Looking to improve your performance or just curious about your metabolism? FFC Lincoln Park’s Registered Dietician, Chelsea Stegman, shares how metabolic testing can help you reach your goals more efficiently:

You may have seen signs around the club or demos being performed, but the concept of metabolic testing seems foreign to most. The RMR and VO2 test can be very beneficial in performance, weight loss and weight gain goals. Here’s how:

VO2 Testing

Some of you may be active My Zone users, and while the pre-set heart rate zones are a useful starting off point, a VO2 test can further help individualize your zones. Beyond that, the VO2 test can give you a “target heart rate,” or a heart rate where you are most efficient at burning fat based on YOUR metabolism. This allows for targeted cardio efforts based on data rather than just shooting in the dark. Interested in assessing your overall endurance and performance? This test can measure your VO2 max, or oxygen consumption, and rank it based on your age range. Your results also connect to an app that allows you to see total calories, fat calories and carb calories burned in real time during exercise.

RMR Testing

Exercise is very important, but what are you doing the other 23 hours of the day? The RMR test specifically measures calories burned while at rest. This gives you a target calorie goal specific to your body composition goals, which allows for more individualized meal planning and/or food tracking. This test also shows us how you use your fuel (fat vs. carbs) to help us better tailor your macronutrients.

For other tips and tricks about increasing energy levels and performance, please reach out to our registered dietitian, Chelsea Stegman, MS, RDN, LDN at cstegman@ffc.com to schedule an appointment!

Please join us in welcoming Jason Lugo and Lesley Lopez to the FFC Lincoln Park Family!

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Jason Lugo joins FFC Lincoln Park as our newest massage therapist. At an early age, Jason became fascinated with the workings of the human body and by the physiological reactions that can be produced with a simple touch. In his own fitness/athletic journey, Jason learned that regular massage is an indispensable part of maintaining a high level of physical performance. To schedule an appointment with Jason, shoot him an email at jlugo@ffc.com.

Lesley Lopez is our newest esthetician at FFC Lincoln Park. Lesley is all about skin revision. She loves treatment based facials – she often uses different electrical modalities to enhance a treatment’s efficacy. She loves to look deeper than what the skin presents to the naked eye. Her knowledge in the dynamic, ever-changing skincare/beauty industry ensures that she stays informed with the latest technologies and cutting-edge ingredients in skincare. Lesley enjoys searching for the best and most unique “must have” beauty items and services. Every product she uses for clients has been tried, tested and hand-chosen by Lesley herself for your skin condition and individual concerns.

Lesley’s approach is one that encompasses all of the technical knowledge with a relaxing and soothing touch. A true master of all services offered, all of your skin care needs can be met simply by putting your face in Lesley’s hands.

Schedule an appointment with Lesley today: llopez@ffc.com.

Is your skin starting to feel dry, chapped and irritated? Heal, renew, and hydrate with these must have products from Rhonda Allison, all available for purchase at the FFC Lincoln Park spa!

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Kit Includes:

  • Creamy Milk Cleanser
  • Infuse 7
  • Cucumber Spritz
  • Pro Salve
  • Planning to drop the kiddos off at Kids Club in December? Check out our weekly themes for this month’s activities in the club:

    December 2 – 8: Winter Sports

    December 9 – 22: Let It Snow

    December 23 – 29: Polar Animals

    Plus, we’ll be hosting our Parents Night Out on Saturday, December 21, which will be Winter Wonderland themed.

    We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary this month!

    Join us on Thursday, November 14 for an all day celebration full of activities:

    • Bring a guest to the club with you for free
    • Fitness challenges throughout the day
    • Chair massages and facials in our lobby
    • Smoothie blind taste test
    • Light drinks and snacks in the evening
    • And more surprises!

    Prepare for your feast with back-to-back morning classes with Jillian on Thanksgiving, November 28!

    • 9 AM: Carved (otherwise known as “Chisel”)
    • 9:45 AM: Fitcore

    Join the post-turkey triple challenge with David Bohn on Black Friday, November 29! Take one class or do all three for a maximum calorie-torching workout.

    • 9:45 – 10:00 AM: Spin
    • 10:30 – 11:15 AM: LOADED
    • 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Vinyasa flow

    Check out our brand new pieces of cardio equipment at FFC Lincoln Park and take your workout to new heights the next time you come in. Here are our new additions to the fitness floor:

    • Three Precor EFX cross ramp ellipticals
    • Two Matrix climb mills
    • One Life Fitness power mill

    The overall theme at Kids’ Club this month is Giving Thanks. We will have a variety of activities for kids ranging from science, reading, movement and music and art!

    National Kindness Day – Wednesday, November 13
    We will be making holiday cards for Sunrise Assisted Living in Lincoln Park. We did this for Valentine’s Day, and it was a big success!

    Friendsgiving Parents Night Out – Saturday, November 16
    We will be hosting an evening themed around Thanksgiving, including arts and science, as well as a family-style/holiday dinner.

    Ice Cream Social – Sunday, November 17 from 1- 3 PM
    We will be hosting an ice cream social in the group exercise studio on Sunday, November 17 from 1-3 PM. Music, games and raffle prizes included. Complimentary for our mini members and their families.

    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