This group of people is least likely to return to the gym after the coronavirus pandemic

Businesses around the country began shutting down in March to slow the spread of the the coronavirus. As life and business begin to return to normal, many people have found themselves thinking about what they are actually excited to get back to as these changes occur. While many can’t wait to eat at a restaurant, others are sick of working out at home, and can’t wait to return to the gym.

But there might not be as many people running to your favorite gym as soon as the doors swing open as you would think. A new survey asked respondents if they plan on returning to the gym once it opens, and the results may surprise you.

Shockingly, almost half of respondents across the world said that they will not return to the gym once it is reopened. Out of 10,824 respondents, 46.67% said that they would not return to the gym when it reopens and 53.33% said that they would.

Who is least likely to return to the gym?

The survey, which was conducted by RunRepeat.com between April 24 and May 1, included respondents from 116 countries, 6,636 of which were from the U.S. While globally it looks like about 47% of people won’t be returning to the gym, the results varied from country to country.

The American respondents are least likely to return to the gym when it reopens, according to the survey. Compared to the world average of 46.67%,  50.16% of American respondents reported that they would not return once the gyms begin to open up again after the coronavirus pandemic.

In the U.S., Georgia had the highest percentage of respondents saying they are not going to return to the gym once it reopens, with 70.56% reporting they won’t be returning. After Georgia was Maryland with 63.16% saying they won’t be going back and New Jersey with 57.80% saying they won’t be returning.

New Jersey also had the highest percentages of respondents that already canceled or are considering canceling their memberships combined, with 42.77% of respondents reporting one of those options, followed by Minnesota at 41.75% and California at 39.80%.

People have already made up their minds about the gym, with 36.57% of respondents across the world saying that they have already canceled their gym membership and 24.18% saying they are considering canceling it.

When it comes to taking action on their gym membership, 10.12% of Americans said that they had already canceled their gym membership, while 25.58% of Americans said they are considering it, and 64.30% said that are not going to cancel it.

Across the world, women are less likely than men to return to the gym when it reopens, with 52.25% of women saying they will not return and 45.75% of men saying they will not return once it reopens.

How do people around the world feel about returning to the gym?

Across the world, the United Kingdom has seen the highest amount of gym memberships cancellations, with 18.92% of respondents reporting they have already canceled their membership.

Australia, on the other hand, has the  highest amount of members who either already canceled or were considering canceling their memberships, with 41.15% reporting that they have already or are considering canceling their memberships.

As mentioned, the U.S. had the highest percentage of people not thinking that they will return to the gym. Here is a breakdown of other places around the world:

  • 50.16% of U.S. respondents won’t return to the gym.
  • 42.20% of Canadian respondents won’t return to the gym.
  • 40.50% of U.K. respondents won’t return to the gym.
  • 31.34% of Australian respondents won’t return to the gym.

Jennifer Fabiano is an SEO reporter at Ladders.