Curves – a fun, fast and safe way to work out

If you’re looking for a fun, fast and safe way to work out, then look no further than Curves in Roscommon which is currently offering a number of membership deals, including a two-for-one yearly membership, a special deal for students and a six-week weight management programme open to non-members.             Curves has proved an exercise phenomenon worldwide, being the fastest growing franchise in history. It was established in 1992 in Harlingen, Texas by Gary and Diane Heavin. It now represents 27 percent of all health clubs in the US and Canada and is the largest fitness centre chain in a range of countries across the globe.             Curves offers a fun, fast and safe way to workout for ladies. The facility at Golf Links Road is specially designed for women and ladies, take note, there’s not a mirror in sight as you work out!             A total body workout in just 30 minutes is what’s on offer at Curves. This, allied with a weight management programme, has resulted in increased fitness levels among its all-female membership. During the workout, members spend 30 seconds on a variety of machines, with 30 seconds in a recovery station between each machine. There are five components to the workout – warm up, aerobic exercise, strength-training, cool down and stretch – all of which are essential.             Hydraulic machines ensure the safety of users, reducing the potential for injury and soreness, while providing tailored resistance for individual members. The Curves-style workout has many benefits, including increased joint stability, a crucial part of arthritic treatment, helping to maintain bone density and combat osteoporosis.             Curves in Roscommon has been operating since 2004, but is now under new management, with the manager being Loretta Mulryan from Roscommon town. Loretta is well known to women throughout Co. Roscommon. She has worked in Curves since 2005. Previously, she worked in MJ Farrell jewellers, Church Street, Roscommon, for 11 years. She was also a Unislim leader in Roscommon for seven years and has done a variety of nutritional courses.             ‘You get a one and a half hour workout in 30 minutes, because each machine works on two parts of the body at once,’ said Loretta. Women from the age of 16 – 75 avail of the Roscommon facility and each person works to their own ability. As time goes on and members become stronger, machines are tailored to take account of the individual’s requirements.             A number of special offers are on-going at Curves at the moment. Firstly, Curves has offered a competition to Roscommon People readers, with the prize being three months free membership of Curves. Another offer is the ‘two-for-one’ offer.             ‘We are running an offer at the moment, two for one. You and a friend can come and join and split the service fee. It’s more fun to have someone with you’.             After joining, members are invited to have a figure analysis and goals are set that the member is happy with. ‘We follow that up every month and see where we are. We see if certain machines are working on the areas required and can re-target the machines. What you’re doing in 30 minutes in Curves is the same as an hour and a half workout. You spend 30 seconds on each machine and 30 seconds in the recovery station between machines.             ‘There is always someone here to make sure that the work is being done correctly. We take a heart rate three times in the 30 minutes. The target heart rate target is usually in the 60 – 70 percent bracket. We always make sure and check and make sure that people are pushing themselves to their max.’             Curves in Roscommon has organised a number of successful fundraisers in recent months and is now organising a quiz for the ‘Get Running for Ronan’ mini marathon campaign. The quiz will raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Ireland campaign. Ronan Gavigan from Fourmilehouse suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and the funds raised will go towards research into the condition.             The quiz takes place in Larry’s, Goff Street, on Thursday, May 3rd at 9 pm. It’s a wonderful cause, so if you can make it, get yourself along. Tables of four €20. To reserve a table, contact (090) 66 34969. ‘If anybody wishes to run the marathon, there’s a bus leaving from Curves and coming back again. You don’t have to run for our charity, but all are welcome,’ said Loretta.             Another element of the fundraising at Curves was a recent food drive for St. Vincent De Paul. Curves waived the service fee for members who brought two bags of non-perishable items which were donated to St. Vincent de Paul. A total of €500 was raised through the food drive.             Members at Curves in Roscommon have experienced great success. A Lenten Challenge was organised recently and the winning member lost seven and a half inches over the six weeks, with second and third places going to women who lost five and four and three quarters inches respectively.             Loretta Mulryan said, ‘That was achieved in just six weeks. With a little bit of hard work and dedication, you can accomplish results. You can use Curves as often as you like, but three times a week is the recommended level.’             A special six month ‘Put a spring in your step’ membership package, priced at €299, is currently available at Curves. Another current offer offers a two-for-one price for one-year membership. Students can avail of a special three month membership for only €99. Loretta notes, ‘We have special toning days, for example tummy toning, bum lifting, and torture days, the beauty is the days are never set, so you never know what workout your going to do on that day.’             ‘We also want to wish good luck to our Rose contestant for the Roscommon Rose of Tralee Gala Ball on Saturday night, April 28th, Mandy Larkin from Racecourse Road, Roscommon,’ said Loretta.             Another element of the programme available at Curves is a six-week weight management programme. Each person is put on a suitable programme for six weeks. The programme is designed to speed up the metabolism. ‘When we get to a certain age, the metabolism slows down,’ said Loretta, who pointed out that the six-week weight management classes are open to non-Curves members. The programme consists of one class weekly for six weeks and costs €99, which includes use of the Curves facilities.             Health promotion is an integral part of life at Curves in Roscommon. A mobile unit from the Marie Keating Foundation visits regularly, giving information to Curves members and members of the public about cancer. A screening session with Diabetes Ireland will take place at Curves on Tuesday, May 1st, from 10 am to 12.30 pm. The session is free of charge and Early detection is vital for diabetes so please avail of the screening day.             ‘We recently had a lady here with osteoporosis and arthritis. She couldn’t bend down to tie her shoe and after a few weeks, she was more flexible and she’s delighted with the improvement.             ‘After the workout, you do 12 stretches which lengthen and stretch the muscles after your workout, so the muscle created is never bulky muscle. It’s amazing, no sooner are they in the door than they’re gone again and they have worked extremely hard,’ said Loretta.             With 10,000 Curves centres around the world, in 42 different countries and all over Ireland, it’s worth noting that members of Curves in Roscommon can use a Curves centre anywhere else in the world or anywhere else in Ireland. Members of Curves Roscommon can also avail of various different discounts in the town, for example in Paul Byron Shoes.             Curves is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm, with early closing on Friday at 6.30 pm. The opening hours for Tuesday and Thursdays are from 9 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm. On Saturday, Curves is open from 9.30 am to 12.30 am. On ‘Friendly Fridays’, you can bring a friend to work out for free, terms and conditions apply. For further information, contact the girls at Curves, Ann, Mary, Karen or Loretta for a free tour and figure analysis, and shape up for summer. Every Workout is a step closer to your goal, Take it. Contact Curves Roscommon on (090) 66 34969 or email roscommon@curves.ie