Orangetheory Fitness conducted a "Basement Burnout Survey" revealing that Americans are ready to get back to in-the-gym workouts.
Orangetheory is a global fitness brand known for its science-based full-body workouts.
The company partnered with Kelton Global to survey 1,005 Americans age 18+ in the U.S. The study was conducted online during the period of May 19-25, 2021, on national sentiment around the pandemic's impact on fitness routines.
The survey showed:
- 70% of exercising-Americans admit they miss their routine before COVID-19
- 30% missing being inside a gym; having access to different fitness equipment; or having variety in their workouts
- 68% of Americans report that their fitness regimen in general took a hit, despite their best efforts and intentions
- 41% of Americans are suffering from the monotony of the at-home fitness regime
- 85% of Americans are eager and excited to make positive changes to their physical activity
- 43% of respondents specifically noted they are planning to set and achieve new fitness goals
Dr. Rachelle Reed, senior director of health science & research for Orangetheory Fitness, suggests "Basement Burnout" could stem from a lack of variety in physical activity, excessive training at the beginning of the pandemic.
Dr. Reed's Tips for Preventing "Basement Burnout" include:
- Self-monitor and track one's exercise sessions and individual progress;
- Add variety to at-home fitness routines, such as studio classes led by a certified trainer or coach who can provide expert guidance and motivation to help achieve desired results;
- Create or find an accountability system, such as a class or studio; having a partner or community offers social support to motivate and further achieve desired results;
- Ensure adequate sleep, proper nutrition, hydration and stress management; and
- Allow the body enough time to properly recover between workouts.