110 people were asked to complete the questionnaire. Most participants were pleased to be involved and many were keen to discuss the research. On completion of the questionnaire there was time to explore participants’ understanding of balance exercise, the benefits thereof and to opportunistically encourage participation in such exercise.
In total 110 people responded to the questionnaire. Slightly more than half of the respondents were women (55%). Respondents were classified into age groups with the divisions between the age groups chosen to fit important life boundaries. The largest single group were aged between 36 and 50 years of age (41%) with just 8% aged over 65. The detail of the age-sex demographics of the respondents is shown in figure 1 below. There were no statistically significant differences in the age distributions of men and women.
Retention of respondents at the gym was high with almost half the respondents (47%) having attended for 5 years, or more. No significant differences were found in the retention times for men and women, or between respondents in different age groups. Respondents were also frequent attendees at the gym with over half (59%) attending three times per week and almost 90% attending at least twice a week. Again there were no significant differences in attendance rates between men and women, or for different age groups.
.The vast majority of the respondents had been given an induction session when they joined the gym (83%, n= 91). Women were more likely than men to have undergone induction with only 5 women had had no induction at all, (8%) compared to 14 men (29%). This difference is statistically significant (Chi-squared = 7.89 1df p=0.005). This might suggest either that gym staff are more willing to offer an induction session to women than men, or that women are more willing to accept induction. A cross-tabulation of whether an induction session had been received, with the duration of regular attendance at the gym suggested that the proportion receiving induction had remained .constant over time.