April 05, 2017 08:44 AM
Quick, effective, and fun - three words that can be used to describe the circuit classes at Duluth Curves.
General manager Karen Graber says having fun is a big part of what they do at the women's fitness center.
"Curves is a community. First of all, we care about each other, we know our member's names, and we have fun here. That's all part of it, because, you know, laughter tightens your abs, too," Karen said with a smile.
Curves offers a circuit workout using hydraulic machines. Women go around the circuit twice and it takes about 30 minutes. Every other station is a hydraulic machine. In between machines, there is a mat for cardio work.
Karen says it's a quick workout, but it is effective - working the full body.
"It's strength training and cardio. We try to form long, lean muscle," she explained.
While Curves often battles a stereotype that it's a workout "for your grandma," Karen says it is a workout for all ages. They have a member who just turned 91, but they also have members who are much younger.
"We've had members in the past that have been college students, new moms, moms who's kids have just gone to school and they can finally get out of the house in the morning. We've had all ages and all sizes of people that can use these machines," she said.
It's because of the hydraulic machines, says Karen, that anyone can do their circuit classes - everything is modifiable.
"It all depends on how you use the machine and how hard you work. You get to be in control. There are no weights to change, there is no setting to change. It's just a matter of hydraulics and how fast you move the machine," said Karen.
Updated: April 05, 2017 08:44 AM
Created: April 04, 2017 10:19 AM
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