I've worked out at a health club and felt self-conscious and extremely uncomfortable. At Curves, it was the opposite of that. First of all, there are many women my size or bigger. All of them look like they are having fun. The music makes it easy to get in the routine. And before you know it, you finished your work-out, so happy you came, and can't wait to come again. The work out is challenging, but not so difficult that I feel like I barely made it and you can taper it to your needs, speeding up or slowing down as you like. I recommend Curves to every woman who can spare about a half an hour. It has been a very rewarding experience for me!!!