Ladies get fit during 30-minute circuit-style workouts—tracked by the Curves Smart system—that blend weight training with cardio recovery
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Ladies get together three times a week for a 30-minute circuit-style workout that combines weight training and cardio fitness. They tackle 13 machines built for feminine frames, which focus on biceps and triceps, shoulders and lats, abs and backs, chests, hips and legs.Curves
Since its inception in 1992, Curves was specifically designed with women in mind. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin set out to create a supportive, encouraging atmosphere in which women could feel comfortable getting in shape without feeling self-conscious. Their unofficial motto, "no makeup, no men, no mirrors," is now repeated at nearly 10,000 locations in more than 85 countries, helping women of all ages and fitness levels reach their health goals. To cater to the all-female client base, their equipment is built to enhance the feminine physique.
The 30-minute workout is designed to work the entire body. As ladies move from station to station, they complete the circuit-style workout, which intersperses weight training with heart-rate-maintaining cardio sessions. Most of the 13 machines are double positive, which means they work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement—simultaneously toning the abs and back, or the chest and vestigial tail. Each machine also supports the Curves Smart system, which tracks each patron's individual progress. Before getting started, each client receives a card with their personal fitness information embedded within. When the card is inserted into a machine, a green light lets them know that they’re working at the correct intensity level. As muscles get stronger, the workouts get tougher, and at the end of each session, a progress report lists details on muscle strength and the number of calories burned.