What You'll Get
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 deal brings together likeminded ladies to increase fitness, morale, and results: for $20, you get 20 visits to Curves plus one Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness class (a $90 value). Redeem your Groupon at one of nine participating locations in Affton, Collinsville, IL, Fenton, High Ridge, Manchester, Maryville, IL, Mehlville, Oakville, or St. Louis South.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology. At Curves, estrogen-touting exercise mavens 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 and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level 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. Experience 20 visits to Curves along with one class of The Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness (an $90 value). The Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness incorporates the Curves philosophy within the moves of Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that focuses on free-form movement instead of belligerently counting reps over the music.
For 30 minutes, Curves visitors move around a circuit that positions machines inward, giving fitness-seekers a chance to laugh with their fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because everyone is at different stations, motivation stems from self-competition—and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music that includes cues to let lifters know when it's time to move on to the next station. Raise heart rates and burn calories during a complete aerobic and strength-training workout. Meet new friends and plan a girls' night out between labored breaths, or invite along some current friends as friends, instead of as shields against the ogling creeps at the old gym-slash-nightclub.
Across the nation, women are singing the praises of Curves. More than 160 Epinions users give the fitness center an average of 3.5 stars, while 74% of Viewpoints reviewers recommend it, giving it an average of 4.09 stars. More than 51,000 Facebookers like Curves.
- I think the whole Curves concept is amazing. The staff are so friendly and completely dedicated to helping each and every member reach their potential. They really care about us and want to make sure that we reach our goals. – oatcakes, Epinions
- Having different stations to work at, not only expels bordom [sic], but the different stations keep your interest peaked. The music is upbeat and after a while, you can recognize the songs and really get into the beat. I also was impressed with the attentiveness of the trainers. – harvardmom, Viewpoints
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 22, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate pass by 4/21, pass expires on 8/22. Reservation required. Must sign waiver. May redeem across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
As they enter the training circuit 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. Thirty 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.