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.

Cupping is a mobilization technique used to treat pain, stiffness and swelling of the upper and lower extremities, as well as large soft tissue areas such as the shoulder blade or low back. Cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the treatment area and a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.

Cupping is just one of the many specialty services offered at NovaCare Rehabilitation. Don’t forget, NovaCare provides you with your very own physical therapist and athletic trainer! Stop by our centers located inside Fitness Formula Clubs to learn more about our specialty services or for a complimentary injury screen.

Injury Screen Times:

  • FFC East Lakeview: March 13, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
  • FFC Elmhurst: Walk-ins Welcome
  • FFC Boystown: Walk-ins Welcome
  • FFC Gold Coast: March 10, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
  • FFC Lincoln Park: March 11, 5 – 6 PM
  • FFC Oak Park: Walk-ins Welcome
  • FFC Park Ridge: March 4, 5 – 7 PM
  • FFC South Loop: March 18, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • FFC Union Station: March 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • FFC West Loop: March 24, 4 – 5 PM
  • Looking for a goal to accomplish in 2020? Ready to tackle something completely new? Or, maybe you are looking to stay in the racing mindset during the winter months? Our 21st Annual Indoor Triathlon Series is the perfect place for beginners to try a triathlon and for endurance athletes to compete indoors!

    2020 Indoor Triathlon Series:

      • Saturday, February 8: FFC Elmhurst + Kids Tri
      • Sunday, February 23: FFC Park Ridge + Kids Tri
      • Saturday, February 29: FFC West Loop
      • Saturday, March 21: FFC Gold Coast + Kids Tri
      • Saturday, March 28: FFC Oak Park + Kids Tri

    Each event consists of a 10 minute swim, 30 minute bike and 20 minute run. Plus, you have the option to race twice if you’d like!

    Visit ffc.com/triathlon for more information and to register for the event!

    Have you been trying to get your partner to come to the club with you? There’s never been a better time to add your spouse onto your membership! We’re celebrating our 36th year in business in 2020, and we’re extending a special $36 add-on enrollment fee for spouses through February 29.

    Add your spouse for just $36, and they’ll get the rest of February FREE. Beginning in March, you pay an additional $75 per month in dues for your spouse and they will have the same membership access you do!

    To purchase the add-on and to see full details, go to ffc.com/add-on.

    This February, share your love of Pilates!

    Pilates with your Boo. Pilates with your Bae. Pilates with your Boss. Pilates with your Bestie.

    From February 1 – 29, any FFC member can bring a friend to any Pilates experience at the club – at no cost!

    You can share your Private session in the Pilates studio, your Group Apparatus session or the Pilates Mat class in the Group Fitness room. Pilates makes your core feel strong, balanced and invigorated.

    What a great thing to share! Simply fill out this form and you’ll be all set!

    When you refer a friend to FFC by February 29, 2020, we’ll treat you to 36 FFC Bucks when they join as a member! FFC Bucks can be used in our online store and can be applied to purchases at the spa, store, cafe and more. There is no limit on the amount of friends you can refer or Bucks you can earn!

    For full details and to refer a friend, visit our Refer A Friend page.