It's a place to work out from group fitness classes to lifting weights. It's a place to swim laps with its top-floor pool that offers beautiful views of downtown Chicago. It's a place to hop on a treadmill and run out some miles, especially when Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on the Windy City. And now Fitness Formula Club's Lincoln Park location is a USA Triathlon Certified Performance Center.
Facilities that are certified as USA Triathlon certified performance centers must meet specific criteria set forth by USA Triathlon. Those requirements include having a 25-meter pool or endless pool, a performance lab, a recovery center, USAT-certified coaches, USAT testing protocols like VO2 and lactate, swim and run video analysis, and bike fit. FFC Lincoln Park is the first USAT-certified performance center in the Midwest and the seventh in the country (according to this list). Other performance centers are located in North Carolina, Arizona, Texas (one in Dallas and one in Houston), Florida and Georgia.
At FFC Lincoln Park, triathletes will find a training facility loaded with amenties. The 55,000-square-foot club features a human performance lab, multi-lane lap swimming pool, 16-seat CompuTrainer cycling studio, physical therapy center and a full-service spa. Bike fittings, the AlterG Zero-Gravity treadmill, metabolic testing, blood lactate threshold testing, underwater video analysis, and one-on-one time with a variety of fitness professionals are available at the Lincoln Park location.
Those who hold USA Triathlon annual memberships and join the club receive an eight-week CompuTrainer cycling program. Talk about a good place to start training when the cooler weather sets in. Or if you're a USAT member just visiting the Windy City, stop by for a guest pass and discounts on select services and testing.
"Fitness Formula Clubs is honored to have the Endurance Training Center at our Lincoln Park location to be named an official USA Triathlon Certified Performance Center," said Gale Landers, Founder and CEO of FFC, in a press release. "We are excited for the opportunity to provide a facility, coaches, resources, and free parking for athletes and our members of all levels to improve their training, racing, and overall health. Our goal with the guidance of USA Triathlon is to continue growing participation in triathlons and providing the most comprehensive and innovative training to triathletes across Chicagoland."