The Paper photo by Frank Phillips<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Left to right: Marla Ward, Mark Ward-Bopp, Jamie Griffin and Sarah Barr hold a sign at the improved Curves.
The Paper photo by Frank Phillips

Left to right: Marla Ward, Mark Ward-Bopp, Jamie Griffin and Sarah Barr hold a sign at the improved Curves.
Marla Ward joined the Crawfordsville Curves to lose weight and get in shape. She ended up buying the local franchise with her husband, Mark Ward-Bopp.

The couple took over May 1 from Mike and Pam Uhl when they moved out of state due to Mike's work, Mark said.

"This is a model franchise," Mark said. "It looks like a Curves should all the way from signage to the machines to the electronics."

The machines use a smart card system which keeps track of the member's workout and progress from visit to visit.

Mark said it is the same system used in the machines on TV's "Biggest Loser."

One of the big advantages to a Curves Complete membership is access to the website which helps plan meals and prints out a grocery list so the member knows they have the foods on hand to prepare each meal.

The workouts, all tailored for women, use resistance training, not weight training, Marla said. It emphasizes cardio fitness and stretching.

Marla, who used to be night manager at Culver's, has been certified through the Cleveland Clinic.

And, how has she progressed in her personal fitness using the Curves system? She has lost 29 pounds and 19 inches.

"But I'm not going to tell you what I weigh," she said, with a chuckle.