Global Fitness Industry Records Another Year of Growth 

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

May 25, 2016 – Boston, MA – Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of The 2016 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. An IHRSA bestseller, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry worldwide. In 2015, global health club industry revenue totaled $81 billion, as 151.5 million members visited nearly 187,000 clubs.

“As the most up-to-date resource on the state of the global health club industry, The IHRSA Global Report is a must-have reference for all stakeholders in the health club industry, including club operators, developers, investors, and analysts,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's executive vice president of global products. “This year’s report shows collective growth in markets worldwide, with mature markets leading the way.”

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).

Health club performance is also strong in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. In the Asia-Pacific, 13 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 report this year for the U.S. market is a graphic illustration of health club utilization trends over the past seven years,” noted Ablondi. “For example, total health club visits annually in the United States increased by 25% since 2009.” 

The report is divided into four sections:

■          The "Industry Overview" section details the industry's performance in 2015, along with analysis and insights from industry experts and leading club operators.

■          The "Industry Research" section includes data on revenue, number of facilities and number of club members for nearly 70 markets. New this year are key statistics for 10 markets in the Middle East and North Africa. For the U.S. market, there is a breakdown of data for the number of health clubs by state, and infographic insights for consumer growth and member visits.

■          The "Company Profiles" section highlights more than 300 leading health club companies from around the world.

■          The "Supplier Profiles" section features fitness equipment manufacturers and suppliers, whose innovative products and services help club operators to be more profitable.

The 2016 IHRSA Global Report is available at in print or as a PDF to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95).

Related research: Additional comprehensive analysis of 16 markets in the Asia-Pacific region can be found in The IHRSA Asia-Pacific Health Club Report, available as a PDF at to IHRSA members ($299) and non-members ($599). The IHRSA Latin American Report contains market data and analyses on 15 Latin American markets and is available at as a PDF in English, Portuguese or Spanish language editions to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95). A wealth of additional health club operational and consumer reports may be found at



IHRSA is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. Its mission is to grow, promote, and protect the health and fitness industry. As one of the world's leading authorities on the commercial health club industry, IHRSA is the source of the world's only primary consumer research and industry economic and operating studies. For more information on IHRSA research, visit