Photo by Heather Middleton
By Maria-Jose Subiria
The room was full of rhythm as about 10 women danced vigorously, and with great enthusiasm, to the beat of a reggaeton song, during a Zumba lesson in Jonesboro.
Janet Kamin, owner of Curves, located at 9434 South Main St., Suite No. 1400, danced along with the women and encouraged them to stay on their feet, during a Curves Circuit with Zumba session.
Yvonne Bertran, of Hampton, said she has been a member of Curves, a fitness club for women, in Jonesboro, since 2004, and has seen many improvements since Kamin acquired ownership of it.
Bertran, 69, said one difference she appreciates is Kamin's every-day presence in the fitness club.
Kamin added that she wants her fitness center to be successful, which is why she is present during its operating hours, Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 p.m., to 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., to 7 p.m.
She said Curves in Jonesboro began operating under her ownership, on Sept. 1.
Bertran said she comes to Curves five days a week to better her blood pressure. Exercise was strongly recommended by her doctor.
"I lost inches when I first started doing it...my orthopedic doctor said everybody is looking for the fountain of youth, and the fountain of youth is this," she said, while pointing at the women exercising.
Rosia Parker, a Jonesboro resident, said she has been a member of the Curves in Jonesboro for a year, and enjoys the positive vibe, ringing throughout the facility.
"I love the community, the family atmosphere and the different games we do here...I've lost over 30 pounds coming to Curves," said Parker. "I love it."
Kamin said improvements she made to the fitness center include re-painting the facility, and adding a touch of her personal interior design, including a shiny chandelier in the ceiling.
"I wanted it to be a very girlie place," she said.
Kamin said her journey of becoming a Curves owner began about two years ago. She said she worked a full-time job related to sales, and was truly unhappy.
Kamin said she decided to become a member of Curves to include an outlet of exercise in her lifestyle. She said exercise is very important to her, because 20 years ago, her mother passed away due to being overweight, and diabetes.
"I decided to commit myself to staying healthy," she said.
Kamin said a healthy diet, and exercise at least three times a week, should aid in avoiding health issues, such as heart problems, cancers and diabetes.
She said she really enjoyed her time at Curves, and later began working at a Curves fitness club location.
"At that time I could say that I loved my job, and I decided that I wanted to own a Curves," said Kamin.
She said before going forth with her goal, she did research about the franchise.
Kamin said Curves had been in an established business for about 15 years.
"I know that franchises do a lot better than just a mom and pop [store], and Curves is the largest fitness center franchise in the world," she said, during an interview in her office.
Kamin said she aggressively continued to search Curves' web site, www.curves.com, to see if any local Curves locations were for sale within her budget.
Although she did not want to share how much she invested in the Jonesboro location, Kamin said most franchisees spend about $40,000 to open a new Curves location.
Kamin said she manages her facility, and her daughter helps out at times.
She said she is hopeful that by February the facility will be packed with members, though she currently has 110 members.
"In the next two years, my goal is to quadruple the membership," said Kamin with a smile. "My next goal is to own four Curves."
She said attractive locations would be south of Decatur, Stone Mountain, Lithonia and Ellenwood.
For more information contact Curves, in Jonesboro, at (770) 473-0200.