Elliptical Trainers’ Popularity Shows No Signs of Waning

Filed under: Family — Tags: — Wayne @ 8:47 am June 20, 2015

The popularity of elliptical trainers has been steadily rising since their first appearance, and there seems to be no danger of that fading, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s (SGMA), North Palm Beach, Fla., Superstudy of Sports Participation.

Since SGMA began tracking U.S. participation trends for elliptical trainers in 1997, participants have grown from 2.4 million to 6.2 million (in 2012), an increase of approximately 160 percent. The growth rate of elliptical trainer use has made it the fastest-growing fitness trend in the U.S., according to SGMA.

The study found several trends among elliptical participants: Users are more likely to be female, perhaps have knee problems, and be between the ages of 18 and 35. According to the study, females outnumber male elliptical users by a 60 to 40 percent margin. It also found that ellipticals appeal to users with knee problems. The average age of elliptical users is 36, which is the lowest average age of all cardio equipment activities, and more than 50 percent of users are between 18 and 35 years old. However, senior’s usage of ellipticals has increased by more than 280 percent, from 167,000 in 1997 to 640,000 in 2012.

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