Membership of private health and fitness clubs exceeds 6 mln in UK: report

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-11 20:32:32|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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LONDON, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Over 6 million Britons are members of private health and fitness clubs and 62 percent of them are using the club at least three times per week, a latest report has said.

Carried out by Mintel, a London-based market research firm, the report showed that private health and fitness gym membership in Britain has grown by 15 percent in the last five years, with the number of members rising from 5.3 million in 2014 to 6.1 million in 2019.

Taking health and fitness club as one of Britain's fastest-growing leisure sector, the report estimated a 3.4-billion-pound (4.4-billion-U.S.-dollar) total market revenue of the sector last year, marking a 4.1 percent increase year-on-year.

Some 18 percent adults currently use a private health and fitness club in Britain, compared with 15 percent in 2018, said the report released Friday.

"The rise of lower-cost options and increased locations has made private gyms an accessible form of leisure, while a greater focus by consumers on healthier living and exercise is also providing a boost to the sector," said Lauren Ryan, Mintel leisure analyst, in a press release.

Almost 58 percent Britons say classes are the main reason they go to a health and fitness club, while 64 percent say group classes help them put in more effort. Furthermore, 75 percent of consumers say the instructors play a key role in how much they like a club, said the report.

"Classes are particularly important for fitness clubs, with people seeking variety and friendly instructors,"said Ryan, adding that "the need for personal interaction and more personalised guidance provides health and fitness clubs with a strong opportunity if they can retain high-quality instructors and personal trainers."