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Curves

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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BACKGROUND

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.

PRO
  • Workouts are short and manageable
  • Female-only gym
  • 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
CON
  • 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
DIET and NUTRITION

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.

EXERCISE

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.

CONCLUSION

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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Curve, Curves deit program, curves for women, curves.com, curves jillian michaels


Related Diets: Curves 30 Day Diet Plan, Curves Complete, LA Weight Loss, The Curves Diet Book, 24 Hour Fitness, Curves Smart, Elements for Women, Lucille Roberts



Wikipedia

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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Terri

I joined curves for the third time as in as many years. The first two years, I just was not commited. But this time, I feel like it's where I belong and it feels great. I haven't been measured yet, but I feel like I've lost a few inches and the weight loss will come.. My cost is $34 a month and I know of no gym that charges less than that. Don't let anyone tell you you shouldn't spend the money on curves -- do what you need to do to feel good about yourself.

posted Mar 26th, 2008 2:47 pm


jenna rush

i m thinking about joining IMMEDIATELY(i have the free travel walk through type pass tomorrow here in the nj area,so i have a few questions and CONGRATS to marie lauver 100 pounds in one year is a TRUE reasn to celebrate,an even losing FIVE POUNDS IN JUST TWO short weeks wow or more.and ok my question is: i am always on the go workin realestate music stuff etc.i m a morning person and i will wanna work out quietly not too"crowded"ONLY cause i am a talker thus,if i am around MORE CROWD i will start chattin it up at curves and do not want 2 LOSE FOCUS LOL so i am wondering can i go in the early morning first thing,like "when it is not so packed"i assume it getting crowded later after 10 or 12 or 5 in the evening even,i would love to get it cracking/goin ther as AS EARLY AS 7 OR 8 OR 9,is this possible? and last quest: i am already eating vegetarian almost lol an more fish etc. water one gal at least "per day" or 1/2 gal.so i m losing already "so do i have 2"use CURVE food diet program or no? i hope BOTH QUESTIONS are properly answered and i wish you all luck and future health losing much weight in 08 bye.

posted Mar 25th, 2008 8:31 pm


Crystal

Curves Smart has made curves an even better place to workout. No where else are you going to find the same kind of motivation, personal attention and immediate feedback. Unless, of course your paying a small fortune for a personal trainer.

posted Mar 25th, 2008 3:22 pm


Marie Lauver

With weight loss you have to commit and watch what you eat. I walked into Curves thinking this will never work and the way the program and circut is built, its an honest workout! Im hooked, I joined last Febuary and have lost 56 1/2 inches, along with 100 lbs. Its hard work, but Im living proof that if your interested in Curves, give it a go!

posted Mar 25th, 2008 9:43 am


Yvonne

I joined Curves a couple of weeks ago and already lost 5 pounds. The women are fantastik and the atmosphere is very relaxing. No one makes you feel uncomfortable, were all there for one reason or another. We all have a good time....what a way to relieve stress and unwind after a hectic day. The best part is you can go to the gym as many days and as many times as you want with no extra cost. I do have one question, I was intersted in the diet program that Curves is offering...I was wondering if anyone had tried it and what kind of success did you have. Thanks!

posted Mar 22nd, 2008 8:45 am


Moni

This is for Sue. Yes, you can go through the circuit twice. You may go as many times as you like. You pay your initial "membership fee" and your first month, the rest is a monthly payment (I have it billed to my credit card monthly). I haven't signed up for the Curves Complete diet program, but if you're currently not exercising and you start the program and start eating healthier your bound to lose weight. Any change from the ordinary will help you. I love my local curves and I travel a lot so I take advantage of the travel pass frequently.

posted Mar 20th, 2008 8:44 am


Sue

I have questions for you ladies who are enjoying this program. Can you go through the circuit twice if you like? Is there a limit to how many times per week or per day you may attend? Do you have to pay the entire amount up front if you don't do the automatic checking program? Is the food on the diet program pre-packaged? Thanks fo ryou answers!

posted Mar 19th, 2008 2:12 pm


CIN

I joined Curves two weeks ago. I LOVE IT! I feel motivated and the staff really connect with you and make you feel welcome. The music is great to workout to and with the Curves Smart, the machines help you with increasing your intensity. I am paying the same price I paid at 24hr Fitness and I don't feel intimidated or ashamed. Plus, I never have to wait to use anything and the staff helps you out, if you forget how.

posted Mar 17th, 2008 11:04 pm


Candice

I use to go to another woman only gym. I didnt like it. I had no support and no help with eating. Finally I joined Curves. I had always thought that it was for older woman. I am 24 and thought it wouldnt be a good enough work out. Well it's been only 11 days and I have lost 7 pounds!!! 7 pounds in 11 days. It's so easy. I go to Curves 5 days a week and go swimming 1 hour 2 days a week. I am also on the 6 week diet. I am never hungry and I already feel great. I finally know I can do this with the help of Curves and my own determination. I am so excited to know that I finally found a program that really works. My goal is to lose only 2 pounds a week. Curves in making this too easy for me. Try it!! It works!!

