Hi! My name is Melissa Henley and I am a Personal Trainer at FFC Lincoln Park. I wanted to introduce myself because I have a specialty certification in perinatal fitness training (the weeks before or after giving birth).

I know that motherhood can be a season of unknowns, and the last thing I want you to worry about is how to keep yourself and your baby healthy while exercising. Whether you are currently pregnant, between kids or a few years post-kids, I would love to assist you with your fitness goals.

If you are interested in meeting to discuss a program, please reach out to me directly at mhenley@ffc.com or sign up on the “Perinatal Training Interest Sheet” at the front desk of Kids’ Club. I look forward to meeting you!

Melissa Henley

Congratulations to FFC Lincoln Park’s November member of the month, Jeani Park! She shared a few thoughts about what membership at FFC means to her – here’s what she had to say:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?
FFC is part of my lifestyle choice to grow healthier every day and to do it in an environment that is fun with people I enjoy!

When at FFC, you will find me…
At a Faction class or on the stair climber when I am alone. I like that Faction is different every time and that I’ve seen measurable improvement! Since January, I’ve seen a 40% increase in strength and a 30% increase in metabolic conditioning, I’ve lost seven pounds, and I feel leaner, faster and stronger! I know those results will only get better thanks to Colten and his coaches!

I work out to…
Relieve stress and anxiety and to burn extra energy in a healthy way. I come to FFC to clear my mind and relax my body.

Jeani Park - November Member of the Month LP

We’ve added four new faces to our training team! Please join us in welcoming Paul, Dan, Brenden and Ryan to the Lincoln Park Family.

FFC Lincoln Park New Trainers
(From left to right: Paul Young, Dan Lydon, Brenden Horn, Ryan Horn…not brothers!)

Meet Paul Young
I am a two-time Iraq veteran with the U.S. Army Ranger Battalion. I have a degree in kinesiology from Indiana University and I am an ACE certified personal trainer and certified health coach. I also hold certifications in trigger point therapy, prenatal/postnatal training and kettlebell training.

My training style includes heavy lifting and interval training. I’m a strong believer in continuing education. Because the approaches to coaching and recovery are always changing, it’s important to me to keep up with the latest information for the safety and progress of my clientele. Feel free to shoot me an email at pyoung@ffc.com.

Meet Dan Lydon
Hi all! I’m Dan and I am a 24 year-old trainer and amateur powerlifter. I live on the south side of the city with my wife and two dogs. In my free time, I love to lift heavy, play video games or go to concerts and music festivals. I always strive to be as positive as humanly possible and am always more than happy to pick you up if you’re feeling down. I am very much looking forward to meeting you all, and if you have any questions, I can be reached at dlydon@ffc.com.

Meet Brenden Horn
Hello, my name is Brenden Horn. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and I am in the process of earning my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Additionally, I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach (Level 2 mentee), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and I am in the process of finishing my Pilates certification. With my six years of experience, I am qualified to teach everything from Corrective Exercises to Olympic Lifting. I try to learn something new every day, even if that means learning what not to do. I look forward to being a part of the team at FFC Lincoln Park. If you’d like to set up a session, email me at bhorn@ffc.com.

Meet Ryan Horn
I was first introduced to fitness when I started kickboxing at age 6. This opened the door to traditional sports such as soccer, wrestling, football and track, to name a few. From there, my interest expanded into nutrition and the science behind the body. I’ve been training in gym facilities for about 10 years and have been to gyms all over the country, including a few overseas. I have a passion for helping people and I’d love to help you reach your goals: rhorn@ffc.com.

Pumpkin Apple Fall Facial $105

This corrective treatment has everything you need to revive dry summer skin. Packed full of nutritious pumpkin and rejuvenating apple wine extract, this is sure to generate results. Tightens and firms, infuses skin with potent antioxidant support and brightens skin tone for a beautiful fresh look!

*No two discounts apply. Service must be received in October.

60-Minute Massage for $101

School’s started and the slower pace of summer has been left behind – take the opportunity before the busy holiday season starts to take care of yourself! Book a massage for some zen in your life.

*No two discounts apply. Service must be received in October.

Ortanic Special

During the month of October, the Ortanic Monthly Membership is only $34.99 – with no initiation fee!

