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. Likeminded ladies are brought together to increase fitness, morale, and results with today's Groupon: for $25, new clients get a one-month membership to and weight-management classes at Curves (up to a $148 value). Choose from the following locations: North Columbus, Phenix City, Alabama, or Cataula.
Curves sculpts toned physiques in fitness centers designed exclusively for women. 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, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Special hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create personalized resistance, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Indignantly eschewing bulk, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles. Separate stations narrow competition to a grudge match between lactic acid and endorphins, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues when it's time to move on to the next station—all during a complete aerobic and strength-training workout.
The Curves weight-management classes help trainees assemble a diet that works in tandem with exercise to shed pounds as quickly as a back-zipping rabbit suit. The Curves strategy feeds muscles with five small meals that are carefully calibrated to strengthen bodies and fan metabolic fat fires, allowing for plenty of fuel while staving off resolve-melting hunger pangs and low blood sugar.
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, 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.