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Curves celebrates first year in business

September 11, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Curves celebrated its first year of operation on Aug. 11, inviting members to bring friends to show off their accomplishments.

One of those one-year members, Juanita Grimm, got a head start on her celebrating as she worked out one day last week.

"I came for health reasons," Grimm said, noting she has high cholesterol and was advised to exercise and modify her diet.

Grimm said the Curves experience has really helped her numbers and she plans to continue regular sessions.

"I have lost 19 inches and 12.5 pounds in the year I've been coming," Grimm said proudly as she completed two full rounds in the circuit training program.

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Joyce Shives, a Curves trainer, said the workout center at 12621 National Pike, was originally a working garage across from the Clear Spring schools complex.

Then it was a pharmacy for a while and then a tanning salon/video store, she said.

"Julie Doyle owns and manages three Curves - one in Williamsport, the North End of Hagerstown and this one," Shives said.

Shives and Jean Clark are both trainers at the Clear Spring location.

At the Aug. 11 anniversary celebration, awards were given out for top losers. The wall of the business is decorated with individual posters for each member and how much weight and inches have been lost.

Shives said 30 to 40 members use the facility every day. Summer time is a little slower, she added. "Members can come as often as they like, but we recommend three days a week."

While diet isn't part of the program, Shives said Curves holds weight management courses two times a year.

In the first year, members lost a total of 577 pounds and 1,467 inches, Shives said.

The hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

In the summer, Curves is also open on Fridays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. but that will go back to 3 to 8 p.m. in the fall.

Losing pounds and inches is important, but there are additional benefits.

"I have also met new people," Grimm said. And she said she can come in on her lunch break which is very convenient in her busy work and family schedule.

For more information on Curves in Clear Spring, call 301-842-0024.

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