FFC Old Town Members have an exclusive invite to the newest office of the Advanced Skin & MOHS Surgery Center! Join providers from Advanced Skin and MOHS on Thursday, March 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Lincoln Park Amita St. Joseph Hospital. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served as providers present state of the art dermatological services and technological advancements. You will receive a discount on future services when booking at the event.

For more information, please email Julia at jgroves@ffc.com.

Do you love Valentine’s Day? Can’t stand it? Completely indifferent? We’ve got a class for you in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day!

Check out our schedule of themed classes here – and don’t forget, you can bring a friend for free to any of these classes! Just click on the BFF icon next to the class in the group fitness schedule!

GROUP FITNESS THEMED CLASSES

Monday, February 10
Union Station at 12:15 PM: Be My Valentine Vinyasa – yoga with Annie
Lincoln Park at 5:45 PM: You Give Love a Bad Name – spin with Lara

Tuesday, February 11
South Loop at 6:30 PM: How Do I Love Z – Zumba with Dominick and Esau
Boystown at 7:15 PM: Motiv8 and Bring a Mate with Kelly

Wednesday, February 12
West Loop at 5:15 PM: Love Ya To The Core 94 with Lois
Gold Coast at 6:30 PM: Bring Your Valentine Barre Bootcamp with Ashleigh

Thursday, February 13
East Lakeview at 5:30 PM: You’re Such A Teaser – Pilates with Jennifer
Old Town at 5:45 PM: Love, Peace and Pilates with Natasha
Boystown at 6:30 PM: Love, Sweat and Spin with Anna Rose
Gold Coast at 6:30 PM: Love, Sweat and Gears – spin with Austin Head
Boystown at 6:45 PM: Bring Your Valentine Vinyasa – yoga with Jonathan

Friday, February 14
Elmhurst at 11:30 AM: Love Potion 94 – Formula 94 with Ashley
Boystown at 5:45 PM: Candlelight Yoga with Rachel

THE FACTION THEMED CLASSES

Jump in to one of our Valentine’s Day themed classes with The Faction this month and learn why it’s the workout we love to hate!

FFC Gold Coast:
The Faction Presents: The Heart Racer

  • Join The Faction coaches Ruth, Jeremy and August on Tuesday, February 11 from 6 – 7:30 PM for the Ultimate Team Competition. You’ll work together as partners to complete one cardio exercise, four strength moves and three drills that will make your heart race. This complimentary class is open to all FFC members and guests.
  • Pre-registration is required by emailing Ruth Wooster at RWooster@ffc.com.
  • FFC Elmhurst:
    Love To Hate It with The Faction

  • All members are invited to the turf for a special Faction class on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 PM. Each participant will receive a ticket for a free drink at the Club Lounge after class.
  • Want more info? Email Bobby at rrupcich@ffc.com.
  • FFC Park Ridge:
    Love To Hate It with The Faction

  • Calling all Faction Members! We’re giving you two chances to show your friends why you love to hate The Faction! On Friday, February 14, bring a friend for FREE to either the 6:00 AM class or the 9:30 AM class.
  • Want more info? Email Sam Gonzalez at sgonzalez@ffc.com.
  • FFC Old Town:
    Love To Hate It with The Faction

  • Join us for our next installment of Crunch and Brunch on Saturday February 15 from 10 – 11 AM in the Performance Training Center! Team brunch to follow.
  • Email Julia at jgroves@ffc.com for more details.
  • Looking for new workout tunes? Look no further! This month, we’re featuring Liz Silberman’s workout playlist! Liz Silberman is the Membership Director at FFC Boystown and has been with FFC since 2018. She truly believes Chicago is the best city in the world for music (and of course fitness!) and is so excited to share this Chicago playlist with everyone!.

    Check out Liz’s featured playlist on our Spotify channel.

    Liz Silberman

    Expert clinical care. Compassion. A trusted and a true partner in feeling better. These are shared sentiments from our patients on why they chose NovaCare Rehabilitation to help them get back to work, sports and their lives. We are committed to partnering with you throughout your healing journey.

    Learn more about our services and get on the road to recovery, today. You do not need a physician’s referral to start physical therapy. If you are experiencing any aches, pain or have sustained a recent injury, please see one of our clinicians for a complimentary injury screen and experience the power of physical therapy!

    Injury Screen Times:

    • FFC Boystown: February 20, 4 – 6 PM
    • FFC East Lakeview: February 15, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
    • FFC Elmhurst: Walk-ins Welcome
    • FFC Lincoln Park: February 5 and February 19, 6 PM
    • FFC Oak Park: Walk-ins Welcome
    • FFC Park Ridge: February 5, 5 -7 PM
    • FFC South Loop: February 12, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
    • FFC Union Station: February 12, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    • FFC West Loop: February 18, 4:15 – 5:00 PM

    Have you tried our newest group fitness format, Contender? We are running trial classes throughout February!

