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A women-only fitness center offering 30-minute total body circuit workouts.

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  • Established: 1992
  • Founder: Gary and Diane Heavin
  • Headquarters: Waco, Texas
  • Accessibility: Fitness facilities and gyms
  • Diet Type: 30 minute workout circuit training
  • Gender: Female
  • Celebrity Endorsements: Jillian Michaels
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Women have hectic schedules, balancing work and family, without time to schedule a workout. Curves, a nationwide fitness network for women only, solves a busy girl’s problems.

Curves offers 30-minute workouts three times a week and approaches diet and fitness practically for the modern-day woman with a full schedule. Each gym employs trained professionals (although, these aren't necessarily certified personal trainers or exercise physiologists) to teach women how to use equipment and how to perform exercises. Plus, Curves fitness facilities are just for women so any discomfort they might feel in a co-ed gym is instantly relieved.

Curves expanded its diet and fitness options in 2012 with Curves Complete, a total weight loss solution for busy women combining fitness, meal plans, and coaching. Curves Complete provides a wealth of resources, community support and diet and fitness experts – now including famed trainer for Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels.

Starting January 2014, Curves launched Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels. According to Mike Raymond, the Chief Marketing Officer for Curves, the Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels will add Michaels’ renowned methods for training and coaching to Curves’ traditional circuit workout. Each month, Michaels will update the workouts by introducing new moves.

Participating Curves centers offer 2 memberships: Curves Fitness and Curves Complete.

Curves Fitness memberships include access to Curves Specialty Circuit Classes and Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels. This membership focuses only on fitness and workouts.

Curves Complete memberships offer access to all fitness classes of the Curves Fitness membership, plus customizable meal plans and weekly one-on-one support from a Curves Complete Coach. Each Curves Complete Coach has completed a certification program developed in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic.

  • World’s largest chain of fitness centers for women, with thousands of locations across North America
  • Workouts are short and manageable
  • Female-only gym for a comfortable, supportive atmosphere
  • Employs trained professionals for instruction and motivation
  • Celebrity diet and fitness spokesperson Jillian Michaels creates new workouts
  • Nutrition and diet plans offer low-calorie and low-carb options
  • Includes online diet and fitness resources
  • Additional in-person and online resources are available
  • Nutrition and diet plans cut certain foods, specifically high-carb grains
  • Website does not detail nutrition and diet plan before membership
  • Franchised facilities might not provide the same quality of experience at each one
  • Males are not allowed to join Curves

Curves provides online diet and nutrition plans with the gym membership. A self-assessment determines which of the two diet plans a woman follows. One plan calls for a low-calorie diet, and the other plan calls for a high-protein, low-carb diet. Both plans call for six small meals throughout the day.

The low-calorie diet simply requires women to cut their daily intake to 1,400 calories per day in the first phase. After the first two weeks, intake is increase to up to 1,600 calories. The low-calorie diet plan could be considered too little for more active women wanting to increase muscle mass and metabolism. For women wanting to lose weight, the low-calorie diet plan would be effective, but the sustainability of a low-calorie diet is questionable.

The high-protein, low-carb diet plan limits carbohydrate intake to less than 20 grams per day during the first two week. After that, intake is increased to 40 grams per day. The plan encourages women to avoid pasta, rice, bread and potatoes, among other high-carb foods, which could be ineffective for more active woman, especially runners.

A typical day on the Curves’ high-protein, low-carb plan looks like:

  • Breakfast: Blueberries on low-carb cereal
  • Snack: Protein shake
  • Lunch: Salad made with dark greens, cooked chicken, avocado and vinaigrette dressing
  • Snack: Celery stalks with peanut butter
  • Dinner: Grilled lean steak, green beans, mushrooms and peppers
  • Snack: Whole almonds

In addition, the Curves six-meal diet plans might be ineffective for the women the fitness network wants to target: busy working women with hectic schedules. Women balancing work and family might not be able to eat six times a day or even have time to prepare six meals a day.


Curves built its fitness network on the Curves Circuit, a five-part program completed in 30 minutes. Women warm up, complete aerobic exercises and strength training, and then cool down and complete stretching exercises. At Curves gyms, women can jump in to a circuit at any point and go until they’ve completed the full workout.

Women alternate between strength training machines and cardiovascular exercises. Machines focus on strengthening major muscle groups. Between each machine, women recover by walking, jogging or running in place to maintain heart rate throughout the circuit.

In order to complete the Curves circuit, women must be at a Curves gym. The machine-only approach might be effective for women just learning to exercise but also might not be strenuous enough for women who are more knowledgeable about weight training and for women who need different types of lifts offered by free weight and body weight exercises.

