We are always looking for ways to improve our members’ experience at our club. This year we were able to make some great upgrades at FFC Old Town, so be sure to check out the improvements next time you pay us a visit:

  • Life Fitness Virtual Spin Bikes
  • Woodway Curve Trainers
  • Life Fitness Treadmills
  • Life Fitness Upright Bikes
  • Digital TV
  • MyZone Technology in the Functional Studio
  • New Lighting on Fitness Floor
  • New Slam Balls
  • New Roof + Ceiling Tiles
  • New HVAC
  • New Strength Equipment – Plate Loaded Leg Press, Smith Machine, Bench Presses, Standing Preacher Curl, Deadlift Platform
  • Coming Soon – Sauna Upgrade!

Come support fellow runners and Chicagoans (and help us cheer on FFC Old Town trainer Henry Diaz, who is running for Advocate Healthcare this year!) on Marathon Sunday, October 13 from 7:15 – 9:30 AM!

The cheering station will be near Division and LaSalle (in front of FFC Old Town, at 1235 N LaSalle) and will be staffed from 7:15 – 9:30 AM — we’ll also need some volunteers to help set up at 7 AM. This will be our primary cheering station for FFC members and charity partner Team Bright Pink. Have questions or want more information? Email Julia at jgroves@ffc.com for more information or to RSVP to attend!

Join us with the Old Town Merchant and Residents Association at 10 AM on Saturday, October 5 for a FREE Faction high intensity interval training class! Reap the benefits of HIIT training like extended calorie burn, strengthening of muscles and more. Questions about the event? Email jgroves@ffc.com!

More About the Faction

The Faction is where you go for serious workouts: expert instructors keep sessions fresh and exciting with all the latest types of programming, while fitness testing allows you to keep track of your progress. Friendly competitions, along with a supportive community, motivate you to leave it all on the turf so you can get more out of your workout. Want to learn more about the format? Click here!

We’re wishing you a happy and healthy Labor Day on Monday, September 2! Please be aware of the following holiday schedule to help you plan.

Monday, September 2

  • FFC Union Station & FFC Old Town – closed
  • All other clubs: 7 AM – 5 PM

All other weekend hours will be normal.

*24-hour clubs reopen at 4:30 AM Tuesday, September 3.

The busy back to school season means it’s more important than ever to take the time you need to recharge and relax. Check out the September specials at the spa!

  • Spend $100+ on a spa service and receive $10 in SPA Bucks to use on a future service. Spa Bucks redeemable October 1- December 31st, 2019.  Book your service at ffc.com/spa.
  • Take advantage of a $35 Ortanic custom airbrush tan to keep you glowing into the new season! Book your service at ortanic.com/book-now.

Offers valid September 1 – 30, 2019.

Squash is a starchy vegetable that can be incorporated at mealtimes in replace of potatoes, rice, or pasta. Half a cup of acorn squash is about 30 calories and contains 7 grams of carbohydrates. Squash is unique vegetable because it is one of the only vegetables that is in season year-round. Acorn squash is a vegetable that should be stored in a cool, dry area away from extreme temperatures and sunlight. If stored properly, acorn squash can stay fresh for up to 3 months.

Squash is also known to be a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is important because it can act as an antioxidant to protect cells from damage, make collagen (a protein that is required to help wounds heal), and helps our body to absorb iron. Along with acorn squash, other vitamin C rich foods are citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach.

Below is a tasty recipe so that you can enjoy this delicious vegetable! Questions or want to set up a complimentary consultation with Alicia? Email her at ahuggler@ffc.com!

Easy Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

  • Yield: 4 people
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped for garnishing — optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Slice the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds using a spoon.
  • Lay the half acorn squash cut-side-down on a cutting board and slice into 1/4 inch slices parallel to the stem.
  • Arrange the slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Pour olive oil over the top of the acorn squash and sprinkle with all the spices listed on the ingredients section.
  • Roast for 40-50 minutes, until the squash slices are fork-tender.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 78, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 106mg, Potassium: 402mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 1g

Recipe obtained from: www.primaverakitchen.com.

Check out FFC’s September playlist, curated by FFC Elmhurst Kids’ Club Supervisor Jaime Mules!

About Jaime: Jamie ran her own nanny business for 10 years. Her passion for health, fitness and children has brought her to FFC Elmhurst Kids’ Club! In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, checking out new restaurants and working out.

Go-to workout song: Anything 80s!

Why music is so important related to fitness: Jaime was a dancer, so being able to sing and run to something fun is important to her. Working out to music is her therapy. It takes her to a place of joy that helps her forget what’s going on for a bit!

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

Join us at 5 PM on the turf at FFC Old Town for a FREE Faction workout and then head over to Butch McGuire’s (20 W Division Street) for some happy hour libations. Sign up in the club or email Eric at ealexon@ffc.com to reserve your space!

Get excited Crunch & Brunch, which combines two of the best parts of the weekend: a killer workout and brunch! Save the dates for September 21, September 29 and October 5.

The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association (OTMRA) will be bringing together health and wellness studios and restaurants in the neighborhood to provide a weekend experience for participants to try out the many different fitness and restaurants options in the neighborhood.

Participants in the program will sign up for classes offered by different nearby health and wellness studios and then receive exclusive brunch offers from restaurants in the neighborhood. Details coming early September! Questions, email jgroves@ffc.com.

It’s almost time to head back to school so make the most of these last few relaxing days of summer by taking advantage of one of our August spa specials!

Men’s Facial: $95
* No two discounts apply. Service must be received in August.

60-minute Aromatherapy Massage: $101
* No two discounts apply. Service must be received in August.

3 No Chip Manicures: $125
*No two discounts apply. Services expire 1/1/20.