With all of the bad news about how fat, unhealthy and deconditioned Americans are, it’s somewhat heartening to hear that we’re getting at least one step closer to regular activity by purchasing exercise equipment on our own.
Apparently, the steady growth of health clubs has not deterred such purchases for home use. Although, in a recent survey, only 18 percent of those surveyed said that they belong to a health club or gym, 47 percent of respondents (adults 18 and older) said that they own some piece of home exercise equipment.
For trainers who own and operate a studio or business, this can be a real plus toward increasing program compliance. Whether it’s for cardiovascular training, stretching or resistance, if you know that your client has basic but reliable equipment at home, you can work that into a home-based program that leaves no room for the excuse “I couldn’t get to the gym.”
Some additional findings of the survey:
- More than a third of home exercise equipment owners (37 percent) say they use theirs 3 or more times per week. More than half (56 percent) use their equipment at least once per week. Only 20 percent say they never use their equipment.
- 60 percent of men use their home exercise equipment at least once per week; 52 percent of women use theirs at least once per week.
- Weight benches were the most popular peice of equipment with men (26 percent). Treadmills proved women's equipment of choice (24 percent).
Opinion Research Corporation’s CARAVAN survey conducted the exercise equipment study May 3 to 6, 2002, among a nationally representative sample of 1,016 adults. The study has a margin of error of ±3 percent. For more information, contact www.opinion research.com.