When it comes to exercise, most U.S. adults are going it alone

September 10, 2018

The United States has more gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers than any other nation—about 36,500, according to Statista; with about 30,000 that are membership-based and about 57 million U.S. adults opting to join up between 2000 and 2016.

However, when it comes to exercise, a poll posted on Civic Science has found, most Americans prefer to sweat it out solo. In fact, nearly half of U.S. adults—47%, to be exact—prefer to work out alone. And those who work out alone also tend to work out the most—indicating that they get moving several times a week

Only 12% of respondents said they prefer to have an exercise buddy; while personal training and group fitness classes are the least popular—both cited as a top choice by just 3% of participating adults. And fully 35% admit that they rarely or never work out. With numbers like these, it’s a wonder boutique studios and fitness centers are able to keep their doors open. Nevertheless, they persist.

Across the generations, who is more likely to do what? When it comes to working out with a friend, 50% of responders are Millennials, while 48% of those who prefer group fitness classes are from Generation X. As for those who rarely or never work out, it’s no surprise that 45% are Baby Boomers.

Research contact: laurnie@civicscience.com

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