FFC is committed to the health and safety of our members and staff. As flu season continues into March and the CDC provides more information about COVID-19, we want to make you aware of the actions we are taking at the clubs to prevent the spread of disease and how you can help.

Here’s what FFC is doing to prevent the spread of disease:

  • In addition to stocking up on disinfecting gym wipes, we have ramped up our cleaning routines. We are doubling our efforts with our high touch-point areas, from dumbbells and locker handles to doors and drinking fountains.
  • We are encouraging our members to be more attentive to the courtesy of wiping down equipment with disinfecting gym wipes, an act that is now a precautionary measure to minimize bacteria on the non-porous, hard surfaces.

Additional FFC Cleaning & Safety Efforts:

  • From Saturday, March 14 – Friday, March 20, all 11 of our club locations will go through a proactive, overnight deep cleaning process. This is being facilitated through an outside, 3rd party professional cleaning vendor, using a using a hospital grade disinfectant recommended by the CDC. Operating hours will not be affected.
  • Cleaning sweeps for high touch areas of the clubs are happening at least once an hour at all clubs, this includes surfaces like door handles, hand railings, drinking fountains, keypads, and dumbbells to mention a few.
  • We have secured large quantities of disinfecting wipes and quaternary cleaning supplies to prevent supply chain interruption.
  • As a reminder, several weeks ago we implemented hands-free check in at all club locations.
  • The FFC leadership team, which includes every general manager and members of our corporate staff, is meeting daily to discuss and implement additional efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

While you are at FFC, here are some actions you can take to prevent the spread of disease:

  • Use the disinfecting gym wipes on all equipment surfaces, please don’t use your towels. We ask you to use the wipes generously and diligently, and these can be used to disinfect your hands as well!
  • Notify club staff of any empty disinfecting gym wipe dispensers and soap dispensers.
  • We are in the process of adding the disinfecting gym wipes to even more areas of club, including the locker rooms, we encourage you to use them generously and diligently.
  • Consider working out at off-peak times when possible. Those times are between 9 AM – 11 AM, 1 PM – 4 PM, and after 8 PM during the week, and after 2 PM on the weekends.
  • Please stay home if you are sick.
  • Consider placing a towel between you and the equipment you are using in the club.
  • Consider practicing social distancing, leaving 3 – 5 feet between you and another person, when using cardio equipment, on the fitness floor, and while in group fitness classes.

Additionally, the CDC lists these everyday actions to follow to remain healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid social physical contact, like handshakes and hugs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home from work, school and all activities when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water

For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Our goal is to ensure members and employees alike remain confident in our clubs during these challenging circumstances. Club cleanliness is top-of-mind at all times. Please know that everyone’s health is a priority in everything that we do, as Safety is one of FFC’s Core Values!

We are confident that our clubs are safe and will continue to operate as normal.

Got a friend you’d love to introduce to FFC? When you bring in your friend in March for a complimentary member experience, they’ll get a free workout and access to FFC amenities, and you’ll score an exclusive FFC Chicago From Day One T-shirt! And, when your friend joins as a member, they’ll get the T-shirt, too!

What are you waiting for? Invite a friend to join you at FFC today!

Program begins March 2; while supplies last. Complimentary member experience is for first time guests who register with the membership department and includes a workout in the club, access to locker room, amenities and classes. Some restrictions apply.

We’re hosting Parents Night Out every Saturday in March! See dates and details below.

  • March 7: Bounce House
  • March 14: St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
  • March 21: Bounce House
  • March 28: Rock Wall
  • Need to get out but don’t have a babysitter? Drop the kids off at the Kids’ Club!

    Kids enjoy pizza, drinks and fun activities in the gym. Activities include basketball, some arts and crafts, movies and more. Advanced registration is required.

    Pricing is as follows: $35 for the first child, $40 for two children and $5 for each additional child in the same family. Ages 3 – 12.

    Contact Rachel at rbinkley@ffc.com to register and for any questions.

    We hope to see you at the cafe for Taco Tuesday on March 31 from 5 – 8 PM!

    Local’84 at FFC Park Ridge is also hosting weekly specials! Be sure to stop by the cafe to check them out!

    Try out our new group fitness class – Boulder Moves! We meet every Monday and Wednesday night from 6 – 7 PM at the climbing wall for a fun workout filled with climbing, core work and full body exercises! No experience is necessary. This is a free class for all members.

    Contact Climbing Wall Manager Jake with questions at jjanowski@ffc.com.

    Pickleball is growing! We now have an extra night of court time: Fridays from 5 – 8 PM. This is an open court time that’s free for members and $10 for non-members. No experience necessary, and we provide all the equipment you need!

    For more information, contact Jake at jjanowski@ffc.com.

    It’s never too late to learn an essential life lesson – swimming! We offer classes for beginners and advanced swimmers alike at our indoor pool year round.

    For pricing and lesson time information, email Aquatics Manager Jake at jjanowski@ffc.com.

    Looking for a goal to accomplish in 2020? Ready to tackle something completely new? Or, maybe you are looking to stay in the racing mindset during the winter months? Our 21st Annual Indoor Triathlon Series is the perfect place for beginners to try a triathlon and for endurance athletes to compete indoors!

    2020 Indoor Triathlon Series:

      • Saturday, February 8: FFC Elmhurst + Kids Tri
      • Sunday, February 23: FFC Park Ridge + Kids Tri
      • Saturday, February 29: FFC West Loop
      • Saturday, March 21: FFC Gold Coast + Kids Tri
      • Saturday, March 28: FFC Oak Park + Kids Tri

    Each event consists of a 10 minute swim, 30 minute bike and 20 minute run. Plus, you have the option to race twice if you’d like!

    Visit ffc.com/triathlon for more information and to register for the event!

    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.
  • By popular demand, pickleball has earned another night at FFC! On Friday nights in February from 6 – 8 PM, we’ll have FREE open court night for to members and open to non-members for a $10 drop in fee. Later, this will turn into a paid league for both members and non-members alike.

    For more information, contact Jake at jjanowski@ffc.com.