Hannah Ferris

I joined FFC Gold Coast in late November 2016 and wanted to share how happy I am with the decision I made. Your employee, personal trainer Hannah Ferris, is one of the main reasons I am so happy I joined FFC. After being frustrated with the small gym in my building I decided I needed to join a gym. I had previously belonged to one in Lincoln Park and was a diehard group fitness girl. I would go to a class almost daily and loved it. Upon joining FFC I was excited to find out I would be able to work with a trainer for a few sessions with my membership. I was randomly matched with Hannah Ferris and she has positively changed my outlook on fitness (and life!) in just a few short months.

During my first meeting with Hannah back in November I explained that my goal was to learn how to lift and to get stronger in general. Never having been an athlete, I was a bit nervous to embark on this journey. Doing squats, benching and deadlifting was incredibly intimidating. Hannah showed me that I could not only do all of these things, but I was actually ok at them! Ever since our first consultation Hannah has gone above and beyond to help me meet, and even exceed, my goals in just these few short months. She has coached me, encouraged me, and motivated me to get better and be stronger. She is always eager to try something new and challenge me in new ways. She compliments what I do well and has increased my self-confidence in the gym and that confidence has positively affected other areas of my life.

The way Hannah works with her clients and coworkers is to be admired. Whenever I see her in the gym, she waves or says hi and quickly checks in to see how things are going if time allows. I have noticed her doing this with her other clients, too. During one of our sessions, I squatted 135 pounds (which was a big deal for a petite girl like me!). She told every other trainer that was working there that night and they all gave me a high five. While this was just a small gesture from both her and the other trainers, I will never forget how good that made me feel and how it motivated me to continue to grow.

I feel so lucky to call Hannah my trainer and FFC is lucky to have her. Her enthusiasm, kindness, dedication to fitness and the well-being of others is evident upon first meeting her. I can’t wait to continue working with Hannah and to see what lies ahead for her in the fitness industry!

Thank you, FFC, for operating a fantastic gym and for having great trainers like Hannah!

Deirdre Smith

I can’t say enough about Deirdre as a personal trainer. I have been seeing her now for two months and cannot wait for many more months to come.

She has become my biggest cheer leader, the person who pushes me to the edge each and every moment and the voice reminding me “I can do it!” As a cancer survivor and a mother of two under two, I was hesitant getting back to the gym. I had two very harsh pregnancies and deliveries in the last 36 months. To say I was scared was an understatement. I was paired with Deirdre to begin my time at the club. I truly didn’t think I would go beyond that. She proved me wrong! She sat with me and built a plan that I knew would work for a full time working mom of two with a husband and house to take care of as well! I look forward to each session with her as I know she is that extra “umph” I need to get me going and keep me going as I get back to the strongest me I can be.

She is extremely knowledgeable of not only fitness but nutrition and overall healthcare as well. She has taken the time to do extra research in regards to the hurdles I face after my personal experiences. She texts me on her free time with things such as options for stretches, exercises or hints of advice she comes across simply because she knows it will be helpful to me. She goes above and beyond the call of her job.

I truly am amazed each session with my weight loss, body fat decrease and strength increase to simply name a few things. FFC is truly lucky to have this very special lady!

FFC West Loop

I couldn’t really say better things about the overall experience I have had at the gym thus far. I have only been a member for about a month, but I really enjoyed the 4 personal training classes and the other perks they give you when you first join. They truly seem invested in helping you get your enrollment fee back too which is a great thing. I love the variety and the intensity in the classes they offer. There are people of all ability in them taking it as they need to, but you walk out feeling great. The instructors are so energetic and they really push you to do the best you can. My personal trainer was very kind. He listened to what I had to say and was focused on helping me in the ways I requested. I honestly would have signed up for more training classes, but the group fitness classes are so amazing I feel like I can’t pass up the opportunity to use them which is included in the membership fee, unlike the personal training. Overall I am very pleased. I have only spent time at the West Loop gym, but I have heard great things about the other gyms as well. I am very happy that I joined FFC.

FFC East Lakeview

I just wanted to reach out to say that I am absolutely loving my membership at FFC, and that Lea has especially made my time at FFC amazing!

