Ranking of largest low-cost gym chains in Spain in 2019

Health clubs are gradually making their way into their fitness market in Spain, with the number of fitness centers on the rise in recent years. The Spanish chain of fitness centers Altafit was the gym chain that featured the highest numbers of establishments in the Mediterranean country, with 57 health clubs as of January 2019. The German fitness center McFit was the second largest health club chain in Spain with 36 establishments as of the beginning of 2019.

The low-cost health club sector in Spain

  Spaniards mostly find price quality a key element when choosing their preferred gym chain over other reasons, as stated by 24 percent of the surveyed population. 21 percent of fitness center users reckon the sports facilities must be close to one’s home, making this the second main reason that sways Spanish gym hitters’ decision on their gym chain of preference. As of 2019, the largest age group of gym users was made up by those aged 21 to 30 years, which represented around 36 percent of the total of gym users. In contrast, under 20-year-olds comprised only 9.5 percent of gym users, making this the smallest age group.

Most of the sector leaders in Spain are foreign fitness firms

  The German health club McFit topped the list of leading fitness centers in Spain based on sales value, which amounted to approximately 25.6 million euros in 2017. The Dutch-based Basic Fit centers ranked second on the list, with a sales value of over 20 million euros. The Spanish chain Viva Gym was the health club that projected the greatest number of fitness center openings for 2019, with nine new sports facilities. McFit had planned six new openings, ranking it as the second fitness chain with the highest number of new facilities projected for 2019.

Leading low-cost fitness clubs in Spain in 2019, based on number of gyms

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

as of 1st January 2019

Supplementary notes

Low cost gyms are those with monthly fees not exceeding 23.99 euros + VAT.
*Information regarding 2019 can be found under this link.

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