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Entries in The IHRSA Global Report (14)

Friday
Jun022017

Worldwide Health Club Revenue Up in 2016, Passing $83 Billion

The global health club industry continues to grow, with more than 200,000 clubs serving 162 million members and generating $83.1 billion in revenue in 2016, according to The 2017 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry.

The top 10 markets across the globe account for roughly two out of three health clubs and nearly three out of four members worldwide. While the U.S. leads all markets in club count and memberships at 57.2 million and 36,540, respectively, Brazil is second in club count at 34,509, and Germany is second in number of members at 10.1 million. All three markets are also among the top 10 worldwide in revenue with the U.S. ranking first ($27.6 billion), Germany third ($5.6 billion), and Brazil tenth ($2.1 billion).

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Thursday
Feb022017

Take IHRSA’s 2017 Global Report Survey, Be Rewarded

Calling all leading health clubs!

The IHRSA Global Report is our most requested research publication, and there’s an easy way for your club to be recognized in the “Company Profiles” section—just take the 2017 Global Report Survey by Friday, February 17.

"As the most up-to-date publication on the club industry worldwide, The IHRSA Global Report not only raises the visibility of top performers, but also gauges industry performance in key markets,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products. "A perennial #1 selling industry resource, the IHRSA Global Report report is the first point of reference for anyone interested in learning more about the industry, and a must-have resource for club operators, developers, investors, researchers, and media."

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Thursday
Jun022016

UK Consumer Spending on Club Memberships Soars 

The following is an excerpt from The 2016 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry.

Consumer spending on club memberships is soaring in the U.K., according to two new studies. Cardlytics, an Atlanta–based firm that monitors consumer spending via credit cards, debit cards, and direct debits, reports that the overall figure jumped 44% over the past year.

The strong growth, Cardlytics suggests, is due, in large part, to the dramatic increase in the number of budget facilities, which consumers can join without signing contracts. 

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Budget Brands Drive Growth in the UK 

The popularity of the budget brands—e.g., Pure Gym, EasyGym, Anytime Fitness, DW Sports, etc.—produced a 66% increase in monthly purchases when May/June 2014 was compared with the same period in 2015. However, mid-market and high-end club players, such as Virgin Active and Holmes Place, also reported spending increases—of 22% and 14%, respectively. 

A new study by the Mintel Group, Ltd., an international, London-based marketing research firm, also acknowledged the boom in the budget sector, suggesting that the recent recession in the U.K. was also a contributing factor. 

“Nearly four-fifths of U.K. adults have set themselves at least one health or fitness goal, yet only 12% currently use a gym,” Mintel reported. “However, the indications for the private health and fitness club sector remain promising, with the continued rise of budget gyms helping to break down the barriers associated with more established clubs—i.e., cost, location, and the commitment of entering long-term contracts.” 

The UK’s Thriving Health Club Market 

In November, The Gym Group, based in London, went public, making the business the only listed club operator in the U.K. Founder and CEO John Treharne rang the bell on the London Stock Exchange as the shares began trading under the ticker GYM. Founded in 2008, The Gym Group now operates 66 clubs, which are open 24/7, and serve some 363,000 members across the U.K. With $136 million in gross proceeds from the offering, the chain plans to open between 15 and 20 locations per year. 

Pure Gym, a six-year-old, budget club company based in the U.K., has acquired 43 more-traditional fitness facilities from a competitor, LA Fitness, in a deal estimated to be worth $125 million. Pure Gym notes that the transaction will increase the availability of affordable fitness centers to people across Great Britain, particularly in London and the South East.“ 

With the addition of (these) sites, Pure Gym will continue to innovate with new facilities, technologies, and services for our existing and prospective members,” said Humphrey Cobbold, the CEO of the chain. Pure Gym currently operates 98 gyms, open 24 hours a day, which serve more than 520,000 members across the country. The company also has announced plans to add approximately 30 new sites to its portfolio this year. 

“This transaction will give users of LA Fitness access to high-quality fitness centers through a network of existing and new gyms,” noted LA Fitness CEO Martin Long. “I’m confident that our facilities and members will benefit from Pure Gym’s investment and attractive proposition.” 

Learn more about the 2016 IHRSA Global Report, including how to download a free preview.

Wednesday
May252016

151.5 Million Members Get Active at More Than 186,000 Health Clubs

In 2015, global health club industry revenue totaled $81 billion, as 151.5 million members visited nearly 187,000 clubs, according to the just-released The 2016 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry

The top 10 markets account for roughly two out of three health clubs and three out of four members worldwide. While the U.S. leads all markets in club count and memberships at 55 million and 36,180, respectively, Brazil is second in club count at 31,809, Germany second in number of members at 9.5 million. 

All three markets are also among the top 10 worldwide in revenue with the U.S. ranking first ($25.8 billion), Germany second ($5.4 billion), and Brazil seventh ($2.4 billion). 

“This year’s report shows collective growth in markets worldwide, with mature markets leading the way,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's executive vice president of global products. 

 

Health club performance is also strong in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. In the Asia-Pacific, thirteen markets in the region attract 17 million members at more than 31,000 health clubs. While there is room for growth in the Middle East and North Africa, 10 countries in this region have a combined total of roughly 5,600 health clubs and approximately 3.4 million members. 

“A new enhancement to The IHRSA Global Report this year for the U.S. market is a graphic illustration of health club utilization trends over the past seven years,” Ablondi said. “For example, total health club visits annually in the United States increased by 25% since 2009.”

