In late May, IHRSA released The 2016 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. An annual IHRSA bestseller, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry worldwide. In 2015, global health club industry revenue totaled $81 billion, as 151.5 million members visited nearly 187,000 clubs.
“As the most up-to-date resource on the state of the global health club industry, The IHRSA Global Report is a must-have reference for all stakeholders in the health club industry, including club operators, developers, investors, and analysts,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products. “This year’s report shows collective growth in markets worldwide, with mature markets leading the way.”
The top 10 markets account for roughly two out of three health clubs and three out of four members worldwide. While the U.S. leads all markets in club count and memberships at 55 million and 36,180, respectively, Brazil is second in club count at 31,809, Germany second in number of members at 9.5 million. All three markets are also among the top 10 worldwide in revenue with the U.S. ranking first ($25.8 billion), Germany second ($5.4 billion), and Brazil seventh ($2.4 billion).
Health club performance is also strong in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. In the Asia-Pacific, 13 markets in the region attract 17 million members at more than 31,000 health clubs. While there is room for growth in the Middle East and North Africa, 10 countries in this region have a combined total of roughly 5,600 health clubs and approximately 3.4 million members.
“A new enhancement to the report this year for the U.S. market is a graphic illustration of health club utilization trends over the past seven years,” noted Ablondi. “For example, total health club visits annually in the United States increased by 25% since 2009.”
The report is divided into four sections:
■ The “Industry Overview” section details the industry’s performance in 2015, 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 key statistics for 10 markets in the Middle East and North Africa. 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 to be more profitable.
The 2016 IHRSA Global Report is available at ihrsa.org/ihrsa-global-report in print or as a PDF to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95). A free preview is also available for download on the page.
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