We’ve All Been Wrong About Curves

I’ve always thought of Curves® gym as a place where sweet little old ladies go to workout. Honestly, that’s what I’ve seen walking in and out of the gym so I figured it must be pretty easy. Well, when Curves® invited some local influencers and me out to their pre-party for their 25th anniversary, I was quickly corrected.



When I walked into the gym, I noticed two things – all of the workout machines were in a circle (so clearly this was a circuit class) and there were lots of sweet little old ladies working out. The first thing I thought was, “Aw, this is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.” Then I thought, “I’m probably going to need to hit the gym again after this.

What is the workout at Curves® like?

The machines at the gym were pretty straight forward. Some that worked arms, some that worked legs, some that worked your core. As the instructor was showing us how to use each of them, I kept thinking about how easy the class was going to be. Especially when she told me it was only 30 minutes!



So finally we start the class  and my first stop was doing butt-kickers. “Aw” I did them for 30 seconds then moved on to the next machine. That’s how the class works. You do every step for 30 seconds then a voice in the ceiling tells you to move forward! There were squat & glue machines, leg curls and presses, even some oblique, ab, and back machines. In between each of them, was a mat where you do some light cardio – high knees, jumping jacks. standing side crunches.


I’m glad I didn’t place a bet on this class!

I began the class all kinds of energetic, doing everything to the beat of the music. By the end of the workout, I was half doing every move, taking water breaks, and regretting telling the instructor my asthma was under control. I totally could’ve used that as an escape route if I’d kept that detail to myself – DANGET! In the back of my mind, I thought, “All of those little old ladies are cons!” It felt like I just got hustled. They made it look so easy and then here I am, leaving the class all tired and sore. Thank goodness they have a fancy stretching machine, otherwise I’d probably still be sore today!



The moral of this story is, don’t underestimate cute little old ladies that work out in groups! They’re out here killing the workout game and hiding it behind a smile and comfortable clothing! I went in thinking that this workout wasn’t for my age group. Now I’m sitting here typing this, trying to figure out when I can go back to the gym and start the one month trial they gave me! And the great thing about Curves®, is that it isn’t just a workout program.



They pride themselves on community! You’ll make friends to keep you accountable and encourage you along the way. Plus, the way the gym is set up, you’re bound to meet other women. You’re kind of forced to look at them while you work out – which I love. I also like that you can come in at any time of day and workout! Because it is a circuit workout, you can drop in at 10 am or 10:17 am and do the same workout! So there’s not being early or being late! Plus, they give you a nutrition guide to help you stay healthy when you’re outside of the gym.


So who is Curves for?

I would love to sit here and tell you that Curves is for everyone – but I can’t honestly say that. I think it’s more for people who are new to working out or getting back into the swing of things.


Curves is also great for busy women. We can all find 30 minutes in our day to do a quick workout! However, if you already workout 5 times a week this may not be the gym for you.  There is no heavy lifting, and no one machine is overwhelming.



If you’re super anti-social and have no desire to talk to anyone before, during, or after your workout, this may not be for you. Now, if you’re trying to get back in the swing of things, Curves is your place! Again, I really love the community they create here.  You’ll meet so many people that care enough to keep you accountable!



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This post is sponsored by Curves. However, all opinions are my own. 

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  1. I’m so mad you wanted a medical excuse to get out of your workout girl! But you stuck with it, and you may have found a new community. I’m that five days a week girl so Curves ain’t for me but I’m glad they got you working 🙂

  2. says: Wendy

    Hi Ginger,been with Curves for 17 yrs,employee & owner. Maintaining 100 lb weight loss w/ Curves. It can be for avid exercisers; becuz the machines are hydraulic you get out of it what you put into it; in another words, the harder you work the machine the more resistance it creates, allowing everyone to work at their own current level. As you get fitter you work machines harder, always advancing your fitness level. Get in there and get started, you won’t regret it. It will be the best 30 minutes of your day!

    1. Hi Wendy! WOW! I am SO impressed by the amount of weight loss you have achieved and held off! I am definitely hoping to take the classes – who can say no to 30 minutes/day?

  3. says: Star Howes

    I’ve been working out at Curves for 12 years. I was 44 and a former fitness instructor. Now I’m nearly 57 and greatful Curves has kept me on track with my fitness goals. We have walking groups and weekly Zumba classes. I aspire to one day be one of those super fit old ladies at Curves!

    Best Wishes,

    Golden, CO

    1. Hey Star! First of all, thanks so much for visiting my blog. It really means a lot. I’m so excited while reading about your journey. Keep it up, and I’m sure you’ll be one of those super fit old ladies!

  4. says: Doreen Johnson

    Because I have been a Curves member for 15 plus years…I read your article with pleasure. At the time I come to workout…most of the people on the circuit look like me….older and nothing perky at all. If I had to workout with 5’10” curvy girls I would find any excuse to drop off. With the good coaching and fun activities for our brain Curves is a challenging yet fun way to exercise for ME.

    1. Hey Doreen! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! While I appreciate working out with people of all different shapes and sizes, I can see how you might feel more comfortable being surrounded by people “like you!” As long as you’re working out and staying healthy, that’s what really matters! Good luck in your journey!

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