The U.S. health club industry is large and growing. The industry achieved total revenues of approximately $22 billion in 2012, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. As of 2012, it had grown to include approximately 50 million members and about 30,500 health clubs.
The health club industry is one of the few sectors of the U.S. economy that remained “remarkably resilient” during the past two recessions, according to the Gym, Health and Fitness Clubs in the U.S.: Market Research Report (2013), by IBISWorld, a global business research firm. Increased leisure time and improvements in health and morale have kept the industry highly competitive, the report states.
The industry will not only remain resilient with growing demand from health-conscious consumers, but will also benefit from the mounting senior population becoming increasingly active, according to the December 2014 update of this same report.