I don’t go any more – but I am a big fan of Curves.
I joined in May of 2006 – I had a lot of weight to lose, and had just started making changes in my diet as well. Over the next year or so, I was able to lose 60 lbs. I went at least 4 times a week, made friends with the diverse group of women that went there, and watched what I ate. (No specific diet, just trying to cut way down on carbs and eat healthy, reasonable portions) I started seeing weight loss almost immediately.
I liked it so much there, I ended up getting a job at the branch I had been working out at after I had been a member for about a year. I used to try to keep people amused while they were working out – we talked about the trashy tv we liked, or books we were reading. We gave each other support in tyring new diets. We celebrated each others successes. Sometimes I would play trivia games, or other things like that to help the time go by more quickly.
I had never before in my life been able to stick with a work-out regime. I had never felt comfortable at a gym. I had been overweight for as long as I could remember. Curves was a wonderful way for me to learn that I could succeed in this way.
Sure – Curves isn’t for everyone. I’d say it’s definitely aimed more at women who don’t have a lot of experience working out, or who are more overweight. I feel that Curves empowered me – helped me lose weight and get me to a point where I could join a “real gym” and had a level of fitness built up enough to go on my own.
You really have to work hard on each machine – try to get in as many reps as you can. The machines are all built using hydraulic resistance, so you don’t have to fiddle with weights and such – but that also means you really have to push yourself.
There were a lot of women who complained that they weren’t losing weight – these were the women who would only come 2 or 3 times a week. Curves says they recommend 3 times a week, but I would really recommend 4 or 5. The women who didn’t actively try to exert themselves or push harder on the machines also didn’t see a lot of change in their weights.
The branch I worked at was extremely varied in clients – We had 16 and 17 year old girls coming in with their moms, all the way up to women in their 70s. The weights and body types were also varied as well – we had size 2s and 22s and beyond.
I’ve heard that different branches can vary a lot in clientele and atmosphere, but I would definitely recommend you give it a try. 🙂