When I first joined, Norma, who is absolutely lovely, helped to sign me up. I was mostly joining because I was going through a bad breakup and you guys are super close to my house.

Let me tell you, I LOATHED working out! But, the way you run the gym is genius! Getting free PT sessions and the 36 checkins in 90 days is absolutely key to developing a habit. I really felt like I was cared about as a member at FFC.

I told Lea that I really hate being yelled at and don’t want my ass kicked, I just wanted to do things that are healthy for me, and she was amazing! Put up with all of my complaining, and I noticed gains (#gains?) from our sessions. I will definitely be booking with her again soon.

She was also flexible with my schedule when my grandpa passed and when I was sick, which I really appreciated.

I’ve totally enjoyed the classes, too! I was the new girl at WERQ on Friday, Jen, and I loved it! (although, you kinda kicked my ass :)).

I’ve loved the pool, I love the chilled eucalyptus towels, I seriously think the steam room has changed my life.

I went from someone who never, ever worked out, and hadn’t seen a gym in years, to someone loving going to a club! You guys are great, and I am so happy I was connected with Lea.

I look forward to continue #TrainingForLife at FFC! 🙂

Juana and the South Loop Staff

The staff is amazing especially Jauna the babysitter- she takes the best care of our children. It’s safe. I feel safe and respected in this gym. It’s clean. I see the cleaning ladies working tirelessly to keep the locker room clean. For people who work out every day it’s a real exercise community not just a gym. My only regret is I wish I would have joined ffc sooner.

John Malinak

I recently attended some training sessions at FFC Westloop with John Malinak. I had not worked out in the past year and was very low on energy and stamina. He assessed my activity level and built a routine customized for me. I saw results within just 4 sessions. I was lifting 3 times the weight I could in the first session and could workout way longer without going out of breath. He is a good trainer as he focuses on his clients and truly listens. Great job John!

Jessica Frank

For almost 2 years I’ve been working with trainer Jessica Frank and I’ve DEFINITELY gotten some amazing results that I never dreamed were even possible.

My initial weight loss goal was 10 pounds. I knew I needed to lose closer to 20 but I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Well…after working with Jessica I’ve now lost 40 POUNDS!

I’m in – without a doubt – the best shape of my life! I’m actually at a weight lighter than what’s on my driver’s license! Several things happened I never thought possible: I have much more muscle definition in my arms, more tone to my legs, and abs screaming to be shown somewhere, sometime when the weather is warmer!

Jessica’s workout plan for me involved lifting heavier weights and with her nutrition knowledge I learned just how important WHAT I eat is to HOW I’m able to attain my weight loss goals.

Friends and family constantly ask me: ‘what are you doing?!’ And I credit my success to 3 things: my trainer (Jessica yeah!), diet changes (ones you can LIVE with NOT ones you’ll follow for 2 months!) and upping my workout routines – in intensity not necessarily number.
I’ve had other trainers but the constant focus that Jessica pays to diet AND exercise – was never there. Most importantly, my workouts are catered to ME. I so look forward to my sessions with her – whether it’s a hard core Pilates routine, a killer upper body workout or leg exercises that have me ‘feeling the burn’ the next day.

Don’t let the fact that she’s cute and blonde fool you – she’s going to kick your butt! I’ve learned so much from her and she has become not only a great teacher but a friend as well.

FFC Halsted & Belmont

I love this gym. It’s clean and has everything I need. Everyone is friendly and the kids club staff are great, especially Yolanda who really goes above and beyond for my daughter. Jasmine and Kahari are great too.

FFC Gold Coast

I would recommend highly because I get a lot out of the facility. Variety of equipment, spacious, cleanliness, and professional manner displayed by the staff and trainers.

FFC West Loop

Because there is a sense of belonging there, the customer service is incredible – it really makes a difference when you are warmly greeted when checking in and when they say goodbye when you leave. The facilities are well cleaned as well.

FFC Halsted & Belmont

Great customer service! Nice facilities and fantastic trainers!

FFC Gold Coast

It’s the BEST Club I have ever belonged to.

