CHECK IT OUT: Curves at Eastwood Citywalk, Quezon City
This 30-minute workout shows that you don't need mirrors to look good.
4/F Eastwood Citywalk 2, Eastwood City, Quezon City
Contact: 584-9841, 0917-737-7835, 0921-209-3322
Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) Curves is a woman’s gym, and we don’t mean anything by that except that it really is only for women. The international workout franchise has a strict no-men rule. Compact, clean, fun, and efficient—the space behind Eastwood Citywalk’s cinema counter is designed for the needs of the strong woman, or, rather, a woman who wants to be strong.
That squat equipment on the left is a tough one.
The workout is, give or take, 30 minutes long, but jam-packed with nonstop activity. It uses a circuit system with two rounds at 24 stops alternating hydraulic resistance machines that target different muscles in the body, and recovery that uses light Zumba movements. Each stop takes a half a minute—there’s a video overhead that reminds you which step you’re in—and you pause every seven stations to measure your heartbeat.
You work your legs, your arms, your back, your abs, everything—in just 30 minutes.
A trip to Curves starts with a quick assessment by a coach (female, of course!), and after a few instructions, she’ll set you loose on the machines. Curves clarifies that their workout is individual. The music is on loop and you can jump in any time, so long as you take note of the station your start in. A coach at the center of the circle demonstrates the recovery workout and gives extra pep. She also instructs specific clients who prefer a harder intensity.
Continue working during the recovery stops to make most of the program.
Once you’ve completed your two rounds, you can walk away from the circle and over to the stretching area where a jungle gym-looking apparatus effectively aids in stretching your body in over 10 ways.
Stretch out here
Diagrams are everywhere to teach you how to perform the chest back, leg press, squat, hip abductor, and the other exercises.
The equipment they use could be found in other gyms (or at least something that targets the same muscle group), and you could probably make a similar circuit training program on your own, but Curves is designed for women. Not just for their physical limitations (Ronda Rousey would probably raise her eyebrows at that assumption), but for their psyche. The international fitness company has a strict “no makeup, no men, and no mirrors” policy. The goal is to focus on the workout and stay healthy. A workout can burn up to 500 calories a session, and it also targets that perennial weight-loss wish. Other pursuits (read: vanity) would come after.
Curves is about a much more deeply rooted motivation. The equipment seem to be arranged in a circle for logistic purposes, but it’s actually for you to watch the other women, get the energy in the room, and feel inspired by the their decision to better themselves. You’re doing the same for them.
Prospective members are given several options, but the rate is a little over P2,000/month. Curves Philippines also has a branch in Bonifacio Global City.