Parentmedori, your problem with Curves can be regional. I joined Curves at one of the San Diego locations. It has been a great experience. I lost 9 lbs in only 6 weeks. My whole body shaped up and it's very noticeable. I didn't go for about 10 days because of my traveling schedule, my arms start losing the firmness. My mind is too much pushing me back to Curves and keep the routine. Very honestly, Curves works better for me than other gym. Their different machines help shape me up in every part of my body.