Cause and Effect

In spite of a sluggish economy, IHRSA attributed the industry's recent growth and positive long-term prospects to several key factors, including:

  • Aging Baby Boomers — Increasingly interested in the health benefits of regular exercise are the fastest growing segment of health club members, up 380 percent since 1987.

  • 71 million Echo Boomers, ages 8 to 25 years — Represent a potential of approximately 12 million new club members over the next decade with nearly 18 percent of Americans age 18 to 34 members, the highest rate among any age group.

  • More professional club operations — have developed programs, facilities, and services that appeal to an ever-broader slice of the American population.

  • Continued financial investment — Fostered new facility development making health clubs more convenient than ever as the number of health clubs in the U.S. has grown by an estimated 41 percent since 1992.

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