We are so excited to welcome you back to the club! We have set the following dates for reopening our 11 FFC locations:

Wednesday, July 1: East Lakeview, Elmhurst, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, Park Ridge, South Loop and West Loop

Monday, July 6: Old Town and Union Station

TBD: Boystown

Please note: all members will have ACCESS TO ALL CLUBS beginning July 1 for the month of July.

To see hours for each location, please visit ffc.com/club-locations.

For more information on our new operating procedures, please visit ffc.com/safety.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Visit ffc.com/reopening-faqs for answers to your most pressing questions.

Safety has always been one of our five Core Values (Safety, Superior Service, Friendliness, Integrity, and Improvement). As we move forward with reopening our clubs, we want you to know that the health and safety of our members and staff is our highest priority.

In order to ensure a clean and safe club environment for all, we have implemented new cleaning procedures and installed new technology in all of our locations.

To read more about our new cleaning policies and procedures, please visit ffc.com/safety.

We’re wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July holiday! Below are the hours for all clubs* for this year’s holiday:

Friday, July 3: 7 AM – 4 PM

Saturday, July 4: 7 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, July 5: 7 AM – 4 PM

*Please note that our Union Station and Old Town clubs will not be reopening until Monday, July 6. The reopening date for our Boystown club is to be determined.

 

NovaCare has two great resources for FFC members during this stay at home order.

#1. Stretches to do when you are sore at home – READ on our blog!
While we are confined to our homes, we may find ourselves resorting to new forms of exercise as we develop a fitness routine outside the gym. Bodyweight workouts, running and yoga all come with their own sets of aches and pains, so we asked NovaCare Rehabilitation Physical Therapist Katie Wax to share her favorite stretches to alleviate soreness and discomfort from at-home workouts. <<<Read More>>>

#2. If you are having pain at home during this time, NovaCare is here to help! Having neck and back pain from working from home? Home workout gone wrong?  Injured yourself painting the ceiling? NovaCare physical therapists are offering their complimentary injury screens for any of your needs.

What to expect? Email the PT for your club and they will arrange a time to connect with you via Zoom or Facetime and give you some tips to get you back on track!

Free Virtual Injury Screening Contacts:

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.

Calling all Pilates first-timers! Did you know that your first private Pilates session is only $50? Get one-on-one time with a certified Pilates professional and learn the basic exercises that comprise a classical Pilates practice.

Interested in signing up for your first private session? Contact Kristin Strom at kstrom@ffc.com to schedule a session today.

Cupping is a mobilization technique used to treat pain, stiffness and swelling of the upper and lower extremities, as well as large soft tissue areas such as the shoulder blade or low back. Cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the treatment area and a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.

Cupping is just one of the many specialty services offered at NovaCare Rehabilitation. Don’t forget, NovaCare provides you with your very own physical therapist and athletic trainer! Stop by our centers located inside Fitness Formula Clubs to learn more about our specialty services or for a complimentary injury screen.

Injury Screen Times:

  • FFC East Lakeview: March 13, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
  • FFC Elmhurst: Walk-ins Welcome
  • FFC Boystown: Walk-ins Welcome
  • FFC Gold Coast: March 10, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
  • FFC Lincoln Park: March 11, 5 – 6 PM
  • FFC Oak Park: Walk-ins Welcome
  • FFC Park Ridge: March 4, 5 – 7 PM
  • FFC South Loop: March 18, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • FFC Union Station: March 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • FFC West Loop: March 24, 4 – 5 PM
  • Join our Fitness Team from March 17 – 22 for some March Madness fun! Challenges, healthy treats and raffle prizes will be a part of our week-long March Madness. Check out club postings for specific times of activities.

    For more information, contact Sherry at ssteele@ffc.com.

    Would you like to know how many calories your body burns in a day? The best way to find out is to take an RMR test!

    What is RMR? Your Resting Metabolic Rate is a measurement of how much energy your body needs to perform its basic functions. The RMR test determines your daily baseline energy (calorie) needs by analyzing the volume of air you inhale vs. what you exhale.

    What you will learn from an RMR test:

  • Know your metabolism
  • Pinpoint calories needed for safe weight loss or to gain weight safely
  • Assess effects of weight changes on metabolism
  • Resting Metabolic Rate testing is done by Registered Dietitian Liz DeJulius. Liz will be conducting RMR tests at FFC South Loop on March 24 and March 26.

    Email Liz at EDeJulius@FFC.com to schedule.