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Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) October 20, 2011
Despite experiencing solid growth during the past decade (with the exception of the past two years), the market has not yet reached saturation. As a result, the Gym, Health and Fitness Clubs industry is expected to remain in a growth phase, with revenue expected to rise at an average annual rate of 2.6% to $28.2 billion in the five years to 2016, according to IBISWorld, the nations largest publisher of industry research. During this period, demand is expected to improve as the US economy stabilizes and unemployment declines.
According to IBISWorlds latest report, the Gym, Health and Fitness Clubs industryhas benefited greatly from the vast array of marketing campaigns and ensuing consumer trends for fighting obesity and improving health. Gym membership numbers have increased considerably over the past 10 years, rising from 36.3 million in 2002 to more than 42.8 million by 2011. This trend has resulted in soaring demand for fitness activities, and industry operators have capitalized on this growth by expanding establishments in both size and number.
However, the industry has not been recession-proof. In 2008 and 2009, demand for gyms and health clubs weakened as consumers cut back on discretionary spending. But compared with other industries, the Gym, Health and Fitness Clubs industry has remained remarkably resilient, as increased leisure time and boosts in health and morale from exercise have kept the industry highly competitive. Gyms and health clubs have broadened their markets and are offering value to gym-goers in a bid to retain membership numbers throughout the recession’s aftermath. The downturn has also favored the growth of small-budget gyms with fewer amenities over more expensive, all-inclusive clubs. In fact, many smaller operators have expanded over the past two years despite the economic climate. Overall, industry revenue is expected to grow at an average annualized rate of 1.7% to $24.8 billion over the five years to 2011, including growth of 2.3% in 2011.
According to IBISWorld analyst, Mary Gotaas, over the next five years, the industry will benefit from increased youth and baby boomer memberships. Revenue will expand at an average annualized rate of 2.6% to $28.2 billion over the five years to 2016, says Gotaas. Firms will profit from growing interest in staying fit, and the industry will transition toward larger and all-inclusive clubs. With total health club memberships expected to reach 47.5 million in 2016, players will capitalize on this growth and provide members with additional services in a bid to increase registration and retention rates.
Due to the fragmented nature of the Gym, Health and Fitness Clubs industry, no players hold a market share larger than 5.0%. IBISWorlds latest report findings discusses major players like 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc., Life Time Fitness, Bally Total Fitness Holding Corporation, Curves International Inc., Town Sports International Holdings Inc., and Gold’s Gym International Inc., a chain with more than 600 facilities in 40 US states and 30 countries.
For more information, download the full report from IBISWorld on the Gym, Health and Fitness Clubs industry
Gym, Health and Fitness Clubs industry Report Table of Contents
About this Industry
Industry at a Glance
Key External Drivers
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Products & Services
Globalisation & Trade
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Jargon & Glossary
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The smell was unmistakable. I recognized it immediately a fungating infection. It’s what happens when a cancer breaks through the skin and the puss oozes out and aerosolizes, producing an unsurprisingly foul odor. This is what late stage cancer looks like if left unchecked, like many cancers were 100 years ago or still are today in the developing world. But I encountered this case this month, and Yvonne, the woman who sat crying before me, lives in Los Angeles. She lost her job two years ago and when her insurance expired, she was too ashamed to seek help for a mass she felt in her right breast. Now the tumor had replaced her entire breast and blasted through the skin. Being cared for now so late in her illness was surely not what she would have wanted; and just as surely, it could have been avoided. How did we let this happen in America? (MORE: Obama’s Health Reform Popularity Bind)
I was volunteering at the CareNow Free Clinic in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, one of more than 700 doctors, nurses and health professionals who had turned out to serve the local community. CareNow is a nonprofit founded to bring medical care to underserved communities, and the Los Angeles event was organized by Don Manelli, indefatigable president of the group. He was aware of what we would see here today, as was I, having volunteered at similar clinics in Little Rock, Arkansas and in Moorsville, N.C. We also conducted our own clinic for The Dr. Oz Show in Houston in 2009 and saw over 1,800 patients in one day. But simply having been down this road before does not mean you’re ever fully prepared for it.
