Saudi women refrain from attending women's fitness clubs in Saudi Arabia
Saudi women refrain from attending women's fitness clubs in Saudi Arabia

Saudi women’s reluctance to join women's fitness clubs and women's gyms in the Kingdom is due to several reasons, which some Saudi women put forward during this offering, so follow us.

There are many complaints, with many agreeing that good gyms are expensive while cheaper women's fitness clubs are a waste of money.

You can feel it just by searching for women's fitness clubs on Twitter and reading the people's tweets, Hala Al-Awaidi, from Jeddah stated that despite the high prices, the quality of services is poor.

Sarah Al-Atta from Riyadh also raised many issues, where she disclosed that when she joined one of the most famous gyms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which belongs to the global fitness brand, she noted the lack of maintenance, limited options, and overcrowding, in addition to the big teams Gym rates for female and male gym membership are much cheaper than men's.

Salha Al-Hazmi said that some gyms have strange restrictions, despite the high fees that we pay, sometimes, we have to pay additional fees to join the classrooms, when the gym has several branches, our membership is limited to the branch where we were registered first And, using the membership freely in other branches around the city means only paying more for this specific feature.

Princess Rima Bint Bandar, from the time that she won the license for gyms and women's sports clubs only by the end of 2017, the number of women's gyms only increased throughout the Kingdom, and despite that there is widespread grumbling among women about the gym membership prices and the quality of their services, as well as their policies Ltd.

The price of membership of fitness clubs in Saudi Arabia ranges between 900 Saudi riyals 240 dollars to 4000 Saudi riyals per month, and this varies from gym to gym, according to the package.

In the wake of licensing gyms for women only, Princess Rima, the former head of the women's section of the General Sports Authority, said she was aiming to license 500 medium-sized gyms by mid-2018, in addition to the 47 existing gyms.

A survey conducted by the Saudi Statistics Authority in 2018 showed that about 91 percent of Saudi females do not engage in any sports activity (150 minutes and more per week). The survey covered 26,000 selected families across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to the survey, the lack of air-conditioned facilities is one of the main reasons behind this result: 21.7 percent of females reported that the lack of facilities near their place of residence is the reason for not exercising, compared to 9.6 percent of males.

A recent study by the Saudi researcher, Wafa Al-Shajah, on the social and cultural factors that affect the physical activity of women in Saudi society, showed that 40 percent of Saudi women do not exercise due to the high prices of gym services fees.

This viewpoint represents an obstacle to the goals of the 2030 Social Vision, which aims to increase the proportion of individuals who exercise at least once a week to 40 per cent of the population.

Research published by Keen Research in 2018, titled Expectations for the Fitness Services Market in Saudi Arabia until 2022, stated that the increasing number of youth in the country, along with changing laws for women, has benefited the exercise market.

It is expected that the future share of females in the revenues of fitness services in Saudi Arabia will increase compared to the share of the male population.

Nearly 70 percent of the individuals who attended gyms in 2017 were men. The study predicted that by 2022, female membership will reach just under 50 percent due to the high number of female fitness centers only.

Lawyer Noujoud Kassem said that obtaining a gymnasium for women only was a complicated process in the past due to the many regulatory requirements, as well as the difficulty of finding professional training employees, which led to a large financial burden on institutions and influenced pricing gym services.

The small number of women's fitness clubs in Saudi Arabia has produced high fees in the past. However, the situation is now different.

Since many permits are granted to open more female fitness clubs, what we are seeing now is that prices have not been affected much despite the increasing number of these clubs, the owners support the old prices, perhaps due to the high demand.