Group Fitness in Europe

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In 2012, EuropeActive started to systematically conduct research on multiple topics in the
health and fitness sector. The first publication in this series was the book titled The state of research in the global fitness industry. This publication was based on a systematic search and review, summarising 5,348 studies in total.

In 2018, the most comprehensive study on personal training in Europe was published by EuropeActive and Edelhelfer (Gronau and Titze, 2018). This study provided an extended
profile of personal trainers in Europe, based on almost 3,000 respondents.

In the fitness sector, whilst group fitness is an important activity that is offered by many operators and used by millions of members, there remains a lack of knowledge on this subsector. The present study is one of the first to conduct research on this topic. This ook is a must-read for all who are involved in group fitness (management).

Some insights

In Europe, but also globally, group fitness is an important category with many millions of participants. Studies indicate that approximately 30% of members and users of fitness clubs only participate in group fitness with an instructor, and an additional 20% combine this with individual fitness training. By far, the most popular group exercise programs are resistance and strength training in groups, followed by aerobics, circuit training and studio cycling.

  • 35,7% of the respondents had been active for less than 2 years as an instructor. The average of all respondents was slightly more than 5 years active as an instructor.
  • On average, freelancers / self-employed receive € 25.53 per hour, with a median value of € 22.00 per hour.
  • It can be concluded that barbell/weight-based group classes are the most “popular” among instructors. This means that this format is given by the largest group of instructors (52.7%).

Table of content

1. Group fitness in the literature
2. Group Fitness instructor survey
3. Group fitness at European fitness chains
4. Group fitness providers in Europe

Group Fitness instructor survey

The most important research question used was: “What is the profile of group fitness
instructors in Europe with regard to personal and work-related characteristics?
The survey was distributed to English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish and Italian instructors by EuropeActive. All of the instructors in their EREPS database were invited to complete the survey in their own language.

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