Sucks to be a Seattle Gym Owner

October 25, 2022 by
Photo Credit: CrossFit Felix (@ crossfitfelix)

As many gym owners are experiencing a return to what was, and even a period of growth, in the aftermath of the global pandemic, such is not the case for many Seattle gym owners, who continue to see their membership base shrink, something the Seattle Times reported on last month.

What gym owners are saying: Danielle Ullmann, the owner of West Seattle, a gym that’s less than 10 minutes from downtown Seattle, says her membership is down $2,000 a month compared to her 2019 pre-pandemic revenue.

  • “Gyms are losing members, and I would definitely say that’s true across the board,” said Ullmann, who opened her gym in 2006.
  • David Israel is in a similar position. He’s the owner of two gyms in Seattle—Pandora Fitness and CrossFit Felix—both of which are located in downtown. He has lost so many people and so much revenue at Pandora Fitness that he’s closing it at the end of November and will focus on keeping CrossFit Felix alive.
  • Further, Alyssa Royse, the owner of Rocket Community Fitness, said: “I only know of one gym that is ahead of where they were prior to the pandemic, and I think it’s because their neighborhood demographic skews younger.”

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