This year we’re celebrating 35 years of strength and community! It has been a privilege to get to know each and every one of our members and guests and help improve their lives and overall well-being.

If you refer a friend that joins by October 15, we’re extending the 35 FFC Bucks offer as a reward to use in our online store. There’s no limit to the amount of friends who can join or Bucks you can earn. For all the details, check out ffc.com/refer-a-friend.

Want some inspiration? Head over to the FFC content platform Formula to read our collection of member stories AND employee stories about beating the odds and overcoming obstacles. Cheers to 35 years!

FFC has partnered with WCIU/CW26 and Share Your Soles for the Be A Superhero shoe donation drive this month.

Now – October 11, all FFC locations will be accepting donations of gently used gym shoes to benefit Share Your Soles, a local organization that distributes shoes to people in need locally, nationally and internationally! Tell your friends and family – you don’t need to be a member to donate!

Plus, 5 FFC locations will be featured on WCIU’s morning show, The Jam, to promote this donation drive! The current schedule is:

Thursday, September 12 – FFC Boystown
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 17 – FFC South Loop
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 24 – FFC Gold Coast
6:00 a.m. -9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 1– FFC Elmhurst
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 8 – FFC Oak Park
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

 

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

This month we’re highlighting FFC group fitness instructor of the month, Ashleigh Brodhead!

Ashleigh received her BFA in dance performance from The University Of the Arts in Philadelphia, and moved to Chicago to pursue a dance career in 2009. Eventually that led her to her career as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and running coach. She started running in college, and has since completed 23 full marathons. She dabbled with triathlons, and has since competed around 30 shorter/medium distance triathlons, and 5 full Ironman races, the most recent Ironman this past September 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Along with endurance sports, Ashleigh also competes in strength competitions, including powerlifting and kettlebell competitions. She’s been inspired by many people in the fitness world, and now uses her own experiences to inspire others to find their own confidence and strength, inside and out. Check out the group fitness schedule to find out where she’s teaching next!

October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association encourages everyone to raise awareness of physical therapy as a safe, effective alternative route to medication such as opioids for treatment of chronic pain conditions.

It’s also a time to celebrate the wonderful work done by physical therapists to restore and maintain function, and improve people’s lives without using potentially harmful and addictive medication. So don’t wait… come to NovaCare Rehabilitation and start healing today! Our licensed physical therapists will work directly with you to get you on the road to recovery and feeling better.

If you are experiencing any aches and pains or have sustained a recent injury, please see one of our clinicians for a complimentary injury screen and experience the power of physical therapy!

Injury Screen Times:

  • FFC Boystown – October 15; 4 – 6 PM
  • FFC East Lakeview – October 15; 12:30 – 1:30 PM
  • FFC Elmhurst – October 19; 8 – 10 AM
  • FFC Gold Coast – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC Lincoln Park – October 9, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
  • FFC Oak Park – October 29; 1 – 3 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge – October 2, 7:30 – 9:30 AM
  • FFC South Loop – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC Union Station – October 16; 11:30 AM – 1 PM
  • FFC West Loop – October 15; 4:15 – 5 PM

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).

From now – October 11, all FFC locations will be accepting donations of gently used gym shoes to benefit Share Your Soles, a local organization that distributes shoes to people in need locally, nationally and internationally!

Tell your friends and family – you don’t need to be a member to donate!  From now until October 11, any non-member who donates a pair of gently used shoes* will receive a complimentary one-day trial visit to FFC.

For a list of all FFC locations, click here!

* Must be 18 years or older and present a valid photo ID upon arrival, along with your gently worn gym shoes. First time guests only, limit one trial per person, must use trial same day as shoes are donated. Offer valid September 24 –  October 11, 2019.

September is FFC’s anniversary month, and we’re celebrating 35 Years Strong all month long. We wouldn’t be here without you, our amazing members, and each club is celebrating with their own member appreciation events.

See below to see your club’s days and dates – guests will be FREE on the dates listed below.

More details can be found at each of the clubs, but put these dates on your calendars because these are events you won’t want to miss. Thanks for being a part of the FFC community!

Member Appreciation Event Schedule:

All Clubs: Save $35 on the MZ-3 Myzone belt – offer valid September 1 – September 30!

FFC Boystown: Monday 9/23 & Tuesday 9/24 – activities include complimentary trainer stretching sessions and fitness contests

FFC East Lakeview: Monday 9/23 & Tuesday 9/24 – activities include a member party on Monday for Monday Night Football and a Myzone MEPs challenge

FFC Elmhurst: All month – activities include Bears & Packers viewing party outside on 9/5, 35-minute fitness challenges, and discounts on the sports shop

FFC Gold Coast: Thursday, 9/19 – Saturday, 9/21 – activities include free Faction workouts, daily fitness challenges and a spa open house

FFC Lincoln Park: Tuesday 9/24 – Thursday, 9/26 – activities include fitness challenges, a spa open house and free Faction workouts

FFC Oak Park: Thursday, 9/26 – activities include a kid-friendly party in the gym with bouncy house & face painting, plus a sundeck Twisted class & Zumba event on 9/27

FFC Old Town: Monday, 9/16 – Saturday, 9/21 – activities include beat the trainer contests and free Faction workouts

FFC Park Ridge: Monday, 9/16 – Sunday, 9/29 – activities include an Oktoberfest event on 9/19 and a special fall equinox yoga class

FFC South Loop: Tuesday, 9/24 – Thursday, 9/26 – activities include ’80s themed Zumba and fitness demos with the trainers

FFC Union Station: Tuesday, 9/24 – Thursday, 9/26 – activities include chair massages and a Myzone MEPs challenge

FFC West Loop: Thursday, 9/19 – Saturday, 9/21 – activities include a spa open house and special “non traditional” triathlon on 9/21

It’s FFC’s anniversary month, and this year we’re celebrating 35 years of strength and community! It has been a privilege to get to know each and every one of our members and guests and help improve their lives and overall well-being.

We have so much planned for you this month, and to kick things off, if you refer a friend that joins between September 1 – 30, we’re offering 35 FFC Bucks to use in our online store. There’s no limit to the amount of friends who can join or Bucks you can earn. For all the details, check out ffc.com/refer-a-friend.

Want some inspiration? Head over to the FFC content platform Formula to read our collection of member stories AND employee stories about beating the odds and overcoming obstacles. Cheers to 35 years!