I was always told how intimidating it was to go and work out at a Powerhouse. I am a quickly approaching 40 year old woman with more than her share of extra weight. I have tried curves and it was OK, but I felt I needed more. I went to Powerhouse and signed-up. There were others there who are "normal" and not intimidating. They have childcare and a very friendly and helpful staff. If you want to get fit, go to Powerhouse gym.