I had mixed feelings about my time with Curves, so I'll break it down into the positives and the negatives I felt. I joined becuase I felt a like a blimp after my second baby was born and I could not get the last 10 - 12 pounds off, and I felt insecure working out at my regular gym. The all-female environment at Curves is what brought me to them.
So, the Pro's:
- they measure, weigh and do your BMI (Body Mass Index) at the beginning, and periodically re-check all these to see your progress as you go. I liked that.
-it's a great, quick workout. Some people don't have hours to spend at the gym
-price is avereage, about the same as I pay for my gym. (However I have lot's more options at my gym for the roughly same price...i.e., classes, different machines, cardio, yoga, etc) at Curves it's just the circuit.
Now, the Con's:
-goofy hours, close early and sometimes they close for periods in the middle of the day. and mibne was closed Sundays all day. All that restricts my workouts and I like to work out when I WANT to.
-no child care, so you have to make arrangements for your kid(s) to work out.
-alot of the members are older ladies that move slower, so they cannot stick to the 30 second rule for each station. Or, you'll get a group of ladies blabbing and not really working out, so they again don't stick to the 30 second rule, which all in turn causes and bottle-neck and holds up those of us that take the workout seriously and move stations every 30 seconds. This was the single most issue that really ticked me off and ultimately caused me to leave Curves. I take my workouts seriously and like to keep moving, and not be slowed up.
My hubby was also gone in Iraq when I joined, so now that he's back I enjoy working out with him. So I went back to my gym and cancelled my membership at Curves. I think it's great for older women with no young kids to worry about, and they get to be social. I, however, am 35 and move faster in my workouts, and I'm not there to socialize.
I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me. ;-)