posted Mar 15th, 2008 4:01 pm


carol

I have been going to Curves for four years. I have lost weight and I must tell you I feel great. I am old and I do not have the aches and panes I had before I started to go. You are in charge of how hard you work. I like the fact that there are staff there to tell you how to use the machines. I lost 23 lbs, and feel Great. It is the only program I stuck with. Check with your local Curves for the cost.

posted Mar 15th, 2008 11:53 am


shayne

ive been at curves for about a week and i love it, its helps me and i feel like i have alot energy

posted Mar 15th, 2008 7:56 am


Geordi

I joined Curves last November, but didn't get serious until Mid January. You get out of the workout exactly what you put into it. I see women just barely moving the equipment, but at least they are up and trying. I work out pretty hard and get sweaty. It can be a social club, so I interject occasionally, but mostly just concentrate on the exercising. My Curves is awesome with lots of support and fun activities, but my niece belongs to another one and they don't do anything like that. So the advice to keep trying Curves until you find one that fits you is good. You can't just go to any location by dropping in though. You need a travel pass. The monthly weigh-ins and measuring are a great motivator to keep going. This is the longest I've kept doing an exercise program in a very long time. It's fun, convenient and gets results.

posted Mar 11th, 2008 10:20 am


Florida Gal

I am NOT the type to join a gym and stick with it. But I joined Curves about a month or two ago, and started reducing my daily calorie intake. I have lost 2 sizes in clothing already! The pounds are coming off, but since I am replacing fat with muscle, it is a slower rate than I anticipated. But size is everything! I can't believe how fast my body has shaped up! I will probably never be a size 6, but I feel like I look incredible anyway! And who knows, maybe I WILL get to a size 6! I am usually intimidated by going to the gym, but this is the friendliest environment to work out in! (Although I agree they need to change the music!)

posted Mar 7th, 2008 9:05 am


Alex

To NOLA: if you looked at the article in full, you shouldn't be torn. The founder may support anti-choice but that doesn't mean that the curves chain itself supports it. Besides, if you really need to lose weight or get in shape and you think curves is a good place are you really going to let one man's views stop you?

posted Mar 1st, 2008 5:56 am


Amy

I was thinking about joining curves, but I only need to lose about 15-20 lbs. Is this the place for me? Do you work up a sweat?

posted Feb 29th, 2008 9:54 pm


Debating in NOLA

I'm really torn. I really want to join Curves, but am disturbed by the founder's vocal and financial support of aggressively anti-choice organizations. I was hoping it was a rumor, but found this on snopes.com: http://www.snopes.com/business/alliance/curves.asp Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

posted Feb 29th, 2008 2:07 pm


md

Curves is very convenient for me and the people are nice. BUT - it is more of a social club where women come to meet friends. If you are serious about losing weight this probably is not the place for you. the music does not encourage movement it is more like upbeat elevator music. people want to talk to you even though you are trying to really work out. I have lost some weight but I really make an effort and I feel really out place for doing so. like i am being "antisocial".

posted Feb 26th, 2008 10:10 pm


A

YOU DO HAVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT FOR TWO YEARS AND BUT YOU CAN TERMINATE AFTER ONE YEAR PENALTY FREE, IF IT IS BEFORE THE YEAR AND YOU CANCEL IT IS FIFTY DOLLARS AND YOU HAVE TO GIVE A MONTH IN ADVANCE. THE COST IS 39 A MONTH


michelle

IM THINKING OF JOINING CURVED BUT I;VE HEARD ALOT OF NEGATIVE FEED BACK ON IT. AND I DONT LIKE THE IDEA OF NOT KNOWING HOW MUCH ITS GOING TO COST OR EVEN IF I HAVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ON THIS????


Anonymous

Don't trust all of the negative publicity you see about Curves. It really is a great program. I used to work there myself. It is a little deceptive about pricing. You are memorizing scripts but many companies do that. At the club I worked at it was $39 a month if you paid by cash or check each month. If you let them draft your bank account it was $29 a month. The bank draft program is there to make you think you're stuck in it. That's a good and bad thing. First of all, for women, if we think we're forced to spend that money every month, it'll give us extra motivation to keep going. On the flip side, you're not really stuck. If you press the employees hard enough, they'll tell you that if you're on the draft program and decide to quit, you can come back when you are leaving and pay $10 per month for every month you were a member. That just converts your membership back to the "month-to month" which is what you would have paid had you not drafted your account. Curves is fun. You have support from women-most of whom really care about your success. If you didn't like Curves, I would suggest finding another location. They are franchises, which means the atmosphere will vary. Find one who plays by the rules. For example, every few minutes you are suppossed to stop and check your heart rate. If you're never prompted to do so or if everyone just keeps moving, you need to move on. That's a vital part of your workout. You are paid very low wages, however after your initial 90 days as an employee, you can earn commission on people who sign up. Depending on the traffic coming in and out, that may make up for a bad salary. Overall I would do it again. Actually, I'm on this site because I was thinking about joining. (As an employee your workouts are free) I think I will. Thanks. I hope this was helpful. It's worth the money. It's really about a dollar a day. Wouldn't you pay that to lose weight the safe way? I know I would.



 

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