Economy cuts into bottom line at Sacramento fitness clubs

The local health coach sees it among her clients. The fitness club owner reads it in the bottom line.

In a rugged economy, club members are taking a hard look at how they spend their money.

Some have turned in memberships and taken their bicycles out of the garage, or traded a trip on the fitness center treadmill for a walk around the park.

"If it comes down to paying the rent or going to the gym – you don't have that extra funding to spend," said Leah Cox, executive director of the Davis-based California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness.

In its just-released third quarter 2009 index of 19 leading health club companies representing nearly 550 facilities, the Boston-based International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association reported declines in several areas.

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