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01-29-2008, 02:20 PM
I started to go Curves for working out, my other option would have been to go to the gym at my college. I felt uncomfortable doing that because everyone is in good shape that you see there, so I opted for Curves 5 times a week.

I was just wondering what your guys experiences with Curves were like, and if it was enough exercise for you. Because I like going there and I push myself hard but the workout is not what I'm used to so I'm wondering if I should supplement with strength training etc.

01-29-2008, 02:24 PM
I went for 1 1/2 year a few years ago. At the time I didn't change my eating and I didn't really have much luck with it. I went 3 times a week faithfully, but just didn't see any results. At the one I went to, the workers didn't really interact with the clients, and as a result clients would end up doing certain machines differently-I was never quite sure if I was doing it wrong or the other person was! Anyway, I finally just got frustrated and quit. That was just my experience.......

01-29-2008, 02:52 PM
I actually liked it. I went for a short time myself. I didn't really lose weight because my eating was out of control at that time but I did see a bit of a difference in me being a little more toned. I feel that if I had eaten a proper diet and gone more faithfully three times a week like you're supposed to then I would have had better results. But I also did feel that I really didn't get a work out as well so that was a concern for me as well.

01-29-2008, 03:53 PM
I went for about two years when I first started losing weight. I was at almost 300 lbs, and Curves was a good starter place for me. When I got to around 225 lbs., I started supplementing the Curves workout with a 2 mile walk. Once I hit around 200 lbs, though, I finally realized that Curves wasn't going to cut it. I got a membership in a full-service gym and really upped my cardio/weight regimen. I loved going to Curves, but my body had just gotten immune to it!

01-30-2008, 09:13 AM
I was not pleased with my Curves experience. I signed up at the only one near my home and a month later they shut down and I didn't get a refund of my sign up money. I think that was like a 100$ bucks.

Secondly, the place was so depressing. All these women dragged their feet from machine to machine with their heads down. If you are a younger upbeat person, you might NOT enjoy curves. I've found it's based more around older women, say 50+. It was just not a positive place for me.

01-30-2008, 09:22 AM
My mom (who is 55) LOVES going to Curves. She doesn't feel judged by the other women, and she found one (after starting at another one that wasn't so great) where the ladies who work there are very interactive and help the clients have proper form and stay motivated. They are always doing little monthly challenges and if she sees the other ladies she works out with at the store or soccer field or anything, they chat it up like they're best friends. I think the key is to find one that works for you. It's a franchise, so find owners who are motivated and upbeat. They should let you try it out for a week or so without paying so you can see if you like it!

Hope that helps!


01-30-2008, 09:47 AM
If you are a younger upbeat person, you might NOT enjoy curves. I've found it's based more around older women, say 50+. It was just not a positive place for me.

I think it varies greatly by location. The Curves that I went to was near the University. While there were a good number of older women, I'd say that the overwhelming majority was under 50. When I went, usually at least half of the 10-12 people working out were probably in their 20s or early 30s. The owner was in her early 30s, and all of the employees were college students.

As Kara mentions, Curves is a franchise and it can vary *greatly* by location. While there are some "basic" machines, there are also other machines that the owner can choose to add. Some places have them, some don't. Some places will have caring and outgoing staff, others might have surly folks who'd rather you left them alone.

Curves, like anything else, is what you make of it. You can get a really good strength training in if you push yourself as hard as possible on the machines. But you can also slack off and do just enough to make it around the circuit for 30 minutes. If you need a "coach" for motivation and your Curves doesn't offer that, maybe it's not the place for you. But if you are self-motivated, you can definitely get a nice strength training session there (even if you have to supplement with extra cardio).

01-30-2008, 09:57 AM
I completely agree that your experience will vary by location. Simply ask for a week trial to see if you'll like it before you sign a contract. I sure wish I did.

Just like my WW class (I actually stopped going) they couldn't keep the same teacher there twice. I got tired of seeing a different class leader every time, it wasn't very motivational. I stopped going.

01-31-2008, 12:06 AM
I really like the Curves I go to, all the people are friendly and helpful. I've never felt judged by the women there. My only real thing is I wonder if I'm getting enough exercise by doing the work out their way.

01-31-2008, 09:50 AM
If you feel that you're not getting as much of a workout as you'd like at Curves, then you'll probably want to supplement it with something else. As long as you're pressing yourself as hard as you can on the machines, Curves is a great place to get your weight training in. But, because of the hydraulics, the machines put up a level of resistance in proportion to your effort.

What you may be lacking at Curves, though, is sufficient cardio work. If you supplement 3-4 Curves workouts a week with extra cardio sessions (jogging, brisk walking, etc.), you might be able to get the workout you want.

02-02-2008, 12:35 PM
What you may be lacking at Curves, though, is sufficient cardio work. If you supplement 3-4 Curves workouts a week with extra cardio sessions (jogging, brisk walking, etc.), you might be able to get the workout you want.
This is what I wanted to say. Curves somewhat IS strength training. So you want cardio in addition.

