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:

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:

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:

To welcome our newest Massage Therapist, we are offering complimentary tune-up massages with Janice! Please call the spa at 312-377-1244 to set up your appointment. Please mention this promotion at the time of scheduling.

*Valid until 2/29/2020 with Janice Pytel at FFC Lincoln Park.

Join us on Saturday, February 15 from 1 – 4 PM at the FFC Lincoln Park Spa for a special Parent + Me Spa Day! Enjoy relaxing robes, a fruit smoothie, express manicures, mini facials and photo memorabilia!

Space is limited. Reservations must be made by calling the spa at 312-337-1244. Available for children ages 4-12. The cost of the event is $125 and must be purchased at the time of scheduling. Any cancellations made within 48 hours will be subject to a full charge.

Join our Spa Team for a special Open House on Monday, February 3 from 5 – 7 PM. Tour the Spa, enjoy refreshments, services and raffle prizes. No RSVP required. Complimentary for members and guests. Bring your non-member friends to earn additional raffle tickets!

Questions? Contact Amanda Irwin, Spa Manager at

Looking to recover from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? We can help. Check out these great spa offers for January!

Lift & Glow Facial for $110

This lifting and firming facial will help your skin recover after exhaustion from the holidays!

No two discounts apply. Service must be received by January 31, 2020. Offer valid at all FFC locations.

Vitality Signature 90 Minute Massage for $140
This 90 minute massage includes includes dry brushing, foot treatment, hot stone back massage and full body massage. Lift your mind, body and spirit to start the year feeling your best!

Services expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply. Offer valid at all FFC locations.

Goal Setting for the New Year by Chelsea Stegman, RD at FFC Lincoln Park

It’s that time of year again. People are saying “new year, new me” and goals (some more realistic than others) are being set. According to The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, roughly 55% of New Year’s goals are health related. Here are a few tips to set realistic and attainable goals this year, without going from 0 to 60.

Analyze your priorities and your time.
We all have the same amount of hours in a day. What we devote those hours to, however, varies from person to person. Do you feel like your overall health is struggling? Chances are you are devoting more time and energy to another area in your life. I would challenge you to take a look at how your time is spent and ensure that it reflects your priorities.

Look for bright spots and potential barriers.
With goal setting, it is only natural to come across challenges. It is important to look into our pasts to better overcome these challenges. Chances are, this goal is similar to something you have strived for in the past. Look for the “bright spots,” or things that have worked well for you in the past, and try to do more of these. Also, make a list of anything that could get in the way of your goal. This will help you to problem solve and work around these barriers.

Focus on habits.
Yes, you do have an overall end goal, yet it is the repeated habits that help you accomplish it. It takes time to form a habit, so it is important to cut yourself some slack and strive for progress and not perfection. Specifically regarding nutrition, most people know more than they think they do. For example, they know they should be drinking more water, but they struggle with actually doing it. It is the behavior change that fills in this gap and gets you to the end goal.

Write it down.
Where do you want to be in 6 months? One year? Having these goals in writing improves the likelihood of you accomplishing it. Break down the big goal into small weekly goals to cross off your list. Scientifically, some people experience a dopamine release when goals are accomplished. This will make you want to repeat this behavior.

For questions or to set up a nutrition appointment, contact Chelsea at

Looking for new workout tunes? Look no further! This month, we’re featuring Rachel Gitlevich’s workout playlist! Rachel is a personal trainer at FFC Old Town. She loves helping people feel empowered in their mind, body and soul. Outside of the gym you can find her spending time outdoors, practicing yoga and attending live music events.

Check out Rachel’s featured playlist on our Spotify channel.

Rachel Gitlevich

In our continuing efforts to provide superior service and improve the club for the enjoyment of our members and guests, we are excited to announce a few recent upgrades:

  • We have added four new rowing machines to the fitness floor.
  • We have added two new squat rack platforms on the main level of the club! We now have 3 full squat rack platforms to go along with our Smith Machine and walk up rack.
  • We have replaced the old worn out platforms in our Performance Training Center with a brand new multifunctional dual squat rack that includes brand new bumper weight plates, multiple pull up bars and 2 rotational Landmine barbell holders.

Questions? Please email General Manager Bob at

Our new group fitness schedule begins on January 6. Check out the upcoming changes and additions to the schedule:

Triple Threat: Mondays at 6 PM
Maximize your workout with 15 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of strength and 15 minutes of core.

Critical Mass: Wednesdays at 9 AM
This total body resistance workout is designed to build muscular strength, increase bone density and maintain lean body mass with the emphasis on full range of motion exercises done with heavier weights and less repetition.

Formula 94: Thursdays, now at 6:15 PM

Double Up on Saturdays
9:45 AM Spin followed by 10:30 AM Total Body Blast with Tiffany

Sunday Schedule Changes
Formula 94 now at 9 AM
Chisel now at 9:45 AM
Spin now at 10:30 AM

Questions about group fitness? Please email Group Fitness manager Lara at

Starting December 7, Faction Fit Fight Club will be taking over the turf on Saturdays at 11 AM! We are now partnering with Faction to make the ultimate strengthening, high intensity and conditioning program. We will incorporate intermediate boxing technique, mitt holding, punching, defense and movement with conditioning and strengthening exercises to give you the best workout of your week.

This class serves as an intermediate or beginners program for people interested in progressing to our Masters Boxing/Kickboxing class on Saturdays at 12 PM! You would need to commit to 8 total Faction Fit Fight Club classes (2 months) in order to be tested into the advanced level boxing class.

The new and improved Faction Fit Fight Club is now priced at Faction rates, so for a monthly commitment of $99 you receive unlimited Faction classes INCLUDING our Faction Fit Fight Club every Saturday at 11 AM.

Andres from FFC Lincoln Park

Andres Roldan, FFC Lincoln Park’s Elite Trainer/Boxing/Kickboxing instructor, will be teaching class as well as supervising boxing technique and form. Please contact Andres with questions or to sign up at