The Illinois Fitness Alliance (IFA) is the united voice of Illinois’ fitness industry – health clubs, boutiques, studios, fitness professionals, manufacturers and suppliers and members. Representing more than 58,650 passionate fitness professionals across Illinois, the Alliance aims to deliver long-term health benefits to keep communities healthy.
The IFA has joined forces with the Chicago Medical Society to provide frontline healthcare workers the time and space to focus on and protect their own physical and mental health as they continue to rise to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
Participating health clubs are proud to offer Chicago Medical Society members complimentary memberships through February 1, 2021. The list of available facilities will expand as participating IFA members join the program.
All of the participating facilities have confirmed their strict adherence to public health guidelines outlined by the CDC and local and state officials, including requiring masks throughout the health clubs, maintaining proper air ventilation, physical distancing and capacity restrictions and regularly disinfecting equipment.
To join this program, please fill out the form, and select the health club you would like to join at no charge through February 1, 2021.*
*some restrictions may apply
Following last spring’s spike in COVID-19 cases that led to an unprecedented rise in hospitalizations and patient mortality, nearly 30 percent of Chicago Medical Society member physicians reported feelings of intense burnout and fatigue and indicated they needed some type of mental health counseling.
“As this pandemic continues to surge, healthcare workers are not immune to managing fatigue, stress or their own personal medical issues, and access to fitness facilities is critical to help prioritize their own health and wellness” said Dr. Tariq H. Butt, President of Chicago Medical Society. “Data demonstrates that health clubs are safe spaces right now and we are grateful to partner with leading establishments who have taken incredible steps to provide a controlled environment to keep their members and the community healthy.”
“We are deeply appreciative to the frontline healthcare professionals who continue to keep our communities safe during COVID-19. As they continue to take care of us, we are honored to open our doors to the Chicago Medical Society and offer our support to help strengthen their own physical and mental health,” said Steven Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Midtown Athletic Clubs and Chairman of the Illinois Fitness Alliance Board.