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The health club industry in Latin America is robust and growing. The 18 Latin American markets analyzed in the report generate US $6 billion in revenue from more than 65,000 clubs. Nearly 20 million Latin Americans are members of a health club, according to the report, which was sponsored by Hoist Fitness and produced in collaboration with Mercado Fitness (Argentina) and supported by Fitness Brasil. The report is available in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

“The 18 markets analyzed in this report generate $6 billion per year from 65,800 health clubs. Estimates indicate that nearly 20 million people in Latin America are health club members.”

Brazil, alone, accounts for more than half of the health clubs in Latin America with 34,509 facilities. Argentina has the highest penetration rate among all Latin American markets as 6.8% of Argentineans belong to a health club.

“The health club landscape in Latin America is dynamic and has undergone significant developments since 2012,” says Guillermo Velez, editor and director of Mercado Fitness. “In addition to the growth of the low-cost segment, other developments, including economic indicators, increasingly savvy consumers, technology, the boutique phenomenon, and professionalization have all impacted and shaped the industry in Latin America.”

While club operators and industry experts have observed growth amidst market developments in the region, opportunities abound in Latin America. The report shows the average penetration rate of 2.15%, signifying potential for growth. Along with Argentina, Brazil and Mexico have member penetration rates exceeding 3%, at 4.6% and 3.2%, respectively.

The IHRSA Latin American Report is an indispensable tool for club operators, investors, and market analysts,” says Jacqueline Antunes, IHRSA’s senior manager of Latin America. “Club operators can use the report to identify trends and areas for growth, while investors can use this valuable reference to identify profitable opportunities in the region. Finally, analysts and other stakeholders can rely on the report to explore the state of the industry and outlook for health clubs in Latin America.”