Post # 1
So I’m looking into joining Curves. I normally don’t go for mass market style gyms, but I was curious, so I gave them a call. The monthly fee includes the circut workout, customized meal planning using at home groceries, a personal trainer with a private meeting once a week, monthy weigh in’s, and zumba classes for $2.00 a class, with membership.
I’m going tomorrow to check it out and see what it’s all about. Has anyone else tried Curves? Did you like it? Pro’s/Con’s?
Post # 3
@vintagebride143: I went to Curves like 8 years ago when it was first becoming really popular. It was the first gym I ever joined and really the first time I REALLY exercised. I loved it. It was easy and the constant change kept me from getting bored/feeling like I’d been at it too long. For me, the meal planning/measuring thing didn’t work because I was also in Weight Watchers and the goals didn’t really match up. I would be harassed to get myself measured/weighed once a month even though I told them I didn’t want to and I was tracking my weight at WW. I actually got so sick of arguing with them about it that I canceled my membership. But if you’re using their whole system then I think it would probably be great!
Post # 4
@vintagebride143: for all that it sounds like a good deal. However, I would talk to personal trainer before committing. I went to curves at least once before, but the location was not good for me.
Post # 5
I worked at Curves for 4 years and I had, and still have, nothing but good things to say about it. The circuit training aspect is very effective because you’re getting strength training and cardio all in one shot. Having muscle is SO beneficial for weight loss because the more muscle you have the more calories you burn AT REST so you’re constantly burning calories. A lot of women avoid strength training because they’re concerned with getting bulky, that doesn’t happen with Curves. The hydraulic machines give you a resistance based strength workout which will help you build nice lean muscle mass (even still, lifting weights won’t make you bulk either). The best thing is that it’s 30 MINUTES! That was my favourite part it’s an intense workout but it’s not very long.
One thing that used to drive me nuts when I worked there was women saying “this workout doesn’t do anything, I’m not noticing any results” well because of the hydraulic nature of the machines resistance is built up based on the intensity you work at meaning you get out of it what you put into it. If you’re not working hard you will get a shitty workout but if you go in there and give it 100% there is no way you won’t see results. Hope that helps you make a decision 🙂
Post # 6
Oh also, I started as a memeber then took a job there for the free membership I lost 38 lbs in just under a year.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
My Mom, aunt, and cousin are all members and they love it. I went once with my Mom as a guest when I was visiting her from out of town. It was fun. They’ve all seen results too. 🙂
Post # 7
Edit: sorry, didn’t see how old this one was!
Post # 8
I used Curves for a while in my teens, about 6 months. It was a great system, and I loved it, but because of my free androgen problem (hormone panel at the time showed I produced about 3x the normal level of free androgens for the “average 18 year old male” – and I’m female!), it didn’t work too great for me as a weight loss method. MY weight stayed consistent the whole time (which meant I was losing fat, considering the muscle gain), and I bulked up something fierce. I stopped going when my biceps wouldn’t fit into my t-shirts any longer, because they were too large when I flexed. I loved the machines, though, and the circuit approach.
Post # 9
vintagebride143: I went briefly when I was younger and while I liked it, my weigh ins were always during that time of the month (that’s when we started going and you get weighed monthly), so I either didn’t lose anything or weighed more. Honestly, I don’t remember much about it, though.