We all know that exercise can help build muscle, improve flexibility and even contribute to a better mood. Now, data from a growing number of studies suggests that the recommended 30-60 minutes of exercise per day can boost immune function and the body’s defenses against viruses like COVID-19.

When deciding whether to return to a health club for a workout, keep in mind that research from 2,877 health club and gym locations collected by MXMetrics shows that in over 49.4 million check-ins, the ratio of check-ins to COVID cases is 42,731:1 or just 0.002%.

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Ready to head to the club for a workout to boost that immune system? FFC Group Fitness Manager Lara Mele breaks down what it’s really like to exercise in a mask and shares her favorite masks to wear during a workout in our latest blog post.

Click here to read the full post.

Three people at gym wearing masks, sitting and talking

For all members visiting FFC Elmhurst, FFC Oak Park and FFC Park Ridge, please take a moment to review our face mask policy for our suburban locations. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe!

Suburban Clubs Mask Policy: Wearing masks while in the club/working out is encouraged but not required. Masks will be required upon entry, and must be worn at all times while moving around and about the club, and during any interactions with staff, including: while in elevators, checking into the club and during temperature screenings, while making purchases or checking in for services and other meetings with staff, and while making purchases at our local’84 cafes or Splash Bars. You may remove your mask while working out OR while outside when able to maintain a safe social distance. All FFC staff are required to wear a mask at all times.

Good news, group fitness fans! As Chicago transitions from summer to fall, we’re offering nearly double our class options, including:

  • Continuing to offer outdoor classes at our clubs to make the most of our gorgeous weather.
  • Back by popular demand are our aquatics classes: HydroFit and Aqua Xtreme.

Plus, our brand new, in-studio virtual class options – featuring FFC’s very own instructors – begin September 21, and are noted in our full group fitness schedule as:

  •  “VR” classes – A selection of our best FFC On Demand recorded sessions will be NOW be available in our studios. Those classes are noted as “VR” classes, for example, VR Chisel, VR LOADED, etc.
  • “Live Simulcast” classes – We will be LIVE SIMULCASTING a class from FFC Union Station, featuring FFC instructors, to all locations at 4 PM Monday – Thursday. Additional live simulcasts will be added to the schedule as we move forward. Those classes are notes as “Live Simulcast” classes, for example, Live Simulcast Motiv8 w/Lara, Live Simulcast LOADED w/Dominick, etc.

Check out the outdoor and aquatics class offerings by club below, and don’t forget, registration is required for ANY AND ALL in-studio group fitness classes via the FFC app. To view our full group fitness schedule by club, please click here.


  • Tuesdays: 9AM HydroFit with Joy
  • Fridays: 10:30AM HydroFit with LuAnn (outdoor pool)
Outdoor Classes:
  • Mondays: 8AM Vinyasa Yoga
  • Mondays: 10AM HydroFit with Gavin
  • Thursdays: 9AM Aqua Xtreme with Gavin
Outdoor Classes:
  • Mondays: 6:45PM Rooftop Yoga with Marissa
  • Tuesdays: 5:45PM Rooftop Yoga with Gary
  • Thursdays: 5:30 PM: Rooftop Bootcamp with Anna Rose
  • Fridays: 9AM Rooftop Yoga with David
  • Saturdays: 9:30AM Rooftop Yoga with Marissa
  • Sundays: 10:30AM Rooftop Yoga with Mary
Outdoor Classes:
  • Tuesdays: 6:45PM Rooftop Bootcamp with Ashleigh
  • Thursdays: 7PM Rooftop Yoga with Kevin
  • Mondays/Wednesdays: 9AM HydroFit with Sandra
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: 5PM Aqua Xtreme with Ashley
  • Sundays: 10:30AM HydroFit with Ashley
Outdoor Classes:
  • Mondays: 9AM Nia with Pamela
  • Tuesdays: 6AM Sunrise Salutation with Karina / 6PM Sunset Salutation with Heidi
  • Thursdays: 6AM Sunrise Salutation with Karina
  • Friday: 8AM Hatha Yoga with Heidi
  • Wednesdays: 9:30AM HydroFit with Laurie
  • Saturdays: 10AM HydroFit with Jeanne
Outdoor Classes:
  • Mondays: 6AM Yoga Sculpt with Doreen / 9:15AM Total Body Blast with Julia / 5:30PM: Triple Threat with Mari
  • Tuesdays: 6:30AM Triple Threat with Mari / 9:15AM Chisel with Laurie / 5:30PM Total Body Blast with Daniela
  • Wednesdays: 6AM Chisel with Jillian / 9:15AM Loaded with Alexandra / 5:30PM Loaded with Mari
  • Thursdays: 6AM Total Body Blast with Mari / 9:15AM Triple Threat with Julia / 5:30PM Critical Mass with Jillian
  • Fridays: 6AM Yoga Sculpt with Doreen / 9:15AM FitKick with Sara
  • Saturdays: 9:30AM Triple Threat with Mari
  • Sundays: 9AM Chisel with Jillian
    Stay tuned to our group fitness schedule for outdoor and aquatics options coming soon!

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our group fitness offerings since we’re re-opened.

We know that many of you are still adjusting to new work and home schedules. We are happy to announce we will continue to offer All Access to all members through the month of September!

Please be advised due to the government-imposed limited class sizes that beginning Tuesday, September 1, the following policy will be put into place:

  • If you are unable to attend a class you have registered for, please cancel prior to 1 hour before the class begins
  • If you do not cancel, and do not show up to class, you may be assessed a $10 no-show fee on your FFC membership account.

We thank you for your continued patronage, and appreciate your support and understanding while these government-mandated group fitness restrictions are in place.

Exciting news! All Access to all 11 locations for all members has been extended through September 30, 2020.

We know that many of you are adjusting to new work and home schedules. With convenient locations all over the city and suburbs, FFC has always been close to home, close to work. We are happy to announce we will continue to offer All Access to all 11 locations for all members through the month of September!

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.



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: