IHRSA 2018 Global Report: Health Club Industry Revenue Totaled $87.2 Billion in 2017

    The just-released report reveals updated and in-depth analysis on global revenue, number of facilities, and number of club members for nearly 70 markets.

    Boston—May 29, 2018—Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced that global health club industry revenue totaled $87.2 billion in 2017, as more than 201,000 clubs served 174 million members. This news and more was shared in the newly released 2018 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. An IHRSA perennial bestseller, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry worldwide.

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    “A must-have reference for any industry stakeholder, The IHRSA Global Report shows solid growth for the health club industry worldwide,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's executive vice president of global products. “New this year, the report contains health club membership penetration rates by country showing the tremendous potential for growth in many key markets. To that end, IHRSA has launched a global initiative to reach 230 million health club members worldwide by 2030.”

    The top 10 markets across the globe account for more than two out of three health club members and 71% of total industry revenue. While the U.S. leads all markets in club count and memberships at 60.9 million and 38,477, respectively, Brazil is second in club count at 34,509, and Germany is second in number of members at 10.6 million. The U.S. also leads all markets in revenue with $30 billion, while Germany is second ($5.6 billion), and the United Kingdom third ($5.5 billion).

    Health club performance is also strong in the Asia-Pacific region. Based on data gathered in the IHRSA Asia-Pacific Health Club (Second Edition), 14 markets in the Asia-Pacific region attract 22.5 million members at more than 25,000 health clubs. Opportunities for growth remain in the Asia-Pacific region as member penetration rates remain low in comparison with developed health club markets worldwide.

    The report is divided into four sections:

    • The "Industry Overview" section details the industry's performance in 2017, 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 updated statistics for 14 Asia-Pacific markets and 20 European markets. 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 be more profitable.

    The 2018 IHRSA Global Report is available in print or as a PDF to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95).

    Related research: Additional comprehensive analysis can be found in The IHRSA Latin American Report (Second Edition), sponsored by Hoist Fitness, The State of the Mexican Fitness Industry Report, sponsored by Movement, and The IHRSA Asia-Pacific Health Club Report, sponsored by Perfect Gym.

    About IHRSA

    The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association 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 the leading authority on the commercial health club industry, IHRSA regularly conducts primary consumer research and industry economic and operating studies. For more information on IHRSA research, visit ihrsa.org.

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    Melissa Rodriguez

    As IHRSA's Senior Research Manager, Melissa Rodriguez oversees research initiatives for the health club consumer, club operations, and international markets. The best part of her job is helping members better understand how IHRSA research can help them improve and expand their business. When she's not analyzing data and statistics, Melissa enjoys spending time with family, watching superhero series, poring over NBA and NFL box scores, and reading a good book.