Join us on Saturday, October 6 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM for the Usborne Book Fair! You’ll score some new books, plus the Kids’ Club will receive 50% of the proceeds back in NEW children’s books. For more information, visit UsborneBooksInfo.com

Calling all ghosts and goblins! On Friday, October 26 from 5:45 – 9 PM, come dressed in your scary best and monster mash with us during a special Halloween Parents’ Night Out event. Non-members are also welcome!

Cost:

  • $35 for 1 child
  • $40 for 2 children
  • $5 for each additional child

Join Marylou Tawney for another Mommy & Me workout on Friday, October 20 at 11 AM! Sweat during a special boot camp, and afterward enjoy brunch & bellinis.

Cost:

  • $15 for adults, includes brunch and Bellinis
  • $7 for kids, includes brunch and juice

Email mtawney@ffc.com for more information or to RSVP!

What’s up FFC Oak Park?!

I’ve been in the role of Fitness Director here since January 2 and I think this is long overdue. I want to give you all an idea of what I am determined to accomplish here so that you can hold me accountable and know what to expect from our team.

I’ve been a strength and conditioning coach for a little over 15 years now, which began with my position working at a commercial gym in the Lakeview neighborhood for 3 years. While I learned a lot and built some great relationships that are still with me today, I didn’t have the greatest experience with the environment that I worked in. It was a numbers focused approach that created a cold and sterile climate in the gym.

After leaving and starting my own business, I spent the next portion of my career refining the art of building relationships. I believe that if we can connect with each other through kindness and genuine care for our betterment, then we can achieve anything that we set out to do.

What I hope to pass on to my team of coaches is an understanding of the importance of making connections. I recognize that more often than not, the gym can be an intimidating and uncomfortable place for people. It’s our job to figure out how to help you, our members, feel at home here. I’m here to tell you that we are not here to take up space and monopolize equipment. We are here to help each and every one of you progress toward your goals! If you need help with something, please don’t hesitate to ask. And if one of my coaches approaches you on the floor to help, know that it comes from a genuine desire to make life easier and safer for you.

So let’s do that!

Let’s break down the walls, get comfortable in an environment where everyone is accepted and valued for who they are, and have some fun while we create healthier lives for ourselves. I know that the onus of this relationship building is on me and my team. I promise you that I will do my best to educate them and hold them accountable to this task. I ask you to do the same for me. If you see room for improvement, please bring it to my attention so that I can work to improve where we are falling short.

I look forward to getting to know you all and helping you reach your goals!

Yours in strength,

Mike Connelly
mconnelly@ffc.com

Arrrr – all hands on deck for a pirate-themed Parents’ Night Out on Friday, September 21 from 5:45 – 9 PM! Themed attire is welcome and there will be pirate-themed fun for all ages.

$30 for 1
$35 for 2
$5 for each additional – non members welcomed

For more information, contact handerson@ffc.com.

Teach your child form, functional movement and fun while working out! Sign up for the Back-to-School After School workout, taking place Mondays at 4 PM, Thursdays at 4 PM and Saturdays at 11 AM beginning September 17. Workout is for ages 12+ and spots are limited so save your spot!

Contact jchamberlain@ffc.com or handerson@ffc.com with questions and for more information.

Saddle up and mosey over to FFC Oak Park on Thursday, 9/13 from 6 – 8 PM for a member appreciation party you won’t want to miss. Celebrate 34 years with drinks, food and fun on the basketball court and sundeck. Themed attire is encouraged and children are welcome!

For any questions, email Jeff at jlong@ffc.com.

Congratulations to FFC Oak Park’s August member of the month, Lisa McKenna! We asked Lisa about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

My mom was always going to aerobics classes or “power walking” with her friends and as a self-centered teen, I never gave her habits much thought. It took awhile for her example of self-care to get through to me and now as an adult I work out for the physical, mental and emotional balance that comes with regular exercise and pushing yourself. I’m curious to see how my own kids incorporate this habit of mine into their own lives as they get older. I hope I’m giving them insight on how to take care of themselves.

When at FFC, you will find me doing…

On the floor or lifting weights or doing whatever my trainer Steve tells me to do. At the cafe with Opal and Lola. On the stairclimber or in the back of a spin class 10 minutes late.

I work out to…

Stay sane. Keep in shape. Push myself. Stay healthy.

Come one, come all to a back to school carnival!! Bring a friend and join us on Friday, 8/24 from 5:45 – 9 PM for a carnival-themed Parents’ Night Out. Participate in carnival games, crafts, face painting, food and fun!

Pricing: $35 for one child, $40 for 2 children, $5 for each additional child

For information contact Hilary Anderson at handerson@ffc.com.

Calling all couch potato kids ages 11 – 16! Sign up for our special summer boot camp, running twice a week for 4 weeks, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 – 1 PM.

$215 per child. Limited spots are available! Contact jchamberlain@ffc.com with questions or for more information.