Latest Study Shows Gym-Goers Are Hesitant to Return


Despite the fact that many gyms have reopened, the majority of gym-goers are opting not to return as of yet.

RunRepeat, just published a brand new follow-up study to their gyms reopening study that was published back in May. They surveyed another 5,055 gym members in order to learn how many have returned since their gym reopened and what they plan to do moving forward.

The results show that:

• Only 30.98% of gym members have returned to their gyms since the initial lockdowns.
• 59.06% have canceled or are considering canceling their memberships (19.59% canceled, 40.11% considering)
•Consumer confidence in gyms globally has decreased significantly since March, with:
– 22.35% fewer members have returned to their gyms than had expected to by now
– 22.49% more have already canceled or are considering canceling their memberships than in March

Gyms are able to operate with varying restrictions, based on where you live. Restrictions include capacity limits, group fitness caps, and organized sports limitations.

This prompts the question: What won’t return to “normal” if and when we emerge from this pandemic? There are a multitude statistics about the number of small businesses and restaurants that are predicted to close forever. Many gyms opted to remain closed for the time being, or indefinitely. Movie theaters have begun reopening with capacity limits, but their numbers remain low.

Once this passes, will our society be forever changed?


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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several marathons and half marathons each year. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete


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