Early bird
tickets
available now!
GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window I've already subscribed!
Savills
Savills
Savills
Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn
FITNESS, HEALTH, WELLNESS

Latest news

State of the Fitness Industry Report 2022 finds UK industry building back to pre-pandemic levels

The Leisure Database Company has released topline numbers from its State of the Fitness Industry Report for 2022
It found 631 clubs have closed, the majority early in the pandemic, while 455 have opened – a difference of 176
Market value is down by 4.3 per cent – around the same level as 2018 – 2019 was a peak year
Membership dropped by 4.7 per cent to 9.9 million
During the last two years, in which making sense of the numbers became a matter of life and death for operators, the industry had huge gaps in the data it had to share
– David Minton, director, The Leisure Database Company

The Leisure Database Company (TLDB) has revealed its State of the Fitness Industry Report UK for 2022, following an audit of more than 7,000 facilities in the public, private and independent sectors.

This is the first time the report has been published since 2019.

Researchers found the market to be in remarkably good shape considering the disruptions of the pandemic, with overall results showing some key metrics to be running at the same levels as 2018 and some at 2019 levels, when the industry was having a 'golden moment', with record results in all areas.

Memberships decreased by 4.7 per cent from 10.4 million in 2019 to 9.9m (9,890,985) in 2022 and market value was down by 4.3 per cent from £5.1 billion in 2019.

In 2019, the market value of the sector had increased by 4.2 per cent from the previous State of the Fitness Industry Report (2018), so the industry's present status takes us back to around 2018 value levels.

The penetration rate dropped back one percentage point to 14.6 per cent after passing the 15 per cent barrier for the first time back in 2019.

The research does not count consumer health club activity using aggregators, such as Classpass and Hussle and it's not clear how much consumer activity in the market has migrated to these services since the last report was published in 2019 or how much this might have impacted results had it been counted.

Since the previous State of the Fitness Industry Report (2019), 631 clubs have closed however, 455 new facilities have opened, meaning the overall number of sites has only dropped 2.43 per cent from 7,239 in 2019 to 7,063 in 2022, a difference of 176.

Half of the closed businesses failed in the first year of the pandemic, meaning the rate of losses slowed considerably after these early casualties, although the timing of the research means that post-rent moratorium closures will not have been counted.

David Minton, director of The Leisure Database Company, told HCM the report’s findings are the result of over 4,000 hours of research and are drawn from an “estimated billion data points” that have been built up over time.

Following the pandemic, Minton says that greater industry transparency is necessary if more industry metrics are to be collected which could potentially then demonstrate a link between club memberships, gym-going activity, and human health.

“As an industry, we have very little collective knowledge and no aggregated hard data about a whole slew of vital industry metrics that government and other agencies could have related to during the worst days of the pandemic,” said Minton. “During the last two years – in which making sense of the numbers became a matter of life and death for operators – the industry had huge gaps in the data it had to share.

“The government had hard numbers on age-standardised mortality rates by age and vaccination status, but fitness levels, membership and frequency of visits to facilities weren’t linked to this – for good reason – the numbers would have been desperately unreliable.

“We now need to be more transparent and honest about the starting points for understanding our sector when it comes to age breakdown, monthly activity events, improvements in strength, flexibility, balance and cardio among individuals.”

The full State of the Industry Report 2022 can be accessed here. For a report by David Minton in the next issue of HCM, sign up now for your personal copy here.

The Leisure Database Company (TLDB) has revealed its State of the Fitness Industry Report UK for 2022, following an audit of more than 7,000 facilities in the public, private and independent sectors.
PTS,SAR,HAF,FIT,IND,INV,PHR,RES,PUB
2022/THUMB349557_294399_760500.jpg
Latest News
Mindbody, has launched a specialist insurance programme for its customers which is being delivered through ...
Latest News
After introducing Xponential’s reformer Pilates concept, Club Pilates, to Germany last year, Matin Seibold's LifeFit ...
Latest News
Rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson has been announced as a keynote speakers for the HCM Summit ...
Latest News
As United Fitness Brands gears up to launch its fifth Reformcore location at Battersea Power ...
Latest News
The Gym Group has built on the positive momentum of 2023, with a strong half-year ...
Latest News
The way fat stores are metabolised during exercise is different in males and females, according ...
Latest News
The UK's National Sector Partners Group (NSP) has called on the new government to pledge ...
Latest News
Boutique fitness software platform, Xplor Mariana Tek, has launched in-app gamification to help studios motivate ...
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Teca StandUp is an exciting line, bringing something genuinely new to gyms
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Life Fitness has reimagined cardio with the launch of its Symbio line which has been designed with advanced biomechanics and offers deep levels of customisation
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Sustainability in the fitness industry is coming on in leaps and bounds as more operators refurbish their gym equipment to save money and the planet
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
A major refurbishment of Sport Ireland Fitness by Technogym has created a world-class public gym at the home of Irish sport
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
At the heart of the Sydney Swans new headquarters in Australia is an elite player-focused training facility by strength equipment specialist BLK BOX
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Coaching workshops from Keith Smith and Adam Daniel have been designed to empower your team and transform your service
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Operators, prepare to revolutionise the way members connect with personal trainers in your club, with the ground-breaking Brawn platform.
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
University of Sheffield Sport has opened the doors of its flagship Goodwin Sports Centre following a major refurbishment
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Epassi, a provider of workplace wellness benefits, is creating a fitter and more productive workforce, one membership at a time 
HCM promotional features
HCM magazine
HCM People

