Eighty-eight percent of people who have returned to their gyms after the lifting of COVID-19-related shutdowns say that they are confident in their gym’s safety protocols, according to a survey by IHRSA and Kelton Global.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they are familiar with the safety measures their gym has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and 69 percent are confident in the safety measures that are in place. That compares to their confidence levels in the safety measures at the following businesses: retailers (67 percent), coffee shops (67 percent) and indoor dining (62 percent).
Fifty-four percent of gymgoers in the United States said they missed the routine of going to their health club during the COVID-19-related temporary gym shutdowns. Of those surveyed, 85 percent said the shutdown of their gym caused their fitness routine to change with 54 percent saying their new workout routine was less challenging while 53 percent said it was less consistent than their routine prior to the shutdowns. During the shutdowns, 53 percent of gymgoers surveyed said they went for outdoor walks or runs more often. Thirty-three percent said they streamed exercise videos at home, and 29 percent said they bought fitness equipment.
Ninety-four percent of those surveyed said they would return to their health club in some capacity. Forty-two percent of those surveyed said they went to the gym three to four days per week prior to the club shutdowns. After club reopenings, 35 percent say they will go three to four days per week.
The full report offers more details on the comfort level that gymgoers have returning to their gym, how COVID-19 has affected their fitness level and has shaped their wellness outlook plus how they feel about the pandemic overall.