Americans Made More Than 5 Billion Visits to Health Clubs in 2013

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In 2013, according to figures recently released by the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), Americans made more than 5 billion visits to health clubs — the first time total health club visits surpassed the 5 billion mark. Also, revenue generated by U.S. health clubs increased by 3 percent in 2013, gliding up from $21.8 billion in 2012 to $22.3 billion last year.
Health club memberships also rose in 2013. In 2012, memberships totaled 50.2 million; last year, they reached 52.9 million. The difference represents a 5 percent increase. In addition, IHRSA reported, more than 62.1 million Americans used a health club in 2013.
“Seeing the increases achieved by the health club industry in 2013 is gratifying,” says Emily Wilensky, Marketing Manager of EZFacility, a health club management software developer in Woodbury, New York. “The increases are there not only because Americans are becoming more health conscious but also because health clubs are sharpening their marketing skills, honing their services, diversifying their offerings, and making huge efforts to remain competitive. The result is a winning situation for everyone.”
In total, IHRSA said, the number of for-profit health clubs in the United States rose from 30,500 in 2012 to 32,150 in 2013.