About the Industry

Every day, all over the world, health clubs (aka gyms, fitness centers, studios, sports centers) and their staff are inspiring people to live healthier, more active lives.

As the recognized leader in research for and about the health club industry, IHRSA tracks and reports on club performance and consumer behavior trends, provides comprehensive, country-specific overviews of the industry in key markets, and publishes a detailed view of the overall global market.

Media are invited to contact pr@ihrsa.org for additional information.

Health Club Industry Overview

Updated 6/30/2015

  • There were 34,460 U.S. Health Clubs in 2014 (as listed in the Yellow Pages as of January 2014; includes YMCAs, community centers, studios, etc.), up 6.4% over 2013.
  • 54.1 million Americans belonged to at least one of the 34,460 health clubs nationwide in 2014
  • In 2014, total U.S. Industry Revenues increased 7.4% to $24.2 billion.
  • More than 63 million Americans utilized a club in 2014, up 2.3% over 2013.
  • Total health club/gym/studio visits surpassed 5 billion.
  • Average Rate of Member Retention for IHRSA Clubs: 72.4%
  • Global Outlook: Industry revenues worldwide totaled $84 billion in revenue as more than 180,000 clubs attracted 144.7 million members in 2014.

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
  • 2013 – 52.9 million
  • 2014 – 54.1 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
  • 2013 – 32,150
  • 2014 – 34,460

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