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 $25, new clients get a two-month unlimited membership to Curves (a $167 value, including initiation fee). Curves is a fitness center designed exclusively for women. Choose from 10 participating Tampa-area locations when purchasing your Groupon (see the sidebar for details); membership is only valid at the location you choose. Each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals.
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 and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your 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.
For 30 minutes, you'll move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that you'll have a chance to laugh with your fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because you're all at different stations, you won't feel like you're in competition with anyone but yourself—and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music will include cues to let you know when it's time to move on to the next station. A complete aerobic and strength-training workout increases cardiovascular capabilities while annihilating calories, and the new Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness mixes Zumba dance moves with resistance exercises, creating a fat-blasting combo nearly as unstoppable as the unstoppable Juggernaut. Meet new friends and plan a girls' night out between labored breaths, or invite along some of your current friends as friends instead of as shields against the creep ogling you at the juice bar.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 4, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for location purchased. Must activate membership by 7/4/11, membership expires 2 months from activation date. Must be 18 or older. New clients only. Tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.