Life Time gym on Twitter posted a statement saying that the club is committed to members overall well-being and removing national cable network news stations aligns with the club's "healthy way of life philosophy".
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. Minnesota-based Life Time confirmed that it removed channels like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and CNBC "to provide family-oriented environments free of consistently negative or politically charged content" at its 128 locations.
The only national stations remaining at Life Time's 127 clubs across 27 states are US, A&E, Discovery, HGTV and ESPN, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Peter Glessing, who calls the Life Time in St. Louis Park his workout home, said, "As someone who enjoys consuming news and politics, I'm disappointed that Life Time is limiting this option for members".
The company has 130 locations in 27 states, including six in the D.C. area.
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Clubs also have the flexibility to air programs of interest to their local markets, such as college and pro sporting events, she told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Life Time, founded in 1992 by Bahram Akradi, touts a "healthy and happy life for its members", according to its website. The only problem is that most gyms have tons of TVs showing cable news of all political leanings.
The decision gave way to mixed reactions online, some followers welcoming the escape from news and others calling it an act of censorship.
"Negative news can affect your own personal worries", psychologist Dr.
"For many of us it's the only time to watch the news!" tweeted Grant Napear, a sports radio host based in Sacramento.