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Global Health Club Industry

The North American market (United States & Canada) had an estimated size of 24.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, of which 90 percent, around 21.83 billion U.S. dollars, was attributable to the United States. The U.S. is the single biggest market in the industry, almost 3.5 times the size of the second largest in the world – the United Kingdom.

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Definition / Scope

Health and fitness clubs provide their customers with the infrastructure for their workouts and physical activity in exchange for a membership fee. The global fitness and health club industry generates more than 75 billion U.S. dollars in revenue according to the 2013 IHRSA Global Report, which deals with the state of the health club industry.

The North American market (United States & Canada) had an estimated size of 24.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, of which 90 percent, around 21.83 billion U.S. dollars, was attributable to the United States. The U.S. is the single biggest market in the industry, almost 3.5 times the size of the second largest in the world – the United Kingdom.

The global market is fragmented with no particular chain taking a large share of the worldwide market. Market leaders are rather limited to more local (countries, geographical region) ranks. Amongst the health & fitness club companies with revenues in excess of one billion U.S. dollars in 2012 are Life Time Fitness, Virgin Active, Konami Sports & Life and 24 Hour Fitness USA.

In 2012, a total of more than 150 thousand fitness & health clubs were in operation worldwide, of which about 30.5 thousand are located in the United States. These clubs in the U.S. had about 50 million members. Globally around 130 million people were members of a health/fitness club.

The personal goals of health club members depend in some part on their age. More than 90 percent of health club members that are at least 66 years of age, for example, say that they train at a fitness center because they “need to stay healthy”, only about 47 percent of 16-to-20-year-olds cite this reason. The price of membership is the main reason why people either don’t join a health club at all (55.8%) or why they quit their membership (52.2%).

Market Overview

Market size of global health club industry $78.17bn The statistic depicts the global market size of the health club industry from 2009 to 2014. In 2014, the global health and fitness club industry generated estimated revenues of 84.3 billion U.S. dollars.
Revenue of Life Time Fitness, Inc. $1,127m This statistic shows health club industry companies worldwide in 2014, ranked by revenue. Life Time Fitness, Inc. generated 1,291 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2014.
Number of health and fitness clubs worldwide 165,300 The statistic shows the total number of health and fitness clubs worldwide from 2009 to 2014. In 2014, there were more than 183 thousand fitness and health clubs worldwide
Number of members of health/fitness clubs worldwide 144.68m This graph depicts the total number of members in health and fitness clubs worldwide from 2009 to 2013. In 2010, about 128.77 million people were members of a health/fitness club worldwide.
Health club industry revenue in the U.S. $22.4bn This statistic shows the revenues of fitness centers/ health clubs in the United States from 2000 to 2014. In 2014, U.S. fitness centers had total revenues of 24.2 billion U.S. dollars.
Number of health and fitness clubs in the U.S. 32,150 The statistic shows the number of gyms (health clubs / fitness centers) in the U.S. from 2008 to 2014. In 2009, there were 29,750 gyms in the U.S.
Number of members at health and fitness clubs in the U.S. 52.9m This statistic shows the number of memberships at fitness centers/ health clubs in the United States from 2000 to 2014. In 2014, U.S. fitness centers had a total membership of over 54 million. The U.S. fitness centers market consists of about 34,000 membership-based exercise facilities. Fitness centers are operated as parts of multi-site chains or as single-location entities.


Wholesale sales of sports exercise equipment in the U.S. $4.84bn The statistic depicts the manufacturers (wholesale) sales of sports exercise equipment in the U.S. from 2008 to 2014. In 2010, wholesale sales of sports exercise equipment amounted to about 4.34 billion U.S. dollars.
Average retail price of stationary exercise bicycles in the U.S. $299.66 In 2007, the average retail price of stationary exercise bicycles was at 277.50 U.S. dollars.

Key Metrics

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Base Year 2018 Researched through internet


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