The January 2014 launch of Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels adds Michaels’ cutting-edge style to the traditional Curves circuit workout. New exercises, tools and programs will be added monthly and throughout 2014 as the integration between the two famed weight loss coaches continues.

Participating Curves feature CurvesSmart, a digital coaching system that helps keep members motivated by providing instant feedback, suggestions and progress reports detailing stats like muscles worked and calories burned.

In 2015, Curves introduced 3 new classes: The Introductory class, which is appropriate for all levels, and works to gradually build strength, conditioning and endurance in the whole body, and The Level One class, which is offers a more advanced total body workout, and the Level Two class, which offers a high-intensity interval workout to burn major calories.

Curves also introduced their Specialty Circuit Classes, designed to meet the needs of women in their 40’s, 50’s, and beyond, focusing on balance, flexibility, and strength.

These classes include:

BODY BALANCE- a low-intensity, Coach-led class alternating time on the Curves Circuit strength machines with intervals emphasizing core strength and stability. ARMS-CORE-LEGS- targeted bodyweight moves designed to tone and strengthen the arms, core and legs. STRETCH & STRENGTH- stretch and strengthen the same muscle groups back to back


Women looking for an easy way to fit a fast workout into their busy schedules can find a 30-minute option at the nearest Curves gym. The comfort of a female-only setting adds to the knowledge of the trained fitness professionals on staff – all of whom were trained to team the Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels. The addition of online nutrition and diet plans, Curves Complete and CurvesSmart ID make the Curves fitness network a total weight loss solution for busy women. However, for women looking for more adaptable total weight loss plans, specifically in diet and in types of exercises, Curves and its products and services might not be a viable solution.

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Curves International, also known as Curves for Women, Curves Fitness, or just Curves, is an international fitness franchise co-founded by Gary and Diane Heavin in 1995. Curves currently has 10,000 locations worldwide and an estimated 4 million plus members (as of October 2006). It is a privately held company by its co-founders, with corporate offices located in Waco, Texas. Curves fitness and weight loss facilities are designed specifically for and focused on women, although in some states, men are allowed to join.

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I joined Curves and stayed a member for a year (because of the contract) then I terminated my membership. I loved the overall concept but the hours suck. They dont open till 7 (I'm on my way to work by then) they are closed on Sundays, they close early on Wednesdays and on Saturdays the hours are very limited. This made it hard to get my money's worth. I quit and joined Snap Fitness - I love it and it's open 24 hours a day - every day! and NO contracts - its month to month...

posted Apr 22nd, 2008 10:24 am


I have a question on weather as a curves member you can complete the circuit more than twice if you are wanting a longer workout and want to challenge yourself more. I was told 2 different things form 2 different tec`s and I`m confused.

posted Apr 21st, 2008 12:11 pm

Michelle Saunders

I am a trainer at Curves, and I must say that it is the best part time job that I have ever had. I read a comment about the trainers not really being trained except for viewing a couple of videos. That is incorrect. It usually takes 1-2 months, if not longer. We are trained on the 6-week management plan, which is the only plan that has helped my mother and I to lose weight. We are trained on all of the muscles used and the proper ways to use the machines. These are only a few things that we are trained on. I have taken excercise classes before with people who have are certified personal trainers and I knew just as much if not more about fitness, health, and weight loss. I have been a member at other gyms and I have never received as much assistance and support as we give to our members. Not only that but the 39$ monthly fee is about the same , if not cheaper, than other gyms. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if someone is thinking about joining Curves, see for yourself. Don't get sucked into all of the negative comments by others.

posted Apr 18th, 2008 5:17 pm


I love this place. I went in to this thinking it was going to be so easy, and realized if you go in there and really work the machines, you can get a great workout. I've only been a member a few weeks, but I can't wait to go the next day. I go five days a week, and I feel so good when I leave. I only have 15 pounds to lose, but will be a member forever, cause it's so fun. It is what you make it. If you go in with a negative attitute, you get what you expect. Don't let the "debbie downers" or "negative nancys" bring you down!!! Try it, you'll love it.

