S.Q. asks from Warren, OH on November 02, 2006
has any one on here tried losing weight by going to curves? my year is up next month and i have oficially lost 4 pounds. thats is approxamately 100 dollars per pound. they say to go 3 times a week. i went 5 most weeks. and ive observed that the majority of other curves goers and also the staff are overweight. i am very upset at this and am wondering if anyone else is going through the same thing..
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i want to shout this load and clear....if you want to lose weight, you need CARDIO!! curves does not offer cardio and if they say they do, they are lying. it is about enough cardio for a snail.
i have started taking spinning (stationary cycling) at a gym. and i have lost more weight in these first two weeks than i did in one year of going to curves. i have recieved more compliments in the past few days from friends and family than i did the entire time i went to curves. so, again if you are looking to lose weight, spinning is the way to go!
R. answers from Cleveland on November 03, 2006
You should feel proud that you're actually doing something to shape up whether it works or not.
Personally I think a combination of excecise and diet is optimal. I gained like 60 pounds with the kids. I lost about 50 so far. I did the Southbeach diet and I walk stairs and such because frankly I don't have the money or time to join the gym and I'm too lazy to get up earlier. I did join a belly dancing class though and it's gives me a great work-out and I intend to get tapes so I can practice at home.
C.B. answers from Cleveland on November 03, 2006
My husband is an amateur bodybuilder, and I just entered my first figure competition this year. We have been working out and eating healthy for about 10 years. My husband often bulks up for a competition and then loses 50 lbs in 3 or 4 months. It's about manipulating your diet and working out with weight.
I work out with weights 4 times per week, and do cardio 2-3x per week. I only gained 15 pound when I was pregnant and weighed less than I did before I became pregant when she was born. My labor lasted 45 min. The doctor said this is because I was in good shape. I continued weight training througout the pregnancy.
Let me just say this: Curves does not work. The problem we have with Curves is that there is no weight. So, I asked the people of Curves what happens when the movement is too easy. They said you just move faster. This makes no sense.
The only way to lose weight and to make your body more toned at the same time is to eat healthy and lift weights. Not just 5-10 lbs either. You need to go a lot heavier, so that you can build up your muscle and burn the fat. For every pound of muscle you have on your body, you burn an extra 50 calories per day doing nothing.
For those that are afraid of getting big or bulky, it is impossible for a woman to get huge and overly muscular lifting weights without taking steriodal supplements. We just don't have the testosterone in our bodies.
That being said, I suggest a 4 day split with weights. In the beginning, you should do upper body on day one and then lower body on day two, and keep switching it up like that. When you learn more about proper form and are more comfortable with the weights, you can split your routine up by body parts.
Denise Austin is good, but she doesn't lift heavy enough. You should not be able to do more than 10-12 reps. If you can, the weight is too light. Also, you should complete at least 3 sets per body part, increasing in weight each time. Trust me, you will see results this way.
Also, people often think they are eating healthy, but really aren't sure what they should be eating. If you eat every 3 hours, it will rev up your metabolism, and you will actually lose more weight. I recommend eating about 1500 calories per day with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Incorporating protein shakes helps too. Scifit and Optimum are both very tasty brands that come in a variety of flavors. Also, 8 glasses of water per day is a good rule of thumb. More is better. Stay hydrated.
Here is a sample meal plan:
7am Egg white omelet (5 whites, one whole egg)
1/2 cup oatmeal
10am protein shake
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1pm 4 oz chicken breast
1/2 cup green beans
1/4 cup brown rice
5pm 4oz steak or fish
1/2 cup green veggies
Before bed protein shake
This may seem like a lot of food, but trust me you won't go hungry. These types of foods rev up your metabolism. You will lose weight in the first week if you follow this type of plan. Also, have 1 cheat meal per week so you don't go crazy. Eat whatever you want for this meal, and don't feel guilty about it.
