Fitness chain in Md., Va

  • Fitness chain in Md., Va

Fitness chain in Md., Va

That's what national health club chain Life Time Fitness is saying after the decision to remove cable news from its 128 locations.

"Who are these faceless people that all of a sudden have huge sway over changing a policy at Life Time Fitness without member input, consent or even fair warning?"

"Why?" Bushaw said. "A couple of reasons - both the 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".

You can read the entire statement below. Local news is still allowed.

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. Life Time clubs, which are now located in 36 major markets in the US and Canada, also have WiFi, meaning members can watch news on their own devices as they please. Networks barred include MSNBC, FOX, CNN and CNBC, though each are still accessible on treadmills and stationary bikes, a Roseville club manager said.

Life Time, founded in 1992 by Bahram Akradi, touts a "healthy and happy life for its members", according to its website. There are Life Time gyms in Rockville, Maryland; Gaithersburg, Maryland; Columbia, Maryland; Fairfax, Virginia; and Reston, Virginia.

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.

"Viewing negative news means that you're likely to see your own personal worries as more threatening and severe, and when you do start worrying about them, you're more likely to find your worry hard to control and more distressing that it would normally be".