SINGAPORE — Fewer than a third of gym members around the world have returned to their gyms after emerging from the COVID-19 lockdowns in their respective countries, according to a survey by sports review site RunRepeat.com.
The survey, done between 1 and 13 August, found that only 30.98 per cent of its 5,055 respondents have returned to their gyms since their countries eased their COVID-19 lockdowns.
Australia saw the greatest percentage of members returning, with 52.80 per cent having gone back to their gyms. The country with the lowest gym-member return rate is America, with 29.28 per cent reporting that they have returned.
Nearly three in five respondents (59.06 per cent) stated that they have already canceled or are considering canceling their memberships. Britain saw the biggest proportion of its respondents cancelling memberships (21.76 per cent), compared to the other surveyed countries, while Canada has the biggest proportion of members considering to cancel their memberships (39.23 per cent).
The survey is a follow-up from RunRepeat.com’s original survey on gym membership done in April.
The first survey, which polled 10,824 gym members from 116 countries between 24 April and 1 May, found 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
Comparing the two surveys, 15.69 per cent fewer gym members have returned than had planned, and 22.49 per cent more have either canceled or are considering cancelling their memberships.
When asked about their plans regarding their gym moving forward, more than half of all gym members in the August survey stated that they don’t intend to return to their gym (55.29 per cent).
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