What You'll Get
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 likeminded ladies to increase fitness, morale, and results: for $30, you get one month of Circuit with Zumba Fitness training at Curves (a $114 value), redeemable at its locations on Williamsbridge Road or East 180th Street in the Bronx.
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. During the Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness training, 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—while also shaking and gyrating away calories during the Zumba dance portions. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and act as a dance partner for the Zumba tango. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance to match 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.
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, Latin-inspired music will include cues for when it's time to move on to the next station or break out in a Colombian salsa medley. Meet new friends and plan a girls' night out between labored breaths, or invite along some of your current friends as friends instead of as shields against the guy ogling you at the juice bar.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for location purchased. Must activate classes by 04/15/12, classes expire 1 month from activation date. Reservation required. New clients only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
As they enter the training circle 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. One minute 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.