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NZ Fitness is ‘Recession proof’: Beddie

NZ Fitness is ‘Recession proof’: Beddie
November 25, 2008

The New Zealand industry is "recession-proof" with gym membership a generally cheap form of "entertainment" according to Fitness NZ Chief Executive Richard Beddie.

Quoted in articles on beach activities and getting active in the New Zealand Herald on Saturday 22nd and Tuesday 25th November, Beddie reported that fitness club membership is booming as Kiwis ignore the economic climate to be fit and healthy for summer.

The reports also stated that gym membership in New Zealand was growing at a rate of between 5 and 10% year on year.

The report added that FitnessNZ can "point to about 410,000 paid-up members spread across their 400 affiliated health and fitness centres, a bulging 50% cent increase in total memberships over the last 20 years."

Beddie also highlighted that personal trainers have gone from being almost unknown in the 70s to a worldwide career option.

The report continued, "in the United States, personal training is one of the 10 fastest-growing job roles, while the New Zealand register of exercise professionals now lists more than 1,500 of them," the Fitness NZ Chief Executive was reported as saying, before concluding that "some gyms report up to 40% of their members regularly using personal trainers."

19th September 2008 - BUSINESS SUMMITS SUCCESS

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