The three types of workout equipment used most often in health clubs in 2016 were treadmills, resistance machines and free weights, according to the IHRSA 2017 Health Club Consumer Report. Among group exercise and training programs, yoga topped the list, with 36% of members reporting participation. Stretching (24%) and calisthenics (23%) ranked second and third.
Yoga posted the greatest growth in this category, up 22% from 2014 to 2016. Next year’s findings will help determine whether this was an anomaly or part of a multiyear trend. Dance, step and other choreographed classes posted the second-greatest growth, at 16%, up from 10% in 2014. Aquatic exercise participation also grew, to 12%, up from 7% in 2014.