Health club chain quitting cable news on big-screen TVs

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

She added that local news stations would still be shown.

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

Life Time Fitness members will notice something different about their local gym as they set out to accomplish new fitness goals for the year.

The Minnesota-based chain, which has sprawling facilities in Roseville and Folsom, is no longer showing cable news over their wall-mounted TVs, as first reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The decision was also based on member requests and a commitment "to provide family-oriented environments free of polarizing or politically charged content". Others, however, are frustrated as they scheduled their workouts around certain news programs to motivate them through their sessions. "So, I don't understand the complaints".

The company also tweeted about the change last week, and despite a massive response, Life Time made a decision to stick by the new policy.

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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. "I say good call".

Anytime Fitness, the Woodbury-based company with roughly 2,500 franchised centers in the United States and almost 4,000 worldwide, said each location can choose its own stations.

At YMCA fitness centers in the Twin Cities, there has been no rollback on viewing options, which are extensive, said spokeswoman Joan Schimml.

For some, particularly amid today's high-velocity news cycle, this daily routine may involve hitting a treadmill or elliptical machine while catching up on cable TV networks.

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". There is a specific radio channel for members' private listening.

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