Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Life Time Fitness Nixes National Cable Network News From Gym TVs

Life Time Fitness Nixes National Cable Network News From Gym TVs

The big-screen TVs in the gyms will show U.S., A&E, Discovery Channel, HGTV, ESPN and local stations, the Pioneer Press reported.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Life Time says the change resulted from significant member feedback that was received over time. "Local news station affiliates are still on our large screens and we have Wi-Fi throughout our clubs so members can view the content of their choice on their own devices". The only problem is that most gyms have tons of TVs showing cable news of all political leanings. It also stemmed from the chain's "commitment to provide family oriented environments free of consistently negative or politically charged content", the statement read.

Life Time, based in Chanhassen, Minn., has about 125 locations in the United States, including two in the Sacramento area.

"I often time my workout to a particular news program I enjoy to serve as an extra motivation for exercising".

Life Time Fitness, a Minnesota-based gym chain, has made a decision to eliminate all national cable network news stations from the TV screens at its 128 fitness centers in the USA and Canada.

Miller wanted to get back to watching the news, per usual.

Various fitness center operators continue to offer a full range of telecast options, with no effort to block certain types of programming.

The YWCA in Minneapolis has overhead TVs at each of its three locations that offer various channels that include lifestyle, news, family fare, game shows, cooking and sports, said spokeswoman Emily O'Gara.

Bushaw declined to disclose how many members have complained about cable news channels, but said it has been a growing issue "over years, not weeks or months".

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