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 $25, new clients get a two-month unlimited basic membership (a $39 value/month), plus the enrollment fee (a $99 value) at Curves. Curves is a fitness center designed exclusively for women. Redeem your Groupon at one of 13 participating locations (see sidebar); membership is only valid at the location you choose. Each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals.
At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels 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 machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases 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.
For 30 minutes, guests move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that each participant will have a chance to laugh with fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because visitors exercise all at different stations, you won't feel like you're in competition with anyone but yourself—and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music will include cues to let you know when it's time to move on to the next station or attempt to moonwalk. You'll raise your heart rate and burn calories during a complete aerobic and strength-training workout. Curves presents a welcoming venue to meet new friends and plan a girls' night out between labored breaths.