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 $22, you get a one-month unlimited basic membership to Curves of Sherwood (a $44 value). Membership includes the following:
- One month of unlimited membership (a $44 value)
- Access to Zumba Curves classes<p>
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been 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 maneuvering and muscle making, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues that tell participants it’s time to move 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. 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. Between muscle-pumping sets, ladies stand atop designated cardio platforms to run, jog, or walk in place, keeping heart rates high and calories burning. As each workout warrior is at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one’s own burgeoning muscles.
For a cardio twist, Curves of Sherwood also spices up its traditional 30-minute circuit workout with bursts of Zumba’s signature Latin-inspired dance steps. As limbering ladies orbit the circuit’s muscle machines, they replace traditional cardio breaks with Zumba’s simple movements, which prove graspable for both seasoned and inexperienced dancers. Like its classic counterpart, this complete aerobic and strength-training workout 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.
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. 30 seconds 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.
2001 E Kiehl Ave.
Sherwood, Arkansas 72120