We’re wishing you a happy and healthy Labor Day on Monday, September 2! Please be aware of the following holiday schedule to help you plan.

Monday, September 2

  • FFC Union Station & FFC Old Town – closed
  • All other clubs: 7 AM – 5 PM

All other weekend hours will be normal.

*24-hour clubs reopen at 4:30 AM Tuesday, September 3.

The busy back to school season means it’s more important than ever to take the time you need to recharge and relax. Check out the September specials at the spa!

  • Spend $100+ on a spa service and receive $10 in SPA Bucks to use on a future service. Spa Bucks redeemable October 1- December 31st, 2019.  Book your service at ffc.com/spa.
  • Take advantage of a $35 Ortanic custom airbrush tan to keep you glowing into the new season! Book your service at ortanic.com/book-now.

Offers valid September 1 – 30, 2019.

Adults know that carrying a huge load on their backs may do harm over time. But children continue to walk around with monstrous backpacks on during the school year. In a study conducted by Spine Magazine, 80 percent of surveyed children said that their backpacks were heavy. So what can you do…

1. Wear both straps when wearing the backpack so that the weight is evenly distributed.
2. Position the backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles. The backpack should rest evenly and shoulder straps should allow for free movement of the arms and be easy to get on and off. Use the chest and waist straps for additional support
3. Lighten the load. Contents’ weight should be less than 10-15% of the child’s body weight

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

  • FFC Boystown – September 18; 4 – 6 PM
  • FFC East Lakeview – September 7; 9:30 – 10:30 AM
  • FFC Elmhurst – September 21; 8 – 10 AM
  • FFC Gold Coast – September 24; 4:15 – 6:15 PM
  • FFC Lincoln Park – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC Oak Park – September 26; 1 – 3 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC South Loop – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC Union Station – September 18; 11:30 – 1 PM
  • FFC West Loop – September 17; 4:15 – 5 PM

Squash is a starchy vegetable that can be incorporated at mealtimes in replace of potatoes, rice, or pasta. Half a cup of acorn squash is about 30 calories and contains 7 grams of carbohydrates. Squash is unique vegetable because it is one of the only vegetables that is in season year-round. Acorn squash is a vegetable that should be stored in a cool, dry area away from extreme temperatures and sunlight. If stored properly, acorn squash can stay fresh for up to 3 months.

Squash is also known to be a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is important because it can act as an antioxidant to protect cells from damage, make collagen (a protein that is required to help wounds heal), and helps our body to absorb iron. Along with acorn squash, other vitamin C rich foods are citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach.

Below is a tasty recipe so that you can enjoy this delicious vegetable! Questions or want to set up a complimentary consultation with Alicia? Email her at ahuggler@ffc.com!

Easy Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

  • Yield: 4 people
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes


  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped for garnishing — optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Slice the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds using a spoon.
  • Lay the half acorn squash cut-side-down on a cutting board and slice into 1/4 inch slices parallel to the stem.
  • Arrange the slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Pour olive oil over the top of the acorn squash and sprinkle with all the spices listed on the ingredients section.
  • Roast for 40-50 minutes, until the squash slices are fork-tender.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 78, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 106mg, Potassium: 402mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 1g

Recipe obtained from: www.primaverakitchen.com.

Check out FFC’s September playlist, curated by FFC Elmhurst Kids’ Club Supervisor Jaime Mules!

About Jaime: Jamie ran her own nanny business for 10 years. Her passion for health, fitness and children has brought her to FFC Elmhurst Kids’ Club! In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, checking out new restaurants and working out.

Go-to workout song: Anything 80s!

Why music is so important related to fitness: Jaime was a dancer, so being able to sing and run to something fun is important to her. Working out to music is her therapy. It takes her to a place of joy that helps her forget what’s going on for a bit!


Join Dr. Liu, of WellcomeMD, on Saturday, September 21 at 11:30 AM for a free seminar on personalized medicine through genetic testing. Learn how a test can impact nutrition, fitness and medications.

FFC Gold Coast registered dietitian Chelsea Rice will be sharing how you can fine-tune your diet, exercise and wellness choices based on the results.

Space is limited, so RSVP today by emailing info@wellcomeMD.com!

About WellcomeMD

WellcomeMD is a membership (concierge) medicine provider that offers comprehensive, preventative care and a wide range of services and a conscientious standard of care in an unhurried environment where the patients come first.

In honor of National Relaxation Day on August 15, check out FFC’s August playlist, curated by FFC Gold Coast massage therapist Neale Baldyga! Neale says, “Hi, I’m Neale and music is my life. I work as a massage therapist at FFC Gold Coast, and I DJ, drum, and facilitate sound healing events throughout Chicago.”

Go-to workout song: “truly an impossible task. Rock would be my go-to genre.”

Why music is important for fitness: music has a limitless potential to help people create the feeling that they want for any particular workout. It can inspire you to dig deeper or to end in relaxation.

Check out the full playlist below!

You are invited to join us on Thursday, August 22 from 6 – 9 PM as Gold Coast celebrates 25 years! This event is held on our beautiful rooftop (weather permitting) and will include an evening of live music, light bites and libations. Complimentary for RSVP’d members and one guest.

Early RSVP is highly encouraged as we sell out every year. You may RSVP your attendance with this link http://bit.ly/2XYFwxL.

Email questions to Lou Smith, member experience manager at lsmith@ffc.com.

Join us at our 25th annual rooftop party member appreciation event and help us support MAT specialist and trainer Skip Chapman and his favorite charity, Canine Assistants! Keep an eye open for special silent auction items available to help support the charity.

Email questions to Lou Smith, Member Experience Manager at lsmith@ffc.com.

Open Pickle Ball has been running throughout the summer and we are looking forward to welcoming back all our outdoor Pickle Ball enthusiasts! Open play is offered at FFC Gold Coast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM – 12 PM. All levels are welcome and we have a number of pieces of equipment available for rental. Questions? Email jmaund@ffc.com!