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.

We are happy to report that all renovation work at FFC Union Station is going smoothly and remains on schedule. The natatorium is on its way to a completely new look, as we’ve completed the demo portion and have begun to tile the walls. As a reminder, all FFC Union Station members may visit West Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, East Lakeview, Elmhurst, Park Ridge and Oak Park for pool access during this portion of the renovation process.

A materials board is on display in the club showcasing the new look of the natatorium along with other areas of the club. The architectural renderings will be on display later this week to give you a full vision of the transformation that is underway. We appreciate your patience during this time!

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.

Play along with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by competing in a tournament of your own: FFC Union Station Muscle Madness! Each week in March, complete the “Round Challenge” to advance to the later rounds. All rounds must be completed in order, but can be completed at any time during the month. These rounds build to a Championship Round, where competitors will race to complete a designated strength circuit for time, as fast as possible with quality form!

There will be prizes for participation throughout the tourney, as well as a grand prize for our overall 2020 Muscle Madness Champ! Prizes include smoothies, equipment, trophies and more!

Contact mstratton@ffc.com for more information on round challenges and prizes.

Bring a friend to FFC Union Station before March 15 to experience FFC for the day, and we will not only waive the daily guest fee, but you will receive a $10 gift coupon to Vapiano!

Please reach out to Ernie Wachs at ewachs@ffc.com with any questions.

To be respectful of all members, we ask that members follow our locker room guidelines. These are in place to ensure that all members are having a great experience while using the club. These guidelines are posted within the locker rooms and are outlined in your member agreement. Thank you for your assistance in creating a great experience for all.

Please contact Dan at dkania@ffc.com with any questions.

New LifeFitness Upright and Recumbent Bikes have arrived at FFC Union Station! These are the latest LifeFitness bikes and we are excited for our members to put some miles on them.

Contact mstratton@ffc.com for more information.

Join us on Wednesday, March 18 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at FFC Union Station for American Heart Association’s CycleNation kick-off event. Come ready to ride as we shine a spotlight on the importance of keeping our brains healthy and staying active to control risk factors for stroke. Cocktails and open registration will follow the ride.

For more information, please contact Dan at dkania@ffc.com.

Did you know that our basketball courts can be arranged for both pickleball and volleyball during off-peak times? If you’re looking to play pickleball or volleyball, let a team member know and during off-peak hours we can arrange the courts for your playing pleasure.

For more information, please contact Dan at dkania@ffc.com.

We are very excited to share that the FFC Union Station renovation project is set to begin Monday, February 24. The areas of the club that will be affected will be the pool, lobby and spa. We expect these improvements to take approximately 2 months.

During this time, some areas of the club will not be accessible or will have access points closed down during the renovations. Below are start dates and accessibility information for the affected areas of the Club.

Pool Renovations Begin Monday, February 24
The pool will be CLOSED starting February 24, and members will be able to access other FFC locations for pool access: West Loop, Lincoln Park, East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Park Ridge, Oak Park, and Elmhurst.

Lobby Renovations Begin Thursday, February 27
The lobby will remain open and accessible during renovation. Some access points may be temporarily closed, and foot traffic will be redirected to one of the other entrances/exits within the lobby area. NovaCare will remain open during this time for their patients.

Spa Renovations Begin Thursday, February 27
The spa will remain open during renovation. The sport shop area may experience temporary closure at times.

We will keep you updated via email and in-club signage throughout the renovation process. Updates will also be communicated via our Facebook Group.

Thank you in advance for your continued patience as we make these amazing upgrades to FFC Union Station!

For more information, please contact Dan at dkania@ffc.com.