A record number of Americans used a health club during a six-month period in 2014 and 2015, according to a recent report released by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.
The 73 million Americans who used a club between the fall 2014 and winter 2015 sample period was the highest figure recorded since IHRSA began tracking American club usage in 1987, according to the winter 2016 edition of the IHRSA Health Consumer Seasonal Trend Report. More than one out of five people ages six and older belonged to a club during that six-month period.
The report also found that the number of health club members grew from 61.3 million to 63.5 million during the spring/summer of 2014 and fall/winter of 2014/2015 sample period.
"Consistent with historical findings, consumers increase their health club workouts over the fall and winter, as many start the New Year with resolutions to increase physical activity in order to be healthier and feel better," IHRSA Executive Vice President of Global Products Jay Ablondi said in a statement.
Highlights from the report include:
- Older adults frequent the health club up to 16 more days than the average during the fall and winter seasons.
- The 25-34 age group indicated using the health club an average of 47 days from October through March.
- The 55-64 age group indicated using the health club an average of 72 days from October through March.
- Older adults typically engage in the health club amenities they grew up with and are the most likely generation to use resistance machines, stationary cycles and treadmills.
- Millennials are more likely to be a non-member consumer than any other generational group.
- Of the 73 million health club users over the fall and winter, 14 percent were non-members.
- Increased visits during the fall and winter were driven by male participation.