K.W. asks from Marion, IA on October 19, 2011
Hello! I'm wondering if any of you have joined a Curves gym and, if so, what you thought of it. They have a very good deal on membership at my local branch, their hours fit well with my schedule and I like the idea of it being only 30 minutes. I'm just wondering if anyone has had success as far as weight loss, toning, and feeling healthier. Thanks for any insight!
C.W. answers from Redding on October 19, 2011
I have been a Curves member on and off for YEARS. If you are a couch potato I would HIGHLY recomend it. If you are a fairly fit person who eats well and isn't too over weight, I honestly wouldn't recomend it. I am a borderline couch-potato and really enjoy Curves for the first 6 mo to a year. Here is the deal with Curves: its a curcuit training setting, with machines and running boards (which you can do whatever you want on). You get what you put it an Curves, thats all there is too it. Typically 2 rounds is right at 30 mins....I usually do 3 rounds for a little extra. I also am a big fan of stretching afterwards and some extra crunchies etc. So I alot about an hr for a workout. Anything less is just not being reasonable in my opinion. You can not buy into the whole "30 min" workout....if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! But if you go there, keep your heart rate up the WHOLE time and go 3-4 days a week you WILL see results.
The other thing to keep in mind is that everyone looses weight differently. Some people HAVE to diet to loose weight, others working out does the trick. So if you dont loose wt etc, it may not be Curves' fault. I can tell you that even if I dont loose massive amounts of weight at Curves, I ALWAYS tone up and loose inches. I also feel GREAT when I leave there. Working out gives you crazy amounts of energy and is just good for you.
Some reasons I like Curves...I dont have to "dress up" to go there. Its all girls who dont care what you look like while working out. The women you workout with are all generaly very nice and you become like famlily a little. Its never so crowded that you have to wait etc...I HATE waiting on a machine at a gym. The downsides to Curves in my opinion: no daycare option, no pools, no locker room area.
If you have any more specific questions feel free to ask away : - ) Hope my insite helps a little! Good luck : - )
M.F. answers from Youngstown on October 19, 2011
I did curves when it first came to our area. My moms friend bought one. I didn't lose any weight ot tone up. I didn't lose inches either. I quit after 6 months because it was a waste of my money. I was not overwieght,I had about 10 pounds to lose from my oldest son. I didn't over eat or only eat junk. I went 3-4 times a week. It did not work for me. A regular gym did though. I found on cheaper and would only go for 1/2 hour - hour depending on what I was doing and it helped the gym had childcare. Good luck
M.M. answers from Chicago on October 19, 2011
Curves is great if you don't do anything at all right now. It's a good place to start. And it's certainly better than nothing.
It's not very aggressive, so I think that fitness people would say that it's not enough of a workout to meet our goals. But again, it's something, and lots of people do have success with it.
My mom has done it for years and been quite happy with it. But she would tell you that she doesn't "like to sweat". LOL.
D.K. answers from Pittsburgh on October 19, 2011
I would never spend my $$$ there. The founder give lots of money to anti-choice groups. No idea about their actual fitness program.
K.L. answers from Savannah on October 19, 2011
I loved it when I was a member. I did not have to think about creating my own workout and it is not time consuming. If you are a very fit person already, I don't think it is for you, but if you are just a casual exerciser, and you are looking to create more of a commitment to yourself, then it would be great. One thing to remember about the workout is that you have to work at it. You can go through the entire 30 minute workout without trying, and not get results. It is based on resistance, so the harder you try, the better a workout you will get.