We are excited to share that we will be making some impactful changes to the club that will improve your experience with us. Please be aware of the following Phase 1 construction updates. Phase 2 will begin in spring, after the busy part of the new year. We thank you for your patience during this time, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact general manager Bob Dowdy at bdowdy@ffc.com.

Phase 1 will begin the week of October 15 and should be complete before Thanksgiving. Phase 1 will include:

  • removal of the walls surrounding the former NovaCare space, opening up an additional ~3,000 sq. ft. of fitness space
  • installing new rubber fitness flooring throughout expansion space as well as existing strength areas
  • new lighting throughout expansion space
  • removal of old and installation of new fitness desk
  • new towel drop and enclosure for eucalyptus fridge
  • new flooring in member lounge

FFC will have cheering stations during the 2018 Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Stop by anytime to join us in cheering on members, or sign up as a volunteer captain to help setup and hang out with us all morning! Plus, we’ll also have an Athlete’s Village pre-and-post-marathon set up at our FFC South Loop location!

FFC Cheering Station #1 – near Division and LaSalle, in front of FFC Old Town (1235 N. LaSalle). The station will be staffed from 7:15am – 9:30am. We will need volunteers to set up the station at 7:00am. This will be our primary cheering station for FFC charity partner TEAM BRIGHT PINK.

FFC Cheering Station #2 – near Waveland and Inner Lakeshore Drive, just down the street from FFC East Lakeview (3657 N. Pine Grove). The station will be staffed from 7:30am – 11am. We will need volunteers to set up the station at 7:00am. This will be our primary cheering station for FFC charity partner TEAM TO END AIDS (T2).

FFC Cheering Station #3 – near Clinton and Monroe, just down the street from FFC West Loop (10 S. Clinton). This station will be staffed from 8:30am-12noon. We will need volunteers to set up the station at 8:00am. This will be our primary cheering station for FFC charity partner DARE2TRI.

How to RSVP: save your spot and learn more at ffc.com/marathon or contact endurance@ffc.com.

July’s workout of the month focuses on blasting fat with higher volume and lower weight. The featured move is the TRX inverted row, plus this month’s workout gives you plenty of opportunities to earn your MEPs for Move2Win. Click here to download the workout and check out the videos.

NEW FOR July: kick off July and Move2Win with a full workout at ANY club Monday, July 2 at 6:00 PM!

Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS.

Please join us Saturday, July 14 for Windy City Sweatout along with ALS, Life Fitness and McCollister’s for a special workout featuring some of Fitness Formula Club’s best instructors – Jennifer Dahl and Austin Head – on the main stage before Chicago’s largest country music and BBQ festival, Windy City Smokeout! Choose from

  • 9 – 9:45 AM – spinning interval
  • 10 – 10:45 AM – HIIT

Participants will also receive a post-class champagne toast, admission to the day’s events at Windy City Smokeout, and the opportunity to win prizes, swag, VIP passes, FFC memberships/dues, meet-and-greets with music artists and more!

>>> Register here! <<<

All proceeds benefit Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS – learn more at www.augiesquest.org.

We’re wishing you and your friends and family a happy, safe and healthy 4th of July holiday. Please find the holiday operating hours for each club below for 2018:

Tuesday, July 3

  • All clubs close at 8 PM

Wednesday, July 4

  • FFC Boystown, East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park & South Loop: 7 AM – 3 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge & West Loop: 7 AM – 5 PM
  • FFC Old Town & Union Station: closed

Thursday, July 5

  • Regular club hours (all 24-hour clubs will open at 4:30 AM).

Reap all the benefits of a restful and relaxing summer and enhance them with us at the spa! Take advantage of the following offers through the month of July:

30-Minute Deep Tissue Massage for $65

Available at all clubs with a spa

Offer expires July 31st, 2018. No two discounts apply. Other exclusions may apply.

Petite Facial for $65

Available at FFC Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, Park Ridge and West Loop

Offer expires July 31st, 2018. No two discounts apply. Other exclusions may apply.