Mariah Rooney

Founder, Trauma Informed Weight Lifting
When people experience early life trauma it impacts their bodies and nervous systems. I became curious about how lifting weights could help them have the experience of strength
HCM magazine
The media questioned our rationale, but we have hope and a vision and people are responding very enthusiastically
HCM magazine
As more trans women, trans men and non-binary people join health clubs, it’s time to work out a system where everyone feels included, protected and safe in the locker room. Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
Fuel the debate about issues across the industry and share your ideas and experiences. We’d love to hear from you: [email protected]
HCM magazine
HCM People

Mark Tweedie

Associate, Miova
I’d love to see a national wellness service working hand in glove with NHS primary care
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Altrafit introduces custom functional fitness equipment at Third Space
Altrafit has taken further steps to cement its reputation as a provider of high-quality, affordable functional fitness equipment that is built to last with the development and introduction of a new functional fitness keg for luxury gym operator, Third Space.
Company profiles
Company profile: Panatta Srl
Panatta's mission is to create machines that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and competitive in price ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Les Mills UK
For over 50 years Les Mills has been leading the way in fitness to inspire ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Matrix: Futureproofing
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Safe Space: Delivering the vision
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Featured press releases
Active IQ press release: Industry heavyweight David Stalker joins Active IQ as independent adviser
David Stalker, President of EuropeActive and a CIMSPA chartered fellow is joining Active IQ from July 2024.
Featured press releases
Greenwich Leisure Limited press release: London Youth Games concludes at Copper Box Arena
After an incredibly competitive season, the London Youth Games Finals Festival took place at the end of last month at GLL's Copper Box Arena in London.
Directory
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Cryotherapy
Snowroom
TechnoAlpin SpA: Snowroom
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers
Property & Tenders
Chiswick, Gillingham, York and Nottingham
Savills
Property & Tenders
Cleveland Lakes, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
Cotswold Lakes Trust
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
03-05 Sep 2024
IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Diary dates
08-10 Sep 2024
Wyndham® Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs™ Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
Diary dates
19-19 Sep 2024
The Salil Hotel Riverside - Bangkok, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Diary dates
20-22 Sep 2024
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
01-04 Oct 2024
REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort Nusa Dua Bali, Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia
Diary dates
09-13 Oct 2024
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Diary dates
10 Oct 2024
QEII Conference Centre, London,
Diary dates
22-25 Oct 2024
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
24-24 Oct 2024
QEII Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2024
In person, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-06 Feb 2025
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
11-13 Feb 2025
Fairmont Riyadh , Saudi Arabia
Diary dates
10-13 Apr 2025
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
07-07 Jun 2025
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
28-31 Oct 2025
Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
Diary dates

Latest news

State of the Fitness Industry Report 2022 finds UK industry building back to pre-pandemic levels

The Leisure Database Company has released topline numbers from its State of the Fitness Industry Report for 2022
It found 631 clubs have closed, the majority early in the pandemic, while 455 have opened – a difference of 176
Market value is down by 4.3 per cent – around the same level as 2018 – 2019 was a peak year
Membership dropped by 4.7 per cent to 9.9 million
During the last two years, in which making sense of the numbers became a matter of life and death for operators, the industry had huge gaps in the data it had to share
– David Minton, director, The Leisure Database Company

The Leisure Database Company (TLDB) has revealed its State of the Fitness Industry Report UK for 2022, following an audit of more than 7,000 facilities in the public, private and independent sectors.

This is the first time the report has been published since 2019.

