May 28, 2007

Winsted Curves - a fitness program for women only

Just 30 minutes a day, three times a week, can improve the quality of your life

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

For all those ladies who are shedding the winter layered look for the more figure hugging summer fashions, and find last year’s wardrobe fits a little snugger than before, Curves might be just what you are looking for.

However, it is not just for looking better, but feeling better as well. Curves fitness program mission statement is “improving women’s lives.”

Its new owner, Cyndi Stifter, a long-time Winsted resident, purchased the business at 135 First Street N., located in the lower level of Sharon’s Beauty Salon, in mid-March. Stifter had been a Curves member for a year and was impressed with the program’s results.

Her enthusiasm for Curves is contagious as she runs through all of the Curves’ program benefits.

“It can lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol, as any regular exercise program can. Because it is only women working out, it is a comfortable environment where women of all ages, shapes, and sizes can relax – a very welcoming environment.”

“Curves has been very progressive spending millions of dollars every year in research for women’s health issues,” Stifter said.

The fitness facility was newly remodeled specifically to house Curves.

There is a large entryway with a place to store shoes and workout clothes.

The workout room is an open area, very bright and cheerful, with all new lighting. It is where a total of 26 workout stations and 13 different machines are available.

There is a trained staff person available at all times when Curves is open.

The program requires a 30-minute workout, which is going through each of the stations two times.

Members workout at each station for 30 seconds, then move to the next station. Each machine provides a different workout for arms, abs, and legs, which give muscles time to rest in between.

The program combines strength and cardiovascular training, and stretching for range of motion and flexibility as well.

“All of the machines are specifically designed for women and their needs. For their bodies and their muscles,” Stifter said.

“I am hoping to grow the membership because I strongly believe in the program,” Stifter said. “I have seen how the program works on myself and with other people and their health issues.”

There is a Winsted Curves member as young as 11 years old, and some of the women are in their 80s.

“The 70 and 80-year-old ladies coming in here are not trying to lose weight,” Stifter said. “They are just trying to feel better about themselves knowing they are doing something to improve their health.”

A new equipment upgrade should hopefully take place within the next year, Stifter said.

Curves has already gone through the evaluation, finding it is qualified for Curves’ newest “smart” equipment which is top of the line.

“Members will be given an individual scan tag. The new equipment will scan the individual’s tag and the machine will automatically be set to their strength and range of motion as they do their workout,” Stifter said.

“The machine will be able to tell the member whether they are getting a full workout, and whether they are working their muscle groups. It is all tied into a computer program and it progresses. As they meet their goals, it automatically steps them up to the next level.”

When Stifter decided to buy Curves, she had been looking for her own business. Curves just kind of fit right in.

“I have lived in the Winsted area for 24 years. Curves is just three blocks from my house. I love this community and I love the people. It is a very friendly place. This is where my home, my church, and my friends are,” she said.

Stifter is originally from Arlington. She graduated from Arlington-Green Isle High school. She attended St. Cloud State University where she received a bachelor of arts in psychology and biology.

She has three children. Eric is in the Navy, stationed in San Diego. He is a Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 2002 graduate.

Mandi is attending Hennepin Technical College for accounting and is a 2004 Holy Trinity graduate.

Rick is living at home in Winsted, working at Five Star Direct and is a 2005 graduate of HLWW.

Stifter has had a number of jobs since graduating, but feels her college degree is a good background for owning and managing Curves.

She has also been taking additional training courses offered through Curves.

“I just spent an entire week in Texas where we had a week-long training session. We had classes from 8 in the morning until 5 every day. There were also tests on everything we learned,” Stifter said.

Curves is currently offering a national promotion to anyone who signs up for a Curves membership before the end of June offering them three months free membership.

If there is anyone interested in joining curves, Stifter suggests they come in for a brief evaluation.

They are evaluated on their physical fitness, what their goals are, and then it is determined how the Curves program can help them.

Sometime in June, Curves will also be offering a weight management program. It is a six-week challenge that helps with permanent weight loss, without permanent dieting. It is not necessary to be a member to attend.

Another benefit to keep in mind if someone is considering becoming a member of Curves, is the traveling pass.

While traveling, anyone who is a Curves member can get a pass to workout at any Curves club in the world. There are 10,000 locations worldwide. Curves Clubs can be found in over 42 countries, including the United Sates, Canada, Europe, South America, The Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan.

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