Empowerment through healthy habits
Curves Hokowhitu is more than just a women’s only activity-based weight loss centre and gym. It is extremely focused on providing an holistic pathway towards women’s health. Owner Sue Close says: “Our aim is to empower women to be happy, healthy, fit and strong, which ties in with our core values of passion, caring support, excellence, community and integrity.” For many women, the decision to go to Curves is often based on the desire for weight loss, however, Sue says: “Once a person comes to Curves they realise that it’s more than just weight loss and numbers. Losing weight and improving fitness and agility come as a result of our main focus which is concerned with the total well-being of each individual member. Our experienced personal trainers will support and encourage each member to achieve their goals and in doing so, members will become fitter, healthier and stronger in all aspects of their lives.” While Curves has many women who are achieving their goals one stand out member is Tracey Stroud-Osbourn. Last year Tracey was awarded the national title of ‘Healthy Curvette’ after only being a member for a few months. “I first came across Curves at last year’s Women’s Expo and initially I came along to lose weight as I wasn’t happy with what I saw in the mirror but after only a week at Curves I realised that I was already feeling so much better,” says Tracey. “I was blown away by the change. I had so much more energy, I started going for walks and runs with my children, I changed my eating habits, daily routines became so much easier to manage and my whole lifestyle has become healthy and energised.” A month after starting at Curves Tracey took up their 12 Week Challenge which gave her access to the Curves Complete programme. This involved a step-by-step increase in resistance during workouts, making each gym session slightly more challenging, as well as getting personalised nutrition advice and meal plans. “I soon began to feel healthier and stronger than I had in years. Being able to wear clothes that I hadn’t been able to fit into for years was the best feeling ever and so, after the challenge, it was suggested I enter ‘My Story” in the Curvette of the year awards. It was a real surprise to win the Healthy Curvette category but at the same time it reinforced the belief that I had truly turned my health and fitness around thanks to Curves.” Tracey says her priorities have changed significantly from when she started. “Weight loss happens as a consequence of living a healthier lifestyle. The changes aren’t major and I can still enjoy my food, just a little less of the chocolate. The most significant aspect of being at Curves comes from the support from both the trainers and the other members and now having the energy to engage fully with my life and family.” Curves has recently celebrated International Women’s Day by offering zero join up fees up until Easter, March 24. So if you’re looking for a caring and supportive gym atmosphere with an holistic approach to women’s health, give Sue and her team a call on (06) 358 1008, visit Curves-Palmerston North on Facebook or call in and see them at 2 Pahiatua Street in the Hokowhitu Village.
Healthy Curvette for 2015 Tracey Stroud-Osbourn works through her gym routine at Curves in the Hokowhitu Village