Bringing fitness and education together

Two of Alison Streiff's interests — fitness and helping students — are converging as her new side business project takes on a learning curve.

At the start of this month, she took over ownership of the Curves for Womenworkout center in Rochester's Cedarwood Plazaon 18th Avenue Northwest.

Streiff, who is the career services coordinator for the Minnesota School of Business in Rochester, re-opened it this week after moving to a new spot in Cedarwood Plaza this past weekend.

Curves is now at 4128 18th Ave. N.W., last occupied by the West Dental Office.

So why buy Rochester's women-only health studio?


"I have a passion for fitness," she says. "It sounds kind of corny, but I want to help create a healthier community."

However, she also wants to continue guiding students into new careers through her day job at Minnesota School of Business.

To help MSB's health and fitness students put their education into action and expand their learning with real-world experience, Streiff is using her business as a site for internships.

She already has three students working at the site. Streiff has six employees on staff.

To make Curves more competitive, she has added a shower facility to the center.

In addition to the basic Curves 30-minute fitness circuit routine, Streiff's studio also offers the option to integrate a Zumba aerobic workout with the standard circuit.

"This is a unique deal. It is all about giving busy women a chance to get in shape in a comfortable setting," she says.

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