Over 27 years ago, Curves founder Gary Heavin dropped out of a pre-med program that he could no longer afford. He took over a failing health club in Houston, Texas and began to provide fitness services that would prevent illness. By age 30, Gary had built a fitness center chain with 17 locations and then… he lost it all. He decided to rebuild his business applying the many lessons he had learned from both his successes and his failures.
He and his wife Diane opened their first Curves in Harlingen, Texas in 1992. This new concepts of 30-minute fitness, strength training, weight-loss guidance, and a comfortable environment designed for women, was immediately successful. Diane had a passion for exercise and the perspective of an advertising executive. Curves reached 1,000 locations within 36 months and 6,000 locations in just eight years. Curves has been consistently ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the best new franchises in their annual survey and has now entered Guiness World Records as “The world’s largest fitness center franchise.”
Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world with 7,000 locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. We are the first fitness and weight loss facility dedicated to providing affordable, one-stop exercise and nutritional guidance to women.
The secret to our success is your success. We are currently helping over 2 million women achieve their fitness goals with our 30-minute Curves workout offered in a supportive encouraging environment.
Curves allows you to get a complete aerobic and strength training workout in just 30 minutes. The system is built around easy-to-learn hydraulic resistance machines, so there are no cumbersome weight stacks to change or manage.
And Curves makes it fun. Many of our members say that their time at Curves is the fastest 30 minutes of their week! The laughter, conversation, and sense of support that you see at the typical Curves is different from any other health club you may have visited in the past.