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Curves is a unique fitness facility designed specifically for women. With easy-to-follow 30-minute workout regimens, Curves aims to help women succeed with long term weight loss results and success.

About Curves

Established in 1992, Curves is currently the largest growing exercise franchise in the world, providing its 4 million female members with over 10,000 locations in 55 countries around the world. Curves is the first weight loss facility designed to be an affordable, one-stop exercise venue for women. To help support women, Curves focuses on three specific components for a healthy lifestyle:

  • Effective exercise
  • Good nutrition
  • Supportive environment

Benefits of Curves

  • Convenient locations
  • Affordable
  • Provides members with nutritional programs
  • Offers online programs
  • Offers small classes
  • Provides members with nutritional and weight loss tools

Curves and Weight Loss

The Curves program helps promote weight loss by guiding women through a series of phases:

  • Phase 1
    Dieters follow a high protein and reduced carbohydrate and calorie diet. In addition, dieters implement an exercise regimen of working out for 30 minutes 3 times per week. During this first phase, lasting approximately two weeks, many women report a weight loss of 5 to 10 pounds.
  • Phase 2
    In phase 2, dieters can begin to increase their caloric intake, while continuing to exercise for 30 minutes 3 times per week. Dieters can remain in phase 2 for as long as they choose, or until their desired goal weight is achieved.
  • Phase 3
    Dieters begin to boost their metabolisms in phase 3 by increasing their food intake. Curves does not promote short-term and/or “fad” diets, so members should monitor their weight gain and limit any potential weight gain to a maximum of a few pounds. To lose any pounds gained in this phase, dieters can simply follow the phase 1 portion of the Curves program for several days. Also during this phase, dieters should continue to exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

The Curves Facilities

Curves gyms are generally small with basic workout facilities that offer women a pre-planned 30-minute circuit training session. These sessions are specifically catered to women who are unfamiliar with working out, as a recorded voice instructs women how long to exercise at each of the 8 to 12 machines in the circuit. Most facilities are open seven days a week, for approximately seven hours a day.

How Do I Join a Curves Program?

Women can join the Curves program by visiting their local Curves location.
Membership fees may vary based on location and/or specific promotions, although the general costs are:

  • An individual membership costs approximately $29 to $49 per month
  • Prices vary state to state
  • The enrollment fee often costs approximately $50 to $100

Cons of Curves

  • Facilities are small
  • Curves does not offer diverse fitness classes
  • Some women feel restricted in the 30-minute pre-planned circuit sessions
  • Some women may prefer a more diverse fitness facility that is not solely designed for women
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