When compared to mixed-gender populations, the members of all-female lizard species are stronger, happier, and 10 times more likely to be named Trisha. Today's Groupon brings together like-minded ladies to increase fitness, morale, and results: for $32, you get a two-month unlimited membership (a $108 value) and 11 circuit-training classes with Zumba (a $20 value) at Curves (a $128 total value). This Groupon is valid at four Anchorage-area locations.
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 circle of hydraulic resistance machines 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 machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness levels to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Each machine's push-and-pull motions create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The 30-minute classes use machines that face inward to decrease competition, increase the fun, and raise heartbeats to burn calories during the complete aerobic and strength-training workout. A soundtrack of fun, upbeat music will include cues for when it's time to move on to the next station. Curves now incorporates Zumba classes into female-focused workout circuits, spicying up its classic concoction of weight-training moves with the upbeat music and up-tempo dance moves of Zumba. Meanwhile, meet new friends and plan a girls' night out between labored breaths, ensuring you'll have a buddy the next time you want to challenge your ex-best friend to a three-legged race.
Curves is the world's largest chain of fitness centers for women, with nearly 10,000 gyms for women in more than 85 countries, and 4 million members worldwide. The Anchorage location, which features all new equipment, invites ladies of all fitness levels to the training circuit, which uses strength training, cardio, and stretching to exercise every major muscle group. Curves members gather in a circle comprised of 12 resistance machines and 12 metabolic conditioning stations. During the course of a 30-minute workout, coaches support women as they alternate between machines that work muscle groups and metabolic conditioning stations where they run, dance, or swagger in place to maintain heart rates. Additional offerings include the Curves workout with Jillian Michaels that uses strength-training machines in conjunction with body-weight exercises and specialty classes such as Body Balance, Arms-Core-Legs, and Stretch & Strength that focus on key areas like balance, strength, and flexibility. Curves also offers the Curves Complete program, which creates a personalized weight-loss plan that pairs diet and exercise with the motivation of peers and trainers.