What is the Size & Value of the UK Fitness Industry?

Did you know that the global health and fitness industry is worth a whopping US$87.2 billion, and welcomed 174 million consumers at more than 201,000 facilities around the world (IHRSA, 2018).

The US leads all markets in revenue with $30 billion, while Germany is second ($5.6 billion), and the United Kingdom third ($5.5 billion) (IHRSA, 2018).

The 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report – published in May 2018 by the Leisure Database Company (LeisureDB) – estimates the fitness market’s value at £5 billion, an increase of 2.9% on 2016.

There are a record number of people with a gym membership, 10 million or one in every seven people – a market penetration rate of 14.9%.

During the 12 months to March 2018, the number of fitness facilities increased by 4.6%, with 275 new openings, while total membership grew by 2%.

The rates of growth are, however, lower than recorded during the previous 12 months (from March 2016 to March 2017), when the sector saw increases of more than 5% in both members and market value.

When it comes to operators, budget chain Pure Gym and charitable enterprise GLL have strengthened their positions as the UK’s leading private and public operators – when measured by number of gyms and members.

Pure Gym have become the first operator to reach 200 clubs and passed the 1 million member mark earlier this year, while GLL, with 194 gyms, is also likely to break the 200 milestone in the next year.

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IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association). (2018) The 2018 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.ihrsa.org/about/media-center/press-releases/ihrsa-2018-global-report-club-industry-revenue-totaled-87-2-billion-in-2017. [Accessed: 25 September, 2018].

Leisure DB (Leisure Database Company). (2018) 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.leisuredb.com/publications/. [Accessed: 25 September, 2018].


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