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Sharing the benefits of physical activity

Everyday, health clubs and fitness businesses are at the forefront of the movement to encourage—and deliver—healthier, more active lives. IHRSA leads the global fitness industry by delivering the latest research, covering club performance and consumer behavior trends, publishing industry overviews for key markets, and reporting annual data on the worldwide success of the industry.

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According to IHRSA Research:

  • There are 41,370 health clubs in the U.S. (estimate as of January 1, 2020)
  • 64.2 million Americans belonged to at least one of the 41,370 health clubs nationwide.
  • 73.6 million Americans were health club consumers in 2019.
  • Health club/gym/studio visits totaled 6.7 billion in 2019.
  • On average, IHRSA clubs reported keeping over 7 out of 10 members in 2020.
  • Global industry revenues totaled $96.7 billion worldwide, and more than 205,000 clubs served some 184.6 million members in 2019.

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

  • 2012 – 50.2 million
  • 2013 – 52.9 million
  • 2014 – 54.1 million
  • 2015 – 55.3 million
  • 2016 – 57.3 million
  • 2017 – 60.9 million
  • 2018 – 62.5 million
  • 2019 – 64.2 million

Total Number of U.S. Health Clubs by Year:

As of January 1, year listed.

  • 2012 – 30,500
  • 2013 – 32,150
  • 2014 – 34,460
  • 2015 – 36,180
  • 2016 – 36,540
  • 2017 – 38,447
  • 2018 – 39,570
  • 2019 – 41,370