Lori Ferguson and Carol McCarthy have two reasons for opening a Curves franchise in Grovetown: to help women get in shape and socialize.
"For us, working out is as much about chatting and having a good time," said Ferguson, who co-owns the new women-only fitness center with McCarthy. "We love to socialize, like all women do. Now, we can catch up with friends while improving our health."
Both women were members of the Martinez Curves on Belair Road and said it changed their lives. Now, they want to pass on the same life-altering experience to the women of Grovetown.
"Grovetown is growing so fast and we want to be a part of that growth," Ferguson said.
Though McCarthy is a trained nurse, both women said they had no previous experience in the fitness industry. But they said they do know what it's like to go from being in poor shape to excellent condition.
Curves Grovetown co-owners Carol McCarthy and Lori Ferguson cut the ribbon at a ceremony attended by city official and members of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
Photo by Donnie Fetter
"It's amazing how much better you feel in body and spirit," McCarthy said. "You lose weight, your energy increases and you just feel so much better. We know there are women here that want to have that same feeling."
Although a ribbon-cutting ceremony was Wednesday, Curves, at 810-A Horizon South Parkway in the Food Lion shopping center, officially opens for business tomorrow.
Curves offers a 30-minute, circuit-training exercise program. Twenty-four hydraulic workout machines are grouped in a circle. Every 30 seconds, a buzzer sounds, and the women rotate to the next machine. After two rotations and some stretching exercises, the workout is done.
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