My radio crackled and I was called to see David, a 25-year-old overweight Latino man with a blood sugar of 355, far above the tolerable level of 100. He came to the clinic for eye problems, a common complication of diabetes, but he had not seen a health care professional as an adult and did not appreciate the classic symptoms of frequent urination, constant thirst and lethargy. I pressed on his gums and pus poured from abscesses cause by the untreated elevated blood sugar. As I walked him to the dental clinic on the floor of the sports arena, he asked insightful, targeted questions about his condition, a conversation that should not have happened by chance in a free clinic. The simple advice David collected could help him avoid the rusting of his blood vessels and the amputations, kidney failure, strokes and heart attacks that would otherwise define his life and cost the health care system much more than a timely consultation. I witnessed the surreal effect of watching David’s teeth being treated where pro athletes usually dribble basketballs until a young mother asked me about a problem with her mouth. She came to the clinic because her children had health insurance from the state, but she was not covered. (MORE: Same Old Story: Health Insurance Premiums Soar, Yet Again)
It’s this tide of disease and despair that CareNow exists to fix. The group was informally established by a team of first-responders who’d learned the art of swooping in to help after hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and tsunamis. In May 2009, they held the largest free clinic ever, also in Los Angeles, and a breathtaking 8,000 people showed up. After that, CareNow was formally founded, with the goal of providing care when there is no natural disaster. And on an otherwise unremarkable Friday afternoon in the fall, I was a small part of that effort, gently offering what encouragement I could to a weeping Yvonne.
At what point, I wondered that day and wonder now, will we finally say enough? The medically underserved are, most commonly, the medically uninsured, and they number in the tens of millions. Many don’t have jobs, but just as many do. Their companies may not offer health insurance, or they simply may not be able to afford the monthly payroll deductions that would be required to enroll. Since we held our first clinic in October 2009, federal health care reform was enacted to address this. The law is challenged in many states and ultimately will be decided by the Supreme Court in the next year. I don’t underestimate the complexities of implementing a health care reform law that we can all live with. As with most entitlement programs since the Great Depression, we will have to perfect health care reform over time, just as Social Security, Medicare, Veterans benefits and others were.
But we’re not perfecting the law, we’re fighting over it. Politicians dither and people die. Lawyers argue the merits of this or that technical point, and more blameless Americans grow sick and slip away. This isn’t just a failure of politics and policy; it’s a failure of basic morality. I don’t have to convince you of that. All I have to do is make sure you get to know Yvonne and David, show you their pain and their fears and their x rays.
Surgeons like me have to be irrational optimists, so I am going to apply this trait on a grand scale. If enough people start to say enough, then we will get somewhere. I love working among the selfless people who staff these free clinics, who show patients that someone cares about them. But every time I finish a day’s work I silently pray it will be the last one we ever need. Get to know the Yvonnes and the Davids, and then let your frustration guide us to an America where free clinics are the stuff of history and the simple dignity of the chance to be healthy is the living reality.
Oz is a surgeon, professor and host of The Dr. Oz Show
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MDVIP, Inc., the national leader in preventive personalized healthcare has announced the launch of its new corporate website mdvip.com. The site serves as a preventive care resource for the general public as well as healthcare providers.
“As the thought leaders in preventive care, we have tried to make our new website represent all that there is to offer in wellness information for both patients and the physicians who treat them. It was built on the idea that a beautifully designed website can still be very intuitive, efficient, informative and fun,” said Edward Goldman, MD, President and CEO of MDVIP. “We wanted visitors to be able to easily navigate through each section, while learning everything from preventive health tips to information about MDVIP and the affiliated doctors practicing in their area.”
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Easy-to-use navigation using icons
Bright colors and uncomplicated site map
Homepage to showcase MDVIP's experts on prevention and wellness. The health content will be changed out regularly so that visitors will bookmark the site and return to learn more.
The latest information about preventive care. MDVIP-affiliated physicians are able to detect problems at the earliest stages, which means that patients are not admitted to the hospital as often.
Statistics and information about insurance and Medicare that explain how easily MDVIP works with current coverage
Satisfaction survey results that reveal an impressive patient renewal rate of 95%
About MDVIP, Inc.
MDVIP, Inc. is the national leader in personalized and preventive medicine, with a growing network of more than 130 affiliated physicians in 21 markets and 15 states who deliver a new level of highly individualized healthcare focused on prevention and early detection to more than 40,000 patients. MDVIP provides physicians with the research, technological, operational, regulatory, and administrative resources required to establish, develop and maintain their personalized healthcare practices. By dramatically reducing the size of their practices, MDVIP-affiliated physicians have time to provide comprehensive preventive care services to all patients, and also have the time required to address chronic and acute conditions.
Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, MDVIP currently has affiliated physicians in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In November 2005, MDVIP was ranked No. 30 on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country, with a three-year sales growth of 1,841 percent.
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