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Sharing the benefits of physical activity

Everyday, health club operators, employees, and members are at the forefront of the movement to encourage 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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About the Health & Fitness Industry

  • According to IHRSA’s 2017 Global Reportthere are 36,540 health clubs in the U.S. (as listed in the Yellow Pages on January 1, 2016; includes YMCAs, community centers, studios, etc.)
  • 57.3 million Americans belonged to at least one of the 36,540 health clubs nationwide, according to IHRSA’s Health Club Media Report.
  • 66.5 million Americans used a club in 2016, according to IHRSA’s Health Club Media Report.
  • IHRSA’s Health Club Media Report states that health club/gym/studio visits totaled 5.7 billion in 2016.
  • According to IHRSA’s Health Club Media Report, on average, IHRSA clubs reported keeping over 7 out of 10 members in 2016.
  • IHRSA’s 2017 Global Report estimates that industry revenues totaled $83.1 billion worldwide, and in 2016 more than 200,000 clubs served some 162 million members.

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

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