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Curves Complete

The world's largest fitness franchise goes to the Web.

BACKGROUND Start the Diet Now Advertisement

Curves is a nationally- and internationally-known network of fitness facilities for women. Curves’ success can be attributed to the attentiveness to and understanding of the women the gym serves: those living hectic lives with harried schedules balancing work, family, errands and children. Women who do not always put their health and fitness first find they're able to do so with ease with Curves.

In 2012, Curves expanded its services online with Curves Complete, a personalized weight loss and weight management solution. With Curves Complete, women can:

  • Shed excess body fat
  • Get fit through exercise
  • Customize their meal plans
  • Get one-on-one coaching

Curves Complete comes with the Curves Complete Meal Plan, the Curves Complete Workout, personalized one-on-one coaching from a Curves Complete coach and a wealth of online resources, including community support.

The Curves Complete Meal Plan is a flexible and customizable moderate protein diet that encourages dieters to consume lean proteins, healthy fats, fiber, and healthy carbohydrates, much like other diet plans. Members meet with their Curves Complete Coach to develop meal plans and shopping lists to make the diet more easily managed. The meal plan was designed to work hand-in-hand with the Curves Complete Workout to increase metabolism, burn fat, preserve muscle, and keep the weight off for good.

Starting January 2014, Curves launched Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels, a partnership between the famed Biggest Loser trainer and the most extensive women’s fitness network in the world. Michaels adds her cutting-edge style to Curves’ traditional circuit workouts with new exercises, tools and programs being updated monthly throughout 2014.

Curves Complete is a 90-day program divided into three phases with weekly meetings with fellow members and one-on-one weight loss coaching with a Curves Complete Coach.

PRO
  • Workouts are short and manageable
  • Celebrity diet and fitness expert creates workouts
  • Female-only gym
  • Employs certified professionals for coaching, training and support
  • Personal coach helps set up diet and fitness plans
  • Nutrition and diet plan included
  • Nutrition and diet plan are not as calorie- and food-restrictive as Curves original plans
  • Includes online diet and fitness resources and member communities
  • Additional in-person and online resources are available
CON
  • Website does not detail nutrition and diet plan before membership
  • Workouts are recommended for only 30 minutes a day four times a week
  • Strength training is limited to machines
  • Franchised facilities might not provide the same quality of experience at each one
  • Must have access to a gym
  • Males are not allowed to join Curves
DIET and NUTRITION

The Curves Complete Meal Plan is broken in to three phases, which are specifically designed for each individual.

Phase 1: Jump Start is the first week of the meal plan. Members learn portion control and how to choose healthy snacks by limiting their calories to 1,400 per day.

Phase 2: Take it Off increases members' calorie consumption to 1,500 per day in order to ensure that they are burning fat instead of muscle. In the second phase, which is less restrictive than the first, additional recipes, approved restaurant food items, alcohol, and desserts are allowed. Phase 2 lasts until the member reaches her goal weight.

A typical day on the Curves Complete Meal Plan looks like:

  • Breakfast: Bran muffin with an egg white omelet with peppers and fat-free cheddar cheese

  • Lunch: Plain grilled shrimp with a green salad and oil and vinegar dressing

  • Dinner: White chili with a tossed salad and fat-free red wine vinaigrette

  • Snacks: Cottage cheese, cantaloupe or low-fat white cheddar cheese and Wasa crackers

Phase 3: Keep it Off. Once a member reaches her goal weight, she advances to this final stage. In this phase, members are encouraged to continue practicing Curves Complete principles but are no longer following the calorie- and food-restrictive guidelines put in place in the first two phases. Calorie consumption is increased to about 2,000 calories per day to provide adequate nutrition for the member’s new, active lifestyle.

When paired with the Curves Complete Workout, the Curves Complete Meal Plan is effective at targeting and promoting the breakdown of excess body fat, leading to members losing fat and building muscle. Members eat three meals and two healthy snacks per day, which reduces the amount of meals the original Curves program recommended by one snack.

EXERCISE

Curves built its fitness network on the Curves Circuit, a 30-minute circuit workout completed at a Curves fitness facility. The Curves Complete Workout is based on the traditional Curves Circuit: alternating strength training machines and cardiovascular exercises. Between each machine, members can rest, stretch or add in more cardio, such as Zumba.

Members are encouraged to complete Curves Circuit four times per week and walk daily throughout the program. Members are given a pedometer to track their steps with the goal of taking 10,000 steps daily. Once the member reaches her goal weight, she is encouraged to continue completing the circuit 3-4 times per week to maintain her weight loss.

Unlike the Curves Complete Meal Plan, the Curves Complete Workout is not specifically customized for each member. Instead, members perform nearly the same tasks in a repetitive circuit, which might become boring or too easy for fitter women.

However, the January 2014 launch of Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels will add more exercise, tools and programs to the circuit throughout the year to keep members fit and interested.

Curves promotes a healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week, and workouts at franchised fitness facilities are always supervised by a coach.

