Life Time fitness center removes cable news channels from its screens

Fitness chain in Md., Va. bans cable news on gym TVs

Big-screen TVs throughout the clubs "now air US, A&E, Discovery and HGTV, in addition to local stations and ESPN", she said.

While the screens were in view of all in fitness areas, audio could only be heard through earphones.

The Pioneer Press on Wednesday contacted Chanhassen-based Life Time, which confirmed a change in policy that might bum out gym rats who are news junkies.

Bushaw added, "Clubs do have flexibility to air programs of interest in their club, such as local sporting events from college to pro teams". Also familiar, flat-screen TV's throughout the club, tuned in to the cable news networks and broadcasting the latest national coverage for visitors working out.

Life Time's explanation? The "consistently negative or politically charged content" doesn't align with the company's "healthy way of life philosophy".

Life Time has 127 locations in 27 states, including OH, but not Pennsylvania, though a club is set to open in Ardmore, near Philadelphia, this year.


"We have received both messages of support and others seeking more detail around the decision", Bushaw said.

Another study out of Harvard Business Review in 2015 noted that people who watched even just three minutes of negative news in the morning were more likely to report their day as unhappy.

Life Time Fitness gyms across the country are giving customers one less thing to sweat about during their workouts.

"I had to stop watching those shows because 2017 was such a freaking disaster", Kragelund said.

The deleted channels are CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and CNBC.

McCall Gosselin, a spokeswoman for fitness chain Planet Fitness, said the issue had "never come up". By February, all TV screens built into the cardio machines will have the ability to show cable news channels, the Star Tribune reported.

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