Curves In General
I have been reading reviews about Curves and most have been complaints..as an ex employee of a Curves? There are some very well run Curves facilities, but there are others that I will agree are not. the one thing I read on one person's complaint was that once in a years contract with Curves that you can't be released? YES YOU CAN..If you want to quit within the first year of your contract? There is a termination fee and the most you will pay is $50.00
Some women quit because they expected fast results with weight loss or inches loss and normally as I discovered, every womans metabolism is different and everyone loses in different ways and time frames. But what I do know is most women will build muscle in the first month as they are getting used to the equipment and might gain a few pounds because of it, but, if they eat healthy and really do their workouts the way they should (and normally lose weight in the 2nd month),and by that I mean really work hard on the exercise machines, for example if you do 20 on the bicep machine?
Next round try and bump it to 25, the more you can do? Your building resistance and the more you can do? The harder you push yourself? You will see benefits, but if you just do them casually and get into a conversation with another member or two? You tend to lose your concentration on your reps on the equipment. What you can do, is have the person in charge of the facility go around with you on the circuit the first time round and write down how many reps you get on each machine and then once you have it in writing? Have it attached to a lanyard if they have any or you can purchase them anywhere and wear it when you do the circuit and have it so that you can pull it up and see what you need to do to go beyond what you did on that first round, the more you can do? You get more from your workout, but if you don't put any effort into it? Then you only have yourself to blame..
HOWEVER, I will also say its also the responsibility of whomever is working at the facility to observe the members to make sure that they are using the machines correctly and see if anyone does require help, which is something I always did. But if your eating pizza and fast foods and eating at bad times, like late at night or skipping meals and such? That also puts you at a risk factor and all the exercise in the world will not help you lose that needed weight that you want to lose. We also encouraged our members to do some walking outside the facility at home.
My facility closed due to the current economic situation and being in a very small village/rural area and members losing their jobs, but just remember, what you eat and how much you exercise go hand in hand. Best time to exercise is in the early morning, it gives you more energy for the day and you tend not to eat as much because you feel that much better..pick one day to have a couple things that you love to eat-but in much smaller quantity, but eat healthy the other 6 days, use a lunch plate instead of a dinner plate, cut your food in half of what you normally eat, eat plenty of fruits and veggies that are in season and if you really have to snack late at night?? As we all do??
What our bodies are really looking for is protein and the best way to get protein is have a handful of roasted peanuts and keep drinking water-you can even put crystal light or 4c packages into your water bottles just to give you some flavor. If you drink diet pop? make sure there is no sodium (salt)as many do and you can't burn salt, but one can of regular soda which has sugar? You can burn the sugar, but try to get out of drinking it daily, once or twice a week..If you really want to lose the weight? You can..GOOD LUCK TO ALL :)
One other comment, the Curves Smart?? I know you have to pay more from what I have heard and I have heard pro's and con's as well, before you sign any contract? Ask those questions up front before you sign-ask if for some reason you can't continue your membership, is there a termination fee and if so? How much. I always in signing up someone spelled it all out as I used to be a member before I became an employee and I wanted to make sure everyone knew what they were signing.