Working out is No. 3 on the list of most popular daily activities in America, behind not working out and teaching dogs to swear. Spend your time wisely with today's Groupon: for $34, new clients get a two-month fitness package for women-only workouts at Curves of Portage (up to a $195 total value, including a $99 service fee). The package includes the following items:
- One two-month membership, valid for two consecutive months (up to an $88 value)
- One Curves Circuit with Zumba class (an $8 value)
Part of the nationwide Curves family, Curves of Portage helps women bolster their bodies with 30-minute circuit workouts that combine strength training and cardio exercises. Helmed by a fun and encouraging coach, the circuit works each major muscle group, interspersing 13 strength stations with recovery boards where participants walk, jog, or chicken dance to keep their heart rates at an optimal calorie-burning level. Toning stations include the ab-back machine, which works the core in one fluid motion, and the leg extension–leg curl machine, which steels thighs' fronts and backs with Viking armor. At most workouts, students spend 30 seconds on the recovery board between strength exercises, but Curves Circuit with Zumba lengthens the cardio intervals to 60 seconds so groups can bust multiple moves before hitting the weights. Inspired by Latin shimmies such as the salsa and merengue, Zumba steps are easy to follow and pair well with tequila-flavored protein shakes.
In addition to motivating exercisers at circuit workouts, Curves of Portage awards prizes through a trivia contest on its Facebook page and a daily bingo game at the gym. Trainers constantly fine-tune the circuit using exercise research from universities such as Texas A&M, and participants can bone up on their health knowledge with the club's online toolbox of fitness articles, healthy recipes, and hammers that smash fast-talking twinkies into crumbly oblivion.
Though Curves of Portage sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
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.
600 Romence Rd.
Portage, Michigan 49024