Imagine a Winter with less trips to the doctor, less days off school and work, more energy for sledding and holiday events, more time with friends and family. All this could happen if you can reduce or eliminate sickness throughout the Winter months. Creating and maintaining a strong immune system must begin before the deep Winter hits and before the holiday parties get going. As a Registered Dietitian, I’m a strong believer that food is medicine, and food and other healthy habits can truly prevent you from needing any medicine at all!

Immune Boosting Habit #1: Get plenty of sleep.

Being well rested improves your ability to make decisions, making the rest of these habits easier to achieve, but not only that – getting enough sleep can actually prevent you from getting sick. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein and targets infection and inflammation to improve your immune system. Wondering how to get better sleep? Creating a bedtime routine that includes going to bed at the same time every night and turning off blue lights well before bedtime would both be a great start.

Immune Boosting Habit #2: Consume 10+ servings of fruits and veggies per day, at least 5 colors!

‘Eating the rainbow’ doesn’t just look pretty for Instagram, it actually can reduce how often you get sick! This is because when you consume whole, real foods from multiple colors, you are consuming multiple different micronutrients and phytonutrients. These help your body to recover from stressors (think both mental and physical) in life, boost your white blood cells, and reducing inflammation. Don’t forget about flavor enhancers, too, such as garlic, turmeric, and ginger – these also improve your immunity!

Immune Boosting Habit #3: Consume ‘good bacteria’ through probiotics and keep those bacteria healthy by getting plenty of fiber.

Often times when we get sick, doctors quickly write a prescription for antibiotics. While this is necessary sometimes, the antibiotics wipe out all bacteria in your body, even the healthy ones in your gut that help boost your immunity. Seems counterintuitive, right? Protect your immunity by consuming these good bacteria (probiotics) through fermented foods such as plain yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, or tempeh. Probiotics need fuel, too, and their main source of fuel is the fiber you consume – that’s why eating the whole fruit or vegetable is so important!

Immune Boosting Habit #4: Drink lots of water, limit caloric, sugary, and alcoholic beverages.

While drinking sugary and/or alcoholic beverages can increase inflammation and put your body at risk for sickness, getting plenty of water will do the opposite. Water helps bring oxygen to your cells, making for a properly functioning body. It also helps to remove toxins from your body, so keep drinking your H20. Don’t like the taste? Try adding lemon or lime slices and mint or rosemary for a refreshing change of pace.

Immune Boosting Habit #5: Get regular exercise.

Regular exercise (with proper recovery time) can help to reduce the stressors in life that may cause lower immunity. Exercise, just like water, also helps move oxygen to the cells in your body, helping it to properly function. While regular exercise may prevent sickness, it’s important to understand when your body needs rest from exercise during sickness. A few rest days in order to recover properly is better than being sick long term!

Fall into routine with FFC’s RDs! Schedule a grocery store tour in combination with nutrition counseling to help you create a routine that matches your health goals. Contact your RD for more information and to schedule (or email asilver@ffc.com with any questions).

Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin nutrition. Like your other organs, your skin needs nourishment to be at its best, too. Along with staying properly hydrated, there are a number of nutrients that can have a positive impact on your skin.

We are excited to now offer a package that combines the expertise of both our esthetician and our registered dietitian. This package includes a sixty-minute customized facial & sixty-minute nutrition coaching session with a reduced package price of $180.

Have questions or interested in purchasing this package? Contact our spa manager, Amanda Irwin at airwin@ffc.com.

Join us in the Kids’ Club this month for some awesome events – including a special Halloween Parents’ Night Out on Saturday, October 19! Questions? Email nachille@ffc.com.

  • October 6 – 13 – Fire Safety Week
  • *October 19 – Parents’ Night Out – Costume Party*
  • October 28-31 – This is Halloween Week
  • *October 31 – Halloween party at Kids’ Club!

Double the trouble – two different Spooky Spin class options are available to celebrate Halloween! Join us on Wednesday, October 30 at 6:15 PM with Austin Head, and on Thursday, October 31 at 6:30 PM with Becca Faria.

There will be ghoulish music, Halloween candy, a raffle and prize for best Halloween costume both days! For questions email Lara at lmele@ffc.com.

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.