Research and Insight
As a national governing body, we’re proud to be at the forefront of industry research.
EMD UK has access to the largest pool of data on the group exercise sector. We use this data to promote the physical, social and mental benefits of group exercise and to support the growth of the group exercise industry. This data driven approach means we can track current trends in the market and ensure our partners have the right tools to meet the needs of participants.
EMD UK Research and Insight
COVID-19 instructor surveys
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we surveyed instructors to understand the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and how we as their national governing body could support them.
EMD UK Participant Surveys
Our annual Participant Survey aims to provide information from the people that attend group exercise classes. This survey tracks satisfaction levels, key trends, barriers and more. Click on the links below to download the surveys.
EMD UK Working in Fitness Surveys
Our Working in Fitness survey takes a look at the issues that matter to the industry’s workforce. This includes satisfaction rates across a wide range of subjects, career patterns and industry trends. Click below to download the surveys.
EMD UK National Surveys
The National Survey aims to gain insight into group exercise as nationally representative across the population. Click below to download the surveys.
- National Survey 2020
- National Survey 2018 – overview (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to access the full report)
- National Survey 2015 – group exercise
- National Survey 2015 – dance fitness
- National Survey 2015 – dance participation for 14-15 year olds
Sport England Research and Insight
Active Lives Reports
A Sport England report, Active Lives is a new way of measuring sport and activity across England and replaces the Active People Survey
- Active Lives Adult May 2020/21 Report
- Active Lives Adult November 2019-20 Report
- Active Lives Children and Young Persons Report – Academic year 2019/20
- Active Lives Report October 2019
- Active Lives Report October 2019 – Analysis
- Active Lives Report October 2018
- Active Lives Report October 2018 – Analysis
- Active Lives Children and Young Persons report – Academic year 2017/18
- Active Lives Report March 2018
- Active Lives Report March 2018 – Analysis
- Active Lives Report October 2017 – Analysis
- Active Lives EMD UK summary 2017
Sport for All Report
‘Sport for all – why ethnicity and culture matters in sport and physical activity’, published by Sport England today, is the most comprehensive ever picture of how people from BAME communities are taking part in sport and physical activity.
Sector-wide Research and Insight
Activity Alliance Research and Insight
Activity Alliance is the leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity. Established in 1998 as a national charity, we were previously known as the English Federation of Disability Sport.
Mind Get Set to Go Report
Get Set to Go is funded by Mind, Sport England and the National Lottery. Funding was awarded in October 2014 for a three-year programme to support people with mental health problems to get physically active in their local communities.
Les Mills Global Fitness Reports
Trends for 2018 CREP Edition
This annual survey of worldwide fitness trends is now in its 12th year. It includes some member organizations of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP). Participating organizations included the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), and The Cooper Institute®.
2017 Active Leisure Trends
Data Hub and ukactive report showing the growth of group fitness in 2017.
Research on Group Exercise
Here you’ll find a plethora of research reports from around the world on group exercise. Click below to download.
- Effects of Group Fitness Classes on Stress and Quality of Life of Medical Students
- Gender differences in physical activity motivators and context preferences: a population-based study in people in their sixties
- Group exercise for adults and elderly: Determinants of participation in group exercise and its associations with health outcome
- Group fitness is effective in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors in healthy adults
- Impact of physical activity on the risk of cardiovascular disease in middle-aged and older adults: EPIC Norfolk prospective population study
- Long-term Group Exercise for People With Parkinson’s Disease: A Feasibility Study
- Perceptions of group exercise courses and instructors among Quebec adults
- Perceptions of the activity, the social climate, and the self during group exercise classes regulate intrinsic satisfaction
- Regular group exercise contributes to balanced health in older adults in Japan: a qualitative study
- Social Bonds and Exercise: Evidence for a Reciprocal Relationship
- What Impact Does Group Exercise Have on Retention?
- The effects of training group exercise class instructors to adopt a motivationally adaptive communication style
- Perceptions of group exercise participants based on body type, appearance and attractiveness of the instructor
- The role of fitness professionals in Public Health, a review of the literature
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