As I briefly mentioned the other day, I decided to make a switch from one Curves location to another. Although I’m comfortable at my old Curves, I think that was just the problem I was having: I was TOO comfortable. I was stuck in a rut of showing up, mentally clocking out, going through the motions but not really focusing on the here & now. It wasn’t until I read an offer from my insurance company about a much lower membership rate through their fitness program that I really thought about it and what I was doing there, if I was happy there or if I wanted to switch to a more popular, co-ed franchise like Bally. With all the thinking, I finally decided that looking into Curves Smart at a different location, as mine didn’t offer it, would be my first step.
Boy, am I glad I made that “smart” decision! (Did you like the pun there?) I got home, looked a few things up, called the new Curves and by the end of my visit, I had decided I was switching. Let me share a few quick points as to why:
- I walked in and the A/C was on.
- There were people working out! (Not just socializing.)
- They have Curves Smart.
- They offer Zumba classes in the EVENING instead of the middle of the morning when most people aren’t available for special classes.
- Did I mention the A/C was on?
So, I went into my new Curves today to sign myself up for the switch! I had an 8 AM appointment but I got there at 7:45. My fitness coach was very kind and friendly but she became frazzled at the amount of multi-tasking a demanding crowd was requesting of her. She even asked if I could come back in an hour which I kindly executed and she still wasn’t ready for me when I came back. After being there for 3 hours and no workout, I was a little dismayed that my entire morning had been shot to shit and I still hadn’t had the experience of doing a Smart circuit.
With all this anarchy surrounding my first day at my new health & fitness home, would you believe I was still fucking floored at how much better it is than my old location? Between the execution of measurements, the information I learned about myself and the machines and the guidance & direction that was offered to me by a real fitness coach who actually wore a name tag, I was still sold on my slightly impulsive decision to move on & move forward.
- Measurement Execution: They use a “to the floor” method that not only measures the intended portion of your body but also measures the distance from that part of the body to the floor. It’s a more accurate and consistent way to ensure the exact same spot is being measured each & every time, regardless of who is measuring you.
- Information: I learned more about my personal BMI & my body fat %. I was also newly educated on my Basil Metabolic Rate (BMR), Impedance, Fat Mass, Fat Free Mass (FFM), Total Boy Water (TBW) and my desirable ranges.
- Goals: I actually set some! No one at my previous location ever sat down & set obtainable goals with me to achieve a healthy and fit body image. With these goals written down, it feels tangible and real: 29 more lbs & 25 more inches and I’ll be at my personal (and maintainable) figure that I feel is ideal for me, not what some doctor, trainer or average Joe tells me I should be. The best part is, I can always adjust them as I approach them.
I went back to Curves at 6:30 this evening to actually get a workout in and was greeted by yet another fantastic fitness coach who went above & beyond, staying nearly 30 minutes past closing time, so that I could workout since I had been there 3x in one day.
- Machines: Because of her fantastic approach, she showed me that I had been using a machine incorrectly. Seeing as how it’s the one that targets my obliques and that is one of my more problematic areas, I am eternally grateful for her guidance.
Seriously, after going through what I’m calling Body 101 (detailed blog to follow) today with both of those lovely women, I don’t see how I could ever be disappointed. I got more out of my Curves membership today than I have for the past 11 months at that other place. Shouts out to Jamie & Gail for being phenomenal women who made me feel like a rock star today!