Georgios F. Zarotis


In the evaluations and statistical analyses presented here, it is examined to what extent, regarding women; the various reasons for quitting activity in a gym are age-dependent. In other words, are the motives for quitting this activity different in older women than in younger women? According to the life stages, do other aspects, e.g. priorities in life, health problems or other family and professional requirements, affect the decision and, if so, how strong is their effect? A total of 164 women, who had terminated their contract with a fitness studio, were questioned. The study was conducted in a health-oriented fitness centre in east Cologne. The fitness facility was opened in 1994 and has a size of 1,100 square meters. At the time of the study, the gym had up to 1,151 memberships. Among them, 59% of the members were women and 41% were men. According to the survey results, it is obvious that only a few of the quitting reasons offered in the survey are also indicated in significant frequency as important for the quitting decision. With the exception of membership costs, these reasons have nothing to do with studio conditions, but rather, apart from the mentioned health problems, mainly address issues of time scheduling and prioritizing the training in relation to other areas of life.


Article visualizations:

Hit counter



fitness sport, fitness-centre, dropping out, women

Full Text:



Brehm, W., Eberhardt J. (1995). Drop-Out and adherence in Fitness-Studio. Sports science. 25, (2): 174-186.

Breuer, C., Wicker, P. & Nagel, N. (2013). A time-economic analysis of fitness training. Cologne: German Sport University Cologne, Institute of Sport Economics and Sport Management.

Dishman, R. K. (1982). Compliance/Adherence in Health-Related Exercise. Healthy Psychology. 1: 237-267.

Dishman, R. K. (1988). Exercise Adherence – Its Impact on Public Health. Champaign, Human Kinetics Books.

Homburg, Ch., Krohmer, H. (2008). The process of market research: definition of data collection, sample formation and questionnaire design. In: Herrmann, A., Homburg, Ch., Klarmann, M. Handbook Market research (3rd edition). (S. 21-51). Gabler, Wiesbaden.

IHRSA2 (May 2012). Why did you leave / quit your former health club?

In Statista – The Statistics Portal. Retrieved January 05, 2015, from

http://www.statista.com/statistics/246978/reasons-for-quiting-healthclub membership/.

Rampf, J. (1999). Drop-out and adherence in fitness sports. Favourable and unfavourable conditions for activities in the gym. Cwalina, Hamburg.

Zarotis, G. (1999). Goal Fitness-Club: Motivation in Fitness-Sport. Meyer & Meyer, Aachen.

Zarotis, G., Tokarski, W. (2005). Gender-specific differences for motivation in health-oriented sports and fitness facilities. Spectrum free time. 28, (2): 81-89.

Zarotis, G., Athanailidis, I., Arvanitidou, V., Mourtzios, Ch. (2017). Age-specific reasons for dropping out of the fitness-sport. Journal of Physical Education and Sport. 17, (2): 916-924.

Zarotis, G., Athanailidis, I., Arvanitidou, V., Mourtzios, Ch. (2017). Age-dependent fitness centre evaluation by resigned members. Journal of Physical Education and Sport. 17, (3): 1926-1933.

Zarotis, G., Athanailidis, I., Tosunidis, A., Mastrogiannopoulos, N. (2017). Drop-Out in Fitness-Sport. Comparing the general relevance of Reasons for quitting. TRENDS in Sport Sciences. 24, (4): 175-181.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejpe.v0i0.1791


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2018 Georgios F. Zarotis

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Copyright © 2015 - 2023. European Journal of Physical Education and Sport Science (ISSN 2501 - 1235) is a registered trademark of Open Access Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

This journal is a serial publication uniquely identified by an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) serial number certificate issued by Romanian National Library (Biblioteca Nationala a Romaniei). All the research works are uniquely identified by a CrossRef DOI digital object identifier supplied by indexing and repository platforms. All authors who send their manuscripts to this journal and whose articles are published on this journal retain full copyright of their articles. All the research works published on this journal are meeting the Open Access Publishing requirements and can be freely accessed, shared, modified, distributed and used in educational, commercial and non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).