U.S. Health Clubs Still Robust
Despite a setback in the national economy, fitness facilities in this country are in good health. According to IHRSA, the total number of U.S. health clubs and fitness centers increased by 5.1 percent during 2001. This percentage reflects the leap from 16,938 health clubs in business in January 2001 to a record 17,807 clubs operating in January 2002. This is the fourth consecutive year the fitness industry has posted gains, and this growth represents a 41 percent increase in the number of clubs since 1992. What’s especially striking about this news is that it comes in the face of downturns in numerous others sectors of the economy. While the fitness industry has held steady during other recessionary periods, the increase in clubs in 2001 suggests that health clubs are better able to weather the current recession.
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