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Research by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association indicated that 16% of Americans ages 16 and older were members of a health club in the first quarter of 2012.

IHRSA, 2012

A study by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association indicated that 17% of Gen Y and 19% of Gen X individuals were health club members in the fourth quarter of 2011.

IHRSA, 2012

Based on research by the National Sporting Goods Association, among sports participants age seven and older in 2011, females accounted for the majority of participants in yoga (81%), aerobic exercising (69%), exercise walking (63%), exercising with equipment (54%) and working out at a club (53%). Males made up the majority of participants in running/jogging (51%) and weightlifting (66%).

National Sporting Goods Association, 2012

According to a International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association survey, 17% of Gen X and 19% of Gen Y were health club members in the fourth quarter of 2011.

IHRSA, 2012

According to research by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, in suburban areas, the primary trading area for clubs in competitive markets extends no more than 10-12 minutes travel time from the club (which translates into no more than five miles from the club site). 

IHRSA, 2012

Profiling adults 18+ who take part in a regular exercise program 2+ times per week at a health club:

GfK MRI, 2011

Of those adults 18+ who take part in a regular exercise program 2+ times per week at a health club, 53.7% are women and 46.3% are men.

GfK MRI, 2011

Adults 18+ who participate in a regular exercise program 2+ times per week at a health club, by age bracket: 18-24, 14.8%; 25-34, 24.7%; 35-44, 20.1%; 45-54, 18.9%; 55-64, 12.6%; 65+, 8.9%.

GfK MRI, 2011

Adults 18+ who take part in a regular exercise program 2+ times per week at a health club, by income level: $100,000+, 42.0%; $75-99,999, 17.9%; $60-74,999, 12.0%; $50-59,999, 8.6%; $40-49,999, 6.8%; $30-39,999, 5.1%; $20-29,999, 3.9%; under $20,000, 3.7%.

GfK MRI, 2011

Adults 18+ who participate in a regular exercise program 2+ times a week at a health club, by race: White, 79.9%; Black, 7.0%; Other, 13.1%; Hispanic origin, 12.8%.

GfK MRI, 2011

Adults 18+ who take part in a regular exercise program 2+ times per week at a health club, by region: Northeast, 19.7%; Midwest, 20.5%; South, 30.1%; West, 29.7%.

GfK MRI, 2011

Adults 18+ who take part in a regular exercise program 2+ times a week at a health club, by marital status: Single, 30.1%; married, 57.8%; separated/widowed/divorced, 12.1%.

GfK MRI, 2011

Based on research by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, in a given area, the national average for the percentage of potential health club members is 16% of the population over the age of 6. This will vary according to specific demographics such as age, education, and household income, etc.

IHRSA, 2011

When They Buy Source

The typical health club member worked out at his/her club an all-time-high average of 102.5 days in 2011, up from 97.5 days in 2010 and 102.4 days in 2009.

IHRSA, 2012

Based on research by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, January and February are typically the two busiest months for health club enrollment.

IHRSA, 2011

Based on research by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, the average length of an individual membership at a health club is 4.1 years.

IHRSA, 2011

Why They Buy Source

Based on a 2012 survey of Gen Y and Gen X health club members, the top five reasons they continue to use their club: 1. Overall health/well-being; 2. It's in a convenient location; 3. To make progress with personal goals; 4. Provides access to group exercise and fitness professionals; 5. To have fun.

IHRSA, 2012

According to a 2012 survey by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, "cost" ranks as the number one reason for Gen Y and Gen X health club members to drop their memberships.

IHRSA, 2012

A 2012 survey by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association found that the top reason for joining a health club, cited by both Baby Boomers (ages 46-65) and older Americans (ages 66+) was the "need to stay healthy."

 

IHRSA, 2012

According to a 2011 survey of health club members of all ages, the top reasons for joining a club (more than one answer possible): To feel better about themselves, 59%; to stay healthy, 56%; to look better, 49%; to lose weight, 48%; to maintain strength, 45%.

