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IHRSA Report: Worldwide Health Club Membership Now 183 Million Strong!

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BOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released The 2019 IHRSA Global Report. According to the publication, global health club industry revenue totaled $94 billion (USD) in 2018, as more than 210,000 clubs served 183 million members. A perennial IHRSA bestseller, The IHRSA Global Report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry.

"The IHRSA Global Report details performance indicators for 65 markets worldwide," said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's Executive Vice President of Global Products. "Around the globe, the fitness industry continues to help consumers lead healthier lives as steady growth was recorded in key markets. The industry is on pace with IHRSA's global initiative, announced last year, to reach 230 million health club members worldwide by 2030."

The top 10 markets around the world account for more than two out of three health club members and 71% of total industry revenue. While the U.S. leads all markets in memberships and revenue at 62.5 million and $32.3 billion (USD) respectively, Germany was second in both metrics with 11.1 million members and $6.3 billion (USD). The UK was third in the number of members and revenue at 9.9 million and $6.2 billion (USD), respectively.

Health club performance is also strong in the global economic powers of India and China. Based on data gathered in The IHRSA Greater China Report, the combined revenue from the top 10 cities ranks that region fourth among all global markets at $3.9 billion in annual revenue (USD), while the number of club members ranks it ninth in the world at 4.5 million. The IHRSA Indian Health Club Report ranks that country fifth in market size among Asia-Pacific health club markets at $821 million in annual revenue (USD). The number of health club locations puts it third in the region at 3,813 sites, while the country's two million members rank it fifth among observed markets in the region. Opportunities for growth remain in both markets as well as the Asia-Pacific region as a whole. The member penetration rates for China and India are 2.98% and 0.15%, respectively.

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