By now, you’ve probably heard of cupping – but what is it, really? 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. Stop by our center located in most of the Fitness Formula Clubs locations to learn more about our specialty services or for a complimentary injury screen. You can also check out the schedule for a complimentary injury screen during the month of May below! https://bit.ly/2yb4c6Q​​​

  • FFC East Lakeview – May 5; 9-10:30 AM and May 24; 5:30-7:30 PM
  • FFC Boystown – May 12; 9-11 AM
  • FFC Lincoln Park – May 24; 5-7 PM
  • FFC Oak Park – May 28; 3:30-5:30 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge – May 5; 9-11AM
  • FFC South Loop – May 30; 6:30-8 PM
  • FFC Union Station – May 16; 12-1 PM
  • FFC West Loop – May 22; 4:15-5 PM

It’s finally feeling like spring and what better time to refresh and rejuvenate before the summer weather (and wardrobes) come out to play? Take advantage of these spa specials this month at FFC!

Two Signature Massage or Two Signature Facials for $199

*Offer expires 5/31/18. No two discounts apply. Sessions must be used by 7/31/18.  See spas for details.

Spa Pedicure for $40

*Offer available only at FFC Lincoln Park & expires 5/31/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in May 2018.

Brow Waxing for $18 extended through end of May

*Offer available only at FFC Union Station & expires 5/31/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in May 2018.

Three Ortanic Tans for $119

Don’t let sunburn ruin your fun or your outfit.  Ensure a flawless look for your special summer events.

* Offer available at Ortanic locations, within FFC Gold Coast, FFC West Loop and FFC Lincoln Park. Offer expires 5/31/18.  No two discounts apply. All tans must be used by 09/30/18.

You’re invited! As a thank you for being part of the FFC Family, we invite you to celebrate with us through the rest of April!

Check out the schedule below for some very special Member Appreciation days, including food, fun, fitness & more. Keep an eye out for specific details in the clubs in the coming days!

  • FFC Boystown – Thursday, April 26
  • FFC East Lakeview – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Gold Coast – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Lincoln Park – Monday, April 30
  • FFC Oak Park – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Old Town – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC Park Ridge – Saturday, April 28
  • FFC South Loop – Monday, April 30
  • FFC Union Station – Monday, April 30
  • FFC West Loop – Friday, April 27

 

Increase physical fitness, weight loss and tone your body all while learning new, exciting skills with FFC Union Station’s new women’s basketball club!

The FFC women’s basketball club allows participants to build interpersonal relationships while conditioning their bodies with basketball drills, body weight exercises, and pick-up games. Fitness professional and basketball player Megz encourages fun and friendly competition in a welcoming environment, designed to promote goal achievement and basketball play. All levels of basketball experience are accepted. Readiness to have fun and sweat is a must! Email Megz at mroberts@ffc.com for more information and to sign up.

As you have probably noticed, FFC’s website has gone through an incredible transformation that we are very proud of. As you poke around and get used to this new interface, we’ve put together a list of quick links for your reference that will take you to some of the most important areas of the site. We can’t wait to share this experience with you!

Member Hub – on this page you’ll find everything you need to access at FFC as a member, including

  • Member Login
  • FFC Bucks Login

Store

Refer a friend, get some swag!

Club Programming/eNews

Group Fitness Schedule

Blog

Club Pages – you can get to all of our club pages by visiting the club location map, or by hovering over the “Clubs” menu item

Have more questions or feedback? Please feel free to email us at mmarzoni@ffc.com!

 

Help Your Friends Spring into FFC!
We’ve heard your feedback; we’ve read your surveys. You’ve asked for guest passes; you got it! In April, we are putting 2 free guest passes on every member’s account. Bring in your friends, family and co-workers to experience everything you love about FFC. Passes expire April 30.

Warm weather finally seems to be here and to get you ready we’ve got a ton of specials happening at the spa! Check out the offers below and head into the new season with a spring in your step!

