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

Wednesday, July 3 – all clubs close at 8 PM

Thursday, July 4

  • Union Station, Old Town – closed
  • Boystown, East Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, South Loop, Oak Park – 7 AM – 3 PM
  • West Loop, Park Ridge, Elmhurst – 7 AM – 5 PM

 

Save the date! We’re raising money with Augie’s Quest for ALS this summer during our Raise on the Roof fitness party series during the month of July. 

Attend one or both parties at two of our beautiful rooftop venues, in West Loop and Elmhurst and get your workout on during a high-energy yoga flow or dance mashup class, then mingle and take in the views with a cocktail in hand. In addition to drinks (there will be non-alcoholic versions too), light bites and music, you’ll have the chance to purchase raffle tickets to win a ton of amazing prizes!

How to sign up:

Grab a friend and sign up now at https://ffc.com/raise to reserve your rooftop party spot!

Series Schedule

Event #1: July 19th at FFC West Loop (10 S Clinton, Chicago)

  • 5:30 -7:30 PM – Jam Session dance class at 6 PM with Dominick DeFranco

Event #2: July 26th at FFC Elmhurst (140 N Addison Ave)

  • 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Yoga Sculpt class at 6 PM with Elissa Peterson
  • We will have mats; you are also welcome to bring your own

You’re invited to come celebrate PRIDE with us – FFC is excited to share that we will have a float in the Chicago Pride Parade for the 5th year running.

Join Chicago in Boystown on Sunday, June 30 (kickoff is at Noon) for a celebration of inclusivity and love. Keep an eye out for our dancers and spirited float – and you may even get some swag!

Share the love from the day with us using #FFCChicago. Can’t wait to see you there!

Check out the brand new Fitness from the Inside Out podcast episode with long-time fitness industry experts Skip Chapman and Bill Busch, as they talk to triathlete John Cooper and professional athlete Jacquie Godbe about their passions and performance.

Both Jacquie and John are not only competitive athletes, they are ALSO both candidates in the MD-PhD program at Northwestern. Listen in to hear how they balance the two, what they’re studying and what they’ve been able to achieve!

Listen to the new episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/admin/episodes/1220261-science-sports-how-triathlete-john-cooper-professional-athlete-jacquie-godbe-balance-a-northwestern-md-phd-program-with-competitive-endurance

Find the other Fitness From the Inside Out episodes here:

Don’t forget, you can still bring in your friend for a complimentary member experience – they’ll score a free workout and get to experience FFC firsthand, and you’ll score this exclusive FFC t-shirt that activates when you sweat.

Plus your friend will get the shirt too! (While supplies last). 

Complimentary member experience includes registering with the membership department, a workout in the club, access to locker room and amenities. Some restrictions apply.

 

We’re excited to announce a new Workout of the Month! FFC Park Ridge personal trainer Angela Rodriguez has designed a well-rounded routine for you to try featuring the stability ball hamstring curl for building strength. Check out the full workout here: https://ffc.com/monthlyworkout/.

Movement Highlight: stability ball hamstring curl
Pilates Exercise of the Month: the saw (great for strengthening muscles of the spine and stretches the hamstrings, hips and abdominal muscles!)
Nutrition Tip of the Month: healthy snacks can help sustain energy levels between meals. They should be at least 7 grams of protein. Combining that with fiber will make a super-charged snack!
Smoothie of the Month: Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel
Group Exercise Class of the Month: TWISTED – improve flexibility, increase the effects of rotation and take your yoga practice to the next level!

Summer is here and so are our summer specials at the spa!

Complimentary Eye Treatment with Signature Facial ($30 Value)

In addition to this special upgrade, you’ll also get 10% off Rhonda Allison purchases with the purchase of any facial.

Offer available at FFC Park Ridge, Oak Park, Gold Coast, West Loop and Lincoln Park. Session must be received in the month of June. No two discounts apply.

90-Minute Deep Tissue Massage – $139

Gift the dad or grad in your life to a massage! Non-members are always welcome and will also receive access to FFC amenities and facilities on the day of the treatment.

Session must be received in June. No two discounts apply.

Ortanic Airbrush Tanning Was Featured on Vogue.com!

Where do you go to get the best spray tan in the country? FFC’s sunless airbrush tanning brand Ortanic was named by Vogue.com as one of the best places in the country for a spray tan. Read the full article here!

You can book your tan here http://ortanic.com/book-now/. Have a question? Email aleitl@ffc.com!

This month we’re featuring WERQ as the June fitness format of the month!

Want to learn more about WERQ? Check out this video about all the benefits!

PLUS: You can get WERQ Dance-Certified at FFC Union Station on Sunday, June 23 from 8 AM – 5 PM!

We’re thrilled to be hosting a WERQ Dance Fitness Professional Certification on 6/23/19 at FFC Union Station (there will also be a pop-up class anyone can attend, as well).

As an FFC member, you can take advantage of a special $99 rate by using code ‘host2019’. If you are interested in getting certified in this addictive, fun cardio dance fitness format, now is your chance!

Check out FFC’s June playlist, curated by FFC Gold Coast fitness director, JP Maund. JP says, “Working out is not only a passion but a way of life. My goal is to show everyone how important exercise is both physically and mentally.”

About JP:

Go-to workout song: Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing

Why music is so important related to fitness: Music gives me the opportunity to completely zone in. Not pay attention to the many distractions in the gym and focus on getting an efficient workout.

Click below or visit https://open.spotify.com/user/ffc_chicago to see all 20+ FFC-curated playlists!

As we get into the warmer months, it can get increasingly more difficult to keep your workouts on track. We’ve put together some tips to help! Wearing proper clothing, getting the right amount of sleep and practicing proper stretching techniques are vital to your success.

Just as important as the fitness component, however, is eating the right foods. A proper diet will allow athletes to remain active, maximize function and minimize risk for injury. Practicing proper hydration is equally important in reaching your optimal level of success. Athletes, especially those participating in high-intensity sports, should drink fluids early and often. An easy way to ensure you’re properly hydrated is focusing on the color of your urine. A pale yellow means you’re getting enough fluids, while a bright yellow or dark color means you need to drink more. Finally, avoid extreme diets as they increase the risk of micro-nutrient deficiencies.

Remember,if you are experiencing any pain please see one of our clinicians at our FFC locations for a complimentary injury screen and experience the power of physical therapy!

FFC East Lakeview – June 15; 2:30 – 4:30 PM
FFC Elmhurst – June 1; 8 – 10 AM
FFC Boystown – June 12; 4 – 6 PM (foot/ankle screening with local podiatrist will also be available)
FFC Lincoln Park – June 25; 5 – 7 PM
FFC Oak Park – walk-ins welcome
FFC Park Ridge – June 5; 3 – 5 PM
FFC South Loop – walk-ins welcome
FFC Union Station – June 19; 11:30 AM – 1 PM
FFC West Loop – June 11; 4:15 – 5 PM