Researchers found the market to be in remarkably good shape considering the disruptions of the pandemic, with overall results showing some key metrics to be running at the same levels as 2018 and some at 2019 levels, when the industry was having a 'golden moment', with record results in all areas.

Memberships decreased by 4.7 per cent from 10.4 million in 2019 to 9.9m (9,890,985) in 2022 and market value was down by 4.3 per cent from £5.1 billion in 2019.

In 2019, the market value of the sector had increased by 4.2 per cent from the previous State of the Fitness Industry Report (2018), so the industry's present status takes us back to around 2018 value levels.

The penetration rate dropped back one percentage point to 14.6 per cent after passing the 15 per cent barrier for the first time back in 2019.

The research does not count consumer health club activity using aggregators, such as Classpass and Hussle and it's not clear how much consumer activity in the market has migrated to these services since the last report was published in 2019 or how much this might have impacted results had it been counted.

Since the previous State of the Fitness Industry Report (2019), 631 clubs have closed however, 455 new facilities have opened, meaning the overall number of sites has only dropped 2.43 per cent from 7,239 in 2019 to 7,063 in 2022, a difference of 176.

Half of the closed businesses failed in the first year of the pandemic, meaning the rate of losses slowed considerably after these early casualties, although the timing of the research means that post-rent moratorium closures will not have been counted.

David Minton, director of The Leisure Database Company, told HCM the report’s findings are the result of over 4,000 hours of research and are drawn from an “estimated billion data points” that have been built up over time.

Following the pandemic, Minton says that greater industry transparency is necessary if more industry metrics are to be collected which could potentially then demonstrate a link between club memberships, gym-going activity, and human health.

“As an industry, we have very little collective knowledge and no aggregated hard data about a whole slew of vital industry metrics that government and other agencies could have related to during the worst days of the pandemic,” said Minton. “During the last two years – in which making sense of the numbers became a matter of life and death for operators – the industry had huge gaps in the data it had to share.

“The government had hard numbers on age-standardised mortality rates by age and vaccination status, but fitness levels, membership and frequency of visits to facilities weren’t linked to this – for good reason – the numbers would have been desperately unreliable.

“We now need to be more transparent and honest about the starting points for understanding our sector when it comes to age breakdown, monthly activity events, improvements in strength, flexibility, balance and cardio among individuals.”

The full State of the Industry Report 2022 can be accessed here. For a report by David Minton in the next issue of HCM, sign up now for your personal copy here.

The Leisure Database Company (TLDB) has revealed its State of the Fitness Industry Report UK for 2022, following an audit of more than 7,000 facilities in the public, private and independent sectors.
PTS,SAR,HAF,FIT,IND,INV,PHR,RES,PUB
2022/THUMB349557_294399_760500.jpg

Latest news

Mindbody, has launched a specialist insurance programme for its customers which is being delivered through
After introducing Xponential’s reformer Pilates concept, Club Pilates, to Germany last year, Matin Seibold's LifeFit
Rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson has been announced as a keynote speakers for the HCM Summit
As United Fitness Brands gears up to launch its fifth Reformcore location at Battersea Power
The Gym Group has built on the positive momentum of 2023, with a strong half-year
The way fat stores are metabolised during exercise is different in males and females, according
Life Fitness (UK) Ltd
Life Fitness (UK) Ltd
Altrafit has taken further steps to cement its reputation as a provider of high-quality, affordable
The UK's National Sector Partners Group (NSP) has called on the new government to pledge
Boutique fitness software platform, Xplor Mariana Tek, has launched in-app gamification to help studios motivate
Trade show and conference, Elevate, is expanding to India next year, with an event scheduled
Industry body CIMSPA, which represents workers across the physical activity sector, has created an online
Edinburgh Leisure is launching a six-week introduction to Nordic walking as part of its award-winning
Third Space is celebrating the launch of its 11th club in London at the historic
Innovatise UK Ltd
Innovatise UK Ltd
Happy staff make more profitable businesses is the message of Jetts CEO, Elaine Jobson’s new
The European College of Sports Science (ECSS) welcomes 3,000 academics to the University of the
According to research carried out in the US by YouGov, cost is the main reason
Village Hotels has changed hands following a deal between the owner – an affiliate of
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has released a new report emphasising the critical role of
F45 Training has become the first health and fitness operator to make its functional/HIIT group
Alliance Leisure
Alliance Leisure
PureGym has partnered with the British Heart Foundation to upload all of its defibrillators to
Thirty one per cent of adults worldwide – approximately 1.8 billion people – did not
Global Wellness Summit
Global Wellness Summit
1 - 20 of 12,300
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Teca StandUp is an exciting line, bringing something genuinely new to gyms
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Life Fitness has reimagined cardio with the launch of its Symbio line which has been designed with advanced biomechanics and offers deep levels of customisation
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Sustainability in the fitness industry is coming on in leaps and bounds as more operators refurbish their gym equipment to save money and the planet
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
A major refurbishment of Sport Ireland Fitness by Technogym has created a world-class public gym at the home of Irish sport
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
At the heart of the Sydney Swans new headquarters in Australia is an elite player-focused training facility by strength equipment specialist BLK BOX
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Coaching workshops from Keith Smith and Adam Daniel have been designed to empower your team and transform your service
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Operators, prepare to revolutionise the way members connect with personal trainers in your club, with the ground-breaking Brawn platform.
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
University of Sheffield Sport has opened the doors of its flagship Goodwin Sports Centre following a major refurbishment
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Epassi, a provider of workplace wellness benefits, is creating a fitter and more productive workforce, one membership at a time 
HCM promotional features
HCM magazine
HCM People

