With the help of ClubIntel, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recently issued its annual 2016 Health Club Consumer Report. Click through this photo gallery for the report's six key insights about fitness trends. Alternatively, you can delve deeper by reading ClubIntel's full summary or by purchasing the complete report.
The fitness industry has matured in recent years, bringing about changes that have wreaked "creative destruction," according to ClubIntel. Average facility growth has outpaced average club membership growth, while the latter has outpaced average gross-domestic-product growth. The emergence of new market segments and business models (traditional players repositioning themselves as luxury players, for example) further convolutes the landscape, the report said.
Club owners should be wary in relying on revenue from personal training. The number of consumers participating in at least one personal training session declined from 2014 to 2015 (12 percent participation), according to ClubIntel. Conversely, small-group exercise saw growth (31 percent participation). The only catch: Group exercise typically pulls $20 less per session than personal training, the report said.
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