GLG Network Survey Tracker: UK Gym Operators V

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GLG interviewed 50 owners/operators of UK gyms and fitness clubs who discussed operations moving forwards from COVID-19. This is the fifth wave in this tracker series.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • Respondents shared their experiences of adapting and overcoming the challenges that arose from COVID-19.
  • The survey explored current customer membership levels, product offerings, and online strategy after re-opening.
  • It also investigated the impact of COVID-19 on staffing and equipment sanitation, along with maintaining health guidelines.

Examples of findings:

  • 100% of gym premises are now open, though 38% of respondents state that they had to close at times due to operational difficulties.
  • In August 2022, 62% of our experts mentioned that new joiner numbers have increased, compared to 42% recorded back in February 2022.
  • More than half of our respondents (52%) continue to believe online offerings will remain a threat to the traditional gym industry.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Stuart Broster, former CEO of Anytime Fitness until April 2020.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • What percentage of your staff have returned following COVID-19?
  • What personal protective equipment are your staff required to wear on the floor?
  • Have you lost members since the re-opening?
  • Are there any changes in the demographics of your newer club members?
  • Following the end of COVID-19 restrictions, which of the following have you introduced for group classes?
  • Which of the following gyms is best in the following criteria?
  • Do you continue to offer online classes presently?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Consumer Goods and Services (CGS) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

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