Health club membership by region - additional information
A total of 144.68 million people worldwide were members of a health club in 2014, a figure that has steadily increased the last few years up from a 120 million health club members in 2009. The number of gyms worldwide has also risen from 128,500 in 2009 to 183,920 in 2014. As a result, the global revenue of the fitness center industry has increased to over 84 billion U.S. dollars in the same year, about 17 billion dollars more than the 2009 sum.
North America is the leading world region within the health club industry with a membership of almost 60 million. The vast majority of North American health club members – 54.1 million out of almost 60 million – is located in the U.S. The country is also a leading market of the health club industry, with estimated revenues of more than 26 billion U.S. dollars in 2014.
Even though North America leads the industry in terms of health club memberships, Europe and Latin America have significant presences in the industry. Led by the UK, Europe ranks second both in memberships and number of health clubs, and first in revenue. Latin America is the region that has the highest number of health clubs. Within the region, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina are major markets for the industry.