Good News For Health Clubs and Gyms in 2012

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We can only argue that we are a third world country for so long. There is massive and undeniable trend towards health and fitness in South Africa and the world. South African growth does not seem to be on par with the rest of the world though.

The International Health Racquet and Sports Club Association Release Projections

The International Health Racquet and Sports Club Association have recently made public their optimism about the health and fitness industry for 2012

The association predicts an increase in the number of members joining and working out at gyms and health clubs.

IHRSA now claim that a whopping 16% of the American population now belong to a health club. That equates to 50.2 million people! That is also an increase of more than 10% over the last three years.

“Three out of 10 Americans plan to increase spending in joining or re-joining a health club”, according to results from the Physical Activity Council’s annual participation study, IHRSA reports.

Also, according to an IBISWorld market research report cited by IHRSA, “the demand for gyms and health and fitness clubs will continue to rise over the next five years, as the general public becomes more health-conscious and the aging population places a greater emphasis on staying fit.@

The top 10 IHRSA health club trends for 2012 are:

 

  1. More people exercising in gyms and health clubs
  2. Programming and certifications for specific demographic population groups especially the aging Baby Boomers.
  3. Programs for youth.
  4. Social exercise.
  5. Small group personal training or squad training. Good encouragement for members as well as the personal trainers pocket!
  6. Technology especially in regards to gym equipment such as treadmills, exercise bikes and elliptical trainers.
  7. Convenient fitness options.
  8. Development of more corporate gyms as more employees benefit from wellness and fitness programs.
  9. Body weight exercise. This has safety advantages as well as the obvious cost saving advantages.
  10. Physician prescribed exercise.

The IHRSA health club trend list is derived from IHRSA research that includes its industry data survey and the health club consumer report.

South Africa Health Clubs

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South African health club members are estimated at between 1.2 million and 1.5 million.

This is a difficult statistic for the following reasons:

  • Many gyms refer to database members including expired members
  • The IHRSA stats for South Africa refer only to Southern Africa
  • This does not include boot camp, Crossfit and other progressive concepts
  • Informal gyms in locations and outlying areas are not studied.

There is always the very contentious point of differentiating book members with the numbers exercising in the gym. The medical aids have created a financial incentive by cancelling subsidised memberships should members not train, however the statistics are probably in the region of less than 30% of gym members using their memberships more than twice per month. That a lot of people paying and not using the gym.

A major opportunity for South African fitness enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and gym equipment suppliers is to create more innovative and affordable fitness solutions which encourage people to exercise rather than just be a number.

Do you feel that you need to see more information on the commercial gym industry or gym equipment? Listen to what I have to say here then call me to see how else we can assist you. You can call now on 071 863 7398 or mail me immediately at miles@gym4me.com, Or look at more options at www.gymequipmentfor sale.co.za

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