FFC Oak Park

The facilities are clean and well kept. The front desk staff is always warm and welcoming. I’ve had a few private fitness training sessions, which we great. I felt as if I received the proper instructions for reaching my goals. I take advantage of many groups classes. Although my experience with each instructor varies, I haven’t had a negative experience and I don’t expect to. There were also times I had issues regarding billing – the member services/management team always responded with expediency. Overall, I really enjoy the fitness center.

FFC Lincoln Park

The Pilates mat classes and group apparatus are exceptional! Thank you Kristen and Kervin!

FFC Gold Coast

monthly cost provides constant classes for athletes included in cost.

**Antonio and Steve for total body and chisel…amazing workout

Keith spin….great

Allen for masters swimming…wealth of knowledge/great coach

staff are always polite and professional and set the tone for the club locker rooms are spotless….


FFC South Loop – The staff is great, Miss Juana is invaluable, the club is clean, it’s convenient, so much to recommend.

Ron Mendoza and Amanda Brizic

I really like the atmosphere, fitness instructors, and personnel at the front desk. Also, having locations throughout the city is really ideal for commuting from work or home to a club. Each club I visit is clean and inviting – keep up the great work. My favorite instructors are Ron Mendoza and Amanda Brizic….. please take care of them – they are great.

FFC Union Station

Love FFC. Also want to mention that FFC union station location is the best managed club. Everyone there are very nice, club is always clean, instructors are very good.

Rich Fray

there are certain things about the club I really enjoy. First and foremost, I enjoy training with Rich Fray. I have mentioned this before in such surveys. He is great at what he does. My fitness regiment used to consist strictly of distance running. After two knee surgeries, I struggled to find a replacement. Training with Rich has filled that void. Second, for cardio, I do spin classes at lunchtime. I have found both David and Keith to be terrific. You can see from the crowds that attend those classes that my sentiments are shared by many of your members.

Bobby Rupcich

Just wanted to let you know how pleased I am working with Bobby. He has been terrific! He challenges me every session, but keeps it fun. We have made significant progress and I could not be more pleased. In addition, Bobby is just plain nice to be with.

FFC Old Town

1. The overall approach is friendly and without judgment; diversity of ability and age are welcome.
2. At the same time there is a challenging atmosphere that leads one to realize how much more one can do–than they think they can.
3. Safety and cleanliness of the surroundings are never an issue.
4. Fees are competitive especially considering the wide variety of classes included.
5. Those classes are inspiring, challenging and create a lasting effect.
6. The hours are convenient and offer times for even the most unusual schedule.
7. The Personal Trainers (~4) I’ve had have all been excellent, available, and challenging, Steve Martinez being the current.

You or others may think I have mindlessly checked superior ratings. The fact is I carefully thought about each item, seriously considered alternate evaluations and came up with what I did. It is truly a great club and I value it very much. I see no need for changes and say that without reservation.

FFC Union Station

Friendly place. Everyone from Danny in the locker room to all the trainers. Clean and well kept. Nice equipment.

FFC Gold Coast

I love the classes offered! The lockers rooms are high quality with a sauna and jacuzzi and steam room. Plenty of lockers. The facility is large and has many cardio machines and enough room for weight training. Everyone is very nice. The cafe is a great feature too and this is all for an affordable price. You really can’t beat it.

FFC Halsted & Belmont

I’ve been a member for about a year and have had a very positive experience so far!

FFC South Loop

Everyone that I have met that works at the South Loop has been very friendly and accommodating. The facility is always clean and has all the equipment I need. The gym is also very close to my work.

FFC South Loop

Friendly staff, clean and updated equipment and a consistent effort to engage with the community.

Antionio Coke, Shell Neal & Cafe Staff

It’s a great facility and Antonio Coke is the best fitness instructor on the planet! The other staff is incredible as well. Love Shell! Oh and the Café staff. Super nice.

FFC Union Station & FFC West Loop

FFC has all the equipment you would ever need to reach any goals. They are constantly updating and staying current with the latest trends in fitness. The club is always spotless and everyone on their staff is friendly and personable. The location is unbeatable. I am also an orange level member which for a one time fee of $100 allows me to visit other clubs in the FFC franchise. I can take advantage of the outdoor pool at FFC West Loop, or just get off the train and head upstairs and work out at the Union Station location.