02-02-2008, 09:35 PM
I used to work at Curves.. I well didn't see any change while I worked there..and it seemed not many people lost weight..my take on it..but that's what I saw

02-03-2008, 09:46 PM
I used to work at Curves.. I well didn't see any change while I worked there..and it seemed not many people lost weight..my take on it..but that's what I saw
Curves works as well as any other gym. If you went to Bally's and spent 30 minutes walking 1 mile, and continued to eat poorly, you'd see the same non-results. If you go and run 30 minutes, you're going 2 to 3 miles. And if you combine it with proper eating, you will ultimately see results.

So if you go to Curves and only participate half-heartedly, and continue eating poorly, you'll see the same non-results.

I've seen a few people it did work for. But they didn't just stop at Curves, and they modified their eating as well. For all the rest, I saw a lot of chatting going on, but not much in the way of exercising. Leaning over a piece of the equipment and pushing or pulling a few inches at a snail's pace, isn't going to burn calories. Put your all into it, and if you feel your muscles burn and ache, then you know you've worked out.

05-05-2008, 09:00 PM
I joined my local Curves when they first opened, about two years ago. I quit after a few months because I was bored and wasn't seeing any results.

However - I must be honest and say that I wasn't really all that motivated, or educated, in fitness and weight loss issues back then. So part of the problem may have been with me.

I rejoined it last month and decided to stick with it, in spite of the things I dislike about it (and there are a few) because:

1. It's convenient - literally right next door to my office, so I can easily pop in on my lunch hour 3 days a week.

2. It's not too crowded - as long as I don't go during the peak lunch hour, which isn't a problem for me.

3. The instructors don't hassle me too much - after my first workout I politely told them I would prefer to work out without having them talk with me from the center of the floor, and they respected my request.

The main problem I've had at this location has been with a couple of instructors who have made what I consider unnecessarily personal comments to me about my weight and appearance. But once again, I politely but firmly confronted them and explained to them why their comments bothered me, and to their credit, they both apologized and have been very sweet since then.

But even if they hadn't, I would still go because I am motivated to exercise, and Curves is just the easiest place for me to do so right now. If something better comes along, I'll join that. :-)

05-05-2008, 10:42 PM
I have been a member of Curves for 7 months. Initially, I had a lot of success with only doing Curves 3x a week and eating fewer calories, but after about 2 or 3 months I lost interest in doing the circuit. I felt as though my body wasn't really get maximum results from the workout, so I started adding extra cardio and trying other types of exercise that were more challenging. I found myself skipping my Curves workout a lot. I actually took about a month and a half break from Curves and now only go about once a week. Truthfully, I only do that because I'm in a year contract with them and want to get some use out of it! Curves is a good choice for a lot of people and it was definitely a good place for me to start; however, I think if you really dedicate yourself to fitness, you may find you will outgrow Curves within a few months.

05-06-2008, 01:40 AM
I've been twice as a guest of other members to check it out. Neither time was I impressed. It seemed that the women were being encouraged to move through the circuit, with no emphasis on tailoring any of the exercises to their needs or goals. It was just come in, walk the circuit, leave.

And I heard some of the trainers or staff or whoever saying some things that were patently untrue about strength, cardio, and diet.

It was quite a turnoff for me.


05-06-2008, 02:41 PM
And I heard some of the trainers or staff or whoever saying some things that were patently untrue about strength, cardio, and diet.

It was quite a turnoff for me.

Yes, I can see why! and I've had similar experiences. For example, the woman who measured me when I joined measured me again 3 weeks later, and insisted I'd put on 6 inches in my bust since 3 weeks ago (:o) and then offered to give me some "tips" on taking off weight even faster (because I'd "only" lost 3 pounds during that time)!

That's why I think it's better if you pair it with another weight loss program - your own, or Weight Watchers, or whatever. Get the nutritional & fitness education on your own, and use the Curves for what it is - one possible exercise option.

Shy Moment
09-11-2008, 07:48 PM
I have been trying a two week free trial at the curves near me. I like the machines but there are a few problems.

1. I went to my doctors office the morning before I went to the curves. For free my doctor weighed me and took my measurements. The curves scale said the exact same weight but the lady that took my measurements took them over my clothes and they were no where accurate.

2. They have no warm up to the training at all. The doc said I was to have at least 5 min warm up. They were not happy that I wanted to stand and walk in place and move around for 5 min before I started the machines.

3. I have just gotten over bronchitis. The doc told me if I become breathy I am to just march in place and move around a bit until I get my breath back and my heart rate down a bit before I go to the next machine. My heart rate can go up because of the coughing and being breathy. They didn't want me to do this. They wanted to go to to the next machine and just do it easier. How does this help me, I am not getting the full potential of the machines if I don't use them correctly and I can't get over being breathy if I don't relax for a few min.

4. They did help me on my form, informed me if I was doing something wrong ( for the first three sessions they are right there with me on each machine ) but I didn't like how they would yell out to someone on the floor if they were using a machine wrong. I wouldn't have liked being pointed out like that and you could see how embarrassed some of the woman were.