Monday
Dec072015

CBI: Global Health Club Industry Continues to Expand

As 2015 draws to a close, Club Business International looks back on the health club industry’s growth. 

Canada, Brazil, England, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, Australia —the sun never sets on the growing health and fitness empire. In the past year the industry has moved into new markets, expanded in virtually every country, introduced new equipment, programs, and business models, accessed untapped populations, and served millions more members.

A quick look at past and recent issues of The IHRSA Global Report confirms the progress the sector has achieved. The 2010 Report, reflecting the situation in 2009, noted that there were 128,521 clubs, with 119.5 million members, generating $67.2 billion in annual revenues. By 2014, the corresponding figures for 2013, were 165,000 clubs (+28%), 138.7 million members (+16%), and $78.2 billion (+16%).

And The IHRSA Global Report 2015, for 2014, pushes the figures yet higher—183,919 clubs (+11.5%), 144.7 million members (+4.3%), and $84.3 billion (+7.8%)—compared to the previous year’s report.

Even given inflation and more comprehensive reporting, it’s clear that, when it comes to fitness, more of the world’s population is being served—and served better.

To learn about some of the industry’s top global achievements of 2015, read "International Developments" in the December issue of CBI.

 

Monday
Jun222015

IHRSA Global 25 Highlights World’s Top Health Clubs

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IHRSA releases The IHRSA Global 25, which lists the top 25 health club companies worldwide ranked by membership, number of locations and revenue.

“In 2014, the leading companies that make up The IHRSA Global 25 listings continued to demonstrate solid performance across all key metrics,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO.

In fact, 15 of the top 25 club companies had revenue growth of 10% or more in 2014, demonstrating that the industry has ample growth opportunities for well-run companies.

“Clearly the bar has been raised for inclusion onto one of The IHRSA Global 25 rankings,” comments Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products.

Compiled by IHRSA’s Club Business International (CBI) magazine, the IHRSA Global 25 is based on The 2015 IHRSA Global Report, which profiles nearly 400 club businesses worldwide. Read the full press release.

The 2015 IHRSA Global Report is available in print or as a PDF to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95).

Friday
Jun272014

Global Report available during IHRSA Store sale, which ends June 30

The health and fitness industry is doing quite well. One would be hard-pressed to argue against it. Recent reports, studies and research prove that:

  • revenue grew to $77.5 billion, up from $75.7 billion
  • 3,000 clubs worldwide; last year the number was just over 150,000
  • 140 million club users, a huge jump from 131.7 million last year

It isn’t just about numbers. How about these accolades:

  • A recent study said that fitness is the world’s biggest sport and there is still plenty of room for growth.
  • Entrepreneur magazine placed Anytime Fitness at the top of its 2014 Franchise 500 list.
  • Anytime Fitness plans to open more than 1,500 clubs in the next five years; Planet Fitness added 50.

More on these findings, and what this means to the industry, can be found in one place – the 2014 IHRSA Global Report. The publication is the most up-to-date on the global fitness industry, consisting of an industry overview, research, and company and supplier profiles.

Pick up the 2014 IHRSA Global Report here.

The IHRSA Store Spring Sale runs May 1 to June 30, 2014 at ihrsastore.com. Entry the promo code SPRING2014FS at checkout and save 15% when you spend $50. You will also receive free shipping to the continental United States.

 

Tuesday
May272014

2014 IHRSA Global Report is out in PDF

The health and fitness industry is doing quite well. One would be hard-pressed to argue against it. Recent reports, studies and research will prove that.

  • revenue grew to $77.5 billion, up from $75.7 billion
  • 3,000 clubs worldwide; last year the number was just over 150,000
  • 32,150 facilities, a 2,000 increase
  • 140 million club users, a huge jump from 131.7 million last year

It isn’t just about numbers. How about these accolades:

  • A recent study said that fitness is the world’s biggest sport and there is still plenty of room for growth.
  • Entrepreneur magazine placed Anytime Fitness at the top of its 2014 Franchise 500 list.
  • Franchise Times named Snap Fitness and Founder and CEO Peter Taunton a Dealmaker of the Year in February 2014. 
  • Anytime Fitness plans to open more than 1,500 clubs in the next five years; Planet Fitness added 50.

More on these findings, and what this means to the industry, can be found in one place—the 2014 IHRSA Global Report, which is now available in a PDF. The publication is the most up-to-date on the global fitness industry, consisting of an industry overview, research, and company and supplier profiles.

Read on to learn more about what the 2014 IHRSA Global Report has to offer, and how to order it.

Wednesday
Jun262013

The IHRSA Global 25 is out

Following the tough recession years in the late 2000s and early 2010s, the good news that came with The IHRSA Global 25 the past couple years was that the fitness industry is "starting to come out of the woods."

There are still a few trees to get past in 2013. And even though the report shows that club memberships in the U.S. are down 2.3% to 50.2 million, revenues actually increased to $21.8 billion - a 1.8% increase from  $21.4 billion in 2011.

Each year, The IHRSA Global 25 ranks companies on total membership, total clubs owned, total revenue, revenue and unit growth, total franchise units, as well as 5-year revenue growth and 5-year unit growth. 

Read more on the report.

Friday
Jun142013

IHRSA Global Report 2013 is out, have you bought it?

Thanks to expanding markets in China, Germany and Latin America, 2012 was a banner year in the global health club industry. Try these numbers on for size: the industry amassed $75.7 billion in revenue; there are 153,000 clubs worldwide; and 131.7 million members in clubs.

The numbers are according to the 2013 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. One of IHRSA’s best sellers, the report came out this week.

Click here to read more and to order.