AMA Research are pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of
the report 'Health and Fitness Market Report - Focus on Clubs and Equipment
- UK 2014-2018 Analysis
'. The report covers the health and fitness club
sector (private and public), as well as the commercial and home fitness
Areas covered in the report include:
- HEALTH & FITNESS CLUBS MARKET - market size, key trends and
influencing factors for health and fitness provision.
- PRIVATE SECTOR - Market size and key trends, mix by in-hotel and
stand-alone, Mid and Premium sector, assessment by volume of members, volume
of clubs and revenue estimates.
- PUBLIC SECTOR - Market size and key trends, assessment of private
leisure management contractors, in-house managed and trust managed
facilities. Analysis by number of members, sites and revenue estimates.
- COMMERCIAL FITNESS EQUIPMENT - Market size and key trends, main
suppliers and brands, specialist suppliers, mix between CV and strength
training equipment, imports and exports, and distribution mix.
- HOME FITNESS EQUIPMENT - Market size, trends, analysis of product
and distribution mix, key product trends, key suppliers and future prospects.
Despite the economic climate, the health and fitness industry has performed
relatively well in 2012-2013, but the sector is experiencing change - both in
terms of equipment used and the growth of low-budget gyms. However, growth in
the market continued to be constrained by factors such as increasing market
maturity and high levels of competition in all sectors of the market.
Specific points of interest:
- Significant changes within the private health clubs sector - growth of
- Developments in the fitness equipment sector - overview of home and
commercial equipment sectors - new product trends in 2012/13.
- Increasing competition and price pressures within the market - market
- Growth in niche market segments.
- Market forecasts in 2014 and through to 2018.
Some of the companies featured include:
Bannatyne Fitness, BodyPower Sports, Concept II Ltd, Cybex International UK
Ltd, Dave Whelan Sports, David Lloyd Leisure Group, Decathlon, DW Sports
Store, énergie Group, Escalade Sports International, Esporta Group,
Fitness First, Fitness Options, Gymworld, Icon Health & Fitness UK, JJB
Sports, Johnson Health Tech UK, Jordan Leisure Systems, Ladies Workout
Express, Life Fitness (UK), New Level UK, Nuffield Health, Powerhouse Fitness,
Precor Products, Pulse Fitness, RFE International, Sports Direct, Star Trac
Europe, Technogym UK, The Club Company, Topnotch Health & Fitness Clubs, Total
Fitness, UK Fitness Supplies, Versaclimber UK, Virgin Active, York Barbell UK.
Key areas covered in the report include:
HEALTH AND FITNESS MARKET
- Total Market Size - analysis by value 2008-2013 with forecasts for
2014-2018, key factors influencing market development e.g. increased awareness
of health & fitness, industry consolidation and economic climate. Commentary
on recent, current and likely future performance.
- Assessment of the market by private and public sector revenue,
analysis of the number of facilities in overall terms.
- Key market influences - consumer spending & confidence, increased
consumer awareness of health and fitness issues, participation rates in
sports, games & physical activities, organisations and campaigns to encourage
sports & fitness and other factors.
HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB MARKET
- Health Club Market Size - analysis by value 2008-2013 with
forecasts for 2014-2018. Recent growth rates. Analysis of revenue
source, joining fees, membership fees, ancillary incomes etc. Comment on
recent, current and likely future performance.
- Analysis of 4 key market sectors - Private Stand-alone Health
Clubs, Hotel based Health Clubs, Private and Publicly Managed Local Authority
facilities - sector shares, trends.
- Market Trends & Influencing Factors - slowdown in development of
private fitness facilities; development of niche markets; increasing
competition; growth in corporate and local authority sectors; new exercise
trends; new product development.
- Assessment of market - development of new club outlets, by membership
numbers, and by key market sector - in-hotel and stand-alone
development, independent versus chains, together with Premium, Mid-market and
Value market analysis. Growth of low-cost gyms - new operations in
market, likely future changes.
- Key operators and market shares - leading providers and brands,
private sector groups, independents, hotel chains, etc. Company profiles,
acquisitions - market consolidation.
- Future prospects 2014-2018 and opportunities for the private and
COMMERCIAL FITNESS EQUIPMENT MARKET
- Market Size - analysis by value 2008-2013 with forecasts for
2014-2018. Recent growth levels in the market. Commentary on recent,
current and likely future performance.
- Market Trends & Influencing Factors - influence of local authority
health and fitness sectors, development of niche markets; new exercise trends;
new product development, role of imports etc.
- Impact of Product Innovation & Equipment Upgrading - share mix
between strength and CV equipment, market drivers, future changes/trends.
- Key suppliers - leading equipment suppliers, share estimates,
sector strengths, company profiles etc.
- Future prospects and opportunities for the commercial sector.
HOME FITNESS EQUIPMENT MARKET
- Market Size - analysis by value 2008-2013 with forecasts for
2014-2018. Market trends & Influencing Factors - new product development,
impact of growth of imports etc. Growth/interaction with computer/gaming
- Product Mix - shares for treadmills, bikes, multi-gyms, free
weights etc. key trends in recent years, growth sectors etc.
- Key suppliers and market shares - leading suppliers, share
estimates, sector strengths, company profiles etc. Distribution channel
analysis - growth sectors/new entrants etc.
- Future prospects and opportunities for the sector.
SUMMARY OF REPORT CONTENTS
The health and fitness industry has demonstrated modest growth over the past 5
years or so, mainly reflecting a difficult economic climate. It is estimated
that the UK market for health clubs including both the private and public
sector was worth £3.98bn in 2013, while the fitness equipment market,
covering both commercial and in-home applications, was worth an estimated
The performance of the fitness equipment market has largely mirrored the
performance in the health clubs market since 2008 - though there are some
notable differences. The health club market saw a significant rise in the
number of members in 2012 and new facilities with a positive, though modest,
increase in revenue value overall. Whilst membership and facility numbers
continued to increase in 2013, revenue growth remained at modest levels with
budget and local authority facilities driving growth.
Whilst some improvement in demand was achieved by interest in sport and
athletic equipment in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics and legacy events
afterwards, the troubles with an over-reached gym and fitness club market
dampened demand growth somewhat. This persisted into 2013 with on-going
restructuring in the private club segment and continuing pressures on
disposable income and the general economic climate with sales growth lower
than earlier in the decade, although sector performance was relatively good in
comparison to many other consumer products.
A positive influence on the market has been the emergence of a new health club
segment aimed at the lower end of the market - budget gyms. The rate of
development in this segment was high from 2011-2013, helping fitness equipment
revenues as many traditional operators converted some sites to budget gyms,
while newer, smaller independents and chains of budget gyms also expanded.
Health club revenue, however, has not greatly benefited from the changes as
membership prices are much lower than for traditional clubs.
Both related markets have benefited from an increased awareness of fitness as
an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, achieved through a variety of
ways including; a growth in GP and specialist referrals; an increasing focus
on sport and fitness in the media and media attention around the rise in
obesity levels, campaigns focused around getting young people active and
projects that were linked to the 2012 Olympics. In addition, product
development and the increasing integration of technology with fitness products
are stimulating market growth.
The outlook for both fitness clubs and equipment in the medium term is
positive. They are mature markets, so growth rates will be limited; however,
there is strong underlying demand for health and fitness facilities and,
therefore, fitness equipment. It is estimated that by 2018, the market for
health clubs will have reached a value of around £4.5bn, with the
fitness equipment market forecast to be worth an estimated £415m.