Have you ever wondered who goes to the gym, what the most popular gym equipment and classes are, and why people cancel their memberships? Learn the answers to these questions and more below.
More than 45 million Americans belong to a gym or health club.
More than half of members join a gym or health club to:
Other reasons people join a gym are to maintain their strength, build muscle, maintain their weight, and/or stay in shape.
The four most popular types of exercise at the gym are:
The two most popular pieces of exercise equipment are:
This isn’t surprising, since the most popular forms of exercise are walking and weight lifting. Elliptical trainers, free weights, and ab machines are also popular pieces of exercise equipment. (Ab machines and sit-ups will not give you a flat stomach.)
The four most popular group exercise classes are:
The most common reasons people give for not going to the gym (whether they’re current or past members) are:
The top three reasons people cancel their memberships are:
Other reasons people cancel their memberships include moving (the gym was no longer convenient), the gym being too crowded, or feeling out of place.
More than half of the people who don’t belong to a gym say it’s too expensive. Other common reasons people give for not joining a gym are:
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