Health & Fitness Clubs - Statistics & Facts

Health & Fitness Clubs - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on Health & Fitness Clubs

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 80 billion U.S. dollars in revenue per year.


The North American market (United States & Canada) had an estimated size of more than 28 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, of which 90 percent, around 25.8 billion U.S. dollars, was attributable to the United States. The U.S. is the single biggest market worldwide not only in terms of revenue but in regards to the number of members in health & fitness clubs as well.

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 2014 are Life Time Fitness and Virgin Active.

In 2015, a total of more than 186 thousand fitness & health clubs were in operation worldwide, of which about 36 thousand are located in the United States. These clubs in the U.S. had about 55 million members. Globally more than 150 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%).



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