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PEPPERELL — With their commitment to a three times a week, 30- minute workout, Pepperell women are disappearing!

Since January 2004 the equivalent of 10 average-size women have disappeared that’s a total of 1,466 pounds and 2,019 inches lost at the Pepperell Curves alone!

Curves is a neighborhood fitness club. There are currently 10,000 locations worldwide (even that trip to Paris will allow for a 30-minute workout).

“A 30-minute breakaway is something most all women can manage,” said Claire Regan, owner and manager of the Pepperell Curves.

Curves is located in Lomar Park and is making its mark on the community through involvement in various events.

Most recently, Regan challenged members to make donations to the Pepperell Police Department Santa Project; she matched their donations.

Following the newspaper coverage, a local coordinator for the American Cancer Society contacted Regan to ask if she would form a team from Curves for this year’s Relay for Life. She was immediately on board and is currently working on a team and training for the event.

Regan supports the Officer Phil child safety program in local schools, and she said she would like to work with other local organizations.

Starting Tuesday nights, Curves of Pepperell will be offering a weight management class, open to the public. Regan will participate so that she can go through the process with the class, and to lose that last 10 pounds.

Regan is herself a Curves success story. She joined in March 2006 and noticed changes within the first few weeks. By May 2006, she knew she wanted a change in her life to mirror the changes she was experiencing as a result of the circuit training at Curves.

“I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I had 20 years in sales and marketing and was ready for a change,” said Regan.

“I knew this was it,” she said. “I began looking to open a new location when the Pepperell location became available. By September 2006 I was the proud owner of the Lomar Park Curves.”

Since joining Curves in March of last year, she has lost a total of 15 and a half inches and 20 pounds. She has lost 5.5 percent of her body fat, and is down three dress sizes.

For Regan, it was about starting on an exercise routine.

For others it is about just getting out and moving, doing something for themselves.

Such is the case for newly hired fitness technician Pat Manfredo, Curves member and Tampa Bay Devil Rays Fan of the Year.

She wanted exercise, not thinking she would be losing weight, which has been a bonus. Since November 2006, Pat has lost 3 pounds, 5 and a half inches and is not only losing weight, but toning herself. She was so happy with the results that she too, wanted to be part of the team.

Curves gets inactive women exercising through a circuit of 12 hydraulic resistance strength-training machines which allow you to perform cardiovascular and strength training at the same time.

For 30 minutes you move around the circuit changing stations every 30 seconds.

“I strive to provide the three C’s — Compel them to work out, Correct their form as needed, and Compliment them on their successes,” said Regan.

Members at the local Curves are as young as 11 years old and the oldest members are in their 80s. According to Regan, there are always membership specials available, so be sure to ask when you join.

Linda Friend, member of Pepperell Curves and local school nurse, said, “Combining resistance training with aerobic workout is the most important thing a woman can do to prevent osteoporosis. The sooner you start the bigger the benefits, but it is never to late to start.”

The Pepperell location is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. As membership grows, Regan hopes her location will increase to 12 hours, Monday through Friday.

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