SPECIAL REPORT: The Dawning of a New Era for the Fitness Facility Industry

SPECIAL REPORT: The Dawning of a New Era for the Fitness Facility Industry
Courtesy Club Intel

Courtesy Club Intel

Club Intel examines Member Behaviors and Sentiments During Covid-19 Gym Closures and What it Means for the Future of the Fitness Facility Industry

 

As of July 1, 2020, many fitness facilities and gyms across North America were in the process of reopening as part of their jurisdictions phased reopening process for the economy. Despite this positive news for the industry, in the U.S. we are seeing many States delay the reopening of fitness facilities (e.g., New York and North Carolina) and in two cases (Arizona and Southern California), jurisdictions mandating gyms to close for a second time. It appears the painful ending of this Covid-19 disruption, and the inspired new beginning has not fully arrived. As a result, fitness operators will need to be further attuned to the data about member behavior and sentiments during closure and how this should frame business practices during a period of extended closure or during a scaled back reopening period.

 

In this whitepaper we explore data not presented in our earlier report. Specifically, we will dive into member behaviors and experiences during the Covid-19 induced closure, using the data to bring forward key insights and recommendations with respect to how member behaviors and experiences during gym closures influence return behavior at reopening, but also how these behaviors and experiences are likely to impact member behavior going forward.

ClubIntel is a brand insight, market research and strategic consulting firm focused on serving the health/fitness and private club industries. ClubIntel is an industry leader in respect to relevant research to support the needs of the health/fitness facility industry. ClubIntel’s research efforts include its annual International Fitness Industry Trend Study – What’s All the Rage, several industry-based research collaborations with IHRSA (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 Health Club Consumer Reports and 2016 State of the Mexican Health and Fitness Industry Report); the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Financial and Operational Benchmarking Reports for the Association of Fitness Studios (AFS); and the 2016 and 2017 State of the Industry Reports for the Club Spa and Fitness Association.

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