Gyms and Fitness Centres in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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Health consciousness has grown over the past five years, with consumers becoming more aware of the effectiveness and benefits of physical activity. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on Gyms and Fitness Centres industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Industry growth has been stimulated by the emergence of budget 24-hour gym chains.

Operators in the Gyms and Fitness Centres industry in Australia have changed the industry structure considerably over the five years through 2014-15, steering the industry towards healthy growth. The majority of this growth has been stimulated by the emergence of budget 24-hour gym chains. Franchises like Anytime Fitness and Jetts Fitness have grown exponentially over the past five years, attracting customers with their affordability and accessibility. According to IBISWorld industry analyst David Whytcross, “rising health awareness and obesity levels have triggered further uptakes of gym memberships.” However, the substitution by many consumers of their expensive full-service gym memberships for more affordable 24-hour gym memberships has limited the industry's revenue growth potential during this period. These factors have all contributed to the industry being worth an estimated $1.31 billion in 2014-15, after growing at a compound annual rate of 3.3% over the past five years.

Health consciousness has grown over the past five years, with consumers becoming more aware of the effectiveness and benefits of physical activity. Popular TV shows like The Biggest Loser demonstrate the achievement of weight loss goals and improved fitness levels, providing an incentive for consumers to attend gyms. “Further growth has occurred through the expansion of more affordable gyms, which offset the discretionary spending decline during the economic downturn,” says Whytcross. Budget 24-hour gyms generally operate unstaffed, with the wage savings flowing down to consumers in the form of cheaper membership prices. However, increasing market saturation and the continuing shift in consumer preferences towards cheaper 24-hour gym memberships is projected to result in a 0.8% revenue decline in 2014-15. The industry displays a medium level of market share concentration. Major players include Anytime Australia Pty Ltd, Fitness First Australia Pty Limited, Ardent Leisure Group, 24/7Brands Pty Ltd, Fernwood Women’s Health Clubs Pty Ltd and GHF Pty Ltd.

Market saturation is expected to play a major part in the projected slight Gyms and Fitness Centres industry decline over the five years through 2019-20. Membership uptake is expected to fall as most consumer markets have already been tapped by niche gyms catering to all segments of the population. These include full-service gyms, women-only gyms and budget 24-hour gyms. Further substitution from full-service gyms to cheaper 24-hour gyms is also projected to cause revenue to drop. The revenue decline is expected to move slowly, however, as an ageing population habituated to gyms continues to drive demand for full-service gyms.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Gyms and Fitness Centres industry in Australia report page.

Businesses in the industry mainly operate health clubs, fitness centres and gymnasiums, and provide a range of fitness and exercise services.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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