Neve Goodwillie, from Perth, is looking forward to a celebration in the city next month – and the chance to reward the successes of the “incredible Curves women” in her life.

Neve was only six years old when her mother Wendy took over the Curves fitness club franchise.

Now the 21-year-old runs the club – at Glenearn Road in Craigie – and is planning his first-ever awards ceremony.

“Whether they’ve been here a month or 17 years, we want to celebrate all of our members’ successes,” says Neve. “Some of them have changed their lives.

“Curves is so much more than just a gym, we are a support network for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. And over 3000 have passed through our doors.

“I really grew up with Curves – Perth has the oldest franchise in Scotland. And we still have members now who knew me when I was little.

Neve with her mother, Wendy Forsyth, who started the Curves franchise in Perth. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson.

“So it’s really a nice feeling to work there with them.”

Curves gyms focus on full-body strength training through a circuit that lasts 30 minutes and includes a warm-up, strength training, cardio, cool-down, and stretching in the same workout.

“The magic will operate”

Neve continues, “The beauty of Curves is the workout and the science is already there for you, you just have to do it and the magic will happen!

“I love curves. That’s what I think is missing in women’s lives.

“A lot of women don’t feel confident or comfortable enough to go to traditional gyms. At Curves, we offer one-on-one assistance.

“We have women from different backgrounds who don’t know each other at the start of their journey but can make best friends at the club.”

Women aged 12 to 86 enjoy their workouts at Curves Gym in Perth. Image: Curves Perth

Having run the business since 2018, Neve has seen plenty of women transform their health at Curves.

She explains: “We have women aged 12 to 86 doing the same circuit and celebrating each other’s journey and success.

“The ladies are part of the family”

“Hearing their accomplishments – whether it’s health issues, weight issues, mental health, or surgeries healing faster by building muscle – really makes what I do worthwhile.

“It’s a feeling I can’t get anywhere else, the ladies at Curves are like family and it makes me so proud to help them no matter what.”

Women who don’t exercise can lose 3-8% of their muscle mass every decade. Neve is therefore determined to help local women avoid this.

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posted by Curves Perth Scotland Tuesday, October 25, 2022

“Strength training can improve your quality of life,” she says. “It can improve your ability to do everyday activities, protect your joints, help with better balance, and can reduce your risk of falling.

“It can help women who may also be trying to lose weight, as they may find that their metabolism has dropped due to muscle loss.”

Curves clubs around the world celebrated 30 years of the organization. And Neve and the ladies enjoyed a training session via Zoom with clubs from Spain, France and Switzerland.

Neve loves the community spirit of Curves in Perth.

“When we first took over the club there were eight pieces of kit,” Neve explains. “And you have circled the circuit three times in 30 minutes.

“In 2008, for 100 members, we obtained additional equipment. Then in 2009 we introduced Curves Smart, a technology that gives instant feedback.

“Impact on the health of our city”

“Now we are proud to say that we have a brand new and improved purple circuit with 12 machines plus a stretch circuit,” she continues.

“And we added additional classes like boxing, dance and tone, core strength, stretching and strength, legs, tai chi, balance, cardio and aerobics.

“If we can teach women to take care of themselves, creating a healthy balance of exercise, food and life, then I really believe that will trickle down to our community on husbands/partners/kids /families.

“And really have a huge impact on the overall health of our city.”

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