As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Crusher Race tests runners on more than just their ability to run. The event’s three separate races—a 5K course, a 10K course, and a 10K+ course—contain a fair amount of running paths, but also a slew of natural and man-made obstacles that test runners’ strength, endurance, and ability to bake mud pies that hold their shape. The Crusher beginner 5K course introduces runners to the obstacle course format with a collection of tunnels, hills, and walls. In Crusher 2, more experienced racers can exercise their legs in a 10K course that contains a higher number of obstacles. Intended for athletes, endurance runners, and experienced CrossFit exercisers, the Colossal Crusher is a three-part event set in the middle of a 10K+ course. Challenges are divided into three parts: fitness, endurance and obstacles, and a mystery event. In the first portion, participants tackle six different stations before navigating through obstacles and a 10K+ run. The event culminates with a fitness challenge that is more surprising than any Choose Your Own Adventure plot twist.
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. 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.