Real story: One time in a previous gym, I was busy using the hyper extension bench, trying to bend down and back up. Then this guy came and started using the bench press just behind me. I was having the time of my life, getting over 30 counts when he started groaning each time I bent my back down. It was fucking annoying. It was like I’m being raped by his groans and I started getting paranoid about him looking over my bum each time I bent down.
I’m sure he didn’t mean to harass me or anything, I mean bench pressing really does make a person let out masculine groans, but the fact that it looked like a ridiculous moment, him groaning each time I bent forward, I felt really awkward. Why is the hyper extension bench located in front of the bench press anyway?
That was not the only encounter I had that involved working out beside, in front or at the back of a grunting guy. I don’t mean to overreact but the feeling was disgusting especially when you notice the grunting, you start to look, and you see them looking back at you. Creepy.
If you’re a woman like me who has had it with actual
or imagined harassment in a unisex gym, then I’ve got a treat for you.
For half the month of November and half of December I’ve been hitting a new gym that’s exclusive for women only. Take note: FOR WOMEN ONLY. Thanks to Blogapalooza, I was given the opportunity to experience a month of fitness with any Curves Fitness center either in Eastwood or BGC. I chose Curves Eastwood because it’s just a jeepney ride or a 3km run away from my apartment. Yes, convenient.
Although physical fitness isn’t anywhere near my list of interests, I figured I really needed it because I had to fit in well with my maid of honor dress on the second week of January. I had to do some drastic measures. And of course, I wanted to bring to life that half of my wardrobe I set aside because I couldn’t fit in them anymore.
I guess I should start looking at the bigger picture now. I need health and fitness in my life, and I don’t want to start working towards it when my body’s already unable. Working out at Curves was a great kickstarter for me.
The Curves workout has helped women in the Philippines and many other countries get the results they need. The workout offers the benefits of a longer 90 minute workout but takes just 30 minutes. The reason the workout is so effective is that it combines strength training with sustained cardio, warm-ups, cool downs and stretching.
Many women believe that strength training is only for guys. In reality, this is an essential part of any fitness plan. Lean muscles burns more kilojoules than fat, and it also gives you that firmed and toned look. Dieting alone can actually cause muscle loss, making it much more difficult to shift those extra kilograms. Not only does resistance training build healthy bodies, it also gives you stronger bones. Sustained cardio activity that keeps your heart in its target training zone for at least 30 minutes is great for burning kilojoules and aerobic fitness.
Research shows that the Curves workout delivers proven results–protecting muscle, burning fat and boosting your metabolism. Clinical trials done by Curves International showed that unfit women burned 680 to 1000 kilojoules during a 30 minute Curves workout. Fit women on the other hand burned over 2000 kilojoules. The numbers speak for themselves and women across the world can see these same results.
The Curves 30-minute Circuit
The Curves circuit is an efficient full body workout. In just 30 minutes, you work every major muscle group and can burn up to 2000 kilojoules (478 calories) through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching. Plus you can join the circuit any time, from any station and start working out when it suits you.
The circuit is made up of hydraulic resistance machines that are designed to create resistance that increases with effort. As you get, stronger, you can push harder and the machines will respond with more resistance making them perfect for women of any fitness level to continually achieve results.
Body Basic Circuits
Body basic circuits are designed to add variety to the traditional Curves circuit. Workouts include simple movements with multiple levels of difficulty so that every member can enjoy and benefit.
It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you start with, you will find a variety of ways to work out and improve as you work towards your health and well being goals.
Stretch and Strength
Lengthen your muscles and increase your range of motion
Improve your balance, stability and core strength
Arms, Legs and Core
Focused sessions that strengthen your major muscle groups
A heart pumping workout designed to energize and tone muscles in one circuit
Combine Arms, Legs and Core movements for a total body workout
Curves Circuit with Zumba
You’ll tone up, burn up to 500 calories, and have so much fun you won’t even realize that you’re working out.
