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Maria Vazquez – Fighting Negative Fitness Biases and Making Lasting Life Changes with FFC

Maria Vazquez used to be intimidated by the gym. She had the impression that gym-goers were unwelcoming and judgmental of people early in their fitness journey. Her mindset completely shifted when she met the friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable…
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How Sophie Lester Found Physical and Mental Confidence at FFC

In August of 2021, Sophie Lester was experiencing something that many of us adults have also experienced: burnout. She needed a way to take time for herself and relieve stress. Seeking a way to build physical and mental confidence outside of…
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Emily Oberst’s Road to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

Emily Oberst is a 25 year old Wisconsin Native, current Chicago resident, 2020 University of Illinois graduate, AND a member of Team U.S.A’s Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team. She and her team will be competing in the Paris Paralympic…
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Member Stories: How Angela Petroline Learned to Balance Nutrition and Exercise to Achieve Results

FFC Park Ridge member, Angela Petroline, shares how she lost 100 lbs with the help of a registered dietitian nutritionist and the FFC community.  Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you made a change to your health. I recently…
Emily With Balloons and A Trophy standing in front of a squat rack
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Day One Journey: Emily Is Ready For The Big Day!

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! Emily has completed her 12-week…
A woman at a squat rack with her trainer
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Day One Journey: Emily Trains For Her Big Lift!

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! Emily is now more than halfway…
FFC member Emily
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Day One Journey: Meet Emily

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! Let's meet one of those members:…
FFC Member Renu Kulkarni standing outside with her daughter.
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Day One Journey: Renu Is Ready For Race Day!

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! Renu has completed her 12-week…
Renu Kulkarni At FFC Gold Coast
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Day One Journey: Renu Gears Up For Her 5K

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! Renu is now more than halfway…
Renu Kulkarni, Day One Program Participant
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Day One Journey: Meet Renu

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! Let's meet one of those members:…
Juan and trainer Joy smiling in the pool
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Day One Journey: Juan’s Journey Comes To A Close

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! Juan has completed his 12-week…
Juan smiling in pool with trainer Joy
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Day One Journey: Checking In With Juan At The Halfway Mark

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! Juan is now halfway through…
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Day One Journey: Meet Juan

In late 2021, we asked our members, “What’s Your Day One?” Dozens of members shared their 2022 fitness goals with us, and we chose four members to follow on their journeys from Day One to Goal Accomplished! First up, let's meet Juan! Juan…
Krys Rollins performing a pull up

Member Stories: How Variety In Movement And Modality Helps Krys Rollins Feel Her Best

Member Krys Rollins shares how she and her kids like to stay active, her motivations behind her healthy lifestyle, and the biggest takeaways she's learned from working with FFC Oak Park Personal Trainer Keon Hackney. You've been a member…
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Member Stories: How Jennifer Bruno Learned To ‘Trust The Process’ To Achieve Results

Member Jennifer Bruno shares how she found community at FFC East Lakeview and learned the power of accepting help when it's offered. What made you decide to join FFC East Lakeview in July 2019?  At the time, I had been a member…
Interview with long-time FFC member Dr. Gordy Siegel

Member Stories: An Interview with Long-Time FFC Member Dr. Gordy Siegel

In honor of FFC's 35th anniversary, marketing manager Megan Zink sat down with long-time member Dr. Gordy Siegel to learn about his experience in the community.

Faction Family: The Fitness Community I Found at FFC

FFC member Amanda George shares how Faction classes at FFC helped her shave 15 minutes off her marathon time!
Member stories: How Mary May overcame a health challenge and got back into fitness

Member Stories: Finding a Routine & Overcoming Health Challenges at FFC

I’ve been a member of FFC for almost 20 years. Living in the Lakeview neighborhood, I frequent the Boystown and East Lakeview locations at least 5-6 times per week, primarily in the morning. In the past few months, I’ve also started working…