Getting lean: A trend towards no-frills gyms has limited industry revenue expansion

The industry covers the operation of gyms and health and fitness clubs, which include personal training services offered through a gym but not the activities of independent personal trainers. Revenue is predominantly derived from membership fees, typically on an annual contract basis. Gyms can be broadly classified as low-market, mid-market and high-market based on their membership fees and the facilities they offer. Despite the presence of several large players, there are still many small independent gyms operating across the United Kingdom. However, mergers and acquisitions have occurred in recent years, indicating that the structure of the industry is changing, with franchising also proving increasingly more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The shift towards budget gyms has limited expansion, but revenue has still grown strongly
  • Intensifying competition as budget gyms have grown has encouraged consolidation activity
  • Older people are likely to be a key market for targeted fitness, mobility and lifestyle offerings
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry is characterised by a high level of capital intensity. Gyms have always been both labour and capital intensive, and both the complexity of fitness equipment and the numbers of personal trainers have gradually increased over the past decade. These are the two strongest points of differentiation when gym location is removed. This means that operators' equipment and labour costs are both significant. For every £1.00 spent on capital requirements, an estimated £2.89 is spent on wages.Capital requirements include the cost of fitness equipment, buildings, furniture and computers. The best-performing fitness centres have a wide range of equipment catering to different workout styles and goals. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry are

  • Easy access for clients
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Health consciousness in the Gyms & Fitness Centres industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry?

    Operators in this industry provide fitness facilities, specifically gyms and health clubs. These organisations typically provide services on a membership basis, and benefits include the use of exercise equipment and weights, personal training, group classes and other club facilities.

    Industry Products
  • Weights and exercise machines
  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training
  • Industry Activities
  • Gym and health club operation
  • Provision and running of fitness and bodybuilding clubs and facilities
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Health consciousness
  • Average weekly hours of work
  • Sport participation

  • Current Performance
  • Rising health consciousness
  • Technology and marketing
  • Budget gyms dominate
  • Merger and acquisition activity
  • Current concerns
  • Profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising obesity
  • Budget segment
  • Luxury and mid-market segments
  • Growth strategies and new markets
  • Location, location, location
  • Market structure and profit
  • Table: Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dietetic Food Manufacturing
  • Juice, Mineral Water & Soft Drink Wholesaling
  • Sporting Goods Manufacturing
  • Sports & Recreation Education

  • Products & Services
  • Weights and exercise machines
  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training
  • Other
  • Chart: Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Household disposable income
  • Social trends
  • Other

  • Major Markets
  • People aged between 25 and 44 years
  • People aged between 45 and 64 years
  • People aged between 16 and 24 years
  • People aged 65 years and over
  • People aged 15 years and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRentDepreciationUtilitiesMarketingOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Gyms & Fitness Centres

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    David Lloyd Leisure Ltd, Pure Gym Ltd, Virgin Active Ltd, Dave Whelan Sports Ltd, The Gym Group plc, Bannatyne Fitness Ltd,
  • Table: David Lloyd Leisure Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Pure Gym Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Virgin Active Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Dave Whelan Sports Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: The Gym Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Bannatyne Fitness Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Gyms & Fitness Centres Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Cardiovascular training or aerobics.
  • Membership Churn
  • Gyms and health clubs sign up thousands of new members each year, yet lose many of these within six months, resulting in flat membership growth.
  • Yoga
  • A system of physical, mental and spiritual exercises that originated in ancient India.
  • Zumba
  • A combination of dance and aerobics that has become popular in recent years.
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