Incorporate cardio for 40min/day 4-5 times per week in addition to weights, and you will see big changes in your body. I always tell people, if you just do cardio, you will have a smaller version of your former shape when you lose weight. However,if you combine cardio and weights with healthy eating, you will actually change the shape of your body.
Any questions? Email me at ____@____.com
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C.J. answers from Cleveland on November 08, 2006
Hi - I used to work at Curves and it's not all that it appears(which is why I left). Curves is for the women who is already in shape and just wants to stay tone and fit - or even lose a few pounds -- or for the very overweight women because any type of exercise will show some improvement. We had a women well over 300 pounds and she did great - lost weight and body fat, but I (about 20 pounds overweight)didn't lose a pound. Curves has a "diet plan", which is basically the same as South Beach (I recommend South Beach), but they charge you over $60 for the program and book. They want you to take their supplements also - that's were I had to draw the line - I could not "recommend" someone take a supplement that I wouldn't take myself. Good luck trying to get out of the contract - it's almost impossible. ____@____.com
J.B. answers from Dayton on November 03, 2006
I have struggled with weight for a long time, basically, all my life. I joined the Y and felt uncomfortable there, so quit going. I finally joined our local curves on 6/26/06. I have only lost 3 pounds (I GAINED 10 my first 3 months) but I have lost over 12 inches most in my waist). I can feel a difference in my stomach (I've had 3 kids) and especially in my legs and calves. It is doing something, and I go 3 times a week, sometimes 4 if I can. When you are there, you have to do cardio...something other then just walking in place....try jogging in place, or doing jumping jacks...you know, you can do it OFF that board and on the floor...which I do. I also do "lunges" where I sorta use that cardio platform as a step. You also need to make sure that your facility is changing its hydraulics on the machines. When I joined, I didn't notice a difference but then I visited another location while traveling and I left their curves "FEELING" the difference....ever since I was on a rampage to get our machines tightened and guess what...it took a couple months, but they finally did it. You also need to build up your sets of reptition. If you normally just do the 1.5 minute, you may need to figure out how many you do normally in that time and then up it. If you do 15 then maybe stay on the machine (if you can) and try and up it to 25. NOW...you will be off from when the recording says to switch. BUT...that doesn't matter....OR do what I do...instead of doing the circuit 2 times around, I go 3 times around...If your body fat percentage is going down, then it is helping...curves focuses on inches rather then pounds.
C.B. answers from Cleveland on November 03, 2006
Let me tell you I have never tried curves.
However, I have done everything though out my 43 years to lose weight or maintain. I have every guru on my shelves in book and video tape. I started getting the Denise Austin information in my e-mail and looked her up and watch her morning show Denise Austin Daily Workout on LifeTime Channel. She also has a fit for life show on that I just taped to see what that was about.
Anyways, I started doing the Daily Workout and within six (6)weeks or less my husband even noticed I was losing inches. I have,in over two months lost 2.5 pounds. But I really just want to NOTICE that the fat is moving out and see myself getting smaller. It is awful to work out and not see results. And I love when people don't even believe you could be doing a work out because nothing is happening!
I have two children 18 Year old was 9lbs and 8oz and my youngest who is 8 years old was 9lbs even. Big Babies!
I had a pregnancy two years ago and lost that one but because it was actually my sixth pregnancy (I lost the other three earily on. This last baby I was four months along) I blew up quickly. I always LOOK Like I'm having TWINS!
But my point is I had that apron sag in my belly area and it is getting smaller and shrinking up and my muscles are showing and I am toning fast and defining as well. I am AMAZED but it works so I keep doing it.
Save your money. Denise Austin is on every WEEKDAY Mon-Fri. morning at either 6:00 or 6:30 am. Check your Tv guide. I'm sorry I have TIVO so I record it and can work out at my time and convenience. I do get up every week day and work out weather I feel like it or not. Unless really sick! And I do it everyday at the same time each weekday. My time is 7-7:30 am.
