(Closed) Curves, anyone use(d)?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MmeSilverBullet: I was with Curves for a year until scheduling made it difficult to go. I would still go if the were open until 9pm here. I loved it there. I was paying $30 a month and I was losing 1-2 pounds a week on average.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MmeSilverBullet: Well I became a vegetarian shortly before joining.

Concept: 30 minute workout in a series of machines. Between each machine is a “recovery station” where you can either walk in place or do other things to keep your heart rate up. I use to jog in place. I’ve seen women do jumping jacks or knee lifts. You are at every station for 30 seconds. You work as hard as you can on each station. You do the series twice. It takes you 15 minutes to do a complete circle. So it’s cardio and strength training combined. Everyone once in a while you count your heart beat and there is a chart on the wall telling you where you should be for max results.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MmeSilverBullet:  I’ve never gone to Curves, but I used to do a similar workout and I really liked it.  The reason?  I loved the switching…I never had to do any one machine very long, so I never got bored or tired of anything.  Another plus?  Because everyone using those machines were on the same plan, there was no waiting to use a machine.  Everyone kept moving. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had a free coupon for Curves one time so I tried one session.  I didn’t really like it because it seemed like it would get boring doing the same circuit each time.  However, I think it’s a really good option for people who don’t feel comfortable in traditional gyms and for people who like switching to a new thing every 30 seconds (or whatever it was).  It wasn’t for me, but it’s a great option for others!  Definately use the free trial to see if it’s a good fit.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I used to work there right when i graduated highschool! its a great exercise program for women who have never worked out regularly, are older, or extremely overweight. I found the people who had the most success with this workout program were the women who had more weight to lose. For me, i dont find it strenuous enough but i have seen it work for other people. The one i worked at was just simply a wonderful envioronment, everyone was so supportive and that really helps when trying to stick to a workout plan. I overall would suggest curves for anyone who needs to jumpstart and exercise and diet routine.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s a great place if you are intimidated by the gym. It’s only women and it’s women who are there trying to lose weight instead of maintaining it. So you don’t feel awful when you are walking on a treadmill next to Perfect Beach Body Barbie who has been running non stop for 30 minutes in a pair of short shorts and a sports bra. That’s why I loved it so much. I didn’t have to worry about men staring at bouncing boobs or other bouncing things. ^_^

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I did it a few years back and wasn’t impressed.  You’re just not doing enough for 30 minutes to be a sufficient workout.  And there’s not enough cardio (30 seconds of walking or jogging in place isn’t going to cut it for cardio).  I ended up leaving after a month.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went for just over a year, until the one by my place closed down. I really liked it. I didn’t find it boring because I’d try to push myself harder each time and you’re switching so often that you don’t get bored. I really, really liked the community and the support network. I’d still be going if it hadn’t closed.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You must go if you have a free trial, that’s how I started a few years ago! I’ve since moved on to other workout programs, but Curves was a non-intimidating starter and it costs less than traditional gyms. The 30-minute workout fit nicely into my schedule, and it was a comfortable atmosphere. Try it out & see how it goes!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.  🙂

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was a member a few years ago (my mom wanted a work out buddy) it didn’t really work for me, but I was young (around 21) and didn’t have much weight to lose (maybe 20 lbs-30pbs or so).

While the machines are pretty good, in my opinion it is designed to be a work out regime intended for older people (like senior age), or those with mobility difficulty. Although I’m sure anyone who works at Curves would swear it’s not. For anyone with a metabolism that isn’t slowed, it’s just not enough of a work out. And they will NOT allow you to work out longer then the given 30 mins.

If you’re looking to invest money for weight loss I would say try weight watchers! I always thought it was a joke but it’s really not, it works awesome and truly makes you think about all foods which has MANY benefits besides weight loss (an no, I don’t work for them lol). If fitness is your goal though, I would look unto a regular gym or another alternative.

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