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 like-minded ladies to increase fitness, morale, and results: for $35, you get a two-month unlimited basic membership to Curves Wichita Northeast (up to a $187.96 value). Each membership includes the following:
- Two months of unlimited gym access (a $36.48 value/mo.)
- Enrollment fee (a $99 value)
- Four Zumba classes (up to a $4 value each), good for either the 30- or 60-minute classes<p>
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use the exerciser’s own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury.
For 30 minutes, 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. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Because each workout warrior is at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one’s own burgeoning muscles. A soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues that tell participants when it’s time to move on to the next station. The complete aerobic and strength-training workout raises heart rate, burns calories, and allows women to meet new friends, arrange girls’ nights out between labored breaths, or plan wardrobes of revealing bikinis for their newly svelte doppelgänger action figures.
Members can two-step into four Zumba classes, which combine Latin-inspired dancercise steps with Curves’ strength training, for 30- or 60-minute sessions that can burn hundreds of calories at a time, like a zealous arsonist in the mayonnaise aisle. In the Wichita Northeast location’s recently renovated interior, the finely-tuned hum of new equipment echoes off the walls and each exerciser’s steely resolve.
Curves Wichita Northeast
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.