Curves Torrey Hills marks National Curves Day


By Karen Billing

Curves Torrey Hills owner Cheryle Dufek celebrated National Curves Day on May 17 with her gym Curves Torrey Hills. The day-long celebration featured raffles, healthy snacks, classes and healthy women-only workouts for all.

For Curves Day, Curves donated more than one million 30-day memberships to empower women in health. May 13-19 was also National Women’s Heath Week, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.

Curves Torrey Hills was formerly located in the Torrey Hills Shopping Center for five and a half years before moving to its new Sorrento Valley location last April.

“(The new place) is a lot bigger, we have skylights for natural light and can roll up our doors for fresh air,” Dufek said. “It’s an awesome space.”

It’s also one of the few Curves to have a shower—the owner of the space allowed Dufek to build the gym exactly how she wanted it and they love all the room and extra amenities.

Curves fits in a complete cardio and strength training workout in just 30 minutes in a circuit made up of resistance machines that work every major muscle group, two muscles at a time.

One of Curves Torrey Hills’ newer members is seeing some excellent results. Nitza Butler has paired Curves with her diet program since March and has lost 60 pounds.

“I just love it because it’s for women of all ages and women only in a nice, private place,” Butler said.

Veteran Leslie Kilroy has been coming to Curves for the last four years. While she had tried other exercise programs before, none ever stuck quite like Curves.

“Now I’m here four times a week,” Kilroy said. “It’s easy for me to come and follow the routine and I don’t get bored.”

New additions to Curves Torrey Hills are Pilates and Zumba classes, which Lisbeth Garces was leading on Thursday afternoon. Garces said everyone from Dufek’s 8-year-old granddaughter to one 88-year-old member have enjoyed the Latin-dance inspired workout guaranteed to have you smiling while you sweat.

“We have lots of fun and get good exercise,” Dufek said of her Curves.

Curves Torrey Hills is located at 10855 Sorrento Valley Road, suite 8. Look for the Curves sign. For more information call (858) 259-5588 or e-mail