CONCLUSION

Curves Complete upgrades its original weight loss system developed in 1992. New research supports the new meal planning guidelines and the Curves Circuit will get a facelift with Jillian Michaels taking the lead on creating new and exciting workouts. For women with hectic schedules, Curves Complete can provide the diet and fitness guidelines needed as well as the one-on-one attention from personal weight loss coaches and support from a greater weight loss community. Depending on your weight loss goals, the Curves Complete program can be a viable 90-day solution for the busy woman.

Common Misspellings

Cruves, Currves, Curve, Curve Complet, Curves Women


Related Diets: Weight Watchers, The Curves Diet Book, Curves, Curves Smart


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CERYS

AMAZING DIET PLAN! IVE LOST 1 STONE IN 5 WEEKS AND REACHED MY GOAL WEIGHT! VERY HAPPY!

posted Jan 25th, 2014 9:16 am


Jennifer Duran

very forgiving diet... teaches me what a fat burning plate should be built like... teaches me what foods to choose to help me build muscle while burning fat which I have not found with the conventional diets out there....love the fact that I can go out to eat with my family and friends and still lose weight....

posted Jan 22nd, 2014 4:33 pm


Laurel

Super diet plan - I've lost 28 pounds so far and am never hungry. The curves circuit has totally changed my body composition - it is fun and quick. Easy to stay motivated on this plan.

posted Jan 22nd, 2014 12:44 am



Amanda Nichole Taylor

Love it! It makes you work hard and targets all those "hard to reach places."

posted Jan 22nd, 2014 12:35 am


Michelle

Best program out there! Highly effective and where else can you get a work out facility and diet program with counseling in one place? Plus time management is very hard for me and the 30 minute workouts and the pre- generated meal plans and shopping lists make it so easy to stick to and follow through. In just 6 weeks I dropped 20!

posted Jan 21st, 2014 10:55 pm


Linda

I love Curves. I have been a member for a year now and was on Curves Complete for six months and lost my 35 lbs and 30 + inches. It is a way of life now and I enjoy the staff, coaches and participants.

posted Jan 21st, 2014 10:24 pm



Christine Holman

This program is easy to follow, but even more important it teaches you how to eat. The program is a challenge at any level with CurvesSMART and keeps me progressing. The New Jillian MIchaels metabolic conditioning exercises adds bodyweight Strength Exercises to keep the body from getting stalled. Add in the Body BAsic Toning classes and Zumba there is just everything here I need, all available in 30 Minutes and very affordable.

posted Jan 21st, 2014 10:07 pm


Lindsay

This is the best program out there! I lost 80 pounds in a year and a half and am the healthiest I have ever been! I see similar results with other women I work out with. It really works!

posted Jan 21st, 2014 9:26 pm


Linda

Curves has turned my life around lots of support and great advice. Fab way to exercise and get fitter. I have lost 3 stone in 6 months and am fitter than I have been in years. Thanks Curves Southampton!

posted Jan 21st, 2014 9:17 pm


Karen

Curves complete is an amazing program. It was genuinely the first time I tried to lose weight and it worked. I lost 19lbs in 3 months, along with 30 inches and 6% body fat. I couldn't recommend it more!! :)

posted Jan 2nd, 2014 8:56 pm


Tonya

Will the circuit training be enough to get my waist line back? Im around 20 pounds overweight and I swear most of it is in my waist! Will the workout be enough to get my abs in shape?

posted Sep 19th, 2013 4:13 am


Cathy

Temperature is hotter than it used to be at our Curves...is there a reason for this? I have been going to curves for a few years and the temperature use to be set at 65 degrees. Now it is set at 72 degrees. Just not as comfortable as it used to be. Has this change come from headquarters?

posted Aug 7th, 2013 11:20 pm


Paige

Since May 12, 2013 I have lost 13 lbs and it is still coming off! I LOVE the recipes and the food is great with TONS of options! I highly recommend this LIFESTYLE CHANGE! It's hardly dieting, just eating what's right and losing the weight!

posted Jun 20th, 2013 9:23 pm


Kathy

So far I've lost 8 lbs in 7 weeks, the meals are higher in protein and I rarely feel hungry.
In fact some days I find myself skipping snacks and meals because I feel too full.
I like the website weekly meal planner. There is a lot of flexibility, and I feel like I am eating healthful meals that are very satisfying.

posted Jun 10th, 2013 12:02 am


Zale

We are looking for a blogger to review our Curves here in Toronto at Yonge & Eglinton, 416-489-3606

posted May 29th, 2013 9:34 pm


Doris

Want to learn more

posted Feb 25th, 2013 11:39 am


kimberlyshaff

i have been a member sinc 09, it has changed my life.

posted Jan 29th, 2013 5:16 pm


J. Mccrary

You can keep the weight off!

posted Jan 4th, 2013 6:03 pm


Kay

Fantastic program. Curves in Southlake Texas has been a trememndous support system to me for weight loss. I have tried so many others and this is really working. 20 pounds down.

posted Jan 2nd, 2013 3:51 am


kerrie

Curves in Lafayette Louisiana-- is Amazing and the coach helps you through the whole process ! I have never found a place so affordable that you can get all the help you need when it comes to health--

posted Nov 20th, 2012 11:10 pm



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