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 $39, you get a two-month membership package at Curves, valid at nine Calgary-area locations (a $147 value). The membership package includes:
- Two months of unlimited membership
- Four Curves Circuit with Zumba classes<p>
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine manoeuvring and muscle making, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues that tell participants it’s time to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Since 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. Cardio platforms reside between each hydraulic machine and mark the spot where ladies walk, jog, or run between lifting to keep heart rates high. Because each workout warrior is at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one’s own burgeoning muscles.
For a spicier 30 minutes, limbering ladies can also orbit a circuit that replaces traditional cardio stops for a burst of Zumba, Latin-inspired dance steps simply choreographed to cater to all fitness levels. Both the classic and Zumba-infused workouts boast complete aerobic and strength training that raises heart rates and burns calories while allowing women to meet new friends, arrange a girls’ night out between labored breaths, or plan a wardrobe of revealing bikinis for their newly svelte doppelgänger action figures.