I joined my local curves in September of 2009 and loved it. I really liked the exercises we did and, really, the entire work out program was great. Really fun. I was a high school student at the time and found the program to be much better than my school's PE class. I liked how everything was fast paced and you were always on the move, plus nothing was too intense. I'm overweight so I'm a tad self conscious and found the program nice because every one is too busy paying attention to their own machine due to the fast pace (something I found that isn't so true at other gyms).
I didn't like the way you were weighed and measured in the main room. Yes, it was in the back, it wasn't like you were in the middle of the circle of machines, but because the room was so small you might as well be. I did not see why members couldn't have been weighed and measured in the manager's office or even in the dressing room. It was a little embarrassing being told you had gained instead of lost when you are five feet away from the rest of the room.
I found that the manager hosted a lot of fund raisers, such as the one around Christmas where you would donate a gift and it would be silent-auctioned off, the proceeds going towards "new machines". The fund raisers wouldn't have been bad except for the fact that the manager always tried talking you into donating. Another fund raiser type thing she had was trying to get everyone to get their family and friends to join. When we reached ascertain number (150, I think. A large number for such a small gym.), we would get new equipment. We never did. It turned out the manager was having a hard time paying the building's rent and the fundraisers was her way of trying to pay for it. It stunk that many members joined and then not even a month later the place closed.
I didn't like the hours. They were closed on Sunday, open Monday through Saturday, 7am - 5pm, with a lunch break between 11am and 1pm. I'm not sure if all curves have strange hours like this, but if they do, I don't see how they're still in business.
The building was also very small. And there was too many machines for such a small area, even though there was about a total of six machines, plus those running boards. Due to the small number of machines, wierd hours, and all of the new members, it became miserable trying to workout. I used to go between four and five, which wasn't a bad time, but after the rush of new members, became very crowded and the group would get bogged down like a traffic jam.
I loved curves when I first joined, I thoroughly enjoyed the work out program, but I did not appreciate the way it was ran or set up. If it was in a different building ran by some one else, I think the program would be great! I would definitely join!