Not sure...(advice about Curves)

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Not sure...(advice about Curves)

*Country Girl Can Survive* *Country Girl Can Survive*
I am not sure if this post would go here or not. (If not I'm sorry!)

I am thinking about joining Curves for Women. I really want to lose weight. I have horrible self-esteem about my body. I'm not horribly overweight but I've gained about 50 lbs since getting off the depo shot (BAD experience..horrible!! ! thats another whole different topic though). Has anyone every been a member to Curves or heard anything about them? I am thinking about Curves (as apposed to the YMCA) because it focuses on women and their hours are better for me. Any advice would be great! thank you!!
12/29/2008
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Quote:
Originally posted by *Country Girl Can Survive*
I am not sure if this post would go here or not. (If not I'm sorry!)

I am thinking about joining Curves for Women. I really want to lose weight. I have horrible self-esteem about my body. I'm not horribly overweight but I've gained ...
I don't work out at Curves but my sister in law does. She thinks very highly of it. I like it that its a women-only gym. Take a tour of it. They might even let you work out there once for free.
12/29/2008
Dragon Dragon
Quote:
Originally posted by *Country Girl Can Survive*
I am not sure if this post would go here or not. (If not I'm sorry!)

I am thinking about joining Curves for Women. I really want to lose weight. I have horrible self-esteem about my body. I'm not horribly overweight but I've gained ...
It's great that you are taking any first step! I've heard both good and bad things about Curves- depending on the person. I think the most important thing is to think carefully about what will work for you in the first step towards improving where you are. If convenient hours and convenient location is better than start there.

My *general* understanding of Curves is that it is a circuit or station based approach to exercise. You move from one station to the next. This is a great place for people that have a limited experience or limited mobility and need a lot of support. It's not a great place for people that have a lot of knowledge, special needs or are already highly active and motivated.

If you are already exercising a lot, you might find it more frustrating than the Y. However, it might be a fantastic place for a year or two.

Weight training is especially great for toning and losing weight. There are some good books which support weight training just for women as well.
12/29/2008
CaptainBunnyKilla CaptainBunnyKilla
I've never been, but my mom goes to a Curves. She loves it. I do a lot of athletics, and I can tell you that circuit-style training is really, really good for you. Plus, I like it because it keeps me from getting bored or zoning out. Good luck!
12/29/2008
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
Oh, I've been thinking about joining, too. I haven't taken a tour or anything yet, though I have seen a little thing about the circuit training on their website. I'm still kind of thinking about it.
12/29/2008
Nashville Nashville
After the birth of my son I was a total gym rat. The first place I stopped was Curves but they wanted like $150 up front and then had godly monthly rates. I went to Planet Fitness- they have a 0 tolerance policy for rude members so I was always really comfortable there... It was $15/month WITH tanning included.
12/29/2008
Snappy Snappy
I belonged to Curves several years ago and had a good experience there. It's a circuit with music that tells you when to move to the next station at regular intervals. You can stay at the same station for twice as long if no one is right behind you. It's fun and not too hard. There are lots of built-in supports like breaks for taking your pulse and stretches to use after completing your circuit. It's a place where real women work out, not just young hardbodies.
12/30/2008
*Country Girl Can Survive* *Country Girl Can Survive*
Thank you for all your posts! ...hopefully loosing this weight this year!...
12/30/2008
Oggins Oggins
Haha! Well, no not funny....just ironic. I've been off of depo for 11 months now and I still have no period!!! I think I'm broken! OBGYN says it's normal.....bleh...... I know what you mean about a whole different topic for that one!

My sister-in-law used to go to curves and thought it was great but, then she encountered a problem with the cost or something. She said they were going to charge her some weird charges she didn't understand and she quit going but, she loved the people there and the experience. She would have continued if she had more money to spend on it. I've never had personal experience myself though.

Good luck and I hope you succeed! =)
12/30/2008
smurfy smurfy
i've heard they are very good and you can go at your pace... my grandmother goes there she wants to lose a little weight but she has a bad back and a hurt leg so they work with her on gentle excercises... she loves it!
04/02/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
DBD's got it pinned: if you're not already an all-out gym fiend, Curves can be a great place to start. I've only been once (liked it, but there aren't any reasonably close to my university), but my cousin, aunt, and grandmother all go together, and they've got very different needs. My cousin was in competition ballet until a few months ago (bad knees made her quit), my aunt is an average woman, and my grandmother has osteoporosis, and Curves found a way to give each of them what they need.

In my opinion, it would be worth at least giving it a shot, if it's not prohibitively expensive, to see if it fits for you. Good luck with the weight-loss! We're rooting for you!
04/02/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
My mom's personal favorite program is Weight Watchers, since it teaches you to eat healthy in your day-to-day life. She did Curves for a little though, and really liked it, although she said it wasn't for "old ladies" because the exercises in the program put too much strain on her arthritis. It would be great for a physically healthier woman, though.

Could you try asking some of the ladies who use the program locally?
04/02/2009
SarahSarah SarahSarah
Eh I didnt like my experienc at Curves. To me, it was more of a social circle for older woman to meet older woman. I would rather join an all girl gym, or what worked for me when I lost 30 pounds was just calorie counting and walking. I was just more active. I parked far in the parking lot, I walked my dog more, I cleaned the house more often. Any moving you do burns calories. I only ate 1200 calories a day. Might be a little extreme but you can start slow. Really the key to loosing weight, is calorie counting and getting off your ass. lol I still ate pizza, and cake. I just watched how much I ate of it.
09/10/2010
Gigi128 Gigi128
I thought curves worked great, you just got to put you time & effort.
05/30/2011
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