I’d been dabbling with various gyms for over 20 years, but never managed to keep going. Cost of memberships went up – I eventually retired from full-time work in November 2011, when I discovered Curves.
I’m still going! Have shaped up a bit, am stronger, coaches are friendly, inspirational and fun. But, best of all, no gawking men in lycra and many new friends.
I joined in early days. I was a ‘sluggish’ plump 50-something and the GP said exercise would help with my low mood. Joining Curves was one of the best things I did.
More energy, better mood and toning plus losing a little weight.Both the Curves members and staff have been massively supportive.On top of all that it’s great fun. And it helps with confidence too!!
I joined Curves in April 2007. They had different machinery then. The club later acquired improved machines, employed motivated staff and started great classes. If it was not for Curves, I would not be where I am today – stronger, motivated and weighing less. The coaches are wonderful and I have made friends for life. I love coming and I am working hard to reach my 2000th workout milestone. A big thank you to all the Curves staff.
15 years ago I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis. It was quite a shock to be told I had the bones of an 80 year old at the age of 50 and that my vertebral fracture risk was high! This was despite having always been an active person and an avid walker.
I was prescribed various drugs over the years, but my bones continued to thin until I was referred to a consultant, who prescribed a new drug which halted the decline. However, there was negligible improvement and it emerged that there were other health risks associated with my prescribed medication.
In March 2015, I heard about Curves and decided to try it for a year to see if it helped. I was immediately impressed by the personal attention and professionalism of the coaches and their friendly, encouraging approach. The SMART system, which gives you instant feedback on your progress, is also a great motivator. I’ve been attending at least three times a week since joining and really enjoy doing some of the classes and taking part in the various Challenges dreamt up by the coaching team.
Earlier this year I had a bone density scan and my GP was amazed that the results were normal. She said she had never seen such an improvement in someone who had started from such a low point. I am now off the drugs and my bone density will be checked every 3 years to see if the improvement is maintained. No prizes for guessing that I’m still a regular!
Thank you Curves – I’m overjoyed!
In one way or another I have struggled with my body image, weight and fitness for a large part of my adult life, but it all came to a head when I retired from work in August 2014. This is my sister and I in September of that year.
The first year of retirement was more or less taken up with project managing various building projects at home. Though I did not miss the stress of my job, I missed the status associated with it and maybe just being part of something. I had been too busy over the last few years to make friends locally, and those I had lived many miles away or were still working.
Although I periodically tried walking at least 10,000 steps a day, I did no structured exercise – I didn’t even know how to! I felt that I was becoming invisible and, though I did not recognise it at the time, I was demotivated, lonely and isolated. I wore things like baggy clothes not formal office wear, which allowed me to expand effortlessly whilst constantly grazing on biscuits and snacks. I even started having an afternoon nap!
Eventually my 66th birthday came round in February 2015 and I realised that I needed to find my mojo while I was still young enough to do something about it. I stopped snacking and tried to eat more healthily, but by April I realised that I could not do it alone, so I found the nearest Slimming Club and joined up. I was shocked to find that I weighed 14 stone and 6.5 lbs.
It was good to be amongst people with similar issues and to hear their stories, but it wasn’t just my weight that I wanted to address. I wanted the well-being that comes with exercise – but not a gym, I can’t tell you how many one year subscriptions I’ve signed up to and actually attended four or five times! I was surprised when I asked my consultant to recommend something that she was quite dismissive saying that you only lose about 1lb per month with exercise. Not the point though!
Several years ago I had joined my local Curves, but did not really commit to it. I was thinking returning to it when an invitation came in the post offering a special re-joining deal for past members. Serendipity!
I started in mid-May and was absolutely hopeless, not only unfit, but uncoordinated and unconfident. But the atmosphere at the club is so positive, supportive and friendly that during my five sessions over the first 10 days, the coaches were very encouraging and I almost started to enjoy it (yes, me, enjoy exercise!).
Then Justine organised a 30-day challenge in June so I was motivated to attend everyday and that made such a huge difference to how I felt about myself. I sometimes had to force myself go, but I’m so glad that I did. Not only did it accelerate my weight loss, but my shape started to change as I toned up.
I’m about 9 months in to my Curves journey. I go to club at least 5 or 6 times per week and even attend the odd class or two. The 30-minute circuit is spot on. Even those machines I don’t exactly love, I can stand for 30 seconds! The environment is great too – light and bright, welcoming and the new equipment is state of the art. I’ve made some lovely new friends and I am much more confident knowing that I can rise to things that challenge me. Not only am I more that 3 and a half stone lighter, but my whole life is more active and I feel that I am part of something, and what’s even better, people tell me that I look much younger!
Curves has helped me to transform myself from an unhappy, sluggish, overweight, invisible old person into a happy, active, involved and vital woman with a full and rewarding life – and all this in under a year! Now it’s a way of life for me.