Do you have a favorite form of exercise? Maybe you prefer to work out in a traditional gym, or you like yoga, or you’re a huge fan of CrossFit? If you’re like most people, you probably gravitate towards a certain form of exercise. And research suggests that your choice can reveal a lot about you and the way you spend your money!

Here’s what data analysis has revealed about people who engage in four of the most popular forms of exercise:

  • Traditional gym workout – They spend less than $46 a month for membership. They aren’t adverse to eating fast food now and then. They also like to shop at “big-box” stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.
  • Yoga/Pilates/barre studio workout – They spend about $75 a month for membership. They enjoy shopping for antiques, grocery shopping, cooking, and their pets. They spend more on pet supplies than any other type of fitness enthusiast.
  • Cycling studio workout – They spend about $99 a month for membership. They tend to be a little bit free with their money. They enjoy buying shoes, gifts, and jewelry. They also like to travel and eat at high-end restaurants.
  • CrossFit workout – They spend about $120 a month for membership. They also spend a lot on CrossFit clothing! But otherwise, they tend to be fairly frugal. They’re less likely to spend money on trips, fancy restaurants, or high-end coffee and alcohol. They’re more likely to eat at casual restaurants and order things like pizza, Mexican food, and ice cream. They also enjoy home improvement projects.

So what do you think? Does this data sound accurate to you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section below!


Bachman, R. (2016, February 24). Spin or yoga – what your workout says about you. The Wall Street Journal, pp. D1, D2.