A few days ago by Running BRF’s and I were invited into the local Curves studio to check out their circuit workout. Admittedly, I had no idea that Curves was still a thing. We are always up for trying something new, so off we set to check it out. Embracing our Curves.
Embracing Our Curves
Our local Curves (in Falls Church, VA) was recently remodeled with all new equipment and new energy. After a quick briefing on how the Curves workout is designed, we were ready to go. Curves is really one of the original HIIT workouts. Traditionally, a 30 circuit training workout with a mix of cardio and strength training.
Participants move through the guided 30 minute workout by following the audio prompts every 30 seconds. We were prompted to move between stations, which alternated between cardio and strength training exercises. The goal is to keep moving throughout the 30 minute workout thus keeping your heart rate up and continuing to burn calories.
Pros of the Curves workout:
-At 30 minutes for a full body strength training and cardio workout, this is an efficient and quick for those looking to get in and out.
-Curves provides a combination of cardio and strength exercises for a total body workout.
-Good for women who are new to strength training.
-A female only program which is more comfortable and less threatening for many women.
-Members can go at their own schedule and work into the circuit set without having to be bound by a schedule for classes.
-There is a certified personal trainer on staff at all times that can give you feedback during your workout without an extra charge.
-The machines are hydraulic powered so you do not have to worry about knowing where to set your weights for each exercise.
-You have access to a great stretching machine that offers a 5 minute stretching routine.
Cons of the Curves workout:
-There is not much variety in the workout. Although you hit every major lower and upper body muscle group, you are bound by the machines they have in the circuit. After a few months this could be repetitive.
-The machines are hydraulic powered so you are not able to adjust the amount of weights.
Curves offers a great opportunity for those looking to get into strength training and would appreciate having a guided and supervised workout. I know many women are intimidated by “the weight room” and Curves offers a non threatening environment. If you are one of my local readers, I have guest passes so please reach out. Find your local studio here.
Ever tried Curves or a similar circuit training workout?
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