Wendy Staples has been the owner/operator of the Martensville Curves location since 2015 and her choice to purchase the business at that time has made a huge difference in many local women’s lives. Although it was not an easy decision to make, Staples decided to close her business as of April 30th.
The Curves location in Martensville has been in operation since the early 2000’s, and Staples, who moved to Martensville in 2002, came into the business by what she calls “fluke”. It began when she started to see loss of strength in her body and decided to do something about it. “I was a member, but I wasn’t going and taking advantage of the benefits. I injured myself and began to have trouble walking, so I thought I should continue going and working on my strength. While I was working out there, I was able to get a part time job and when the previous owner announced that she was going to be closing, I did a lot of thinking and checked out some other places in town, but decided to take the leap and purchase the business,” Staples said.
Although she didn’t have much experience, Staples immersed herself into the business and did research and got advice from others. “When I took over, I figured I better start losing weight. If I was going to be a gym owner, I wanted to look the part. So I began watching what I ate, working out more and just making healthier choices and the weight came off. The strength came back and to me, that’s most important because as we age, it goes away. Balance is another one that we lose as we age, so if we don’t have that core strength, the balance is really off.”
For Staples, one of the hardest parts of closing her doors was what it would mean for her members, who became more like family to her over the years. “You can only run a business so long with your heart. Business wise, it just wasn’t smart for me to keep it going, but I am going to miss our little community so much.”
Women of all ages came together at Curves ranging from 16 to 80 years old, with all different levels of ability and strength. “I should have closed a year ago, but I kept going for the members. I have said many times that I feel worse for them than I do for me. I don’t know what a lot of them are going to do now.”
Because she wasn’t able to leave her members high and dry, Wendy is still doing workout posts via her personal page, which she plans to continue to do at least until the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end. Described as a workout group for friends to come together, Staples noted that it is available for others who want to join and they can go on any time of day to get a quick workout in. If interested, contact Staples via her personal Facebook page.
For now, Staples has her machines in storage; however, her dream is that someone will take over the machines and create a workout circuit within the region as an option for women in the area who may not feel comfortable going to a regular gym. For anyone that is interested in more information about available equipment, you can contact ‘Wendy Staples’ on Facebook.
On top of creating a welcoming environment for her members, Staples also took a lot of pride in being a Martensville business and was always looking for new ways to give back to the community she loved so much. Throughout the years, there were numerous fundraisers, collections and donations made to raise funds for breast cancer research, diabetes, the food bank, KidSport and more. Staples also provided a scholarship to Martensville High School each year.
As a reminder for everyone, Staples reminds us “Don’t work out because you have to, work out because you are able to. So many people out there are not able to and it is something we take for granted. Stay strong, keep active and if you need incentive, call up a friend to help give you the support you need. The hardest part is getting to it, but once you do, it is so worth it and you feel so much better. It is not only good for your body, but it is good for your mental health and for your soul.”
“Thank you to my staff and all of my members for their wonderful support over the years. This was such a big part of my life and I loved it so much and appreciated every day,” Staples added.