I think it helps because she is always on a beach somewhere so you can look out at the water and feel like your there. I always wonder where she'll be today. Just beautiful back grounds.
OH Did I meantion it is only a 30 minute show! Yes you have to work out during the commericals for the whole 30 mins. But it goes really fast! Then I can shower and start my work day.
I DO NOT use her meal program or anything else either. I have not changed my eating habits other than to include eating all three meals everyday. I would just eat a small lunch and dinner before. And years ago I cut out Most sugar and salt and I'm working on caffiene. Now I eat but you burn for 4 Hours after you work out so it is ok to eat breakfast and lunch and dinner.
I wanted to make sure that the program worked first. I may incorporate her diet plan in sometime in the future. But I want to work out and see results. Most of us that have weight issues truly do not over eat. Quite the oppisite is true. We usually eat small helpings or skip meals. That to plays a part in our over weight issues. YES, there are some who over eat and indulge but most do not.
Denise does use some hand weights, and a step (I do not have a step so I do it With Out one).
But if my husband noticed anyones can! Trust me!
Give it six weeks and see for yourself.
And with the money you save you can get a new outfit or join Denise Austin web-site for $3.00 a day and get her other perks.
Let me know if have given it a try and it worked for you too.
Hope this helped.
C. answers from Cleveland on November 03, 2006
I did Curves for a year as well. To be truthful I just got bored with it. I much prefer a gyn where I can us a treadmill and the weight machines. I'm not a "group" workout person. I am fine working out on my own. I will say that Curves is very much a what you put in you get out. You have to make yourself work hard to get any benefit. I too tried their 6 week "diet" and it is actually one of the best, easiest diets I've ever seen. It was much easier than weight watchers. It really does work if you stick to it. I lost 5 lbs the first week while my husband was out of town but once he came back I made regular dinners again and fell off the wagon. I am carb tolerant so I tried the calorie counting method. That is really what seems to be my way of losing weight, controlling the calories (portions) and not worrying too much about where the calories come from (carbs, sugars). I am on my second child 6 months pregnant and my son turns 1 on Sunday so of course I never lost all the weight from my son and was overweight to begin with. I will have a tough battle once this one is born! Good luck to you.
C.S. answers from Youngstown on December 14, 2006
I joined Curves a month ago and just yesterday was my first weigh and measure since starting. I was very disapointed because I gained 2lbs, and gained an inch in my thigh and arms.
I however, lost 2 inches in my abs, and half an inch in my waist as well as brought my body fat percentage down a few points. I was very impressed with that part of it.
After talking to a fitness instructer that I know I felt even better. He said that at first you tend to gain because you are replacing the fat with muscle. He also said that with what we do at Curves it is more to take the inches off and tone up rather than lose the weight.
I am going to stick with this because not only was I very happy losing the inches in my abs and waist but I also noticed I gained alot more energy which I needed very badly.
I am told that it works for some but not for others..Maybe your body requires a different type of routine in order to lose the weight you want to lose.
Anyways..good luck with whatever you try.
L. answers from Cincinnati on November 04, 2006
I joined Curves for a year 2 years before being pregnant and went 4-5 times a week and lost 3 pounds IN A YEAR. Obviously you have to diet heavily while doing it or the workouts do nothing. I think the place is a scam and that is saying something bc my sister wanted to open a franchise of them. I had to tell her not too. The place I went to no one lost any weight unless they were also attending Weight Watchers around the corner. Inches who cares about inches they promised pounds to come off and they never did for me. Wish I could have gotten my money back! Sorry about your loss of time and cash!
L. answers from Cleveland on November 03, 2006
I started going to curves about 1 1/2 years ago. I really like the environment and the people. What I have found is that I stopped putting on weight, which is progress. I was averaging about 10 pounds a year. So I feel I do get a benefit out of it. Plus I have alot more energy when I work out.
I did start loosing weight when I joined weight watchers and did the two programs together.
Hope that helps.