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About the Industry

Through annual surveys, partnerships and data collection, IHRSA collects and shares key operational data related to health club industry benchmarks, best practices, and trends.

Health Club Industry Overview

Updated 6/17/2013

  • Number of U.S. Health Clubs: 30,500 in 2012 (as listed in the Yellow Pages as of January 2012; includes YMCAs and community centers)
  • Total Number of U.S. Health Club Members: 50.2 million in 2012
  • Total U.S. Industry Revenues: $21.8 billion in 2012
  • For topline US club membership and participation information: 2013 U.S. Industry Data
  • For an overview of the 2013 Global Fitness Industry (download)
  • Average Rate of Member Retention for IHRSA Clubs: 72.4%

Total (U.S.) Health Club Membership by Year (including YMCA, JCC, etc)                   

  • 2005 – 41.3 million
  • 2006 – 42.7 million
  • 2007 – 41.5 million
  • 2008 – 45.5 million
  • 2009 – 45.3 million
  • 2010 – 50.2 million
  • 2011 – 51.4 million
  • 2012 – 50.2 million

 Total Number of (US) Health Clubs:  

As of January 1 of year listed

  • 2005 – 26,830
  • 2006 – 29,069
  • 2007 – 29,357
  • 2008 – 29,636
  • 2009 – 29,750
  • 2010 – 29,890
  • 2011 – 29,960
  • 2012 – 30,500

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