We have two more classes this summer and look forward to seeing you and your pooch at this complimentary outdoor class taught by Gary Alexander.

Classes are offered on August 15 and September 12 from 6 – 7 PM (weather permitting) and will be held in Washington Square Park. This class is a great way to cultivate calmness for dogs; allowing them to focus on their owners, sense their calm and connect with their breath. No RSVP is required and guests are complimentary.

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

Join Chelsea Rice, RD on Monday, August 26 from 6 – 7 PM for an information-packed seminar on nutrition made easy. Healthy living can become really complicated with so much information coming at us.

Eat more vegetables, move more, stress less, and find a work-life balance. Those all sound nice and simple, right? Let dietitian, Chelsea Rice, help you break it down to the basics of health and wellness, discuss what healthy is, and help you define what healthy means to you.

She will show you just how easy it can be with ideas for eating healthy, tricks to fitting in fitness, simple strategies to stressing less, workspace wellness hacks, shortcuts to creating healthy habits and tips to striking a work-life balance.

Limited space available. RSVP to crice@ffc.com to reserve your seat today!

Join us for a great sweat and some stellar views as we take two of our favorite spin classes to the rooftop at FFC Gold Coast! Each class will be on a first come, first served basis. This is a weather-permitting event.

  • Thursday, August 15 with Austin – 6:30 – 7:15 PM
  • Friday, August 16 with Brent – 6:15 – 7 PM

Questions? Email lduncan@ffc.com.

Make the Spa at FFC your finish line! Bring in a race bib from 2019 for:

  • $5 off a 30-minute massage or petite facial
  • $10 off a 60-minute massage or FFC facial
  • $15 off a 90-minute massage or signature facial (80-minutes)

*No two discounts apply.

Pedicure Special

Enjoy a spa pedicure for $40
*Service must be received in July. No two discounts apply.

Sunless Airbrush Tanning With Ortanic

Enjoy a $25 Custom Airbrush Tan with any FFC Spa Service in the month of July.
Show your FFC Spa receipt from any July service and receive a $25 Custom Airbrush Tan through the end of August.

Use Your FSA/HSA to Pay For Massage Therapy!

Did you know: in many cases, a massage can be covered by your insurance plan if you have an FSA or HSA account! For more details, visit http://ffc.com/docs/HSA-FSA-for-Massage.pdf.

Here we grow again! NovaCare is excited to announce our expanded presence within the Fitness Formula Clubs network with the opening of their newest location inside FFC Gold Coast!

Under the direction of center manager, Mike Kelly and physical therapist, Casey Gray, the Gold Coast center will offer physical therapy, IASTM therapy, low-back rehabilitation, manual therapy, TMJ rehabilitation, and more. Call 312.900.9595 or stop in and schedule an assessment today, No referral, no problem!

If you are experiencing 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. See below for July’s schedule of injury screen times:

  • FFC Boystown – July 21; 9 AM
  • FFC East Lakeview – July 13; 9:30 – 10:30 AM
  • FFC Elmhurst – July 13; 8 – 11 AM
  • FFC Gold Coast – July 9; 5 – 7 PM
  • FFC Lincoln Park – July 30; 5 – 7 PM
  • FFC Oak Park – July 23; 12 – 2 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge – July 16; 3 – 5 PM
  • FFC South Loop – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC Union Station – July 17; 11:30 AM – 1 PM
  • FFC West Loop – July 9; 4:15 – 5 PM

Are you looking to change or break a habit of yours? Changing your habits is the key to successful, sustainable health outcomes. Not only can having healthy habits reduce our risk of certain chronic health conditions, it can also help us feel our best, have more energy and have a more positive outlook.

If you’ve ever tried to change or create a habit before, you’ve probably experienced how hard it can be! Try not to be discouraged by this. What helps is viewing the habit change the same way as learning a new skill. Learning a new skill takes time. While you may hear that it takes 2 weeks to 30 days to build a habit, in reality, it may take as long as six months to a year to be fully ingrained in your routine.