NovaCare Rehabilitation clinicians will be performing complimentary injury screens at our Fitness Formula Club centers on the following dates this summer. Are you suffering from pain or an injury that just isn’t going away? Come by and let our experienced clinicians answer your questions. If your pain can’t wait, make an appointment today at injuryhotline@novacare.com. Otherwise, follow the link for more details on when our clinicians will be available https://bit.ly/2yb4c6Q.

FFC East Lakeview: July 3;5 – 7 PM & July 21; 9:30 – 10:30 PM

FFC Halsted Street: July 2; 5 – 7 PM & July 21; 8 – 10 AM

FFC Lincoln Park: July 19; 4 – 6 PM & July 30; 5 – 7 PM

FFC Oak Park: July 17; 4 – 7 PM

FFC Park Ridge: July 14; 9 – 11 AM & July 26; 5 – 7 PM

FFC South Loop: July 12; 5 – 7 PM & July 26; 6:30 –  PM

FFC Union Station: July 10; 5 – 7 PM & July 11; 11:30 AM – 1 PM

FFC West Loop: July 10; 4:15 – 5 PM & July 31; 5 – 7 PM   

Nutrition

Perform at your peak by individualizing your plate! Work with your club’s registered dietitian to learn how to maximize your results through proper nutrition. You can also work with your RD through the Nutrition Solutions monthly program, coaching sessions, grocery store tours and pantry makeovers for ongoing support and accountability.

Performance

The Metabolic Cart will help you perform at your peak this summer. Look for the metabolic cart at your club this summer based on the schedule below. Through RMR and VO2 Max testing with the cart, you can learn more about your body, tailor your workouts to match your metabolism and discover ways to make positive changes to your eating habits.

To learn more and register for either service, contact metabolictesting@ffc.com.

  • July – FFC West Loop
  • August – FFC Boystown and FFC East Lakeview
  • September – FFC Union Station
  • October – FFC South Loop

Join the FFC triathlon club! Contact endurance@ffc.com to get our FFC team discount code and save $10 off the Chicago Triathlon, plus get a free TrainingPeaks.com training plan to stay on track utilizing emails, a phone app, plus Garmin watch and Google Calendar integration!

Training Kickoff, Programs and Services

Chicago Triathlon training starts in May. Visit fb.com/trimonsters/events for a list of triathlon training kickoff events at a location near you!

For training options, don’t miss our FFC Endurance membership, which includes unlimited swim, bike, run, and performance training, with classes and programs available at FFC West Loop, Oak Park, Park Ridge, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast and more! The FFC Endurance membership also includes outdoor training, open water swimming, clinics, and unlimited use of our Air Relax compression boots at a USA Triathlon Certified Performance Center at FFC Lincoln Park. Private coaching, swim lessons, and performance testing services are also available – contact endurance@ffc.com to inquire!

The spring schedule of classes is now available on the FFC app (sort by “category” endurance and “location” FFC Lincoln Park) or by clicking here: tinyurl.com/trimonster-calendar

So you can swing, clean, press, etc….what’s next in your kettlebell game? Join us on Sunday July 22 and Sunday July 29 from 10 AM – 1 PM at North Avenue Beach near the volleyball courts for a kettlebell juggling basics workshop!

As most of you know, the kettlebell is a multi-use tool that can enhance and develop several aspects of your training. Delving deeper into the advanced techniques of kettlebells is where we find juggling. While enhancing balance, coordination, and strength, juggling also develops your ability to meaningfully accept and redirect force creating a more powerful, graceful state of athleticism.

Trainers will be on hand to go over safety protocol and answer questions (please do not try these moves at the club without help from our trainers at any other time outside of these workshops!) Some of the basics we’ll cover at the workshop include:

  • 1-hand and 2-hand flips, forward and  backward
  • Hand-to-hand flips
  • Hammer flips
  • Helicopter flips
  • Lateral flips
  • Partner juggling

Join Us!