I haven’t ever been a fan of going to a gym to work out. Well, I take that back – in college I really liked going to the gym on campus. All of my friends were there and since it was a women’s college, there weren’t guys all over the place. Plus, my friends and I used to jog around the track together or play racquetball and it didn’t feel like exercise. It was FUN!
I’ve missed that kind of “fun” exercise and have instead chosen to walk on my own or do an exercise video in my family room. So when I first set foot in my local Curves®, I wasn’t expecting to have FUN. But I did!! Maybe it was the upbeat music or the fact that I didn’t have to spend more than a minute in any one spot. Or maybe it was the fact that there were a bunch of women there who all were looking for the same thing I was.
And when they all gathered in a circle in the middle of the space and started dancing and singing along to Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin'” I knew I was among MY people! Seriously – working out was fun again.
If you aren’t familiar with how Curves® works, it’s an all women’s gym that concentrates on making exercise fun and accessible to everyone. There are a series of resistance training machines in a circle with floor pads in between. Participants use the resistance machine until the audio tape prompts them to move over. They then can do gentle cardio, stretching or strength training until prompted to continue the circuit. Participants can hop into the circuit at any point and will work out every major muscle group by the time they have finished the whole circuit in just 30 minutes.