Mariah Rooney

Founder, Trauma Informed Weight Lifting
When people experience early life trauma it impacts their bodies and nervous systems. I became curious about how lifting weights could help them have the experience of strength
HCM magazine
The media questioned our rationale, but we have hope and a vision and people are responding very enthusiastically
HCM magazine
As more trans women, trans men and non-binary people join health clubs, it’s time to work out a system where everyone feels included, protected and safe in the locker room. Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
Fuel the debate about issues across the industry and share your ideas and experiences. We’d love to hear from you: [email protected]
HCM magazine
HCM People

Mark Tweedie

Associate, Miova
I’d love to see a national wellness service working hand in glove with NHS primary care
HCM magazine
Immediate rewards can motivate people to exercise more, according to new research, reports Kath Hudson
HCM magazine
New research from UCLA Health looked at the impact of Kundalini yoga on memory and found a significant impact, finds Megan Whitby
HCM magazine
Steph Eaves looks at how health assessment devices are evolving to keep up with industry trends
HCM magazine
It’s time to start the conversation about pelvic health. It’s not just menopausal women who have challenges: young women and men can also experience issues they’re too embarrassed to discuss or seek help for, as Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
From payments to virtual classes, software integrations can take your operation to the next level. Providers tell us about their most in-demand offerings
HCM magazine
AI has the potential to support people in making healthy lifestyle changes if its algorithms can be updated to understand the different stages of motivation, as Jodi Heckel reports
HCM magazine
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Altrafit introduces custom functional fitness equipment at Third Space
Altrafit has taken further steps to cement its reputation as a provider of high-quality, affordable functional fitness equipment that is built to last with the development and introduction of a new functional fitness keg for luxury gym operator, Third Space.
Company profiles
Company profile: Panatta Srl
Panatta's mission is to create machines that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and competitive in price ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Les Mills UK
For over 50 years Les Mills has been leading the way in fitness to inspire ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Matrix: Futureproofing
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Safe Space: Delivering the vision
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Featured press releases
Active IQ press release: Industry heavyweight David Stalker joins Active IQ as independent adviser
David Stalker, President of EuropeActive and a CIMSPA chartered fellow is joining Active IQ from July 2024.
Featured press releases
Greenwich Leisure Limited press release: London Youth Games concludes at Copper Box Arena
After an incredibly competitive season, the London Youth Games Finals Festival took place at the end of last month at GLL's Copper Box Arena in London.
Directory
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Cryotherapy
Snowroom
TechnoAlpin SpA: Snowroom
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers
Property & Tenders
Chiswick, Gillingham, York and Nottingham
Savills
Property & Tenders
Cleveland Lakes, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
Cotswold Lakes Trust
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
03-05 Sep 2024
IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Diary dates
08-10 Sep 2024
Wyndham® Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs™ Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
Diary dates
19-19 Sep 2024
The Salil Hotel Riverside - Bangkok, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Diary dates
20-22 Sep 2024
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
01-04 Oct 2024
REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort Nusa Dua Bali, Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia
Diary dates
09-13 Oct 2024
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Diary dates
10 Oct 2024
QEII Conference Centre, London,
Diary dates
22-25 Oct 2024
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
24-24 Oct 2024
QEII Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2024
In person, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-06 Feb 2025
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
11-13 Feb 2025
Fairmont Riyadh , Saudi Arabia
Diary dates
10-13 Apr 2025
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
07-07 Jun 2025
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
28-31 Oct 2025
Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Savills
Savills
Partner sites