New workout chain opens gym in Eagle |

New workout chain opens gym in Eagle

Connie Steiert
Preston Utley/Vail Daily Gail and Donna Dino use the equipment a their new fitness center "Curves for Women" open now in Eagle.

EAGLE – Every New Year, one of the most oft-repeated resolutions is to exercise more. Whether the goal is to lose weight, increase endurance, or develop a more sculpted body, each year countless Americans pledge to hit the gym religiously.But that oh-so-zealous resolution to work out several times a week often quickly slips by the wayside. Before the year is too far gone, we find ourselves squeezed for time, and running late for that aerobics class.

No more excuses. Curves, a national chain of fitness-training clubs, just opened in the Beasley Center on Chambers Avenue in Eagle. Curves operates on a unique premise. Their programs run for 30 minutes a day, three days a week.”I don’t know anyone, who could consistently find an excuse not to work out for 30 minutes,” notes Gail Dino, who owns the Eagle Curves franchise along with her sister, Donna.Curves fitness program works on a circuit-training regimen. Members spend 30 seconds at each of several stations, alternating between cardiovascular training and spot toning. The hydraulic, body-toning machines offer resistance and adjust to each individual’s intensity and need. Each machine targets a different area. While one machine may work the buttocks, through resistance kicks, another works on the triceps, or those often-overlooked obliques.

Between each machine are “cardio pads,” where members jog or march to keep their heart rates up. In the background, a repeating audio tape advises members when 30 seconds is up, and it is time to move on to the next station. The tape also tells members when eight minutes have elapsed to check their heart rates, ensuring they are maintaining the optimum target rate to burn fat. Another reason Curves is consistently a top-rated Fortune 500 company is because the workouts are designed to meet modern women’s’ hectic schedules. Because of the continuous voice track, members can come in at any time and jump right in.

“It’s a good workout, and I like the idea of never being late,” says Donna Dino, the other half of the Curves’ partnership. Donna, who is also a kindergarten teacher at Brush Creek Elementary School, knows about juggling varying jobs and schedules. “You can come whenever. That’s a big factor for me.”The Dinos meet with new clients to find out their specific goals – such as strengthening the upper body, or increasing endurance – and then work with the client to develop a workout plan. “You can structure it anyway you want,” says Dino. They also monitor each member’s progress.Vail, Colorado

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