  • One 75-Minute Signature Massage for $105
  • A Signature Facial for $110
  • 20% off leg or arm waxing services

Offers available at all clubs & expire 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

No-Chip Manicure for $42

Offer available only at FFC Lincoln Park & expires 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

Brow Waxing for $18

Offer available only at FFC Union Station & expires 4/30/18, no two discounts apply – services must be received in April.

Ortanic Offers for April

Take $20 off any Deluxe Ortanic tan Mondays & Tuesdays!

Offer available only at FFC West Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park and  expires April 30, 2018. No two discounts apply

Injuries can happen at any moment—at the gym, in the workplace, in your car or even in your own home. Without proper diagnosis and timely treatment, recovery can often become a slow and painful process.

Physical therapy uses a variety of evidence-based treatments and physical exercises to begin the rehabilitation process at the onset of injury or pain. Through these treatments and exercises, physical therapy can efficiently and effectively strengthen your body, reduce pain and prevent future injury.  

With our  comprehensive programs and services and convenient hours and locations we can help return you to what you love doing best. Don’t forget NovaCare provides you with your very own physical therapist and athletic trainer! You can call or email them at 866.TRY.NOVA or injuryhotline@novacare.com.  Find a complimentary injury screen date during April at your nearest Fitness Formula Club – check out the schedule below!

  • FFC East Lakeview – 4/4; 5:30 – 7:30 AM & 4/28; 9 – 10:30 AM
  • FFC Boystown – 4/7; 9 – 11 AM
  • FFC Lincoln Park – 4/19; 4 – 6 PM
  • FFC Oak Park – 4/11; 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge – 4/7; 9 – 11 AM
  • FFC South Loop – 4/28; 6:30 – 8 PM, walk-ins during regular business hours
    FFC Union Station – 4/18; 12 – 1 PM
  • FFC West Loop – 4/17; 4:15 – 5 PM

Let’s talk about metabolic adaptation. Many of you have probably heard the term “metabolic damage”, which essentially refers to a metabolism that is not working “properly” or “efficiently” for the individual. However, your metabolism cannot really be “damaged”, so there is some controversy around this word.

Essentially, when the metabolism is in a slowed stated (examples would be eliminating carbs or a hypothyroid condition); it’s become that way due to factors that forced it to be there. Sometimes these factors are seemingly “out of our control” but more often than not these factors are our own doing.

So how does a slow metabolism occur? One of the number one culprits is fad dieting, such as eating low calorie or low fat foods for a prolonged period. When you drop your calories too low, the body eventually responds by slowing the metabolism down. This means it can be hard to drop body fat percentage, gain lean muscle, etc. This is how our system keeps us alive, so it’s definitely not a bad thing. If our metabolism didn’t slow down, we would starve to death much more quickly and easily. However, restrictive dieting typically goes hand in hand with yo-yo dieting and/ or binge eating behaviors. These behaviors are why so many struggle with being overweight while simultaneously having a non-optimal metabolism. The combination of gaining weight with a slower metabolism is exactly why so many people get stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting and feeling “trapped” like they cannot get out. Restrict/binge habits of overeating and slowing the metabolism more can cause you to gain more weight from a slowed metabolism, which continually repeats.

So how do you get out of this cycle? I was there once, with a metabolism that didn’t seem to work for me if I ate over 1200 calories a day. But today I am eating 2,700+ on most days. The key is REVERSE DIETING. This is why so many clients are put on a reverse diet, to get the metabolism working in their favor again. Reverse dieting is not only for weight loss, but can also help with muscle gain and fat loss.

Want to learn more about reverse dieting, or have other metabolism related questions? Set up a complimentary consultation with Sarah by emailing her at ssobtka@ffc.com!

Nothing goes better with a sweat session than a great playlist. Whether getting you into a zen zone or helping you pound out that last half-mile or set, music can really do wonders. Check out all of our playlists by visiting https://open.spotify.com/user/ffc_chicago!

FFC curated Spotify playlists