MY CURVES REVIEW
Obviously, one month is always a first impression but I must say I can always trade in any ordinary gym for Curves. Curves is a unique fitness center for women where the motto “No men. No makeup. No mirrors.” is taken with utmost seriousness. Women come in different shapes and sizes, work their asses off on the circuit and go home stronger, healthier and sexier. I’m really grateful to have witnessed the Curves culture for a limited time.
Each time I entered the circuit was a challenge. My first two sessions I was always blacking out after half a round. It was embarrassing but the trainers assured me my body was simply adjusting to the workout routine, as I have never worked out that much for a long time. Each session I grew stronger and stronger until I lasted 3 rounds plus a Zumba. I didn’t get the actual hardcore training because I specifically requested to get the simple exercises. I’m anemic and I easily black out during a heavy exercise. I’m not also a regular at the circuit but despite that, I got amazing results after just a month. You’ll see in a revealing photo of my before and after below.
via Curves Eastwood
Curves Eastwood has a small space focused on the circuit of 12 hydraulic equipment and 11 workout boards in between each equipment. It’s a space good for a maximum of 23 people at a time. It’s perfect for a discreet number of people but can be really crazy when an unexpected crowd comes in. I experienced doing the Zumba circuit with a lot of people and it was crazy. It was really fun though, but I got accidentally elbowed and slapped along the course, and it was hard to keep track of the next equipment when moving on to the next one meant making patintero with the people dancing in front of it. I wish they had a bigger space.
It’s my first time to experience hydraulic machines and boy do I feel the burn a lot! It’s really true that it gets heavier the harder you push or pull. It’s challenging. It’s awesome.
They have this cool stretching equipment where you can stretch out your arms, legs and core after a grueling workout. Again, can only be used by a limited number of people at a time.
They have 24 lockers of varying sizes and there’s no need to bring your own keys because they give you one connected to a bracelet which you can wear during your course. That way you don’t lose the key and you can’t blame the staff for any losses. Just make sure you give back the key after. I accidentally brought mine out one time. It was just on my arm and I easily forgot it was there. It came to me after 30 minutes of walking around Eastwood mall. Good thing I haven’t went home yet so I went back to return it.
They have one restroom and two shower rooms. There is also a waiting lounge where women can interact or quietly read some magazines while waiting their turn. They also have vanities complete with blow dryers, fitspiration photos and discount cards.
They also have a jar of candy and menthol aromatherapy ready for any cases of hypoglycemia. I almost fainted twice during my workout but thanks to these I recovered quickly.
Unfortunately Curves doesn’t have a drinking station and everyone can only either bring their own water or buy one for P40. The price is a little steep for water but their water is not ordinary because they’re electrolyte-enhanced. This means that there are added sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and a couple of vitamins and minerals that make digestion and circulation better, and muscle healing faster, which is much needed while working out.
The staff are mostly made up of young petites who are both tough and encouraging. They manage the fitness routines of every single woman joining the circuit, which can be really challenging too. They can be strict when it comes to exercise compliance and machine use but it’s only so you make the most of your 30-minute routine. They’re all nice though especially coach Tessa who’s always beaming with energy and good vibes.
I really love seeing women of different ages, shapes and sizes, all working towards the same fitness and health goals, in one place. It’s very inspiring and everyone’s friends with everybody. Every new member is introduced to everybody and everyone has a lot of fun in every routine. It’s too bad that I only get to enjoy this for a month.
See me in the group photos above and notice the change in my flabby arms and beer belly in the photos below. When I get fat, the fat gets distributed only in my upper body, which is annoying. At my worst, I look like Johnny Bravo. Mind you, this took a lot of courage but I wanted to show the 1 month transformation anyway. Honestly, this wasn’t all Curves. Because Curves motivated me to keep health and fitness in mind, I also started eating healthy and started running lapses.
It’s a great thing I started working out before the holidays because I can’t NOT partake of the noche buena during Christmas eve. It was my reward for working hard and now I had to burn everything back again. To everyone who binged during the holidays, here’s a chance to make up for your 2016 body. Curves Eastwood is offering 8 weeks of membership for only P4,890!