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Old 05-17-2005, 04:57 AM   #1
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Is Curves a good workout place?

how much does it cost per workout?
my Mom and i have agreed that it's time for me to start trying to re-build my muscle tone through a regular exercise regime; losing 32 pounds made me so weak and my muscular tone has literally just disappeared. my arm muscles are literally MUSHY! gulp, PLEASE don't get mad at me, but i lost some weight again and i haven't any idea as to why. i cry over it all of the time. i try so FIERCELY to gain; i ingest about 4,500 calories a day on some days and am still so thin, now that i lost weight again, only 90-some pounds. I
used to have such good muscle tone; i was so proud of my muscle definition. they were soooooo defined, but not OVERLY so, you know what i mean? i lost some of my re-gained weight, but i can't really do too much about it, you know?. TOO much, but it is just so hard to gain! believe me, if my friends on here were in the reverse weight situation that i'm in, you'd get sooo frustrated trying to gain. i mean, i literally have a hole in my abdomen just to get my extra 1,600 calories daily. but the PEG tube button hole starts closing w/in 24 hrs once it finally gets removed. my Doc brought up taking it out soon, WOOOOOOO-HOOOOOO.
sort of woo-hoo..
i'm kind of scared not to have my feeding tube anymore.
not a big deal at all getting it taken out, though.
sometimes i have a hard time making it up or down the steps. sometimes i still have to drag myself and pull myself up on the bannister.
so i think Curves would benifit me soooo much.
i just neeeeeddd some support.

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Old 05-17-2005, 06:03 AM   #2
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but on a better note, at least i don't weigh 72 lbs. anymore. i guess i just have to bump my calories up to 5,500 or maybe even 6,500. i'm seeing my doctor in 1 1/2 days so i'll consult him, of course. i cannot believe i only weigh 90-some and am consistently losing weight on a diet of 4,500 calories! i'm soooooooooo frustrated, grrrrrrrrrr! plus i get so full that it makes me ill. plus my belly puffs out like crazy, sigh.
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Old 05-17-2005, 09:00 AM   #3
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Luvs, I don't know how much the sessions at Curves are but I do know that they are very good. My mom & MIL both go. They enjoy it because it's real women trying to better themselves & not some gym with greased-up babes running around in tight clothes.
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Old 05-17-2005, 09:09 AM   #4
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I have never been (obviously, I'm a guy), but from my understanding of how it works I am guessing this might not be the best option for you to start with. Curves is very fast paced. You go from station to station every 30 seconds or so. Since you mentioned that you sometimes have trouble making it up or down the stairs I would guess that Curves might be too fast paced for you until you build up some more strength. To start, you probably need something where you can take your time and go at your own pace.

A better option, at least until you build up some strength, might be a personal trainer. They would be able to work with you to suit your needs. You could go at your own pace. Once you get a little stronger then Curves might be a great option. I know a lot of women who go and love it. My mother has been going to many years now and I have a number of friends who have lost a lot of weight and gotten some great exercise out of it.

If you have one close by then go and take a look. I bet you would be able to tell right away if it is something you could handle.
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GB, I have to disagree(respectfully of course). With my mom & MIL both, they were able to set their own pace at Curves. They were also able to build up to a faster pace over time.
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Old 05-17-2005, 09:20 AM   #6
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Not a problem Crewsk. They would certainly know better than I would
I was just under the impression that you were at an exercise station and every 30 seconds a bell dings or something and everyone rotates one workout station to the right or something like that. I have no problem believing that I could be way off base here though LOL.

Take a look at the place Luvs. I am sure they would be able to give you a tour and you would know right away if it would work for you (and it is certainly much less expensive than a private trainer like I suggested earlier).
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Old 05-17-2005, 09:27 AM   #7
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GB is right about checking it out first Luvs. Let your instincts & Doc's advice judged whether or not it would be right for you.
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i love curves. you go at your own pace. true you change stations every 30 seconds. just do what you can do. they really frown on you when you try to rush anyway. i think it'll benefit you. just talk to your doctor first, then go visit a curves location and tell them you're interested in joining. when i joined they were having a half off deal. so it costed me 75 to join and 30 a month after that.
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:25 AM   #9
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Luvs, I tried Curves for 10 months ($29/month). I went 5-6 days per week. It was fun, however, I never worked up a sweat, and never got muscle tone. I also gained 10 pounds and gained a few extra percent of body fat. They told me I was a rare case, but that it does happen now and again, and they were nice and refunded me the rest of the year's money I'd paid. I then joined a big gym, and got a personal trainer. I immediately noticed my muscles getting toned and saw definition rapidly. I also lost 10 pounds without trying and lost 5 percent body fat. (I wasn't trying to lose, it just happened)
My Aunt tried Curves. She unfortunately had to stop because she was unable to get on/off the machines/running pads every 30 seconds.
I think for you personally, here's what I'd recommend:
1. talk to your physician about this. He knows you better than anyone, physically.
2. get a second opinion of another qualified doctor.
3. go with what they say!

There is nothing wrong with doing exercise, unless your MD says you shouldn't for health reasons.
Therefore, ask the professional first.
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:39 AM   #10
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GB is right about checking it out first Luvs. Let your instincts & Doc's advice judged whether or not it would be right for you.
well, geebs and crewsk and jkath, we do have a hospital-affilated health center that ffers exercise programs, but i don't know how much that would cost; i just took out a $100,000 life insurance policy on myself this morning and am taking some pretty expensive non-credit classes- mixology, wine tasting-(AGAIN, lol! it's HARD to learn all about wine when you're DRINKING it, lol!) plus, if Mom says okay, International Cooking class. sigh..........
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