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 $15, you get a one-month unlimited basic membership to Curves as well as two 30-minute Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness classes. This Groupon may be redeemed at 20 San Francisco–area locations.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, strengthen bones, and increase metabolism. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to help create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
During the 30-minute Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness classes, limbering ladies move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that they'll have a chance to share laughs and secret handshakes with fellow fitness frontierswomen. Throughout the sessions, the spirited dance motions of Zumba keep workout warriors engaged, while lively Latin-inspired beats drown out the cries of burgeoning muscles and whiney spandex. The aerobic and strength-training workout raises heart rate 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.
As they enter the training 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.