Whether you want to go to the gym more often, eat healthier food, get more sleep, improve your productivity or save more money, changing your habits comes down to the same process. Here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Think about why you want to make the change. It’s really important to understand why changing your habit is valuable to you. What makes you emotionally invested in putting the effort into changing? Our emotions are very powerful in dictating our thoughts, behaviors, actions, and choices. While it may be logical to change i.e. getting more sleep will give you more energy, this fact alone is usually not enough for people to change. Why is feeling more energized important to you? Why do you care? Think about it! This should really spark something in you!
  2. Maybe you’ve been thinking about changing this habit for sometime, but the thought of doing it is overwhelming you. Decision fatigue sets in and you’re feeling hopeless and give up. Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Catch yourself if you’re falling into the “all or nothing” thinking and take a moment to slow down. Break down the goal you’re trying to achieve into much smaller steps, segments or pieces. By breaking down the goal this way, you’ll be able to accomplish the task at hand in a much easier way which will help you build momentum and motivation.
  3. Another way to make a change in your habits is to set up your environment to help you succeed. Examples of this include keeping healthier foods stocked in your kitchen, packing your lunch the night before a busy morning, keeping your gym clothes/shoes at work, or decluttering your desk to maximize productivity. This extra step of setting up your environment is a powerful way to keep yourself consistent and have your habit change be at the forefront of your mind.

Try out these 3 tips to get you started on changing your habits little by little overtime and see your success rate grow until you reach the point when you’re doing it without even thinking about it!

Want more tips or to set up a complimentary consultation with Emily? Email her at emarshall@ffc.com!

Check out FFC’s July playlist, curated by Chicago DJ duo Milk n Cooks! Paul and James are twin brothers who started their lives as athletes that always loved being in the fitness world. They developed into music producers and DJs and now are figuring out creative ways to combine both of those passions.

They will be spinning live at the Raise on the Roof rooftop fitness party at FFC Elmhurst on Friday, 26 – which will raise money to find a cure for ALS. Visit www.ffc.com/raise for more info and to get your ticket!! Event will start with a high-energy cardio class set to live tunes and conclude with mingling, light bites and cocktails, the opportunity to win some amazing prizes and of course, more live music from Milk n Cooks Music!

Listen to some of their favorite workout tunes below:

https://open.spotify.com/user/ffc_chicago

 

 

 

Don’t let the “pre” in pre-diabetes fool you! Currently 1 in 3 adults have pre-diabetes, which is equal to 80 million adults. If left untreated, more than half of them will develop type-2 diabetes in five years. To help individuals prevent or delay the onset of type-2 diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) undertook a multi-year, multi-location clinical study to develop the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The CDC study found that even small changes in lifestyle habits will result in weight loss and reduced risk of chronic disease.

HabitNu x FFC Can Help

For the past four years, HabitNu has been leading the efforts to reverse pre-diabetes by helping individuals develop healthy habits that last! The HabitNu program has been recognized by the CDC as a fully-covered medical benefit for Medicare and Medicare Advantage members and is now being offered to eligible members at Fitness Formula Club (FFC). Visit https://www.habitnu.com/ffc to see if you qualify.

When you join HabitNu, you will be matched with a FFC lifestyle coach who will remain with you through the duration of the program, helping you modify your health behaviors, creating new habits and nudging you to stay motivated and engaged. You will be able to access a set of digital tools that includes a downloadable HabitNu app with a food diary, exercise log, short weekly videos, text messages and a peer support forum to help you learn the right ways to stay healthy. Within a few weeks of entering the program, you will start experiencing weight loss and notice improvements in your health.

You don’t have to pay anything to join – just visit habitnu.com/ffc to see if you are eligible!

Saturday, June 8 is National Best Friend Day and FFC Gold Coast is offering a free guest day to celebrate! Share a workout with your closest friends and take advantage of a buy one get one free smoothie offer for the day. Guests must be 18 years of age or older. Questions? Email lduncan@ffc.com.

Join us on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 PM in the FFC Gold Coast local’84 Cafe for a nutritional seminar on the Keto diet and intermittent fasting to find out more about them, to see if they’re right for you and more!

The Keto diet and intermittent fasting are perhaps two of the hottest nutrition trends on the face of the planet right now. But are they right for you? Should you be doing them together? Do they even work? Join registered dietitian, Chelsea Rice, for this nutrition seminar to learn about the history, research, practical applications, and pros/cons of this popular style of eating. Limited space available. RSVP to crice@ffc.com to reserve your seat today!

Cost: $20 (can be applied to any nutrition service if purchased at time of seminar).