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Weight loss success story breeds Farragut business

Three women take part in a 30-minute workout at the Curves for Women in Farragut.- Preston Flanders/farragutpress
A mother’s weight loss using the latest female fitness craze led a Texas family to open a Farragut store specializing in the program.

“My mother who has been under a lifetime of dieting and yo-yoing with her weight, her success with Curves and weight loss, that made us want to get into the business,” said Shawn Webb, Curves for Women in Farragut co-owner and operator.

His mother, Sharon, who currently lives in Dallas, Texas, lost 30 pounds using the Curves method of training, Webb said, probing the family to do some research to see if they could open their own Curves facility.

The family visited the Curves Web site, located the company’s area representative, then filled out an application.

Their application was approved and after paying a $29,000 franchise fee they were able to open their own Curves location.

The facility opened Aug. 26, 2002, in a relatively small lease space at 10963 Kingston Pike in the StoneCrest Center.

“The selling point of curves is you don’t need a lot of square-footage to get going,” Webb said of the family’s 800 square-foot business.

The facility includes a check-in desk, two changing areas and a large one-room workout area.

Eight basic and two advanced Curves workout machines are situated in a circle in the large room.

Webb said the Curves workout program is a “very structured fitness system.”

“It’s circuit training where you move from one station to another,” he said.

Once a session begins, women will move from station to station every 30 seconds.

“That’s for two reasons,” Webb said, “to keep it fast-paced and fun and, for example, while your legs are resting, your upper body is working.”

The entire workout takes 30 minutes, three days a week, and utilizes hydraulic resistance machines, which Webb said makes a session similar to an underwater workout.

The machines also adjust to a woman’s level of fitness, he added.

“The faster you go the more resistance the machine will give you,” Webb said.

The workout combines a cardiovascular workout along with strength training, which Webb said is rare for a woman’s workout routine.

“(Strength training) has been lacking for women,” he said. “The goal of Curves is for women to build more muscle tissue in order to raise their metabolism and change their life cycle.”

Webb also offers the Curves workbook, which allows women to answer questions to setup an individualized meal plan.

A yearly membership at the Farragut location is $29 a month, with a $149 enrollment fee. If visitors sign-up on their first visit the enrollment fee is 50 percent off.

Three-month memberships are also available, but are restricted to only the location from which they are purchased. Yearly membership holders can visit any of the 7,000 Curves locations.

Webb also offers a mother/daughter membership for $39, but the daughter must be under 18. The Farragut location has 314 members, with 20 to 40 more joining each month, Webb said.

The Farragut Curves for Women is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and by appointment only on Sunday.

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