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Fri Jul 31, 2020, 11:55 AM

Gyms Blaring Fox News - Should We Boycott Them Now? [View all]

I have kept up my gym membership even in the midst of the pandemic because I want to support the business, though I have also contemplated quitting the gym in the past due to it blaring Fox News on big screens while I work out. I admit that sometimes I can leverage the anger of seeing Tucker Carlson into a few more reps, but I go to the gym to deescalate from work, rather than to get all riled up.

It seems that during the Trump era, Fox News has managed to become even more toxic and overtly racist. It is a tough economy and do I really want to pay money to a gym that endorses racism by showing Fox News on big screens throughout the gym. If an when I return to the gym, perhaps I will instead seek a gym that does not have cable news blaring throughout the gym or bans cable news entirely as discussed in this article.

To be honest, I have no problem with news. Rather, it is the 24/7 endorsement of racism that comes with piping in Fox as though it is actually showing news, rather than ongoing, racist commentary.


Fitness chain bans cable news networks as part of ‘healthy way of life’

With the start of the new year, scores of Americans are rushing to their local gyms, resolving to get a head start on a healthier routine. 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.

But one nationwide fitness chain has decided that the combination of cardio and cable news does not align with a “healthy way of life.”

Life Time Fitness, a Minnesota-based gym chain, has decided to eliminate all national cable network news stations from the TV screens at its 128 fitness centers in the U.S. and Canada. The removed channels include CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and CNBC, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The decision, which was made at the start of the new year, came after a wave of feedback from gym members over time, Life Time said in a statement on Twitter last week. It also stemmed from the chain’s “commitment to provide family oriented environments free of consistently negative or politically charged content,” the statement read.

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