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Which States join health clubs the most?

By Jennifer Sage On September 8, 2011 Under General Advice

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I subscribe to the Huffington Post and this came across my email today, a list of Health Club Memberships by State.

My State, Colorado (the State that has the lowest obesity rate in the nation) has the second highest percentage of the population that is a member of a health club. That actually surprised me, since so many people who live here are avid outdoor enthusiasts. Except, it is a cold snowy state in the winter, so maybe they all cancel their memberships in the summer! Oregon, for example, is #30, even lower than Louisiana. Now Oregon is a pretty fit and healthy State, but they are probably hardier and don’t mind as much exercising outdoors in the winter!

Massachusetts, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Utah, New York, South Carolina, Virginia and Connecticut round out the rest of the top 10. Way to go South Carolina! Didn’t expect to see you that high!

Where is your State (for you Americans)? According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), gym memberships in the US reached an all-time high in 2010 at 52.2 million. Bad economy my foot! People are still paying for their memberships. It’s up to us, the instructors (or more specifically, the Indoor Cycling and Spinning® instructors) to get them into our classes!

If all this data is true, this may be the year to increase your class size! Becoming a better coach is the best way to do that. And you know what I’m going to say next, right?

Join the Indoor Cycling Association to become the best indoor cycling coach ever and keep those students coming back again and again! 😉

Educate and Inspire!

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  1. Pascal
    September 9, 2011
    5:28 pm #comment-1

    The month membership in the main club I teach is 29$ a month !!! At that price people have no excuse not to join, and everything is include parking, really well equip weight room and cardio, plenty of classes and for some facilities raquelball court, basketball court and 1 pool in one !!! You just have to add 10$ a month if you use childcare.
    I personnelly think that this price is ridiculously low but they seems to still make money so …

  2. Jennifer Sage
    September 9, 2011
    7:03 pm #comment-2

    wow, that is cheap. Very cheap. Like you said, there is no excuse not to join. Only $10 a month for childcare – wow….
    Our local community club is $70/$85 individual (homeowner/non-homeowner) or $95/$115 for family.
    And it’s quite a bit more than that for the clubs in Vail.

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