New Data Shows Over a Third of Local, Independent Gyms Will Not Survive 2021 Without Federal Relief

Program to Recoup 2019 Losses Would Increase Survival Rate to 88 Percent, Saving 10,000 Local Fitness Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 3, 2020 — A new survey of more than 1,000 local, independent U.S. gyms found that more than a third (39 percent) do not believe they will  survive 2021 without federal relief from Congress. The nationwide survey also revealed that a direct grant program to recoup 2019 losses would bring that survival rate to 88 percent, thus helping more than one in four gyms (27 percent) – or more than 10,000 local fitness facilities – stay in business.

The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC), a group representing more than 15,000 community gyms in the U.S., released the following statement regarding the survey’s findings:

“The clock is ticking for our leaders in Washington to provide community gyms the relief they need to survive,” said Debra Strougo, co-founder of Row House and member of the CGC Advisory Board. “This new data not only validates the problem – with one in three gyms at risk of imminent closure – but also highlights a common-sense solution that would help the vast majority survive. Because of industry-specific closures and restrictions, thousands of local, independent gym owners have their hands tied as their savings vanish and debt skyrockets. Unless Congress provides industry-specific support to redress the industry-specific harm caused by these closures, thousands of small and mid-size, locally-owned gyms are going to close forever.”

The survey was conducted among more than 1,000 owners of local, independently-owned gyms in November 2020, with 413 responses to those specific questions.

According to Yelp, our nation’s gyms and fitness facilities face higher closure rates than other hard-hit industries, like restaurants and bars. Based on its respective size, the gym industry has a closure rate nearly five times the restaurant industry and one-third higher than the bar/nightclub industry.

Learn more about the Community Gyms Coalition here: