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.

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
  • Join instructor Jonathan Villacres on Friday, March 20 from 6 – 7 PM for a 60-minute Vinyasa and Sound Healing session that will leave you feeling restored and uplifted. The vibrations you will feel and hear from the “singing bowls” and gong will help you de-stress, relax and can even improve a variety of ailments from sleep disorders to pain management.

    Tickets cost $15 when you pre-register or $20 at the door. Space is limited and tickets can be purchased at yogaonthebeachchicago.com.

    Questions? Please email Lara at lmele@ffc.com.

    Join us this month in the Lincoln Park Kids Club! This month’s themed programming includes:

    March 1 – 7: Dr. Seuss Week (Dr. Seuss’ birthday is Monday, March 2)

    Sunday, March 8: International Women’s Day

    March 16 – 21: Luck Of The Irish (We will be having St. Patrick’s Day Party on Tuesday, March 17).

    Saturday, March 21: Parents Night Out, St. Patty’s Day Theme

    March 22 – 30: March Madness

    For any questions, please email Nicole at nachille@ffc.com.

    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!

    Do you love Valentine’s Day? Can’t stand it? Completely indifferent? We’ve got a class for you in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day!

    Check out our schedule of themed classes here – and don’t forget, you can bring a friend for free to any of these classes! Just click on the BFF icon next to the class in the group fitness schedule!

    GROUP FITNESS THEMED CLASSES

    Monday, February 10
    Union Station at 12:15 PM: Be My Valentine Vinyasa – yoga with Annie
    Lincoln Park at 5:45 PM: You Give Love a Bad Name – spin with Lara

    Tuesday, February 11
    South Loop at 6:30 PM: How Do I Love Z – Zumba with Dominick and Esau
    Boystown at 7:15 PM: Motiv8 and Bring a Mate with Kelly

    Wednesday, February 12
    West Loop at 5:15 PM: Love Ya To The Core 94 with Lois
    Gold Coast at 6:30 PM: Bring Your Valentine Barre Bootcamp with Ashleigh

    Thursday, February 13
    East Lakeview at 5:30 PM: You’re Such A Teaser – Pilates with Jennifer
    Old Town at 5:45 PM: Love, Peace and Pilates with Natasha
    Boystown at 6:30 PM: Love, Sweat and Spin with Anna Rose
    Gold Coast at 6:30 PM: Love, Sweat and Gears – spin with Austin Head
    Boystown at 6:45 PM: Bring Your Valentine Vinyasa – yoga with Jonathan

    Friday, February 14
    Elmhurst at 11:30 AM: Love Potion 94 – Formula 94 with Ashley
    Boystown at 5:45 PM: Candlelight Yoga with Rachel

    THE FACTION THEMED CLASSES

    Jump in to one of our Valentine’s Day themed classes with The Faction this month and learn why it’s the workout we love to hate!

    FFC Gold Coast:
    The Faction Presents: The Heart Racer

  • Join The Faction coaches Ruth, Jeremy and August on Tuesday, February 11 from 6 – 7:30 PM for the Ultimate Team Competition. You’ll work together as partners to complete one cardio exercise, four strength moves and three drills that will make your heart race. This complimentary class is open to all FFC members and guests.
  • Pre-registration is required by emailing Ruth Wooster at RWooster@ffc.com.
  • FFC Elmhurst:
    Love To Hate It with The Faction

  • All members are invited to the turf for a special Faction class on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 PM. Each participant will receive a ticket for a free drink at the Club Lounge after class.
  • Want more info? Email Bobby at rrupcich@ffc.com.
  • FFC Park Ridge:
    Love To Hate It with The Faction

  • Calling all Faction Members! We’re giving you two chances to show your friends why you love to hate The Faction! On Friday, February 14, bring a friend for FREE to either the 6:00 AM class or the 9:30 AM class.
  • Want more info? Email Sam Gonzalez at sgonzalez@ffc.com.
  • FFC Old Town:
    Love To Hate It with The Faction

  • Join us for our next installment of Crunch and Brunch on Saturday February 15 from 10 – 11 AM in the Performance Training Center! Team brunch to follow.
  • Email Julia at jgroves@ffc.com for more details.
  • Please join us in welcoming Kristen Wooten, Valerie Cortier and Janice Pytel to the FFC Lincoln Park team!

    Kristen Wooten Photo

    Kristen Wooten joins our team of Personal Trainers. Kristen is a graduate of Miami University (OH) where she was a varsity athlete. She comes to FFC after a long and successful career on the business side of professional hockey. Due to her athletic background, her specialty is performance training, optimizing agility, speed, and strength.

    Book a session with Kristen: kwooten@ffc.com.

    Valerie Cortier joins our team of Pilates instructors. Valerie is a graduate of Webster University where she earned her BFA in Dance Performance. During her time as a professional dancer in New York City, Valerie began to study Pilates, starting with a mat certification and later an apprentice at the flagship Power Pilates,, an internationally recognized certification program and leading educator of classical pilates.

    She is fully certified to work with the very beginner to athlete and has studied special cases including injuries, pregnancy, seniors – clients of all fitness levels. Valerie’s positive and supportive approach to movement gives clients the self confidence they need to get the physical results they’re looking for. Empowering her clients to feel their best inside and out is what it’s all about.

    Book a session with Valerie: vcortier@ffc.com.

    Please help us welcome our newest massage therapist, Janice Pytel! Janice is certified in both Western Massage and Asian Bodywork and enjoys incorporating acupressure techniques into her sessions for optimal relaxation and muscular release.

    She has experience in both the spa and medical settings and can easily adjust her techniques to the needs of each client. Janice enjoys treating clients with chronic conditions such as plantar fasciitis, neck, shoulder pain and migraine headaches.

    Book an appointment with Janice: jpytel@ffc.com.