The UK's health and fitness sector

The UK health and fitness industry experienced another year of growth.

27 February 2015, Words by Mat Oakley


The UK health and fitness industry has more clubs, more members and a greater market value than ever before. The industry has experienced another year of growth, annual memberships increased from 12.6% to 13.2% and the number of fitness facilities increased by 1.5%, arguably due to the budget sector, which continues to threaten many of the larger players.

"The industry has more clubs, more members and a greater market value than ever before"

The national chains of low-cost, high technology self-service gyms remain dominant with forecast accelerated growth throughout 2015. The sector has brought down monthly membership fees, taken more market share and further squeezed the established middle-market.

The pressure is coming from well-financed chains such as The Gym Group, Pure Gym, easyGym and Xercise4Less, which all secured significant funding during 2013 and 2014 to accommodate further expansion.

Although the mid-market still lacks a stable footing in the sector, 18 of the top 30 brand still operate within this sector. Operators such as Fitness First and La Fitness will become increasingly difficult to classify in the future as they continue to test low-cost, mid-market and premium-priced clubs.

Increased competition has also arisen from a new generation of single service focused studio operators charging on a pay-as-you-go basis for class-based concepts such as Psycle (spinning) and Barry’s Bootcamp (high intensity workout).


Did you know?

■ Total market value (public and private sectors combined) is estimated at £4.08 billion, up 3.9% on 2013.

■ 13.2% of the UK population are now registered as members of a private health and fitness club or a publicly-owned fitness facility contrasting with 12.6% in the previous year.

■ Total industry membership base is the strongest growth indicator, up 4.5% to 8.3 million over the past 12 months.

■ 177 new public and private fitness facilities opened in the 12 month period ending 31st March 2014, up from 167 in 2013.

■ There are now 6,112 fitness facilities in the UK, up from 6,019 last year.



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