posted Apr 18th, 2008 5:17 pm


I started Curves 9 months ago?.I love it. I lost inches and weight. The trainers are there encourage you to work at your peak workout level. I am overweight the best thing about Curves is that everyone there is just like YOU! You don?t have to feel guilty because you are overweight, watching some young tanned thin female working out hard and looking great while you are trying to do your best. Curves has Curves Bucks that you earn for working out, for weighing in, stretching, they even help exercise your BRAIN with games. It?s a family you get to see who is loosing weight and inches each month. It motivates you work just as hard. The 6 week solution is fantastic! I think that everyone that joins Curves should enroll in the 6 week solution it helps you to build a better eating habit. You enjoy real foods. You will be surprised at how much food you eat and still loose weight! Curves is working on getting the ?Smart Machines that will help maximize your workout by burning more calories per workout. Curves will help you if you are willing to do it for YOU! You do things for everyone but we always forget about taking care of our selves. Now is the time to take care of YOU. No one thing can break your eating and weight habit except for YOU. Then and only then will you be successful and enjoy looking at the person on the other side of the full length mirror. And you know that as Fat Girls we don?t like the full length mirror! But it will soon become your best friend because you will enjoy seeing the changes in your body. My favorite machine is the ARM machine because I can actually see my muscles flex as I work them out. Love the Squat Machine because it work my thighs! I work out 3-4 times a week. When I don?t go I fell bad like I?m missing something. Don?t let the unsuccessful comments keep you from making you look fabulous! You deserve it?your worth it!

posted Apr 17th, 2008 8:48 pm


Curves is an awsome establishment. You get out of it what you're willing to put in. I find most of the negative comments to be quite amusing mostly outrageous....also strange that they're all named "Anonymous". While Curves may not be for every woman out there it certainly has been a positive for many. So I say to those who can't seem to say enough bad about it, please, please take your business elsewhere whereas you're guaranteed lower prices, no binding contracts, and pounds just melting away.

posted Apr 11th, 2008 3:19 pm


For grannisandi: I've been doing Curves for about a year. I'm 4' 11". I find the machines pretty comfortable. For the machines that you need to be taller to reach, they do have cushions to use. This seems to solve the problem for us shorter gals.

posted Apr 7th, 2008 8:09 pm


curves is greatthat muscle comment above is so untrue i lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks and i am not that big to start off wth so to all ou busy women try it youll love it

posted Apr 6th, 2008 9:13 pm


I tried Curves and was VERY disappointed. It was overpriced, the stafd didn't have a clue, and the workout was a joke. I recommend this place for highly overweight people that haven't had a day's excercise in their life. But if you're looking for a cardio, fast paced, fat burning workout, give CUrves a miss. I was there for only 3 months before cancelling my contract. I never worked up a sweat, and my heart-rate slowed down towards the end of the workout instead of elevating. In all fairness, I did lose body fat, but it was replaced by so much muscle mass that I ended up looking BIGGER than when I had started, when all I wanted to do was slim down and look smaller. Also, they refused to give me the eating plan unless I recommended 5 people to join the gym. I was newly arrived in the city and did not know anybody. For the high monthly fee I had to pay, I thought this was very unfair.

posted Apr 6th, 2008 11:05 am


Wow!! What can I say! Curves is the place to be. I had first joined 4 years ago and lost 30lbs. I stop going because I was unable to go due to my work schedule. Now my job transferred to another location better hours. So my sister and I joined 3 weeks ago and I have lost 6 pounds already. I have more energy and feels wonderful.

posted Apr 5th, 2008 6:58 am


You should all try Butterfly Life. They have classes and real weighted machinery that will continue to challenge you. It is fully adjustable to fit a women's body and they have over 80 fitness classes a week. They also have a nutrition program and trained professionals. It's worth a try. Much better then Curves. And any women can benefit. Even if they are already physically fit.

posted Apr 5th, 2008 6:58 am


Curves is *ok--a solid C, as we used to say* Pluses--lots of locations, no appointment, so it is good for busy people. Minuses--staff knows nothing about fitness, constantly tries to engage exercises in conversation, lots of talking and inappropriate (nosy) personal questions.

posted Apr 3rd, 2008 9:16 am


pluses--no appointment needed, open fairly good hours, clean. Minuses-staff knows nothing about fitness or exercise, filled with people chatting and barely exercising. Staff tries to engage clients in conversation--often to the detriment of getting a good work-out.

