The Curves Workout
November 21, 2010
I discovered Curves when I visited a wedding expo in Rockwell a few months back. They were offering free 1 month passes for future brides as long as they put Curves guest passes in every wedding invitation to be sent out. They were also offering free trials for those who were just looking around the expo. I signed up for it and was called up to claim my guest pass to try out the new gym. I was searching for a gym to enroll in anyway.
When I arrived at Serendra, I was greeted by the friendly and pretty staff of Curves. They were all smiles and upon having a 1st glance of the gym, there was a very home-like ambiance to it.
The 1st thing they did was to measure my body weight and BMI, gauge my fitness level as well. It was needed so we would know what goals to reach and how effective the focused Curves workout will be. I was very impressed.
I already knew I needed help. I wasn’t surprised with how big my fat percentage was hahaha! Anyway, while I was being measured, I noticed heart-shaped notes posted on the walls of the discussion area. I began reading some of it. The girls really enjoyed their stay in Curves. It was a community gym after all, members support each other in achieving their fitness goals with the same workout training.
I was excited to finally try out Curves’ 30-minute workout! The workout is actually done only 3 times a week and it aims to help women keep fit, gain muscle strength and get healthy.
The Curves workout includes all 5 components of a complete exercise program:
- Warm up
- cardiovascular training
- strength training
- cool down
For 30 minutes, we moved around the circuit, changing stations every 30 seconds. You don’t have to time yourself because there’s a recording signaling you when to change stations. There’s also a time wherein they’ll ask you to check your pulse. Plus, there’s even a TV screen with a visual demo on how to use the machines. The awesome friendly staff are there to support you as well.
So, here’s a preview of the Curves 30-minute workout that is designed for women. Yes, Curves is an all-women gym. Now, we don’t have to worry about how we look when we’re working out hahaha!
Squat – works the hips & legs, including quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals & iliopsoas muscles.
ab/back – works the torso, including the abodominals and erector spinae muscles.
hip abductor/adductor – works the inner & outer thighs, including tensor fascia latae and adductor muscles.
chest/back – works the chest and back, including the pectoral, rhomboids & latissimus dorsi muscles.
leg extension/leg curl – works the upper leg including quadricep & hamstring muscles.
shoulder press/lat pull – works the shoulders, arms and back, including trapezius, deltoids and latissimus dorsi muscles.
leg press – works the hips and upper legs, including quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals and iliopsoas muscles.
bicep/tricep – works the upper arms, including bicep and tricep muscles.
glute – works the hips & legs, including quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals and iliopsoas muscles.
Lateral lift – works core muscles of the torso, including the obliques and quadratus lumborum muscles.
pec dec – works the chest and back, including pectoral, rhomboids, trapezius and latissimus dorsi muscles.
recovery stepper – used as a recovery station in the circuit and is not intended to overload the muscles.
It takes us 2 rounds in order to complete the circuit workout for 30 minutes. In between each machine is a recovery station where you can jog in place, dance, stretch whatever.
Once you’re done with the circuit workout, you’ll then head on to the stretching station to perform, nothing other than what else but, some stretching excercises! hahaha! It felt like a complete workout even if it’s just for 30 minutes.
It’s nice that they brought Curves to the Philippines. It’s located at Serendra and is open from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s truly perfect for the busy woman. 30 minutes is all you need to keep fit and healthy.
Curves actually has a promo from November 1 to December 31 wherein new members can experience the circuit workout for 8 weeks for just Php 3,381. No long term lock in period of 12 months! If you work out at least 3 times per week during those 8-week session, you can join as a full member for free. How cool is that?
I’m glad I tried out Curves but unfortunately, I didn’t register as a member because the location is a challenge for me. It’s far from both my workplace and home. So I had to find another gym to go to. I’m sure those who live or work nearby would love this specialty gym for women. Why don’t you try it out? Contact details can be found below
2/F Serendra, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Serendra, Taguig, Philippines