    This total body, boxing conditioning class really packs a punch! Easy to follow 3-minute boxing combinations on the bag combined with compound strength exercises set to maximize heart rate and improve coordination. Get ready to leave it all on the studio floor!

    Classes will be held on the following dates and will meet outside the Group Fitness Studio:

  • February 1, 8, 22 at 8 AM
  • February 5, 12, 26 at 11 AM
  • Contact Lara with any questions at lmele@ffc.com.

    We are proud to introduce FFC On Demand, a revolutionary extension of our clubs, giving you exclusive virtual access to FFC classes, instructors and fitness plans. With FFC On Demand, you can follow your favorite instructors from anywhere, at any time, with an ever-expanding library of classes and workouts.

    To help further support your wellness journey, there’s also a full virtual library of nutrition tips and tricks (including recipes and meal plans), lifestyle modification tools (think free messaging with an RD), and fitness/habit tracking (sync your Myzone belt, Fitbit or other fitness tracker).

    We’re offering a 2-week FREE trial to experience the FFC On Demand Essential Access package. What are you waiting for? Download it today at ffcondemand.com.

    Looking to recover from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? We can help. Check out these great spa offers for January!

    Lift & Glow Facial for $110

    This lifting and firming facial will help your skin recover after exhaustion from the holidays!

    No two discounts apply. Service must be received by January 31, 2020. Offer valid at all FFC locations.

    Vitality Signature 90 Minute Massage for $140
    This 90 minute massage includes includes dry brushing, foot treatment, hot stone back massage and full body massage. Lift your mind, body and spirit to start the year feeling your best!

    Services expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply. Offer valid at all FFC locations.

    Goal Setting for the New Year by Chelsea Stegman, RD at FFC Lincoln Park

    It’s that time of year again. People are saying “new year, new me” and goals (some more realistic than others) are being set. According to The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, roughly 55% of New Year’s goals are health related. Here are a few tips to set realistic and attainable goals this year, without going from 0 to 60.

    Analyze your priorities and your time.
    We all have the same amount of hours in a day. What we devote those hours to, however, varies from person to person. Do you feel like your overall health is struggling? Chances are you are devoting more time and energy to another area in your life. I would challenge you to take a look at how your time is spent and ensure that it reflects your priorities.

    Look for bright spots and potential barriers.
    With goal setting, it is only natural to come across challenges. It is important to look into our pasts to better overcome these challenges. Chances are, this goal is similar to something you have strived for in the past. Look for the “bright spots,” or things that have worked well for you in the past, and try to do more of these. Also, make a list of anything that could get in the way of your goal. This will help you to problem solve and work around these barriers.

    Focus on habits.
    Yes, you do have an overall end goal, yet it is the repeated habits that help you accomplish it. It takes time to form a habit, so it is important to cut yourself some slack and strive for progress and not perfection. Specifically regarding nutrition, most people know more than they think they do. For example, they know they should be drinking more water, but they struggle with actually doing it. It is the behavior change that fills in this gap and gets you to the end goal.

    Write it down.
    Where do you want to be in 6 months? One year? Having these goals in writing improves the likelihood of you accomplishing it. Break down the big goal into small weekly goals to cross off your list. Scientifically, some people experience a dopamine release when goals are accomplished. This will make you want to repeat this behavior.

    For questions or to set up a nutrition appointment, contact Chelsea at cstegman@ffc.com.

    Looking for new workout tunes? Look no further! This month, we’re featuring Rachel Gitlevich’s workout playlist! Rachel is a personal trainer at FFC Old Town. She loves helping people feel empowered in their mind, body and soul. Outside of the gym you can find her spending time outdoors, practicing yoga and attending live music events.

    Check out Rachel’s featured playlist on our Spotify channel.

    Rachel Gitlevich

    Our new group fitness schedule begins on January 6 and we’re bringing a new format to Old Town!

    This winter, try Barre Bootcamp every Saturday at 10 AM with Sara Mulders. Barre Bootcamp is a hybrid workout class combining ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, cardio, yoga and strength training!

    Sara is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and teaches a variety of muscular conditioning formats at FFC. Sara’s love for group fitness is what inspired her career in the fitness industry, so you’ll often see her participating in classes when she isn’t instructing! The sense of community is what Sara enjoys and appreciates most about group fitness classes at FFC.

    Questions about group fitness? Email Group Fitness manager Lara at lmele@ffc.com.