5. There hours aren't very good. 6:30 am till noon is ok for those that need that time period ( for me it is great ) but my daughter is getting ready for school and in school during that time. 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, are nice hours but what if kids work after school. They have no hours after 6:30. Doesn't seem these hours really help anyone that has a full time job and children to get off to school and to feed after they get off work. All three of the curves around here have the same hours.

6. The lady that works there is probably 60 and doesn't seem as nice as you would think she should be if she wants to work with the public. She kind of snaps at my daughter if she isn't doing a machine right and talks down to her like she is stupid. I did say something about this, very nicely, the couple of times we were there because it really bothered my daughter but it made little difference in my daughters treatment. My daughter is almost 18, not a child to be talk down to. I noticed she talks like this to everyone not just the younger people.

My daughter did have a question that I wasn't really sure how to answer. She asked me about the woman that works here. The lady is very out of shape and over weight. If the machines don't work for her? How are they going to work for us? I wasn't sure how to answer this. I would think they would want someone working there that has either gotten in shape with the help of curves or is in the process of using the curves to get into shape. The lady went on and on about how she was hired to work there because she had been going there a very long time and the owner said it was easy to train her because she knew the machines so well. She doesn't use the machines anymore because she works there and doesn't have time is what she told us.

There are some nice things about the place. From what I was told they have all the machines available, I know they have quite a few and they have a nice stretch machine and just got the smart curves on the machines. Everyone is very upbeat. There are all ages there. There are only two people working there. The owner and one other person. The owner is very friendly and does take the time to answer questions if you have any. The place does have all kinds of different things going on to help you stay motivated. You can earn curve dollars, not sure what they are for. Example, if you walk in on saturdays wearing slippers this month you get 20 curve dollars lol.

I am going to try it for the two weeks and see how things go. I am adding it to the walking/aerobic videos I do and the resistance training videos I do at home. I thought it might be a nice variety to my workouts.

09-11-2008, 08:03 PM
She doesn't use the machines anymore because she works there and doesn't have time is what she told us.That made me laugh out loud and scared the cat.

Reason #174 why I won't go back to Curves ever. ;)
(no offense to anyone who goes and likes it - just that every one I've ever been to has been staffed by people who are beyond ignorant about working out, diet, and exercise)


Shy Moment
09-11-2008, 08:17 PM
I kind of raised my eye brows at that one lol.

09-12-2008, 02:29 AM
How much does it cost per month to go to Curves?

09-12-2008, 08:09 AM
I joined Curves 3 years ago, and I really like it. The monthly fee was $29 then, but now I believe it went up to $35 for new members. My Curves keeps up-to-date with all the newest machines, and the girls who work there are upbeat and helpful. They will point out if anyone is using a machine wrong, but they do it discretely. How much or how little you want to get out of your workout is entirely up to you. I like to do the advanced version, and I do the minute machines when it's not too busy. Our hours are from 7-1 and 3-9, and we're also open on Saturdays from 7-12. I've looked around at other gyms in my area, but I really like the atmosphere and camaraderie of my Curves.

Shy Moment
09-12-2008, 12:30 PM
The want 100 dollars to join ( regular 200 dollars ) and 34 dollars a month. My in laws said they would pay for this if I thought it was something that would do me good. I am trying it for a couple of weeks to see if I think it is worth them spending the money. This is my birthday and christmas present for the next 10 years lol.

09-12-2008, 12:33 PM
Honestly, my Aunt has been doing curves for like 8 months, and I have not noticed one bit of change in her. Mind you, I have no idea what her eating habits are like.

Shy Moment
09-12-2008, 12:35 PM
From the few times I have been there I can feel toning will be going on. I haven't seen any change in my weight loss ( don't look at my ticker now lol I just put a ton of weight back on because of being on Prednisone for a few months ). I was losing one pound a week when I didn't exercise and I was losing one pound a week when I did exercise. For some of us I think exercise helps us tone the body we have to get the weight loss out of our healthy eating. That is why I want to go for a couple of weeks and see if the money is going to be well spent.

09-16-2008, 11:12 PM
I was a member before. I think you're better off spending your money at a gym (there are many women's only gyms sprouting up now) and some personal training, even if it's just a couple of sessions, to give you some knowledge and direction. The Curves employees were really nice and there's a lot of contests and such, but I found it was more of a social thing than a true workout for most of the ladies that went there. A lot of the women were in jeans and full make-up and didn't bother breaking a sweat. You need the education about heart rate and fat burning and muscle building etc. before you can make Curves work for you.

Shy Moment
09-17-2008, 05:49 PM
I have been going a few times and I am not sure it is worth the money. I like the machines and having something different to do for exercise ( there are no other gyms around here I live in God's country lol ). You are right, it is a social thing there. People hop machine to machine and chat. There are times when I am breathy that I need to stay in between machines and get my breath back ( this happens a lot in the winter time ) and I don't want to have to use more inhalers than I already am. I can take care of it just by slowing down for a few. They want me to not use the machines as hard and just take it easier. I don't think I am getting as good a workout if I don't use the machines like you are suppose to.