The Minnesota-based fitness center chain Life Time Athletic has decided to stop showing cable news networks on their TV screens, saying an increasing number of members think they don’t fit a healthy lifestyle.
The company officially dropped CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and CNBC from TVs in front of various machines, including treadmills and bikes.
Life Time has 128 fitness centers across the U.S. and Canada decided to turn off the cable news networks based on many member requests received over time across the country and in keeping with their overall healthy way of life philosophy and commitment to provide family-oriented environments free of consistently negative or politically charged content.
Clubs do have flexibility to air programs of interest in their club.
Here’s the company’s official statement posted on Twitter:
Our perspective on the recent tv programming change in our clubs. pic.twitter.com/r81EQFjZdE
— Life Time (@lifetimefitness) January 4, 2018
A&E, Discovery, HGTV, local stations and ESPN, are among the networks which can all still be seen at Life Time gyms.
It appears that some members are supportive of the decision, while others are perplexed by it.