2015 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report Published Yesterday

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The 2015 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report reveals that the UK health and fitness industry is in good health, it has more clubs, more members and a greater market value than ever before. 1 in every 8 people in the UK are members of a gym, an all-time penetration rate high of 13.7%. 


The 2015 report highlights that the industry has experienced another year of positive growth over the twelve month period to the end of March 2015, with increases of 5.4% in value, 3.3% in the number of fitness facilities and a 5.8% rise in the number of members.


The growth in the industry continues to be driven by strong performance from the rapidly growing low cost market in the private sector. This expanding market now accounts for 9% of the total number of private clubs, 10% of the private market value and an impressive 24% of the private sector membership.


Summary of Key Facts

  • Total market value (public and private sectors combined) is estimated at £4.3 billion, up 5.4% on 2014.

  • 13.7% of the UK population are now registered as members of a private health and fitness club or a publicly-owned fitness facility contrasting with 13.2% in the previous year.

  •  Total industry membership is the strongest growth indicator, up 5.8% to 8.8 million over the past 12 months.

  • 191 new public and private fitness facilities opened in the 12 month period ending 31st March 2015, up from 177 in 2014.

  • There are now 6,312 fitness facilities in the UK, up from 6,112 last year.


Commenting on the figures, David Minton, Director of The Leisure Database Company said: “The results are great news for the industry and finally we have some innovation and fresh thinking coming through; the consumer obviously appreciates the new experiences, as shown by the sharp increase in member numbers and the all-time high penetration rate”.

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