LEARNING CURVE: Curves circuit coach Keara Gray with an afternoon class in the women-only gym.
LEARNING CURVE: Curves circuit coach Keara Gray with an afternoon class in the women-only gym.

Women jump at the chance to get physical

By SALLY GORDON

sally.gordon@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE women of Yamba are turning their bulge into booties and feeling all the better for it.

Women are setting a record pace for gym memberships at Yamba's newest female-only fitness franchise ? Curves.

In just under eight weeks, 215 women have signed up to stay trim, and tone their tuckshop arms at the Coldstream Street gym.

The fight to get fit is a growing trend down river as women of all ages flock to exercise in the comfort of same-sex training circuits.

Walk in the door to the snazzy Curves studio and you're confronted with groups of bubbly women in groovy trackpants bouncing away on hissing hydraulic machines.

Mid-circuit women are smiling and chatting, their laughter drowned out by pumping techno. There are no mirrors, no men and you can dance the Macarena to your heart's content. It's just what the women down river wanted according to gym member Sherryl Walton.

"You don't have to worry about all the 'gymmies' and the husbands are happy for us to come along," she said.

Curves manager Michelle Schulze said the response had been amazing.

"It's grown a lot faster than what the owner anticipated. We have mothers and daughters, work groups and I think our oldest member is about 78, which is fantastic," she said.



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