About 3 in 5 gym members in Southeast Asia will not return to gyms when they reopen

Gym enthusiasts exercise while maintaining distance from each other at CrossFit Arena Bangkok. (PHOTO: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some countries are beginning their initial stages of reopening industries, businesses and services. At the same time, they are implementing numerous safe distancing, safe management measures in order to protect the public from being infected by the coronavirus.

With the disruption this crisis is having on the fitness industry, sports review site RunRepeat.com conducted a survey on gym members to learn if they plan to return to gyms upon reopening, and whether they will be keeping their memberships or not.

The site surveyed 10,824 gym members from 116 countries between 24 April and 1 May, 6,636 of which were US-based.

What they found was that nearly half of all gym members globally (46.67 per cent) will not return to their gyms upon reopening. More than a third of them (36.57 per cent) have already canceled or are considering canceling their memberships.

Upon further breakdown of the results, RunRepeat found that the percentages were higher for gym members in the Southeast Asia region – 61.67 per cent of them will not return to their gyms when they reopen, while 51.67 per cent of them have already canceled or are considering canceling their gym memberships.

SOURCE: RunRepeat.com

“Clearly, there is significant unease about returning to the normal routines of working out at gyms to the point where the region could potentially lose more than half of its members,” RunRepeat told Yahoo News Singapore.

More key findings from survey

Other key findings from the survey:

  • More than half of the US respondents were unlikely to return to their gyms upon reopening (50.16 per cent).

  • Breakdown in terms of US states: Georgia was the state least likely to return their gyms when reopened (70.56 per cent), New Jersey had the highest percentage of respondents that have already canceled or are considering canceling their memberships combined (42.77 per cent), and Massachusetts had the highest percentage of members who have already canceled their memberships (16.57 per cent).

  • Women are less likely to return to the gym when reopened (52.25 per cent) in comparison to men (45.75 per cent).

  • Men are more likely to cancel or consider canceling their memberships (37.27 per cent) in comparison to women (32.26 per cent).

  • The UK has the highest amount of gym memberships already canceled (18.92 per cent).

  • Australia had the highest amount of members who either already canceled or were considering canceling their memberships (41.15 per cent).

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