With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Julie Luther has spent the last 25 years encouraging greater health and fitness in whatever way she can. She has shared fitness secrets as a columnist for the Greensboro News and Record, created and hosted her own televised fitness show, and even spent three years training members of the Marine Corps Reserve. She continues her efforts at Julie Luther's PurEnergy Fitness Center, and has recruited a staff certified in personal training, spinning, yoga, and other fields to help people get in shape.
Rows of treadmills, weight machines, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines line the sage-green walls inside her intimate studio. Instructors encourage students through body-sculpting, yoga, and spinning classes, as well as SilverSneakers workouts designed to help older clients stay in shape and hustle youngsters in footraces. The coaches also structure specialized boot camps and 12-week personal-training programs to help individuals attain personal goals.