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!

Join us Friday, October 25 from 6 – 9 PM for some SPOOKTACULAR activities! Dinner will be served. Ages 3 and up.

Cost:

  • $25 for 1
  • $30 for 2
  • $5 each additional child

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

Please welcome our newest registered dietitian to Oak Park, Allison Koch! To schedule an appointment with Allison to improve your health and performance, email her at akoch@ffc.com.

About Allison

Allison is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD) with over 14 years of experience across a variety of settings including clinical, community, communications/public relations and in the food and beverage industry. She’s passionate about helping others achieve their goals as well as learn the vital role nutrition plays in not only getting the most out of their workouts but also for overall health/well-being.
Prior to joining FFC, Allison developed and managed partnerships with various nutrition and fitness professional organizations for the National Dairy Council. Allison has also been a retail dietitian for the Chicago-based grocery store, Mariano’s. She served as a senior account supervisor for FoodMinds, LLC, as the director of consumer health and education at the U.S. Apple Association, as a division nutritionist for the supermarket Wegmans Food Markets, and as a clinical dietitian.

Allison holds a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science from Drexel University and a master’s degree in nutrition communications from Tuft’s University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is an active member of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
When not working, Allison is a running coach for the Chicago Endurance Sports marathon/half marathon training programs, an aSweatLife ambassador, and an avid runner herself having completed 17 marathons and is almost always training for her next one.

Congratulations to FFC Oak Park October members of the month Sonia and Esmee! We spoke to them about their experience at the club and here’s what they had to say:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Esmee: Membership at FFC means having an accessible place where I feel comfortable working out. Whether it be swimming, climbing, or anything else… there is always a friendly and helpful staff member nearby.

Sonia: I first came to FFC to climb when I was around five years old. Nearly nine years later, I have started climbing close to six days a week. Having my membership at FFC has helped me develop myself as a climber more than I could have imagined. The great, supportive staff always encourages me. It is a great place I can always rely on for a workout. it has definitely helped me grow both mentally and physically.

When at FFC you will find me….

Esmee: At FFC, you will almost always find me at the rock climbing wall with my friends.

Sonia: When I am at FFC, you can without a doubt find me at the rock wall. It is my favorite workout and my all-time favorite activity.

I work out to….

Esmee: I work out to improve my overall health and because I enjoy it. Of all things, climbing is my favorite thing to do in my spare time.

Sonia: I work out to improve myself as much as I can as an athlete and person. Climbing helps me reach new heights and makes my life as enjoyable as it can be. I love the feeling of getting stronger and I hope to get stronger and stronger over time.

We are happy to report that all renovation work is going smoothly and on schedule. Below, please find some exciting updates as we head into the holiday weekend. As a reminder, all FFC Oak Park members have access to the 10 other Chicagoland FFC locations during this renovation process – to see all clubs’ Labor Day weekend hours, click here.

Women’s Locker Room Renovation Update

  • Tile is being completed in the restroom/shower areas, shower fixtures have been installed, restroom partitions are in, and the countertops have been installed.
  • Up next is installing the lockers doors and shower partitions, along with mirrors and lighting.
  • We are on track for an on-time completion for this portion of the renovation!

Men’s Locker Room Renovation Update

  • Tile work will begin the week of September 3, and should not disrupt the use of the locker room
  • Please be advised that the Men’s Locker Room will be closed completely for demolition Monday, September 9 – Wednesday, September 11.
  • During the renovation, the bathroom and shower area will not be available. Bathrooms will be available on the first floor, with access between the Kids’ Club and FFC interior entrance.
  • During the majority of the renovation, the locker area will be available for storing and retrieving your personal items. We will be supplying regular updates throughout the process to keep you in the loop so that you can plan accordingly.

Please stay tuned for more details, and be sure to join our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ffcoakpark and look for additional communication throughout the club. Thank you in advance for your continued patience as we make these amazing upgrades to FFC Oak Park!