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my parents gave me a membership to curves. i went a couple of times, but did not feel like i got enough of a workout to really make any changes to my body. it did seem like i could maintain my weight and not gain any more if i went every other day as recommended. i wonder if anyone has seen results?

Tue. Apr 11, 10:27am

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I think it's good if you are really overweight or have never really exercised. Otherwise I wouldn't expect to see much results.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:53 AM

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I just joined Curves 2 weeks ago, so I cannot yet comment on results other than my improved heart rate. I joined because a new location opened just 2 minutes from where I live and the hours fit my schedule - the convenience beats any other considerations. I gained new respect for the workout when I looked up the calories burned in 30 minutes by some of my favorite workouts - here's a quick list:
--Curves, all exercises in standard circuit, 30 minutes, 290 calories.
--Karate, 30 min, 337 calories.
--Shopping(!), average, including both standing & walking), 30 min, 51 calories
--Walking, 3.5 mph, uphill setting on treadmill, 30 min, 196 calories
--Weightlifting, Nautilus, universal or free weights, intense, 30 min, 196 calories

I make up for any slack feeling in the Curves workout by intensely running in place between the machines, and challenging myself to do as many reps as possible on the machines, and by doing more than 3 circuits if I haven't gotten my heart rate up by the time the standard 3 circuits is over.
In short, you can customize the workout to your needs, but I do understand your concern about results. I'm there to burn calories. If you would rather be building a six-pack, another place may suit your needs better.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:55 AM

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Some other information about Curves....

One of my friends really likes it, but I went into the center by my work and think that it's not for me...

She's sedentary and extremely overweight and does NOT like exercise, so it's good for her. I'm pretty active, and like to "feel the burn" on my muscles, so it seems a better program for women who aren't into the more intense weight lifting.

Another thing is that I have read and researched online is that the FOUNDER of Curves supports pro-life causes and because I'm Pro-choice (but not necessarily pro-abortion), it's a concern to me. According to what I've read, CURVES itself is not a supporter of these causes, but their FOUNDER is....
He also does not support Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen Foundation (which funds research for breast cancer)

Yes, I realize that this post may cause controversy, but for those who find such a connection to be troubling, then it may be of concern...

Here's a link to some web pages (urban legend debunking website,, as well as other newspaper articles that verify the information above statement...(It's also why, for the past 20 years, I have chosen not to eat Domino's Pizza (when it was owned by Tom Monaghan).

As a woman, it's difficult for me to support a company that purports to be "for women" but at the same time limits choices and opportunities for women as well.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 12:29 PM

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It's How Much You Put In

I worked out at a similar style gym and found that you get out of the workout what you put into it. So many women would just go around like they were half-asleep and wonder why they weren't losing. But if you push hard and get more reps and vary your activities in between stations (jumping jacks, run with high knees, tae-bo style kicks etc, anything not just stepping in place), you can get a decent workout. Try a heart-rate monitor if possible, or take your pulse to see if you are getting your heart rate up. The machines won't do the work for you!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 12:48 PM

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I completely agree w/ the 12:29 poster's last statement! right on!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 1:50 PM

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as i understand it, the curves facilities are run privately. so, maybe the individual operators support women's causes.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 1:57 PM

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A doctor recommended to my mother to join Curves after going through breast cancer. She loves it. She stated that she might not be losing much weight, but she does feel better about herself.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 2:03 PM

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I went to Curves for a short time during college. While I didn't think the workout was for me (I got bored quickly), if I remember correctly, it IS possible to vary the resistance on the machines. If you give the machine a harder "thrust", the air compresses differently and increases the resistance. That's what I would do, and it definitely made a difference. It's as if you were using more weight (if they were weight machines). And as long as your keeping your heart rate at your target zone, any workout, no matter how simple it seems, will produce results when combined with healthy diet. I would recommend it for people who aren't used to much activity. It's a great way to get started. I wouldn't recommend it for athletes, current or former, or anyone who's used to frequent/strenuous activity.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 2:28 PM

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i have been going to curves for over a year now. i'm 33 and in good shape. you need to be a self starter to get a good workout. every time i go i really pump the machines and work up a sweat. there are others around me who will never see results because they are too busy being lazy and talking to others. i now enjoy being able to see defined muscle tone in areas that were once flabby. i have witnessed others who have had great luck with the program. some have made it into the local newspaper. for those who are active in curces ask yourself if you are really pushing as hard as you can.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 2:56 PM

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I ran a Curves for 2 years

and I have to say it's primarily targeted for older, obese women. I didn't find it effective or the right environment for non-chatty retirees, honestly.
Also, about the Pro-Life thing. The individual owners have to pay $$$ to start it up, then continue to pay the founder for products and percentages of the memberships. Make no mistake, if you're a Curves member, some of your money is going to these pro-life causes!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 8:00 PM

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