For the month of May, Curves is conducting, in conjunction with Texas A & M University, a fitness study for women between the ages of 18-65. They offer participants fitness evaluations free of charge and only charge $30 for the entire month with no signup fee. Since my knowledge of Curves was minimal, this study piqued my curiousity. On Wednesday, I signed up for it. Instantly, I found their system interesting primarily because it was quite different than how I usually workout. Their layout is based on a 30 minute circuit with roughly a dozen machines powered by hydraulics instead of weights. Initially, I had reservations about hydraulics providing the appropriate resistance; however, after my first session I realized that my initial assumption was wrong. I found their core machines to be effective especially in working the oblique abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, I do not think I will continue with a membership once the study ends. This week, I have gone twice and I can already feel my body starting to acclimate to the machines. I need variety in my workout otherwise I will get bored and will stop going. The last thing I need is to allow my exercise regimen to become stagnant again.
If interested in joining the study, try contacting a nearest Curves near you. The signup ended on May 9, but, like me, they may still allow new members this week.
Once the study is over, I will post again to determine its efficacy.