Pam Keith (left), owner of the Curves gym in Merrillville, Ind., cheers on circuit coach Carolyn Sims on Jan. 2, 2013. The business caters to female clients looking to manage their weight and improve physical fitness. | Anthony D. Alonzo~For Sun-Times Med
Updated: February 15, 2013 6:04AM
As people settle into the new year, trainers at local gyms urge concerned individuals to resolve to make strides at becoming more active.
Fitness experts at Merrillville’s Curves gym for women at 7602 Broadway and the soon-to-be-rebranded LA Boxing location at 5206 E. 81st Ave. urge people to expand their physical activities beyond work, sports or home fitness gear use.
Curves franchise owner Pam Keith may come to her boutique-styled fitness center and work exclusively with women, yet her take on the most basic kernel of truth about developing a healthy lifestyle is nearly identical to the advice of LA Boxing co-owner and mixed martial arts promoter Danielle Vale.
“Watch portion control and you’ve got to move,” said Keith, a Hobart resident and Curves owner for three years. “And with strength training when you sleep at night you’re still burning calories.”
Vale’s venue employs fitness trainers who have backgrounds in kickboxing, boxing, or martial arts. Instructor Nick Wayne said that some of the specialized training at LA Boxing might not be for everyone, but he believes each fitness class member will be challenged to go beyond a repetitive or dull workout.
At the very least, Vale said, people have to avoid a sedentary lifestyle.
Classes geared toward young children to preteens have recently been added to the LA Boxing gamut of offerings. Vale said despite the more masculine, industrial look of the 5,000-square-foot facility, her clientele is evenly split among male and female members.
At Curves on a recent morning, about a half dozen women worked through their circuit stations with up-tempo music playing in the background. There was some friendly banter among the regulars.
After each stop at a specific exercise machine, the women step onto a tiled square. There they loosen up and complete a rest before continuing to the next machine.
“I takes 30 seconds to overload a muscle and 90 seconds for that muscle to recuperate,” Keith said.
Merrillville resident Sheryl Brown said she was looking to improve her health by working on a weight-loss resolution. For her, the support and camaraderie of other women is what made her return to Curves.
“I had to come back, I missed it,” said Brown, who is a nurse. “You get healthy, but you have friends too that keep your encouraged.”
To put their money where there mouth is, or rather to put healthy foods on the tables of their clients, Keith said that this year Curves will roll out a day-to-day meal guide for members called Curves Complete.
“I loved it here so much, I loved the women, and the workout is fantastic,” said Keith on why she decided to become an owner.