Feature Article - June 2015
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Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

A Look at Trends in Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

Health Club Facilities

Despite the jump in consumer visits to health clubs reported by IHRSA, there was a decrease in the percentage of respondents who reported increases in usage of their facilities from 2013 to 2014. While 58.2 percent reported an increase from 2012 to 2013, only 47.9 percent said usage of their facilities had grown from 2013 to 2014. Another 37 percent said there had been no change, and 15.1 percent said the number of people using their facilities had decreased. (See Figure 52.) Looking forward, around six in 10 health club respondents expect to see increasing usage in 2015 (62.5 percent) and in 2016 (60 percent).

Health club respondents are less likely to have construction plans over the next three years than other respondents. While 68 percent of non-health-club respondents have such plans, only 54.1 percent of health club respondents have construction plans. This is a decrease from last year, when 69 percent of health club respondents had such plans. (See Figure 53.) In 2015, health club respondents are most likely to be planning renovations to their existing facilities, with 44.6 percent indicating they will be renovating. Another 31.1 percent have plans to make additions, and 14.9 percent will be building new facilities.

After reporting a significant decrease to their construction spending in 2014, this year's health club respondents reported a more modest decrease. From 2013 to 2014, construction spending fell by 25.2 percent from an average of $2,154,000 in 2013 to $1,611,000 in 2014. This year's respondents reported they were planning to spend $1,605,000, on average, a decrease of 0.4 percent.

The features most commonly included among health club respondents' facilities for 2015 were: fitness centers; exercise studio rooms; locker rooms; Wi-Fi services; indoor sports courts such as basketball courts and racquetball courts; childcare or daycare centers; indoor aquatic facilities; concession areas; classroom and meeting rooms; and outdoor aquatic facilities.

Health club respondents were less likely to report that they had plans to add features at their facilities within the next three years. Some 27 percent of health club respondents said they had such plans, compared with 43.2 percent of non-health-club respondents.

The most commonly planned additions among health club respondents include: splash play areas, fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment, exercise studio rooms, Wi-Fi services, playgrounds, fitness centers, challenge courses and ropes courses, and outdoor tracks.