The members are a great group of professionals who take fitness seriously. The personal trainers are some of the best. From the manager to the person folding the towels everyone makes you feel welcome and appreciated.

FFC Gold Coast

I really enjoy the classes, Keith Kimble is amazing. The gym is always clean and even during busy times it’s not overly crowded and wait times for machines is never long or unbearable.

FFC East Lakeview

Very clean and modern and great staff

FFC South Loop

Always clean – that is super important! Everything is kept in good condition and state of the art is there. Friendly staff as well who have been around for a very long time!

Brittany & Jose

FFC has been great! I mostly go to the South Loop location and always appreciate how clean it is (it never smells like a sweaty gym), the variety of equipment, and how awesome your staff is. Brittany at South Loop is very helpful with any membership questions, and always greats me with a smile. I see Jose for training in South Loop and he has been wonderful to work with as well. He keeps me on target with my fitness goals and is happy to offer advice on how I can improve my workouts.

Nazha Abushalanfah

Nazha, I just wanted to tell you how much your TREAD class has helped me!
I am a runner and triathlete. My annual training schedule doesn’t change too much year to year. The only thing different I have done this year over last year was to add your class to my Wednesday workout.
I started with your class in the fall and noticed a difference at the FLW 5K when I placed in my age group. I usually run longer distances, so 5K’s are not my usual race. I know your speed work got me there.
This past week I ran the F3 half marathon (as I have done for the past three years). Each January, I feel like I am undertrained as it comes up so quickly!
Last year the race was hard for me in the last 2 miles, and I finished in 2:01. This year, I bettered my time by just under 5 minutes and my pace per mile by 20 seconds! That’s huge in my book! I felt great and was able to push hard the entire race. The only difference in my training from last years race and this years was adding your class.
Thank you again! I just love the camaraderie, support and work you give us! Here’s to more strong finishes in 2017!

Steve Coyne

I mentioned it in person already but I wanted to put it also in writing how great Steve has been in helping me find a good workout routine.
He’s nice, friendly, good to spend time with, inspiring, and very qualified.
A great asset for FFC!
Thanks again for connecting us.

Kara Mraz

I joined this gym on a whim and I am so glad that I did. Once I signed up they randomly paired me with a trainer so I could utilize my complimentary PT sessions. When I showed up to my session I sat down with Kara to explain what I wanted to achieve in our sessions. After my first session with Kara I knew she was the perfect fit for me! She listened to all my goals and needs and really made each workout different, which I appreciated. Every session she pushed me harder and harder yet knew what my limits were. I was excited to attend every session and loved every minute of our workouts. One of my goals was to be more comfortable in the gym and with the machines themselves and I can say after our sessions that she helped me achieve those goals! I loved working with her so much that I purchased more sessions. She is extremely professional and knowledgeable about training and I can tell a noticeable difference in my strength already. Kara is an amazing trainer and I highly recommend her, as well as FFC to anyone!

FFC Park Ridge

I wanted to take a moment to compliment the Kid’s Club. All three of my children absolutely LOVE coming to the club. I am more than impressed with the staff, cleanliness, and security. They take the time to greet us and our children and make us feel welcome. ALL staff we have had the pleasure to meet have really made the overall experience exceptional. I have referred many family and friends as a result. Thanks for all you are doing!!!!

Sam Gonzalez

Sam Gonzalez was my personal trainer extraordinaire! He not only educated me on core training, but he was a gentle guide in combining the physical and mental components. Thank you Sam!

FFC Union Station

I’ve been a member for over 14 years and have trained for 7 triathlons there. I have not found a better place than FFC Union Station.

As I’ve gotten to grow there, the staff is great and I feel very comfortable there being myself and that is huge at a gym.

Kyle Pecka

I want to thank Kyle Pecka. Kyle and I have made great strides with my strength and range of motion. His knowledge of fitness and golf related fitness have really helped.

Sam Gonzalez

Really listened/listens to my goals and needs! Best think about the club so far!!