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Curves... has it helped you?

I was thinking of joining Curves. What is your opinion on it?

Tue. Oct 28, 9:09am

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I think any kind of exercise is great, but I got very bored with Curves after 2 months. The same thing over and over and over. And because it's a circuit, you can't clean off the machine after the person in front of you has used it. That grosses me out!

I will say what I liked about Curves is I wasn't intimidated by all the machines and not knowing what to do or where to go next.

I now belong to SNAP fitness and LOVE IT! I worked with a personal trainer who is fabulous and she gave me 4 routines to alternate throughout the week so I don't get bored and I work all the muscles I need to work. I don't feel intimidated anymore. I thought that with men around I would, but we're all there for the same purpose: to be healthy.

Good luck to you!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 9:52 AM

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Thanks for that, I was also thinking of a personal trainer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 1:26 PM

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There have been other threads about Curves, you might want to search them.

My experience with Curves was not positive. I found the staff to be poorly educated about fitness and manipulative. Others rave about it. I think alot of it hangs on the management. Good luck.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 7:39 PM

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We did a search on this subject in the community, and pulled together a variety of feedback with the intention of helping people figure out if curves is right for them.

We linked to some of the better threads on the subject and tried to highlight both pros and cons.

We also are very interested in the specific question- "Has Curves Helped You?"

Our motto here is whatever works!



Thursday, October 30, 2008, 10:43 AM

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Joining Curves

I used to work at Curves. It is a nice place to start out. All women in a non threatening environment however. When you get stronger I do not feel the machines add quite enough resistance. I also do not like the hours, that curves is open, as they close early and are closed during part of the day have no option for childcare. But if their hours work for you it is a good place to start and get some motivation

Good Luck

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 7:40 PM

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I did curves when I was younger (12). I was on the 'chubbier' side (baby fat that melted away when I hit high school and did sports), but I told my mom I wanted to join some type of gym.

I had really low self esteem and I think that was what curves was the best for. My mom took me with her every single night and the atmosphere was the most comfortable experience I've ever had.

It came to the point that I looked forward to getting measured and having the lady there joking that I was such a "big 'loser'" :P

As for being a form of getting fit, yes, I will agree, it's not the toughest form of working out out there, but it's one of those amazing starts, especially since going to a regular gym can be so so so daunting with the 'bunnies' and their skin tight shorts, etc.

It really gave me a lot of self confidence which is such a major part in weight loss, I think. That's the 'secret' to curves' success.

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 8:55 PM

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oh and

to more specifically answer the question 'did it help me'

yes yes yes yes. It taught me that I COULD lose weight, that it wasn't that hard and it actually got me to understand that I could do anything - I could be athletic, varsity runner and swimmer and athlete etc. I'm now 18 and am training for a half marathon. If I hadn't gotten a start with more fitness at curves, I don't think I'd've ever started running, etc.

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 8:58 PM

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Wow good for you 8:58! Just curious....what were your beginning and after statistics (height, weight)? You must have also changed your diet, of course, huh?

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 11:22 PM

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It was a good start but i hated that they would not let you run or jog on the recoop pads. i actually got scolded for trying to keep my heartbeat up. but it was easy to go knowing it would only be 30 minutes- it didnt seem so daunting hten. and I liked that you could go to any of them with the travel pass. I went to a GReat one once in Raleigh NC

Monday, December 15, 2008, 2:25 PM

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Hey, 11.22, 8.58 here.

Uhm..I was about 5'6 and 145-150 lbs when I started high school.. hit a growth spurt + track/swim varsity and was about 5'8.5, 145 and very, VERY toned at my 'peak'.

I didn't change my diet for the better, unfortunately. xP I kind of became the stereotypical athlete that could eat anything and then ran it off (Wendys was so close by... hehe..actually I remember one time that a bunch of us were SORE from the day before and the coach wanted us to do a 5-7 mile run. We ran to a local deli, got junk food, and sat in the woods and ate it....oh boy..)

I'm at 160 now, during high school I had to quit both sports unexpectedly when I got ill and I gained the weight. But something nice is that I now know what I can do cause I used to do it (if that makes sense), so getting back down (it's been almost 2 yrs at this weight) shouldn't be too terrible. I know what I can do :)

Monday, December 15, 2008, 8:42 PM

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I love going there; you can adjust the weights and they have rebounders between the weight machines. They also have a side section where work out tapes are always running for toga, step, pilates, dance etc. so you can change things up. Wish it were still in the budget :(

But it seems anything that gets you out of the house and working out for 30 minutes would be a good thing!

Monday, December 15, 2008, 10:39 PM

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