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Onewouldn’tthinktofindasmallgym inside Terry Court on Augusta Street inStaunton.It’shidden,butCurvesisthereandhasabigfol-lowingamonglocalwomenwith250members.CurvesalsohasatransitionofownershipcomeTuesday.CarolHouffhasbeentheowneroftheStauntonCurvesforthepast12years.Now,LeahRawleyistakingoverafterworkingatCurvesfortwoyears.Starting out as a member, Rawley loves thecomfortableatmosphereandall-womangymthatCurvesoffers.“Dayone,Ilovedit,”shesaid.“Ifellinlovewiththeladies,Ifellinlovewiththeatmosphere,Ijustlovedit.Fromthenon,Iwashooked.”Evenwithinafewmonthsofhermembership,shestartedhelpingothermemberswiththeircir-cuittraining.Curves features a 30-minute circuit workout,having members moving from station to stationfor a one-minute exercise to focus on specificmuscle groups. Each member is hooked up to acomputer to track their progress and each ma-chinewillgetharderthestrongertheyget.Rawley, 24, is one of the youngest owners atCurves, taking away the stigma of being a placeforanoldergeneration.“It’s just what we’ve been known as ... the oldladygym,”Rawleysaid.“We’vebeenrevitalizing,changingandrefreshingtheworkoutsoitworksforacrowdofallages.”Houff, who is retiring, has seen Curvesthroughmanychanges.Being around for more than 20 years, a lot ofthe women who’ve been members have seenCurvesprogress.“They’veseenitgrowandseenitprogressandas that generation has seen that they are in thatchapter where they are ready to move on,” Raw-leysaid.”There’sabigshiftintheownershiproleswithCurves.”When Curves was the new kid on the block,they were basically just a women’s gym, Houffsaid.“Weareawomen’sgym,butwedomorenow,”
Leah Rawley leads a Zumba class at Curves on North Augusta Street in Staunton on June18. Rawley is about to become thenew owner of the business.
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Leah Rawleyleads aZumba classat Curves onNorthAugustaStreet inStaunton onJune18.Rawley isabout tobecome thenew ownerof thebusiness.
“It’s just what we’ve been known as ... the old lady gym. We’ve been revitalizing, changing and refreshing the workout so it works for a crowd of all ages.”
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New owner to moveand shake at Curves
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