posted Apr 3rd, 2008 9:16 am


I have enjoyed reading the comments about Curves both positive and otherwise (you can learn from both). I joined in Oct 06 as I was nearing my 50th BD and felt like I was turing to total flab. I had never seen a Curves Ad but my sister-in-law belonged to a Curves and had enjoyed the workout. I was over the "gym scene" having done that in my 20s and 30s. I was now very busy and had limited time to work out. Within 2 weeks I felt a difference. I did not need to lose weight but merely wanted to firm up. At the one month measurement/wt I had lost a total of 3 inches primarily in my lower abds and had lost 1 lb. That does not sound like much but it made a great difference in how I looked and felt. In the spring of 07 I placed both my husband and myself on the Curves Weight Management program (low carb). My husband lost 35 lbs and I lost 13 lbs. I was back to my pre-pregancy weight. That spring I went skiing for an entire week and never once complained that I did not have enough energy to keep up with my 10 year old son (I had complained a lot the prior year!!). Curves is what you make of it. If you put in the effort on the circuit it helps to create energy that you can use in other aspects of your life and you will become stronger. Being a physican I like the fact that women who might never set foot in a traditional gym feel comfortable enough to give Curves a try,potentially losing weight to the point of reducing their need for some medications. I believe in Curves so much I bought a franchise!

posted Apr 3rd, 2008 9:16 am

Cindy Jo

I am so glad that I joined and I do work out on my lunch break, I think some of you ladies just joined the wrong facility. I am sweaty after the workout but my curves has a shower and I am able to go back refreshed. Working out is more important than vanity so its a quick shower but I am able to accomplish it al in an hour. I joined and in one week I lost 6 pound and I am not dieting. The curves I go to has a lot of retired women attending so it is a real motivater that women in the 60's and 70's are dong this so me as a 30something can keep it up and succeed.

posted Apr 2nd, 2008 6:48 pm


HELP! DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW HOW I CAN GET OUT OF THIS CONTRACT THAT I HAVE W/CURVES IN WHICH THE COMPANY AUTOMATICALLY TAKES THE MONEY OUT OF MY BANK ACCOUNT? I am not satisfied with Curves at all. First, I signed up for an indoor temperature controlled environment. You know heat in the winter & AIR CONDITIONG WHEN IT'S HOT OUTSIDE. Well that has not ben the case. We've had at least 15 days of 70-85% temperatures & the HEAT WAS STILL BLASTING ON INSIDE THE CURVES that I go to. Several times I was so overheated - I literally threw up in my car on the way home. And after a workout like that you need a full shower & everything. Don't plan on going on a lunch break to Curves - if it's hot, to be decent you will have to go all the way home & SHOWER & START your day over. I have also had problems with the Curves that I go to because there is usually at least one or two machines that are out of order. Also as different instructors have been there, I have been told several different ways to use one machine. I'll go & start on a machine & the instructor will tell me that I am doing it all wrong & tell me a completely different way to do the machine. So I have had KNEE & BACK PROBLEMS SINCE I STARTED GOING TO CURVES. IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW I SHOULD GO ABOUT GETTING OUT OF THIS CONTRACT WHERE CURVES AUTOMATICALLY DRAFTS MY CHECKING ACCOUNT, PLEASE TELL ME. AND DON'T JUST SAY GO TO ANOTHER LOCATION - THIS IS THE ONLY LOCATION THAT I CAN GET TO. I JUST WANT TO BELONG TO AN HOEST TO GOODNESS AIR CONDITIONED GYM WHERE I CAN WORKOUT WITHOUT PASSING OUT OR THROWING UP FROM THE HEAT! Please any advice or help would be appeciated.

posted Apr 2nd, 2008 7:00 am


I'm thinking of joining Curves. One issue I have and am wondering if it will be a problem for me is this: I'm 4 feet 8 inches short and wonder if I'll have any problems working the machines at Curves. Does anyone have an answer for me. Thanks, Grannisandi

posted Apr 1st, 2008 4:35 pm


Curves sucks as far asI can tell. I haven't had anyhing but negative experiences with this place & its' employees.

posted Mar 30th, 2008 3:05 pm


I love curves! i began going because i won a free week for 2 in a raffle... I love how its a great place to get away to for a little while, with no men and no kids hahaha! I have been a member for 5 months- I have only lost 7 pounds but have also lost 34.5 inches. I like that you don't have to pay extra for a "trainer" and you are not scemed into buying products. I like that it's "structured" so your not spending time wondering what you should do next... haha And love that it's small and personal... and that the windows are tinted so you can see out.. but not in... hahah.. Curves rocks!

posted Mar 30th, 2008 9:55 am


I recently joined Curves & I love it.Jenna Rush this is for you. At the Curves I go to they open at 5:30,that is the busiest time though;so I'm told. You don't have to use their diet plan,I follow my own nutritionist advice.I am not bugged by anyone trying to sell me anything;there are signs informing you of items you can buy;but you are not obligated.I feel better,have more energy,I really look forward to going. People talk but I dont see it as a social club. You make it what you want.

posted Mar 26th, 2008 8:55 pm


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