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Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt.
Curves: Women's Workout Studio Franchise in Nasr City
There’s no doubt that during Ramadan we all put on a little bit of weight. So now is the right time to lose those konafa and basbousa rolls. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands to go to the gym for a long workout, then Curves might well be the solution for you.
As an international workout studio franchise, Cairo has several chains. Curves is for women only, which may attract those who’d like to work out in privacy without distraction from the male race. The franchise is known for its 30-minute workout program, which it claims to help you burn up to 500 calories in just half an hour, but of course that depends on how hard you work yourself.
The entrance of Curves is just across from the park at the end of Samir Abdel Raouf Street in an easily spotted purple building. The interior is not that spacious: the dressing rooms and the reception area are almost bigger than the workout area. All fourteen appliances are placed in a circle and a trainer will tell you when to start and when to move onto the next exercise machine.
You can start with any of the machines; there is no specific order to follow. You train every muscle group for about two minutes. Between every station there is a recovery board where you have to walk or jog in place. It is here where you train your endurance. We were told that all the machines are designed especially for women; but this reviewer didn’t notice any difference between these machines and others at regular gyms.
The good thing about Curves is that you won’t easily get bored because the program is so varied. You get to use every machine, whereas you might skip some in other gyms because they are being used by other people.
Usually, there are several other women taking part in the program during your workout; and this is exactly where we had some hygiene issues. There is not much time in between the workout shifts to clean the machines; so basically you're sitting on someone else's sweaty machine. Furthermore, at the time of this reviewer’s visit, the room was a bit hot and badly ventilated. Afterwards, you will feel quite exhausted and sick of hearing the trainer yell ‘change’.
If you don’t believe the 500 calories in 30 minutes myth, then see for yourself how many calories you have worked off. You are provided with a micro chip that you can stick into the machines so that you see exactly how many calories you've burned. If you are not the type that likes to chat during a workout, then Curves might not be the place for you. Given that you usually work out with other women, many of whom love a little chit chat, Curves is like a tea party sans tea.
If you can really motivate yourself and you are short on time, Curves might work out very well for you. A full year’s membership will set you back 3500LE, while you can take a six-month membership for 2500LE or a three-month membership for 1500LE. Enjoy your workout.
With so many health and fitness options now available in Cairo, many of the city’s fitness centres are deliberately and craftily trying to carve out their own special niche, and Curves is no exception.
Unlike most gyms, however, Curves is not an 'open-style' fitness centre where you choose the machines you utilise and the length of your individual workout. Instead, it uses is circuit-based system designed to take you just under 30 minutes to complete. Think of it as an assembly line for your body. The circuit is comprised of various stops; each stop is a machine or a mat in which you engage in an activity to target a different group of muscles. You spend exactly 30 seconds at each stop before moving down the line to the next machine, checking your heart rate at various intervals as you do so. Immediately following the workout, you spend a few more minutes doing stretches to minimise that inevitable post-workout muscle pain.
That said, considering the fast-paced and synchronized aspect of the workout, this is not the place to go if you feel most accomplished after a good, long run on a treadmill. There is a drawback to this method of workout; it's not your best bet if you prefer to customise your routine based on your body's unique 'trouble spots'. However, Curves is great if you are new to the gym scene and like the idea of a structured workout that can be as challenging as you want it to be. The biggest draw, though, is that the whole thing will take just 30 minutes. This in itself is psychologically motivating. Add to this the encouraging and friendly staff (who often participate in the circuit themselves) and you have found yourself an easy-going atmosphere that can help you achieve your Sahel-body goals.
Finally, Curves is a woman-only
facility. And while this is a draw for older, more conservative women, Curves attracts
women from all different age groups and walks of life, and also caters to the large
expat community of Maadi. The facilities include a locker-room with showers and
free towels, as well as a place to keep your belongings while you work out.
Most importantly, the locker-rooms, as well as the work-out circuit itself, are
always clean, safe and reliable.
A year-long membership will set you back around 3500LE, while a six-month membership costs 2500LE. Curves also offers a three-month membership for 1500LE. Rates are subject to change.