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Survey: ‘Basement Burnout’ and the Return to Pre-Pandemic Exercise Routines

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Basement Burnout

National survey reveals exercising-Americans miss pre-pandemic exercise routines, resulting in “Basement Burnout.”

A recent study by Orangetheory Fitness and Kelton Global has found that 70% of surveyed exercising-Americans stated “they miss their routine before COVID-19, with more than 30% missing being inside a gym; having access to different fitness equipment; or having variety in their workouts.”

The survey also found that 68% of Americans report “their fitness regimen in general took a hit, despite their best efforts and intentions,” during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These results indicate that many Americans are facing “Basement Burnout,” and are craving a return to pre-pandemic fitness routines

Following are further insights from the survey results: 

  • After a year of limited options, almost half of Americans (41%) are suffering from the monotony of the at-home fitness regime. 
  • Nearly half (43%) of Americans reported suffering from a lack of motivation to exercise, and 32% specifically miss the real-life connections their pre-pandemic exercise routines afforded.
  • (85%) of Americans are eager and excited to make positive changes to their physical activity. 
  • 43% of respondents specifically noted they are planning to set and achieve new fitness goals. 
  • Nearly one in three Americans are keen to take their exercise routines outside of the home more often, including returning to a fitness studio or gym – or joining one for the first time. 

“As the country begins to reopen after more than a year of COVID-related restrictions, it is obvious we are made for more than what has been available to us during the pandemic,” said Kevin Keith, the chief brand officer of Orangetheory Fitness, in a statement. “Orangetheory Fitness welcomes those looking to emerge from their home gyms and break their monotonous exercise routines in exchange for the excitement, communal motivation, accountability and results we are known for. Now more than ever, we understand the importance of our health and wellness and the role it plays in our daily lives. Orangetheory is doubling down as a resource and partner helping members achieve more results, more energy and more life.”

The study surveyed 1,005 nationally representative Americans age 18+ in the U.S., and was conducted online during the period of May 19-25, 2021. The study has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

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Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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