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Membership by Month

This data is from IHRSA’s 2015 Industry Data survey of 5,759 North American clubs.

Though health club revenues and participation are less seasonal than many people assume, clubs do experience seasonal fluctuations with a New Year’s Resolution bump in January (11.1%) and a post Summer bump in September (8.9%).

There are two exceptions to this yearly cycle, 

  1. clubs with outdoor facilities such as swimming pools and tennis courts whose membership jumps in warmer weather; and, 
  2. clubs in year-round warm weather climates (especially four-season, indoor-outdoor clubs). Many of these clubs are as busy in July and August as they are in January when those New Year’s Resolutions hit.

Anecdotally, some club operators tell IHRSA that their busiest season begins in the Spring, as people start thinking (and doing something) about bathing suit season.

And, while the data on this page reflects membership sales numbers, attendance rates correlate. 


IHRSA on Capitol Hill Promoting PHIT, Honoring Get Active Leadership Award Recipients

Members and staff from IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association along with members of the PHIT Coalition are on Capitol Hill today, conducting a Lobby Day to generate additional support for the PHIT Act. 

Members of the PHIT Coalition, co-chaired by IHRSA and the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), are meeting with Members of the House and the Senate, asking them to co-sponsor the PHIT Act. Currently, PHIT has 101 bipartisan sponsors, with 88 from the House and 13 from the Senate.

PHIT, The Personal Health Investment Today Act, would allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos and youth sports league fees. If passed, it would allow individuals to tap their pre-tax account up to $1,000 per year to cover these expensesfamilies would be granted up to $2,000.

In addition to the day’s lobbying efforts, members of IHRSA’s Board of Directors are presenting the first-ever “IHRSA Get Active Leadership Award” to Congressional Fitness Caucus co-chairs, Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Bob Dold (R-IL). This inaugural award honors Members of Congress with especially strong track records of supporting policy initiatives that promote physical activity.

IHRSA and its membership will be represented in Washington D.C. by Missy Moss, Steve Cappezone and Allison Flatley, members of IHRSA’s Board of Directors; Suzanne Trainor, IHRSA’s public policy assistant, and Tom Scanlon and Jay Sweeney, the association’s Washington D.C. lobbyists.

Helen Durkin, IHRSA’s EVP of public policy added, “This lobbying day provides the perfect occasion to rightfully acknowledge and honor Reps. Kind and Dold for their long-term commitment to helping Americans live healthy lifestyles’. Durkin continued, ‘By presenting them with the ‘Get Active Leadership Award’, we hope to raise the visibility of their efforts and to inspire others on Capitol Hill to recognize the important role that public policy has to play in enabling all Americans to embrace and live more physically active lives.”

PHIT Coalition members expected to participate in today’s PHIT Lobby Day include the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the Outdoor Industry Association, the Cooper Institute, Nike, SFIA, IHRSA, the Yoga Alliance, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA), the League of American Bicyclists, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), PGA of America, Brunswick, and the National Recreation and Parks Association.

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA’s mission is to grow, promote and protect the industry; and provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports policies that promote more active lifestyles to foster a more fit America.

IHRSA Launches Biennial Health Club Employee Compensation Survey

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has launched the IHRSA Employee Compensation & Benefits Survey. This study, commissioned every other year by IHRSA, gathers compensation and benefits practices from North American health clubs. The survey also gathers educational and certification requirements for corporate and club-level positions.

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IHRSA Releases 2016 Health Club Consumer Report

IHRSA Releases 2016 Health Club Consumer Report

Exercise Habits of Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers Examined

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released the 2016 Health Club Consumer Report. This annual publication, based on a nationwide sample of more than 32,000 interviews, provides demographics and health, sports and fitness participation data on American health club consumers.

“Membership in US health clubs reached an all-time high of 55.3 million in 2015, representing an annual growth rate of 3.3% over the past three years,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products. “Another 9.1 million non-members exercised at clubs in 2015, bringing the total number of Americans utilizing health clubs to 64.4 million, also a record high.”

Health club usage and activity preferences vary widely across generational groups, a finding which club operators can consider in strategic positioning and program development. Generation X is more likely to utilize resistance machines and treadmills, while Millennials are more likely to participate in yoga and cross-training programs. Boomers are more inclined to engage in Tai Chi and aquatic exercise. 

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ASF Mourns the Passing of its Founder, Richard Reed

DENVER, CO, August 31st, 2016. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Reed on August 26, 2016. 

Mr. Reed was a pioneer in the martial arts and fitness industries.  He was the co-founder of American Tae Kwon Do Association (ATA) and founder of ASF Payment Solutions. 

In retirement he started the Richard R. Reed Foundation, which is a private foundation that focuses on presenting grants to other non-profits that promote science and reason, as well as to help children and animals in need.  The foundation is privately funded and does not seek donations from the general public.

His lifetime achievements and legacy will live on in both the ATA and ASF Payment Solutions, as these organizations were his lifelong dreams.

Richard Reed had a tremendous influence on thousands of lives during his lifetime and will be truly missed, but will always be remembered.

“Achievement comes through ideas followed through with action.”  Richard Reed