IHRSA, 2011

According to a 2011 study by the Coyle Hospitality Group, the primary reasons for visiting a spa (more than one answer possible): Relaxation/stress management, 88%; hair/nail/waxing maintenance, 59%; improve appearance, 47%; skin care, 37%; gift, 31%; pain management, 22%; social experience, 19%; medical reasons, 3%; other, 3%.

Coyle Hospitality Group, 2011

How They Buy Source

According to a report by the Physical Activity Council, of those individuals who spent money on a health club membership in 2011, 20.9% spent more than the previous year, while 18.2% spent less and 60.8% spent the same.

Club Industry, 2012

What They Buy Source

Based on a 2012 member survey, conducted by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, the top 10 activities at North American clubs: 1. Free weights (hand weights, dumbbells and barbells); 2. Treadmills; 3. Resistance machines; 4. Elliptical trainers; 5. Stretching; 6. Abdominal machines; 7. Stationary cycling; 8. Low impact aerobics; 9. Yoga; 10. Stair-climbing machines.

IHRSA, 2012

According to a survey of its members, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association identified the top health club trends for 2012: 1. More people working out in clubs in general; 2. Specific programming and certfication for Baby Boomers; 3. Youth programming; 4. Socially-based exercise (group exercise, group cycling, boot-camp programs, etc.); 5. Small group personal training; 6. Advancements in equipment technology; 7. Convenient fitness options (24-hour clubs, etc.); 8. Corporate wellness benefits; 9. Body weight exercise (suspension and gravity training); 10. Physician prescribed exercise.

IHRSA, 2012

A 2012 survey by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association concluded that yoga, boot-camp style training and class-based fitness classes are the main growth categories in the fitness industry.

SGMA, 2012

Number of Americans seven years of age and older participating in the following fitness activities more than once in 2011 (totals in millions), with percentage change from the prior year in parentheses: Exercise walking, 97.1 (+1.3%); exercising with equipment, 55.5 (+0.3%); swimming, 46.0 (-11.4%); bicycle riding, 39.1 (-1.6%); aerobic exercising, 42.0 (+8.9%); hiking, 39.1 (+3.8%); workout at club, 34.5 (-4.8%);  running/jogging, 38.7 (+8.9%); weightlifting, 29.1 (-7.4%); yoga, 21.6 (+6.9%); in-line roller skating, 6.1 (-18.4%); mountain biking (off road), 6.0 (-17.8%); in-line roller skating, 6.1 (-18.4%).

National Sporting Goods Association, 2012

Based on a 2011 survey of fitness program directors and facility managers, conducted by IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the top 10 health club programming trends: 1. Balance training; 2. Functional resistance training; 3. Mind-body programs (Pilates, yoga, etc.); 4. Body weight leverage training; 5. Personal training (2 clients share); 6. Stretching and/or flexibility; 7. Personal training (3-5 clients share); 8. Group exercise programming (dance, cycle-based, boxing-based, etc.); 9. Strength training; 10. Outdoor activities. 

IDEA Health & Fitness Association, 2011

According to a survey of fitness program directors and facility managers, conducted by IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the top 10 new equipment trends at health clubs: 1. Balance (balance boards, wobble boards, etc.); 2. Body weight leverage equipment; 3. Foam rollers and small balls; 4. Kettle bells; 5. Stability balls; 6. Computer workout tracking; 7. Fitness assessment equipment; 8. Medicine balls; 9. Yoga mats and equipment; 10. Elliptical trainers.

IDEA Health & Fitness Association, 2011

According to a 2011 survey by the International Spa Association, percentage of spas that offer the following services: Skin care, 94%; massage, 88%; body services, 80%; salon services, 66%; alternative therapies, 30%.

International Spa Association, 2011

Four main spa treatment and service categories -- massage and bodywork, skin care treatments, hair and nails -- account for 79% of total spa revenue.

International Spa Association, 2011

According to a 2011 survey of individuals who were new to exercise, swimming ranked as the top activity in which they would be most likely to participate. Other top "aspirational activities" included weight training, working out using machines and cycling.

