'Curves'-vacious women making waves at the glacier

Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010

Members of the Curves For Women fitness club showed off their new slimmed-down selves Saturday by taking a dip into the iceberg blue waters.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

"We are celebrating women meeting their fitness goals and making a commitment to good health," owner Genevieve McLaughlin said. "We want to do something bold and, of course, we live in Alaska so what better thing to do but get into some ice cold water and play."

Dressed in T-shirts bearing the words "Curves: Not For Sissies" the group celebrated women who are reaching weight-loss goals worldwide, and those getting healthy and finding strength by working out three times a week at Curves, by walking to a small island in the Mendenhall Glacier waters.

None immersed herself more than Janie Wilson, who slipped and sprawled out into a back flop in the icy runoff from the glacier mountains.

"I like fitness because you can get up out of the water when you fall in," Wilson said to laughter. "I have been working out now for 11 years."

Kathy Honea lost 47 pounds and 48 inches to win Curves' Juneau Dress Challenge; getting the best fitness results from the period January through June.

"I'm the biggest loser," Honea laughed. "I feel awesome about working out. My advice is just do it for yourself."

Kathy Thomas, who won one month in the dress challenge, said "Just stick to it. It is so much fun. It keeps me going and keeps me alive."

The Juneau Curves For Women will have a membership appreciation day from noon until 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the club's 9121 Glacier Highway location. Curves For Women is the largest women's fitness franchise in the world with outlets in more than 40 countries, McLaughlin said.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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