Health & Fitness

Muscles without media: Life Time Fitness cuts national news programs from TVs

Life Time Fitness has facilities in Roseville and Folsom.
Life Time Fitness has facilities in Roseville and Folsom.

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

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.

In a statement provided to The Bee, spokeswoman Natalie Bushaw said Life Time removed cable news from large TV screens at the start of the new year. Networks barred include MSNBC, FOX, CNN and CNBC, though each are still accessible on treadmills and stationary bikes, a Roseville club manager said.

“This was based on many member requests received over time across the country, and in keeping with our overall healthy way of life philosophy and commitment to provide family oriented environments free of consistently negative or politically charged content,” Bushaw said. “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 national stations remaining at Life Time’s 127 clubs across 27 states are USA, A&E, Discovery, HGTV and ESPN, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Limiting the available channels drew mixed reactions from Life Time’s customers, some of whom took to social media to accuse the company of needlessly restricting their viewing preferences.

But Dennis Kragelund, who said he had lost 158 pounds off his 495-pound frame since he started exercising at the Roseville facility a year ago, said he welcomed a break from what seemed like a never-ending deluge of tragedy.

“I had to stop watching those shows because 2017 was such a freaking disaster,” Kragelund said. “Every day there were hurricanes, floods, something awful going on, and it just weighs on you. I’ll watch local news still, but I had to cut the cord (on national programs).”

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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