LOOKING FOR A TOP-NOTCH & FEMALE FRIENDLY GYM ?
Curves known as fitness and weight -loss facilities designed specifically for and focused on women, was founded in 1992 by Gary Heavin from Texas, who was inspired by the efficiency and safety of hydraulic resistance equipment, when he was helping his mother with her rehabilitation. So far, Curves has achieved over 4500 franchises in 76 countries and served more than 10 million women members around the world.
Curves believe that the best motivation comes from seeing the progress. Curves Smart coaching system helps members keep themselves fully on track by providing customized motivation and instant feedback ,increasing challenges and detailing muscles worked, calories burned and more. You can see clearly that you are making your way up toward your goals.
Curves are famous for their 30-minute Circuit Workout that works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching and always has a coach to help members with proper form, answer questions and offer encouragement.
Curves has developed collaboration with A&M University and invested more than 8 million dollars. In 8 years, with more than 43,000 female volunteers’ participation, it has proved that Curves 30 minute circuit training included the Aerobic exercise, Strength Training and Muscle stretching, and burned up to 500 calories.
The moment I entered the venue ,the atmosphere appealed to me immediately. It might be partly because it is very purple, and it is one of my favorite colors. But it wasn’t the only factor. I was impressed by the cleanliness of the place ( especially bathroom – just see the picture) and it’s ‘lightness’.
Instead of typical, sturdy and often intimidating gym equipment, I was pleasantly surprised by the approachable equipment that looked more like a playground.
Before I began the session, I had a quick discussion with one of the coaches – Reina – about my fitness goals. Then I had to undergo my weight check in order to determine my BMI and other body measurements . Regular member have later their data stored in the gym’s computer, to help them monitor progress and weight loss.
Finally I was guided by Reina through their workout circle. Don’t be deceived – it may look too easy, but in reality it does require intense physical effort. Yet, thanks to songs synchronized with the time assigned for each machine, the process goes smoothly. Plus it is only 30 minutes! I felt that my body received proper workout but at the same time I wasn’t exhausted.
The biggest jaw dropper for me was the moment when I saw their Curves Smart system – just check the pictures below!
If you asked me to summarize my impression in 1 sentence, I will say it is the most advanced, female user friendly and extremely smartly designed fitness facility I have had the chance to experience so far.
CURVES LOCATIONS IN SHANGHAI
CLUB 1 : No.23,Beijing Xi Rd Near Xizang Zhong Road)/ Tel: 021 – 63152527
CLUB 2 : Unit 310, No.1199 Fuxing Zhong Rd/Tel: 021-64226916
CLUB 3 : No.161, 465 lane, Zhenning Rd,Yuyuan Li No.8, F101,Changning District/Tel :021-62279396