Club Industry, 2011

Forty-four percent of health club members participate in group exercise. Six out of 10 of these participants are women.

IHRSA, 2011

Where They Buy Source

Top 10 health club chains, based on 2011 revenues (totals in millions): 1. 24 Hour Fitness, $1,500; 2. LA Fitness International, $1,200; 3. Life Time Fitness, $1,014; 4. Club Corp., $726;  5. Bally Total Fitness, $468; 6. Town Sports International, $467; 7. Capital Fitness, $151; 8. Western Athletic Clubs, $131; 9. Global Fitness Holdings, $108; 10. Sport & Health, $97.

Club Industry, 2012

According to the 2012 American Fitness Index, put together by the American College of Sports Medicine, Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked as the "fittest" metro area in the U.S. for the second straight year. Rounding out the top 10 were: 2. Washington, DC; 3. Boston; 4. San Francisco; 5. Hartford; 6. Sacramento; 7. Portland; 8. Seattle; 9. Denver; 10. Austin.

Club Industry, 2012

Based on research by the International Spa Association, day spas account for 79.0% of the total number of spas in the U.S., with resort/hotel spas comprising the second largest segment (9.0%) and medical spas a close third (8.7%).

International Spa Association, 2011

Business Trends Source

By the end of 2011, the number of commercial health and fitness centers in the U.S. stood at 29,960, compared to 29,890 in 2010, 29,750 in 2009, and an all-time high of 30,022 in 2008. At the beginning of 2000, there were 15,372 clubs in America.

IHRSA, 2012

The number of health club members in the U.S. increased by 2.4% in 2011 to 51.4 million, (up from 50.8 million the previous year), and 45.3 million in 2009.

IHRSA, 2012

Health club industry revenues increased approximately 5% in 2011 to $21.4 billion.

IHRSA, 2012

According to Club Industry magazine's State of the Industry Survey, 60% of health club operators expect membership to increase in 2012, while 36% expect membership to be about the same as 2011, and 4% expect a decline in membership.

 

Club Industry, 2012

The State of the Industry Survey, conducted by Club Industry magazine, showed that 64% of health club owners expect their revenues to increase in 2012, while 31% expect revenues to remain the same, and 5% expect a decrease in earnings, when compared to 2011. The operators with the highest expectations of increased revenue in 2012 are hotel/resort facility operators (82%), commercial express operators (79%) and commercial studio operators (79%).

Club Industry, 2012

According to research by IBISWorld, revenue from fitness clubs, pilates and yoga studios, boxing gyms and clubs, personal trainers, fitness DVD production and online sporting apparel sales is expected to total $45.2 billion in 2012.

IBISWorld, 2012

Based on research by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, first-quarter 2012 results for the commercial health club industry showed an increase of 8.9% and 7.7% for total revenue and membership dues, respectively, when compared to the first quarter of 2011. The study also determined that non-dues revenue climbed 11.4% in first-quarer 2012.

IHRSA, 2012

Sales of fitness/exercise equipment totaled an estimated $5.467 billion in 2011, up from $5.387 billion in 2010 and $5.319 billion in 2009.

National Sporting Goods Association, 2012

According to Club Industry magazine's annual State of the Industry Survey, 68% of health club owners said they planned to renovate or remodel one or more of their facilities in 2012.

Club Industry, 2012

A study by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association found that health clubs' member retention rate after one year was 72.4%.

IHRSA, 2011

Revenue generated by the U.S. spa industry totaled $12.8 billion in 2010, compared to $12.3 billion in 2009 and $12.8 billion in 2008.

International Spa Association, 2011

According to the International Spa Association, as of year-end 2010, there were 19,900 spas in the U.S., down from 20,600 at the end of 2009.

International Spa Association, 2011

The majority of spas (74%) are single-location operations, and are not affiliated with a franchise or corporate headquarters.

International Spa Association, 2011

Misc Source

According to a 2011 survey by the American Massage Therapy Association, 24% of women and 13% of men reported having a massage in the previous year.

American Massage Therapy Association, 2011