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Senior women will more than likely find the all-female membership at Curves reassuring and relaxing. The workout programs are mild and beneficial for all ages. Curves also offers a balance class which many women of advanced years find highly beneficial. Members can take whatever classes interest them and sign up for as many as they can handle.

In 1992, Gary and Diane Heavin founded Curves, also called Curves for Women and Curves Fitness. It has grown into an international fitness franchise. There are 10,000 locations around the world, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, New Zealand, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic and Romania. 

Curves Fitness is a bit different than a traditional gym. The company’s focus is on 30-minute fitness, strength training and weight-loss guidance. However, unlike unisex fitness centers, Curves is designed for women. The entire concept revolves around circuit training, which depends on hydraulic resistance equipment to achieve results. It also has a strength training program that combines cardiovascular training.

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Ease 7/10
Cost 8/10
Cancellation 6/10
Customer service 6/10
Package options 7/10
Financial strength 10/10
Warranty 5/10
How do I get started?
Yes, call your local Curves to sign up
How much does membership cost?
$12.95/week. A $75 enrollment fee is required
Can I cancel my membership?
You can cancel anytime for a $50 fee. A written notice is required
Customer service
Yes, contact your local gym for customer service
Yes, each individual store has its own customer service number
Package options
What packages are available?
Weekly membership with 6 or 12-month contracts
Financial strength
Is the company financially strong?
Yes, it is among the ten largest franchises in the world
Is a warranty available?
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50-64 Years
65-74 Years
75-84 Years

As women embark on their golden years, many start to fear a decrease in their physical ability and overall strength. A fitness center can restore a senior’s physical confidence. Advancing years take their toll on bone density, muscle strength, balance and the cardiovascular system. Regular exercise can help keep a senior’s body functioning at its optimum ability. 

Curve is not a hardcore gym. Instead, it offers a slower pace that many senior women find reassuring. With 30-minute workouts, a lady can pick how hard she pushes her body, and can gradually build up her point of tolerance. The Body Basics class at Curves is an ideal way gain a workout while focusing on the strength-based movements of the legs, core and arms. This is a perfect starting point that has a lot of room for advancement. 

Curve’s Balance Class focuses on improving physical stability while strengthening the core, which is ideal for women of advanced age who might be starting to notice a lack of balance. 

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Unfortunately, nobody can stop the hands of time. Aging and a natural physical decline are inevitable. However, seniors can try to put the brakes on their physical downfall by enrolling in a fitness center. Women are especially vulnerable to aging after menopause. Bone density and osteoporosis both become a concern for most elderly women. The cardiovascular system also starts to show signs of declining without exercise. Enrolling in a gym like Curves is extremely beneficial for most senior women, and may slow down the physical decline of the advancing years. 

At Curves, a senior lady can pace herself and only do as much exercise as she feels confident that she can physically handle. Classes are a short 30-minutes, and she can choose the degree of workout that best suites her individual needs. Curves is also a great place to gather with other ladies for a bit of socialization, which is mentally beneficial.


  • Curves offers programs that focus on beginners, which is ideal for seniors just getting back into working out.
  • The short 30-minute workouts are great for ladies on a tight schedule. 
  • Easy exercises for beginners.
  • All members are women.


  • The hydraulic machines at Curves are great for resistance because users push against or raise the weight is a process known as concentric resistance.Unfortunately, there is no resistance that involves pulling the weight back or lowering it, which is a process known as eccentric resistance.
  • No individualized exercise routines. 
  • Curves fitness centers offer a changing room, but no showers. 
  • The hours of operation are limited. Most Curves fitness centers do not stay open past 7:30 PM, and others close as early as 5:30 PM. 
  • No senior discount.
  • A cancellation fee is required to cancel. 

Bottom Line:

Curves is a great fitness center for senior ladies who feel more comfortable working out in the company of other women. It’s not a hardcore gym, so it’s ideal for a woman who wants to workout slowly. She can pick a class to focus on whatever area of her body that she wants. Her core, body strength, balance or cardio are just a few options. Aging is never easy, but with a regular fitness program, there is no reason that a woman cannot maintain her physical strength, weight, balance and heart health.

The atmosphere at Curves is very supportive and conducive to socializing and building friendships. For a senior who is seeking a laid-back fitness center that is good for a beginner,Curves is an optimal choice. Curves offers a first time, no obligation visit where a senior lady can meet the trainers, try out the machines and discuss which classes will work best.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I pay for my membership?

Enrollment fees and monthly fees vary by location. Curves usually charges about $12.95 per week. You are usually locked in for a six-month period when you join Curves. The company also offers a 12-month contract. A $75 enrollment fee is required. Sometimes it offers 50 percent off the enrollment fee. Membership is billed as a recurring charge from a major credit or debit card. 

Can I change my plan?

You will be locked into a six-month or 12-month membership unless you opt to cancel. 

Can I cancel at any time?

Curves charges a $50 cancellation fee. You must ask the store manager to cancel your membership. It is typically advised that you write a letter stating your intent to terminate your membership and give it directly to the manager. 

More Information:

Note: The price of a membership to curves works out to approximately $50 per month depending on the location. This is comparable to many other fitness centers, which offer things that Curves lacks, such as pools, saunas, tennis courts, basketball, racquetball, showers and spas.

Overview: Curves offers 30-minute workouts that are geared towards beginner or intermediate workout enthusiasts. The less intense, shorter classes are often ideal for senior ladies. 

Package Details: Curves likes to market that workouts end up costing about $3.25 per workout. The reality is that Curves charges about $12.95 per week, depending on location. It requires a $75 enrollment fee and either a six-month or 12-month contract. 

Individual Plans: All of the memberships at Curves are individual. The company does not offer family plans or group discounts. 

Family Plan: Curves offers no family plan.

Curves App: Curves offers no app.

Discounts:Throughout the year, Curves offers a promotional discount of 50 percent off the enrollment fee. 

Add-On Services: No add on services.


Curves is a fitness franchise that offers 30-minute workouts geared towards women and their unique needs. The entire exercise program is focused around circuit training and strength training. 

Payment Policies: Membership is electronically billed weekly through a funds transfer from a major credit card or debit card. 

Cancellation: Membership can be canceled at any time with a $50 cancellation fee. To cancel, the member must contact the franchise manager and submit the cancellation notice in writing.

Warranty: None

Accreditation: Curves has been an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 05/23/2006. The company maintains an A+ rating. 


The first Curves was formed by Gary and Diane Heavin in Harlingen, Texas in 1992. The fitness center was a success, and the Heavins quickly started working on franchising the business. Curves has become the largest fitness franchising company in the world. It was recently recognized as one of the ten largest franchises. In 2014, Jillian Michaels worked with Curves to develop a fitness program called Curves Workouts. 


100 Ritchie Rd
Waco, TX 76712-8544
Tel: 254-399-9285

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.

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