The holidays are right around the corner and with them comes time with family, friends and of course, delicious food! This doesn’t have to lead to a wider waistline. Join Allison Koch, FFC Oak Park’s newest Registered Dietitian, for this complimentary nutrition seminar where she’ll cover tips to help you navigate through the hectic season without packing on the pounds. She’ll also share secret ingredient swaps that will lighten up your favorite dishes without anyone noticing. This seminar will be held on both November 19 and November 20 at 7 PM.

Seats are limited, so RSVP to Allison at akoch@ffc.com to reserve your spot today!

You get the night off to sip while your kiddos have fun painting! Drop the kids off at the club on Friday, November 22 from 6 – 9 PM for a kid-friendly painting party for ages 3 and up. Dinner will be served. Pricing for the event is $25 for one child, $30 for two children, and $5 each additional child after two.

To register, contact Erica Estrada at eestrada@ffc.com.

Join us on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 AM in November for Primal Mobility. These mobility sessions will help improve strength and mobility, decrease pain and increase body awareness, core strength and athleticism. Justin will lead Primal Mobility on the basketball court.

Contact Justin at jcasipit@ffc.com if you have any questions.

From November 1 – 26, FFC Oak Park will be hosting a food drive for local non-profit New Moms. New Moms believes in the strength, ability, and potential of all families to pursue and achieve their goals. New Moms partners with young moms and their kids in a “2-Generation” approach that puts moms in the drivers’ seat as they build strong families. They provide support to participants in 3 major areas: housing, job training, and family support.

If you would like to donate to the food drive, please bring new, unwrapped, unopened and unexpired items to the lobby of FFC Oak Park. We can make the greatest impact by collecting the following items at our food drive:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Beans/Baked Beans
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables (especially tomatoes)
  • Canned Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup (no vegetable)
  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Pastas (Spaghetti-O’s, ravioli, etc.)
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Enfamil Baby Formula (yellow, purple, or salmon cans)
  • Granola Bars
  • Applesauce
  • Pedialyte
  • Juice Drinks
  • Nursery Water (for mixing formula)
  • Boxed Mac & Cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese & Cracker Dipping Packs

Congratulations to FFC Oak Park’s November members of the month, Lynette and Mike Hoag! They shared a few thoughts about what membership at FFC means to them – here’s what they had to say:

1) What does membership at FFC mean to you?

We like the variety of exercise options: group fitness, yoga, weight rooms, swimming and updated cardio equipment.

2) When at FFC you will find me….

Either in a group fitness class, weight room, on the cardio equipment or swimming in the early morning. Doing different exercises keeps us engaged.

3) I work out to…

We work out to keep up with our children and enjoy an active lifestyle. We like to ski, camp, travel, hike, and scuba. We have to stay in shape to enjoy all of these activities.

 

FFC Oak Park Members of the Month - Lynette and Mike Hoag

Check out FFC’s October playlist, curated by FFC Oak Park’s top trainer (and top trainer at FFC for 5 consecutive years, no big deal), Brian Cuellar!

About Brian: Brian Cuellar is a personal trainer at FFC Oak Park & has been named FFC’s Trainer of the Year for 5 years with certifications from the International Sports and Sciences Association, is a certified functional strength coach and a level 1+2 Sports Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting.

Why music is so important related to fitness: he says “music plays a significant role in your workout especially when you need a workout in the middle of a busy day! A song that helps me every time is ‘Rusty Cage,’ by Johnny Cash.”

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/27wglOgDpTaXpDiZtTqSZI?si=Q-OMQ5-aROK6ZK9Afa1QPQ

Help us usher in the fall season at local’84 with these special events, discounts and more! Questions? Email dedmonds@ffc.com for more information.

Ongoing Specials

Every Saturday – $4 Seasonal Sangria

Every Chicago Bears game – throughout the day of the game, ALL Chicagoland beers are $4 (selections are subject to change due to availability)

Special Oktoberfest Events 10/24 – 10/26

10/24 – join us for a local’84 beverage tasting from 6 – 9 PM! For just $15, sample our new fall portfolio of beverages. (21+ event, this is open to non-members)

10/25 – stop by the local’84 cafe all day to enter our special Oktoberfest giveaway! Winners will be pulled on 10/26.

10/26 – celebrate Oktoberfest! Join us from 11 AM – 3 PM for $2 brats, $2 pretzels and $5 seasonal beverages. There will be an assortment of homemade mustards and prizes will be drawn every hour!

Join FFC Oak Park personal trainer Drew Miles for this 4-part series during the month of October (10/3, 10/10, 10/17 and 10/24 at either 9 AM or 5:30 PM) to improve hip mobility and your squat!

Do you feel like your hips are always stiff? Or have limited range of motion? This class you will help you learn the importance of your hips and how they affect your everyday movement. More importantly, you will learn how to improve the mobility in your hips and how to unlock them, which will have a tremendous carryover into you squats and other movements. Interested? Email rmiles@ffc.com for more information!

Cost: complimentary!

At some point or another you’ve probably experienced low back pain. Find some relief and sign up for this boot camp! Trainer Ken Jones will take you through specific exercises that will help you build core endurance, muscle activation, stabilization and strength. The boot camp is great for all ages and those who struggle with low back pain and lack of core strength.

  • When: Thursdays, 9:30-10 AM
  • Price: $65/month [4 30-minute sessions/month]

Interested? Email Ken Jones at kjones@ffc.com for more information.

Sign up for this kettlebell boot camp with trainer Verenis Camacho and see why kettlebells have become one of the most popular formats of fitness! Improve cardio, overall strength, flexibility, mobility, posture, confidence and take your skills to the next level. Each session is 60 minutes and boot camp runs every Friday at 10 AM, beginning October 4.

  • Pricing: $120/month (4 sessions per month)
  • Location: basketball court

For more information, email vcamachogarcia@ffc.com!