs, this includes surfaces like door handles, hand railings, drinking fountains, keypads, and dumbbells to mention a few.
  • We have secured large quantities of disinfecting wipes and quaternary cleaning supplies to prevent supply chain interruption.
  • As a reminder, several weeks ago we implemented hands-free check in at all club locations.
  • The FFC leadership team, which includes every general manager and members of our corporate staff, is meeting daily to discuss and implement additional efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

While you are at FFC, here are some actions you can take to prevent the spread of disease:

  • Use the disinfecting gym wipes on all equipment surfaces, please don’t use your towels. We ask you to use the wipes generously and diligently, and these can be used to disinfect your hands as well!
  • Notify club staff of any empty disinfecting gym wipe dispensers and soap dispensers.
  • We are in the process of adding the disinfecting gym wipes to even more areas of club, including the locker rooms, we encourage you to use them generously and diligently.
  • Consider working out at off-peak times when possible. Those times are between 9 AM – 11 AM, 1 PM – 4 PM, and after 8 PM during the week, and after 2 PM on the weekends.
  • Please stay home if you are sick.
  • Consider placing a towel between you and the equipment you are using in the club.
  • Consider practicing social distancing, leaving 3 – 5 feet between you and another person, when using cardio equipment, on the fitness floor, and while in group fitness classes.

Additionally, the CDC lists these everyday actions to follow to remain healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid social physical contact, like handshakes and hugs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home from work, school and all activities when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water

For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Our goal is to ensure members and employees alike remain confident in our clubs during these challenging circumstances. Club cleanliness is top-of-mind at all times. Please know that everyone’s health is a priority in everything that we do, as Safety is one of FFC’s Core Values!

We are confident that our clubs are safe and will continue to operate as normal.

Got a friend you’d love to introduce to FFC? When you bring in your friend in March for a complimentary member experience, they’ll get a free workout and access to FFC amenities, and you’ll score an exclusive FFC Chicago From Day One T-shirt! And, when your friend joins as a member, they’ll get the T-shirt, too!

What are you waiting for? Invite a friend to join you at FFC today!

Program begins March 2; while supplies last. Complimentary member experience is for first time guests who register with the membership department and includes a workout in the club, access to locker room, amenities and classes. Some restrictions apply.

Add a day of pampering to your schedule this month! Check out our March spa specials below:

Get Glowing Skin with Ortanic
Feeling spring fever? Bring a healthy glow to your skin with an Ortanic custom airbrush tan. During the month of March, enjoy a Deluxe Airbrush Tan for $50.
No two discounts apply. Service must be received in March 2020.

Treat Yourself To A Facial
Grab two 60-minute FFC Facials for $195 this month. Offer valid at Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, Park Ridge and West Loop.
No two discounts apply. Cannot be split between two people. Facials must be received by June 30, 2020.

Take A Recovery Day at the Spa
Enjoy a 60-minute sports massage this month for $105. Offer is not valid at FFC East Lakeview.
No two discounts apply. Must be received in March 2020.

Refresh Your Nails for Spring
Enjoy a $40 No Chip Manicure at FFC Lincoln Park.
Must be received in March 2020. No two discounts apply.

This March, your FFC Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) encourage you to celebrate National Nutrition Month®–an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that focuses attention on healthy eating. The theme this year is ‘Eat Right, Bite by Bite.’

March also happens to be the month when New Year’s resolutions start to fall out of favor. So it’s a great month to refocus on healthier habits. Not sure where to start? Try to focus on making more informed food choices while also developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Here are a couple more helpful tips:

1. Vary your diet: eat a variety of nutritious foods every day.
Just like you wouldn’t do the same workout day in and day out, you don’t want to eat the same exact thing every day. Different foods provide different nutrients and our bodies need a wide variety of foods to meet our nutritional requirements. This includes lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.

2. Meal planning: enjoy healthy eating at school, work and home.
A little bit of planning can go a long way in ensuring you eat healthfully at work, school or home. It can also ease work week stress. Set aside time to plan meals for the week and grocery shop. You’ll thank yourself when the craziness of the work week builds up. Have a handful of go-to recipes that you can rely on in a pinch. Looking for recipe inspiration? Check out the winter recipe book our RDNs pull together each quarter.

3. Cook and prep: create tasty meals to share and enjoy.
Once you’ve made a plan for the week, doing some meal prep will help ensure you stick to your plan. It doesn’t have to mean an entire day in the kitchen. It can be as simple as washing and chopping up some veggies so they are ready to eat when you need them. Or batch cooking your grains/starches (pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.) for the week. You can even portion out snacks into smaller containers so they are grab-and-go friendly. What’s more – a little bit of meal prep when you have the time frees you up so you have more time for more important activities during the week – like game night or relaxing with a good book. It doesn’t have to take a ton of time either.

4. Visit your FFC RDN.
Why? You’ll receive personalized nutrition advice to help meet your goals. FFC RDNs can help translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. We use our nutrition expertise to help you make personalized and positive lifestyle changes. Nutrition is not one size fits all, and we use an individualized approach to ensure success. Interested in learning more? Contact your RDN today!

Remember–good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative healthful effect, and every little bit (or bite) of nutrition is a step in the right direction.

Calling all Pilates first-timers! Did you know that your first private Pilates session is only $50? Get one-on-one time with a certified Pilates professional and learn the basic exercises that comprise a classical Pilates practice.

Interested in signing up for your first private session? Contact Kristin Strom at kstrom@ffc.com to schedule a session today.