I recently had an epiphany while trying on clothes- I'd gotten fat. Or, I suppose not fat, but larger than I wanted to ever be. After talking with my husband, we decided that Curves was the best place to start.
We went, talked with a woman named Jennifer, and discussed the options. I was signed up the next day. It's a bit more expensive than I'd like when I look at my payments of $87, but that's for 3 months, so I guess $29 a month isn't so bad.
The sign up fee is ridiculous, though. $145!!! You do only pay that once, it's not per year. However, if you stop going and paying, and want to go back, you have to pay that fee again.
The equipment is easy to use, and it works on hydrolics- water. The harder you push the water, the harder it pushes back on you, so the machines don't need to be adjusted for different people and weights.
You work in a cirlce, starting at a machine, and ending at the machine before it. You work on a machine for 30 seconds, then you jog in place for 30 seconds. You do this twice around the machines, with 13 machines and 13 jog stations. Once you're done, you do a simple cool-down, and you're good to go!
You can visit as many times as you want during the week, but only once per day. You are measured & weighed once per month, as well, and those are written down. The goal isn't just losing weight, it's also about losing inches. See, whne you workout to lose weight, you also work and strengthen muscle, which weighs more than fat, so at first, you want to look more at the lost inches, than the weight. You might even gain weight, but it's just a number.
The building is in great condition, as are the machines. I really like the atmosphere, too.