IHRSA Reports 57 Million Health Club Members, $27.6 Billion in Industry Revenue in 2016

Not only did health club member numbers increase in 2016 but so did the number of consumers which includes visitors In 2016 66 million consumers used a health club an alltime high according to IHRSA Photo by Thinkstock

Not only did health club member numbers increase in 2016, but so did the number of consumers (which includes visitors). In 2016, 66 million consumers used a health club, an all-time high, according to IHRSA. (Photo by Thinkstock.)

In 2016, 57.3 million people were members of a health club, according to a report from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the Boston-based trade association for commercial health clubs. The member number is an increase of 3.6 percent from 2015 when IHRSA reported 55.3 million members in the United States, and equates to a 19.3 percent penetration rate into the 296.6 million Americans who are age 6 or older.  

The report, which is based on a study conducted by IHRSA as part of the Physical Activity Council, also found 36,540 health clubs in the country, an increase of 1 percent in one year. That number was arrived at using the industry's SIC code of 7991 for the Yellow Pages and, therefore, may not include all studio locations because some of them may not be classified under this same SIC code, IHRSA explained in a media release about the report.

Health clubs generated $27.6 billion in revenue in 2016 compared to $25.8 billion in 2015, an increase of 7.2 percent.

“Industry revenues continue to grow as members utilize their clubs more frequently with many investing in multiple health club options,” Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products, said in a media release about the report. “While the increase in the number of fitness centers has slowed, club operators have adeptly responded to consumer needs and demands for variety in fitness programs and training formats.”   

The report also found:

  • 66 million consumers used a health club in 2016, an all-time high since IHRSA began tracking consumer statistics in 1987
  • The average member visited their club 106 times in 2016, which is also an all-time high.
  • Nearly one out of five Americans belonged to at least one health club.
  • Since 2009, health club membership has grown by 26.3 percent
  • Since 2009, the number of club-goers has increased by 26.5 percent


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