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I'm looking in to getting a membership at Curves, but before doing so, want to find out if any of you have been there or know anyone that has,

I was just wondering, what kind of results have any of you seen from going there, how helpful are the staff, and do they actually work with you to meet fitness goals? Right now I'm deciding between a personal trainer at shapes, or a membership at Curves (since it's really close to my house...as opposed to the 1/2 hour drive to Shapes. I'm looking to shed quite a bit of weight, as well as tone my body.

I plan on keeping my Shapes memership, as I love their cardio equipment, and it's a great place to go to after work to work out (since they're open late). Curves I'm looking at being something to do the 3 days a week I don't work (and maybe some mornings befoer school), so I don't have to drive that half hour to the city and back for a few hours at Shapes.

So, I'm just wanting to know, is Curves worth it, will it help me along my path to weight loss, or am I just going to waste my time there? Any other info you ladies have about it would be great!

Thanks. :)
Jan 20, 2008 @ 06:55 pm

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my 2 cents

My mom goes there and I haven't seen any visible results on her in the year and a half she's been going. I did notice that she walks around like someone twice her age now, though...all hunched and pained. Both my bro and I have tried to get her to quit, but she likes the social aspects too much.

I tried the machines about 7 years ago and ended up with alot of joint pain just from the motions...it seemed like alot of money to pay for something that was going to hurt me more than help. I am much better off with my home workout room and collection of fitness videos
Jan 23, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

I go

I have a membership at Curves. It's semi-convenient for me since it's 2 minutes from work and I can go on my lunch hour. I work different shifts and have found that Curves does not have great hours, at least not the 3 I've been to. They don't open early enough nor do they stay open late enough. In some ways it feels like they are set up for people who do not have to work during the day (lucky!)

Usually people do 2 circuits of muscle and cardio. I go for one circuit, staying 2 times on the machines and only 1 stop on the cardio.

I think it's a good way to maintain and to get some exercise/stress relief, but it won't get you in great shape. I do think if you have a lot of weight to lose, you will see a benefit from being there, but it would be the same as if you took up any new routine. It's harder to see weight loss when you don't have a lot to lose.

The ladies who work at my gym have smoking bodies - and none of them got that way at Curves. They are aerobic instructors also or go to a gym where they can push themselves a lot harder.

I found the biggest gain in my weight loss and shape came from hiking up 24 flights of stairs in my apartment building after work. It takes like 5 minutes and it's on my way home, so it's definately not out of my way either.

Hope this helps a bit. If you want further info, just ask :)
Feb 16, 2008 @ 01:06 am

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