113 Gym Membership Statistics You Need to Know

Fun gym membership statistic: More than one-third of gym-goers keep their memberships just to use equipment.
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For many gym-goers, most days look pretty identical: wake up, go to work, hit the gym and repeat. Not a bad daily routine.

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And considering the gym is a daily activity for so many people, it's not surprising if you've considered opening one of your own. Or if you've at least wondered how many of these facilities exist across the country (or the world). Plus, how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the fitness industry?

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Jump into these gym membership stats to learn more about health clubs today.

Global Gym Facilities

The health club and gym industry makes billions of dollars each year, with millions of facilities across the globe, according to the Global Health and Fitness Association's (IHRSA) 2020 report.

  • In 2019, the global health club and gym industry made about $98.7 billion in revenue.
  • Globally, there are about 210,000 health and fitness facilities and gyms in the world.
  • These countries have the most facilities.
    • United States:​ 41,370
    • Brazil:​ 29,525
  • U.S. gyms and health facilities had the most revenue in 2019, with about $35 billion total.
    • Germany and the U.K. tied for second, each earning about $6.2 billion in the same year.
  • There are more than 210,000 health clubs across the world, according to Wellness Creative Co.'s 2021 Fitness Industry Statistics Report.

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Global Gym Membership Statistics

The number of gyms in the world sits at 210,00, but U.S. gyms bring in the most revenue and members, according to the IHRSA 2020 report.

  • There are more than 184 million gym members around the world.
  • These countries have the highest average numbers of members per gym, according to Expert Fitness.
    1. China:​ 2,558
    2. Taiwan:​ 2,366
    3. South Africa:​ 2,072
    4. Singapore:​ 1,600
  • Anytime Fitness is one of the biggest global chains, with about 4,520 locations worldwide.
    • Another top global chain, Planet Fitness has more than 14.1 million members and 1,899 locations, according to the franchise website.
    • Fit Body Boot Camp, one of the few international boot-camp franchises, has more than 800 locations across the world, according to the gym website.
  • Here's a peek at the most expensive average monthly membership fees (more below on the cheapest) across the world (in U.S. dollars):
    1. Qatar:​ $110.08
    2. Kuwait:​ $107.74
    3. Singapore:​ $105.10
    4. Switzerland:​ $91.83
    5. Saudi Arabia:​ $86.99

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For comparison, the average gym membership cost in the U.S. is about $37.71, according to RunRepeat's 2021 Gym Membership Price Analysis.

Gym Membership Statistics in the U.K.

  • In 2019, there were 7,239 gyms in the United Kingdom, according to RunRepeat's 2021 Gym Industry Global Analysis.
    • 1 in 7 people in the U.K. are gym members.
    • There are about 1,425 members per gym.
    • Each gym member makes the facility about $593.86 per year.

Top Reasons Why People in the U.K. Go to the Gym

Lose weight

32.08%

Keep fit

29.19%

Tone up

14.12%

Improve mental health

11.8%

Prepare for a challenge

5.6%

Source: Better

Most Common Reasons for Skipping the Gym

Lack of time

39.46%

Lack of confidence

16.55%

The gym is too busy

14.28%

Childcare conflict

10.11%

Fresh hairdo

7.09%

Phobia of Lycra

4.9%

Source: Better

Gym Membership Statistics in Canada

  • There are about 6,587 gyms in the country, per RunRepeat's 2021 analysis.
    • Canada has more than 6.18 million members total.
    • There are roughly 938 members per gym.
    • Each gym member makes the facility about $467.87 annually.

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Gym Membership Statistics in Australia

  • There are roughly 3,715 gyms in Australia, according to RunRepeat's 2021 analysis.
    • Australia has about 4 million total gym members.
    • 15.3% of Australians are members of a gym.
    • There are about 1,004 members per gym.
    • Each gym in Australia makes about $762,045.76 each year.

U.S. Gym Statistics

  • There are about 41,370 gym facilities in the U.S., according to the IHRSA.
  • The U.S. gym industry makes about $35 billion in revenue each year, per RunRepeat.
  • Here are the top three revenue-earning health clubs in the U.S., based off of 2019 Club Industry statistics:
    1. LA Fitness:​ $2.15 billion
    2. Life Time:​ $1.9 billion
    3. 24 Hour Fitness:​ $1.47 billion
  • The average gym membership cost in 2021 is $37.71 per month, according to RunRepeat.
  • These are the least expensive monthly memberships in the country:
    1. Planet Fitness:​ $10
    2. Youfit:​ $10
    3. Work Out World:​ $10
    4. World Gym:​ $15.99
    5. Crunch:​ $19.95
  • Gyms make about $517 per gym membership each year, according to Wellness Creative Co.'s 2021 Fitness Industry Statistics Report.

