Curves in Latham reopens, looks to future

Twenty-seven-year old living testimonial Melissa Harrington, who became manager of the Latham Curves in January when Kent became the new owner, said when exercising at typical fitness clubs, "I could never stick it out."

Harrington has lost more than 14 pounds since she started working out at Curves.

But Curves is more than a fitness club " it's a family, said Harrington.

Standing in the center of the workout floor, Harrington speaks to each member by name, shouting positive feedback if members are working hard, and encouraging them to work harder if they are not.

She said that by getting to know members and making them feel comfortable with her, they are more likely to come back.

"It's personality that makes this business key," she said.

An ex-member of Planet Fitness, Harrington said that it is nice to work out in an environment where you know people.

Though Harrington did not know the exact number of members who exercise at the Latham location, she said this year's goal is to gain at least 800 members.

While the ages of members range from 16 to 80, gender remains consistent " only women exercise at Curves.

Harrington said many women like the idea of being able to work out wearing anything they want " and they do, even in their pajamas.

"Some of our younger members, in high school, come in wearing their pajama bottoms with hearts on them," she said.

Although the Latham Curves, credited by Harrington as the only location in the area to be open seven days a week, has had few changes through the transition of owners, members have many advances to look forward to in the future. In August, Curves is expecting the arrival of "smart equipment," which is a computer system based on key tags that members will be able to touch to the machines they are using.

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