Gym Usage Statistics

  • About 1 in 4 Americans went to a gym, exercise club or fitness studio in 2019, according to the IHRSA.
  • The number of health club goers in the U.S. from 2019 to 2020 increased by 27% from 58 million to 73.6 million people.
  • About 6.3% of Americans don't ever use their gym membership, according to RunRepeat.
  • About 49.9% of people go to the gym at least twice per week.
  • In 2019, there were about 6.7 billion gym visits in the U.S.
    • That's a 45% increase from 2010
  • About 27.3 million people went to the gym 100 times (or more) in 2019.
    • That's a 24% increase from 2010.
  • The average gym-goer keeps their membership for about 4.7 years.
    • 50% of gym users say that location is the main reason why they keep their membership.
    • 38% say they keep their membership because of equipment.
  • About half of new gym members quit in the first six months.
    • 38% say they quit because of membership costs.
    • 23% say they quit because they don't use their membership.
  • Gym members with a household income more than $150,000 are more likely to make more than 100 gym visits annually, per the IHRSA.

Gym Statistics by Age

Although most U.S. gyms are friendly for all ages, more than half of newer members are younger than 30. In fact, a majority of gym-goers are under the age of 45. Here are more gym membership demographics to know.

  • Most gym members are between 36 and 37 years old, while new members are about 30 years old, according to a 2019 Consumer Fitness Survey by Les Mills.
    • More than 50% of new members are younger than 30.
  • According to Les Mills, this is the generational breakdown of the average gym's membership:
    • Gen Z (born 1994-2002):​ 35%
    • Millennials (born 1979-1993):​ 45%
    • Gen X (born 1964-1979):​ 14%
    • Baby Boomers (born 1949-1963):​ 6%

Reasons Why Gen Z Members Go to the Gym

To get in or stay in shape to lose weight

54%

To look better or improve appearance

50%

To get stronger

37%

To have fun

27%

To feel empowered

26%

Source: Les Milles

Gym Statistics by Race and Ethnicity

A stark majority of people who go to American gyms are white, according to RunRepeat. And both the number and percentage of white gym members have increased in the past 10 years.

  • Here's a breakdown of the gym members based on their self-identified race or ethnicity, per RunRepeat. (The terms used below for race and ethnicity reflect the language used by RunRepeat.)
    1. White:​ 66.34%
    2. Hispanic:​ 12.78%
    3. African American:​ 12.3%
    4. Asian:​ 7.19%
  • The number of white gym-goers has risen from 33.9 million in 2010 to 42.59 million in 2019.
    • That's a jump of about 25.6%.

Gym Statistics by Gender

For the first time, more than half of all people who go to the gym in the U.S. are female, according to RunRepeat. Nevertheless, new female gym-goers are still more likely to quit after a year of membership. (The terms used below for gender reflect the language used in the original sources.)

  • More than half of all gym members are female, according to RunRepeat.
    • Since 2010, the number of female members increased by 32.2%.
    • Since 2010, the number of male members increased by 23.2%.
  • About 20% to 40% of men say body image is a major motivator for gym attendance.
  • About 8% of male gym-goers quit their membership after a year, according to Finances Online, a business software research platform.
    • About 14% of female members quit after a year.
  • Women are twice as likely to use gym video-on-demand exercise programs from home than are men, according to RunRepeat.
  • 46% of men and 43% of women use smartphones while exercising at the gym.
  • Women are more likely to participate in gym studio classes like yoga, barre and Pilates.

Gym Ownership Statistics

When you open a gym in the U.S., you can either go with a pre-existing franchise or start an independent company. Although one option isn't necessarily better than the other, there are advantages and drawbacks to both.

  • Opening a gym franchise can cost anywhere between $107,524 to $999,121, depending on the franchise you choose and the location, among other factors, according to the International Sports Science Association (ISSA).
    • Franchisees must pay annual fees to the franchise owner that range from $21,000 to $60,000, depending on the franchise.
    • Franchisees also pay the franchise owner a royalty fee each month or quarter of about 4% to 8% of all revenue the business makes.
  • Increasing member retention can increase a gym's annual revenue by 25% to 95%, according to Glofox, a company that makes management software for fitness facilities and platforms.
  • Most gyms and fitness clubs lose about 50% of new members within their first six months.

Pandemic Statistics

The COVID-19 pandemic's effects on gym memberships have been drastic. Most gyms fully closed for periods during the COVID-19 pandemic (and some continue to operate at only partial capacity).

  • As of July 1 2021, 22% of U.S. gyms and studios had permanently closed, according to the IHRSA.
  • U.S. gyms lost at least $13.1 billion from the start of the COVID pandemic in March 2020 to the end of August 2020, according to RunRepeat's analysis on COVID's impact on the fitness industry.
  • As of July 2020, 60% of gym members planned to fully cancel their memberships.
  • As of 2020, 59% of Americans didn't plan to renew their memberships after the pandemic is over.
  • During pandemic lockdowns, 74% of Americans tried fitness apps to stay fit.

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